The film breathes exhilarating life into its tired premise, thanks to some dazzling action choreography, stylish visuals and–most importantly–a vintage anti-hero performance from Keanu Reeves.
This week, all of our content on the site is written by women. We'll update this table of contents page with links to new pieces as they go up.
Chaz Ebert's Introduction to Women's Week
Nell Minow, "Utterly Modern: The Charisma of Barbara Stanwyck"
Christy Lemire, Sheila O'Malley and Susan Wloszczyna, "On 'Ms. 45' and Revenge Movie Feminism"
Sheila O'Malley, "My Favorite Roger: 'Kwik Stop'"
Joyce Kulhawik, "Love Yourself — Powerfully: Lessons to My Younger Self"
Jemima Bucknell, "Man-made Woman: What We Can Learn from 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl'"
Olivia Collette, "Dr. Ryan Stone: Everything a Typical Female Movie Character Is Not."
Susan Wloszczyna, "John Lee Hancock on "Saving Mr. Banks."
Anne Elizabeth Moore, "Is Blue a Straight Color? On "Blue is the Warmest Color" and Representing Lesbians."
Carrie Rickey, "Fire and Ice: On Box Office for FIlms with Women as Protagonists."
"American Hustle" Christy Lemire
"The Crash Reel" Marsha McCreadie
"Here Comes the Devil" Jen Chaney
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Sheila O'Malley
"Hours" Susan Wloszczyna
"Nuclear Nation" Joyce Kulhawik"The Punk Singer" Marsha McCreadie
"Saving Mr. Banks" Susan Wloszczyna
"Some Velvet Morning" Christy Lemire
"Trap for Cinderella" Christy Lemire
More from our women contributors from the archives:
Jen Chaney looks at teen girl protagonists and the curious case of "The To Do List."
Olivia Collette on Agnès Varda's film "The Gleaners and I."Olivia Collette reviews "Laurence Anyways."
Christy Lemire has an in-depth profile of director Susan SeidelmanJana Monji considers a documentary about the Miss Navajo beauty pageant.
Jana Monji looks at Jonathan Caouette's film about his mother, "Walk Away Renee."
Lisa Nesselson has a reflection on the career of French New Wave icon Bernadette LaFont.
Carrie Rickey considers the changing images of women on film from the 1970s until now.
Rebecca Theodore-Vachon puts "12 Years a Slave" in the context of Black "respectability politics."
Grace Wang offers a video discussion of Mike Leigh's "Another Year."
Grace Wang goes in-depth on Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution."
Grace Wang muses on why we go to movies, reflecting on LiXin Fan's "Last Train Home."
Susan Wloszczyna wonders whether women directors might save comic-book movies.
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An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.
An appreciation of filmmaker, writer and actor L.M. "Kit" Carson, a singular talent.
A review of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" from the 2014 New York Film Festival.