Articles about Films

 When a vampire wears a chador

Corrina Antrobus relishes Ana Lily Amirpour's self-described "Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western" A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Corrina Antrobus // 18 May 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 It was beyond his control

Lily Kendall hails Swedish director Ruben Östlund's latest film that regards its struggling male protagonists with sympathy but doesn't quite let them off the hook

Lily Kendall // 11 May 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Girlhood: just add a glimmer of hope

Huma Munshi is happy to see four black Parisian girls in a film devoted entirely to their experiences but would like to see them flourishing, not just struggling to get by

Huma Munshi // 8 May 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 How to play oneself

Corrina Antrobus is touched by Christian Petzold's Phoenix, an extraordinary story of postwar loss and rehabilitation

Corrina Antrobus // 6 May 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Girls, falling

Sophie Blaney-Parslow remains under the spell of The Falling, debut film feature by British director Carol Morley

Sophie Blaney-Parslow // 3 May 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Branagh's Cinderella: two steps back in glass slippers

Corrina Antrobus hails fabulous performances in new live-action Cinderella but is not quite convinced by Branagh's 'modernisation' of the fairy tale

Corrina Antrobus // 23 April 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Dear White People or what happens when we pin all our hopes to one film

Grace Barber-Plentie enjoys Dear White People but only up to a point

Grace Barber-Plentie // 13 April 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Girls and the city

Ania Ostrowska recommends The Group, a cinematic grandmother of Sex and the City and its cousins

Ania Ostrowska // 6 April 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Don't be afraid of Vagina Wolf

Agata Ostrowska is impressed with Anna Margarita Albelo's debut feature about creative adventures of "Bridget Jones' older lesbian sister"

Agata Ostrowska // 12 January 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Reproductive choice on waves

Liz Smith praises Diana Whitten's Vessel, a documentary about Dutch pro-choice activists that reminds women not to take their reproductive rights for granted

Liz Smith // 6 December 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Gone Girl: condemned or hailed?

David Fincher's Gone Girl, adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn, has been simultaneously condemned as a misogynistic portrayal of women and hailed as the birthplace of a feminist icon. Lily Kendall investigates: does it deserve either of these accolades?

Lily Kendall // 11 November 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Unearthing the horrific

Marta Owczarek hails Jolynn Minnaar's documentary on the impact of shale gas fracking on local communities despite the film's stylistic shortcomings

Marta Owczarek // 27 October 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Girlhoods, Margaritas and Björk: watching women at the London Film Festival

With a record-breaking number of female directors represented at this year's festival, Sophie Mayer offers a feministly subjective 'What to see' guide

Sophie Mayer // 10 October 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Boyhood's girlhood

Reviewing Richard Linklater's unique study of growing up, Sophie Mayer applauds the girlhoods that frame Mason's boyhood

Sophie Mayer // 22 September 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Backstage of life: Japan's love hotels

CN Lester praises Love Hotel, a documentary by Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda that beautifully explores the Japanese phenomenon without exploiting its protagonists

CN Lester // 15 September 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Photographs saved from oblivion

Keeping her reservations, Hayley Ellis Jones is thankful to John Maloof for finding and publicising the body of work of a secretive Chicago nanny

Hayley Ellis Jones // 7 September 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 A choice not that obvious

Sophie Mayer hails Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child for depicting abortion as a reasonable choice for those who have it

Sophie Mayer // 29 August 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Horror in paradise

Sophie Mayer looks at Lucia Puenzo's Wakolda, film narrating the Patagonian epilogue to extremely dark period in European history

Sophie Mayer // 7 August 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: a secret thread of feminist elders revealed

Sophie Mayer recommends documentaries to watch out for, hand-picked from this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up

Sophie Mayer // 22 July 2014

Categories: Events, Films, Reviews

 Sexiness only skin deep

Under the Skin's alien hero/ine makes Liz Barker-Woods rethink how we make sense of our identities and the world around us

Liz Barker-Woods // 17 June 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Birth and ownership: Forest of the Dancing Spirits

Chrissy D is touched by a documentary about tightly knit community of women in the Congolese rainforest challenged by the encroachment of civilisation

Chrissy D // 11 June 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The Punk Singer: How to Be a Rebel Girl

Inspired by Sini Anderson's documentary about the original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna, Sophie Mayer lays out six riotous rules

Sophie Mayer // 13 May 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Inconspicuous presence behind the camera

Hayley Ellis Jones is charmed by a film portrait of Jane Bown, great photographer of even greater modesty

Hayley Ellis Jones // 23 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Under half of a yellow sun

