Ladies Opening This Weekend: April 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This whole thing started with a mission: support female led films on opening weekend whenever possible.* If you want to read more about why, you can read that post here.

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You know what the funny thing about doing this month after month? You discover that there are movie titles you are SURE are directed by or written by women. It seems so obvious that they would be. For example, this month’s “Mother’s Day” (April 29th) isn’t on the list because… you guessed it: A movie specifically designed to come out the week before Mother’s day isn’t written or directed by a woman. Luckily, there are a few other films worth checking out instead.

APRIL 1st:

They Will Have to Kill Us First (Directed By: Joanna Schwartz)

Musicians unite to organize a concert in Timbuktu, Mali, after Islamic extremists ban all forms of music in the country.

APRIL 8th:

The Boss (Starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell)

Wealthy mogul Michelle Darnell always gets her way, until she’s busted for insider trading and sent to federal prison. After leaving jail, Darnell finds herself broke, homeless and hated. Luckily, she tracks down former assistant Claire, the only person who’s willing to help. While staying with Claire and her young daughter, the ex-con devises a new business model for a Brownie empire. Unfortunately, some old enemies stand in the way of her return to the top.

The Invitation (Directed by Karyn Kusama)

While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man starts to believe that his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister plans for the guests.

APRIL 15th:

Hostile Border (Written by Kaitlin McLaughlin and Starring Veronica Sixtos)

Raised in the U.S., Claudia is an undocumented illegal immigrant living beyond her means in a twisted version of the American dream. When she’s arrested by the FBI for credit card fraud, Claudia is quickly deported to Mexico. Speaking no Spanish and lost in her foreign “homeland,” she reluctantly takes refuge at her estranged father’s cattle ranch. As she clashes with her unyielding father, she her attempts to return to the U.S. thrust her into a dangerous bond with a foreign smuggler, Ricky. Caught between her father’s sermons, Ricky’s promises, and the encroaching military, Claudia must navigate a tightrope of impossible choices.

The Adderral Diaries (Directed and Written by Pamela Romanowsky)

Writer and Adderall enthusiast Stephen Elliott reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that that fuels his writing. Adrift in the precarious gray area of memory, Stephen is led by three sources of inspiration: a new romance, the best friend who shares his history, and a murder trial that reminds him more than a little of his own story.

APRIL 22nd:

The Meddler (Directed and Written by Lorene Scafaria and Starring Susan Sarandon)

After the death of her husband, a woman moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter.

Nina (Directed by Cynthia Mort and Starring Zoe Saldana)

Manager Clifton Henderson helps singer and pianist Nina Simone rediscover her love for music.

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One additional note before we go: we are not able to tell you if these movies are objectively good or feminist friendly, as we have not seen all of them. The point of this list is to give you a place to start. The truth is that we don’t have a lot to choose from, but part of the battle is giving you the information. Information is power. However, shared knowledge is also key. So if you see one of these films or have seen an early screening, please let us know if you recommend it or not in the comments.