4 Women-Led Films to See in Theaters on International Women’s Day
TGIF — and TGIIWD! We try to celebrate the important women in our lives year-round, but International Women’s Day is an extra-special reason to get together with our BFFs, support important causes, and become inspired to make the world a better place. It’s also just a fun excuse to treat yourself, so if you’re craving a movie night with your girls, here are four empowering, women-led films to see in theaters this weekend.
Oscar winner Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, in the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to be led by a woman. Larson said that the film changed her life and taught her some important lessons, and it may just do the same for you, too.
“Getting strong, learning how to stand my ground, own myself, and value my voice — those are things that I learned from [Carol/Captain Marvel],” she told People. “I’ve been very open about the fact [that] I’m an introvert, I have asthma, and I was able to push myself further than I thought possible. I’m excited to share her with the world.” (Photo via Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios)
Julianne Moore plays the title character in this remake of Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-nominated Chilean film about a free-spirited 50-something divorced woman who spends her nights dancing in LA singles clubs. On one such night, she meets and begins a romance with a man named Arnold (John Turturro), who comes with no shortage of complications and insecurities. Turturro is excellent in the role, but Moore owns the movie with her nuanced, vulnerable performance. Pro tip: See an early showing; you’ll want to go out dancing afterward. (Photo via A24)
Fighting With My Family
If you like watching the ladies of GLOW body-slam each other in the ring, grab your girlfriends and head to Fighting With My Family, which is based on the life of WWE star Saraya “Paige” Bevis.
Florence Pugh plays the young wrestler, who gets a chance to make her dreams come true but has to leave her family behind in the process. As she embarks on an intense training program in an unfamiliar world, she’s forced to prove how strong she really is. (Photo via Robert Viglasky/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Isn’t It Romantic
Isn’t It Romantic is the rare rom-com that will delight both cynics and romantics. Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, a young architect who hits her head during a mugging and wakes up to discover that she’s the leading lady in her very own romantic comedy. Her love interest? A swoon-worthy Australian billionaire (played by none other than Liam Hemsworth). Rom-com tropes abound, as Natalie tries to escape her too-good-to-be-true new life. (Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)