Katherine Wootton admires superb performances in the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize winning novel but feels the film doesn't quite convey the story's emotional impact and nuances

Katherine Wootton // 9 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Birds Eye View documentaries: from Algeria to Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer reports from press screenings of two BEV documentaries - Narimane Mari's Bloody Beans and Anna Eborn's Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer // 5 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 All the naked women of Wall Street

Lizzie Ferguson shifts uncomfortably in her seat, drowned by the ocean of naked women spilling from the screen

Lizzie Ferguson // 16 March 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 It's not about her

Try as she might, Lily Kendall does not detect the spirit of relationship in Spike Jonze's recent cyber romance

Lily Kendall // 10 March 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 One small step for woman

Among excellent shots of the Earth from orbit, Katie Masters enjoys Sandra Bullock's grave first time in space

Katie Masters // 10 January 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Building castles in the sand

Marta Owczarek reviews Sandcastle by Shomshuklla and talks to the director about her film debut

Marta Owczarek // 3 December 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Learning from sisters

Holly Millar pays homage to Brenda Davis' film Sister, a penetrating examination of maternal mortality in Cambodia, Haiti and Ethiopia

Holly Millar // 25 October 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Some remain invisible

Despite serious reservations about its lack of diversity, CN Lester finds a lot to love in 'Les Invisibles', Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary about the older generation of French lesbians and gay men

CN Lester // 17 October 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Thinking is a lonely business

Ania Ostrowska is taken with Barbara Sukowa's audacious portrayal of Hannah Arendt in a recent biopic by Margarethe von Trotta

Ania Ostrowska // 7 October 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Plastic surgeons and fortune tellers

L W Yates hails a nuanced sketch of a young Iranian woman masterfully constructed in Mania Akbari's One. Two. One

L W Yates // 29 September 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Back in her own back yard

In her documentary about Tamil woman poet Salma, Kim Longinotto gives us a story of emancipation with an unexpected ending, says Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer // 26 September 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The revolutionary with a bike

Huma Munshi reviews Wadjda and talks to Haifaa al-Mansour, the first Saudi woman director

Huma Munshi // 16 July 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Some ado about Whedon's Much Ado

A self-professed Shakespeare snob Katherine Wootton gives Joss Whedon all the kudos he deserves for his new screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing

Katherine Wootton // 4 July 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 A pussy is a riot

Ania Ostrowska is inspired by the women of Pussy Riot as shown in a new documentary, but wonders whether the focus should have been broader

Ania Ostrowska // 2 July 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Desperately seeking Dolly

Cazz Blase immensely enjoys, despite not being a die-hard Dolly Parton fan, a girl's journey in search of her mother

Cazz Blase // 30 May 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 By water or by men

Chrissy D finds herself in the grip of the enigma of a documentary about the Bangladeshi "brothel island"

Chrissy D // 12 May 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 When spring break is over

Sarah Crawford suggests we look beyond the guns and bikinis of four eye-candy protagonists of Harmony Korine's new film

Sarah Crawford // 30 April 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Young Palestinian boy as a vehicle for hope

Huma Munshi admires director Annemarie Jacir for filling her film about Palestinian refugees with hope

Huma Munshi // 20 April 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 How far is one mile

Sophie Mayer interviews Penny Woolcock about making her last film that documents attempts at truce by members of two warring Birmingham postcode gangs

Sophie Mayer // 4 April 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Beautiful life of Alice Walker

Inspired by a biopic of Alice Walker, Huma Munshi reminds us we cannot deny race in feminist discourse

Huma Munshi // 30 March 2013

Categories: Events, Films, Reviews

 On UFO and Chinese women

M. Lý-Eliot praises independent Chinese director Xiaolu Guo's latest offering

M. Lý-Eliot // 17 March 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 This gayby is just for laughs

Megan Stodel laughs out loud at this film about an unconventional parenting arrangement but misses a more serious engagement with the subject

Megan Stodel // 10 March 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Delia gets her day

In January Ruth Rosselson attended a series of events held to celebrate the work of electronic composer and Radiophonic Workshopper Delia Derbyshire. She shares her experience of the Delia Derbyshire Day here

Ruth Rosselson // 25 February 2013

Categories: Events, Films, Music, Reviews, radio

 Wildness comes to the Silver Platter

With her neck still hurting from trying to read the subtitles over people's heads, Jess McCabe hails director Wu Tsang's sensitive portrait of one Los Angeles bar

Jess McCabe // 24 February 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Towards perfection

Impressed with director Christine Beck's dedication to her first feature, Katherine Wootton praises the story of two women caught up in a quest for bodily perfection

Katherine Wootton // 23 February 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 In her parents' shadow

Ania Ostrowska reviews Lore by Cate Shortland, an accelerated coming of age story set amid the chaotic twilight of Second World War

Ania Ostrowska // 20 February 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Stories from the sea and beyond

Sophie Mayer delights in archival documentary about British seaside, masterfully put together by director Penny Woolcock

Sophie Mayer // 13 February 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Arthouse cinema versus Gangnam style

M. Lý-Eliot finds respite from Gangnam style 'sexy ladies' in two central characters of The Weight, a challenging film by Korean arthouse director Jeon Kyu-Hwan

M. Lý-Eliot // 12 December 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Hole story of Schemel not Love

Cazz Blase enjoys the documentary about Hole's drummer Patty Schemel that puts one of the most exciting bands of the 1990s firmly on the rock'n'roll map without losing intimate touch

Cazz Blase // 4 December 2012

Categories: Films, Music, Reviews

 Nearly four hours in the desert

Confronted with one of the greatest Hollywood epic classics, Agata Frymus has her reservations

Agata Frymus // 28 November 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Welcome to the world?

Chrissy D reviews a documentary about the impact of poverty on childbirth around the globe, presented by DocHouse as part of Why Poverty? series, and calls for maternal health to be taken more seriously everywhere

Chrissy D // 17 November 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Compliant with abuse

Having resisted an urge to walk out of the screening of Compliance, Charlotte Rowland denounces the film as nothing more than misogynist torture-porn that should be stripped off its aura of "edginess" once and for all

Charlotte Rowland // 9 November 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 It's a man's man's man's world... The cinema of Christopher Nolan

Anna Kessler takes a sobering look at Chris Nolan's body of work lamenting his heroines' lack of sophistication and their predominantly mirror function for the male characters

Anna Kessler // 24 October 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 "I'd rather sell my c*nt than my paintings"

Having caught two independent documentaries at the first ever London Chinese Independent Film Festival, M. Lý-Eliot considers women artists' position in China 20 years ago and today

M. Lý-Eliot // 16 October 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Louder than missiles

Developing in the shadow of crises both international and intimate, Sally Potter's Ginger and Rosa is a touching coming-of-age story marked by a fiery presence of a young woman in its centre, says Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer // 10 October 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 How to wear a photograph

Elaine Castillo celebrates Sebastián Moreno's City of Photographers, a documentary that puts ethics and empathy back into photography

Elaine Castillo // 21 September 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Feeling dizzy? Hitchcock's Vertigo strikes again

Agata Frymus revisits Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, screened at BFI Southbank throughout September, and wonders why such a blatantly misogynistic film has just been voted 'best film of all time' by prominent industry critics

Agata Frymus // 31 August 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Brave just enough

Tricia Lowther watches the latest Pixar production together with her five-year-old daughter and finds the new animated princess stands out just enough from other children's films characters

Tricia Lowther // 21 August 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Beyond the promise of happiness: Rolla Selbak's Three Veils

Reviewing the film about three Middle-Eastern women living in the US, Elaine Castillo urges us to question mainstream happy endings and move beyond our preoccupation with 'happiness' as the end goal

Elaine Castillo // 23 July 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Snow White and the Huntsman

The latest version of the German fairytale stays close enough to the story we know - but makes some interesting changes, finds Ada Nkechi

Ada Nkechi // 8 July 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Joanna Hogg: a very British outsider

Paying close attention to director Joanna Hogg's creative process, Selina Robertson praises the filmmaker's two feature films as both truly independent and of great import for the British cinematic landscape

Selina Robertson // 24 May 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Avengers Assemble

It's not Buffy, but Avengers Assemble does get under the skin of Joss Whedon's fans. Imagine if the Marvel universe had more female characters, says Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer // 8 May 2012

Categories: Comics, Films, Reviews


Iman Qureshi reviews Circumstance, screened during 2012 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and hails its director for subtly depicting complexities and contradictions of contemporary Iranian society

Iman Qureshi // 24 April 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 A place of rage: two black feminist documentaries

Lola Okolosie from Black Feminists reviews A Place of Rage and Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, two films by documentary filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, and considers what contemporary black feminists have learnt from the influential black women featured

Lola Okolosie // 21 April 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The Hunger Games: film

After much anticipation, Vicky Brewster reviews The Hunger Games and celebrates not only a strong female protagonist but a film that does her justice

Vicky Brewster // 17 April 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The Princess and the Frog

Amy Tuckwell skilfully makes classic psychoanalytic feminist film critique by Laura Mulvey palpable and applies it to a recent Disney's retelling of the frog prince story. Popular Hollywood cinema, also in its animated version, still has a long way to go

Amy Tuckwell // 18 March 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The Fearless Frame: Barbara Hammer at Tate Modern

Sophie Mayer hugs, shares, learns and grows with Barbara Hammer's Active Cinema during the latter's retrospective at Tate Modern in London

Sophie Mayer // 19 February 2012

Categories: Art, Events, Films, Reviews

 9 Bob Note: short films showcasing new queer cinema

Selina Robertson reviews the queer shorts programme shown during this year's London Short Film Festival and finds all the mini-flicks passing her rigorous selection

Selina Robertson // 8 February 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The cultural narratives they are a-changin'?

An unpleasant incident with a fellow cinema-goer notwithstanding, Chrissy D left a screening of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in high spirits and hopeful for a change of the tide in Hollywood's take on female leads in action movies

Chrissy D // 19 January 2012

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part One)

At pains to defend the latest chaotic and confused installment of The Twilight Saga, Mathilda Gregory reads it as a transgressive anti-fairytale about perils of femininity

Mathilda Gregory // 12 December 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 The skin we live in: the mad, bad world of Pedro Almodóvar

Remaining spooked and preoccupied, Mhairi Guild still appreciates density and creativity of Almodovar's latest grotesque fairytale of not-only-gender identity, desire and power

Mhairi Guild // 30 November 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Beware the betrayal of women in politics

Taraneh Ghajar Jerven is disappointed with George Clooney's new film which renders women insignificant both on-screen and in politics

Taraneh Ghajar Jerven // 4 November 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews


Finding Tyrannosaur an unremittingly upsetting film, Chloe George salutes its ability to avoid clichés in the portrayal of violence against women

Chloe George // 24 October 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 She Monkeys

Hailing the coming-of-age story of adolescent sexuality and fierce competition between female equestrians, Ania Ostrowska has her heart set on the youngest of three heroines

Ania Ostrowska // 13 October 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 I don't know how she does it

This Hollywood blockbuster's heroine is a high-flying finance executive, but Diane Shipley argues that women across classes and careers share parts of her predicament and can applaud her small victories over a lazy husband and an over-demanding boss

Diane Shipley // 2 October 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Heavenly Creatures

Revisiting the film she loved unconditionally as a teenager, Jess McCabe still finds its portrayal of two young perpetrators of a horrific crime highly compelling

Jess McCabe // 11 September 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Romcom roundup: the friends with benefits phenomenon

'Friends with benefits' is not such a novelty as a recent series of Hollywood films is trying to present it, says Evelyn Krampf, debunking the phenomenon as a mere plot device serving the usual goals of good ol' heterosexist romcom

Evelyn Krampf // 6 September 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Break my fall

For those who can appreciate an at times painful study of relationship falling apart set in contemporary Hackney, the latest Harry Potter will be no competitor for Kanchi Wichmann's Break My Fall, suggests Selina Robertson

Selina Robertson // 28 July 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 'Because sex workers shouldn't have to be dead to be on film'

Ania Ostrowska reviews the first ever London Sex Worker Film Festival and argues that sex workers' rights are a feminist issue

Ania Ostrowska // 14 July 2011

Categories: Films, Reviews

 Briseis in Troy and Stockholm syndrome

Far from being a feisty embodiment of female empowerment, Briseis in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy seems more of a victim in a Stockholm syndrome-type relationship. LucindaE traces how the ancient 'war prize' story has been transformed into a consensual romantic arrangement to please contemporary audiences

LucindaE // 29 June 2011

Categories: Films

 Orgasm Inc

Mathilda Gregory reviews a documentary which examines efforts to solve women's sexual disfunction with a pill

Mathilda Gregory // 11 March 2011

Categories: Films

 More to Mills and Boon than this

Guilty Pleasures chronicles three women's relationships with the saucy book production line that is Mills and Boon. But, asks Mathilda Gregory, why did the documentary makers misrepresent the publishing empire by means of one, unrepresentative, male writer?

Mathilda Gregory // 11 March 2011

Categories: Films

 His & Hers

Interviews with 70 women tell the life story of white, Irish, heterosexual women, through their relationships with men. Katherine Wootton has more

Katherine Wootton // 3 March 2011

Categories: Films

 Forget the Dude: this is a woman's story

In an age when girl avengers are preferred to adults, 14-year-old Mattie Ross evolves admirably from ferocious teen to formidable woman, says Taraneh Ghajar Jerven. But why bother creating a 3D character if she's omitted from the previews?

Taraneh Ghajar Jerven // 12 February 2011

Categories: Films

 Burlesque: stripped of authenticity?

Director Steven Antin's attempts to differentiate between wholesome teasing and tawdry stripping have provoked objections from the neo-burlesque community. At stake: the definition of the art, the answer to the empowerment v. misogyny debate and whether or not anyone should see the film, says Taraneh Ghajar Jerven

Taraneh Ghajar Jerven // 6 January 2011

Categories: Films

 Villa Amalia

Composer Ann Hidden discovers her partner cheating on her - uproots her life and moves to Italy. Villa Amalia is refreshingly free of homilies and simple explanations, but Gloria Dawson finds it too enigmatic

Gloria Dawson // 1 December 2010

Categories: Films

 Eat Pray Love: consumerism is not empowerment

By selling her travel experience as a path to wellness, Elizabeth Gilbert's trip becomes part of the predatory self-help industry, marketed specifically toward women, argues Taraneh Ghajar Jerven

Taraneh Ghajar Jerven // 4 November 2010

Categories: Films

 The Heretics

The Heretics charts the story of a feminist art magazine which grew out of the New York art scene in the 1970s. What was it like to work on Heresies? Where are these women today, and what has happened to their legacy? Review by Jess McCabe

Jess McCabe // 28 September 2010

Categories: Films

 Awra Amba

Philippa Willitts reviews a documentary about this community in Northern Ethiopia, grounded in principles of equality between the sexes

Philippa Willitts // 30 August 2010

Categories: Films

Hannah Free

Hannah Free is not a great work of art, says CN Lester, but this love story makes some passionate and timely political points

CN Lester // 11 August 2010

Categories: Films

The real story of The Last Station

Many married women will identify with Helen Mirren's portrayal of Sofya, in a film set during the last months of Leo Tolstoy's life, argues Rosjke Hasseldine

Rosjke Hasseldine // 8 June 2010

Categories: Films

 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

A film which flirts with issues such as body image, but models a disappointingly passive approach to relationships for teenage girls and reinforces stereotypes, argues Carina Schneider

Carina Schneider // 8 June 2010

Categories: Films

Body of Work

Gemma Sharpe reviews a retrospective of feminist video art

Gemma Sharpe // 20 July 2009

Categories: Films

 Feminism and Peter Pan

JM Barrie's creation Peter Pan has an enduring popularity. Allison McCarthy digs into the sexist and racist history of the play and novel, and how this has been addressed in modern adaptations

Allison McCarthy // 19 April 2009

Categories: Books, Films, Theatre

 'Freedom always has a price'

Cazz Blase considers how Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical story of coming-of-age in Iran and Europe transfers to the big screen

Cazz Blase // 11 August 2008

Categories: Films

 Sex and the City the movie: Having your (wedding) cake and eating it

The Sex and the City movie makes for a disappointing postscript to the more subversive TV series, argues Catherine Redfern

Catherine Redfern // 5 June 2008

Categories: Films


El Orfanato is a rare example of the 'horror' genre with a strong female lead. Or is it? Lindsey M Sheehan has more

Lindsey M Sheehan // 5 June 2008

Categories: Films

 Lust, Caution

Only a cog in the wheel? Joanna Tocher reviews a thought-provoking film about one woman's role in the Chinese resistance

Joanna Tocher // 9 February 2008

Categories: Films

Is Tarantino really feminist?

Tarantino's latest film, Death Proof, is exploitative not empowering, argues Emma Wood

Emma Wood // 10 November 2007

Categories: Films

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer

The film adaptation of Patrick Süskind's novel Perfume is a stunning indictment of society's attitude towards women, argues Leanne Bibby

Leanne Bibby // 31 October 2007

Categories: Films

300 Spartans and one strong broad

Sword-and-sandles epic 300 is a bit Spartan when it comes to dishing out historical accuracy, but Rosamund Urwin finds plenty to admire in this latest adaptation of a Frank Miller graphic novel

Rosamund Urwin // 2 May 2007

Categories: Films

The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith's latest film has gained him plaudits and nominations for his role as a single parent. But Dwysan Edwards says we shouldn't forget that thousands of mothers go through the same experiences every day.

Dwysan Edwards // 1 February 2007

Categories: Films

X-Men: The Last Stand

Shelley Rees argues that the final film in the X-Men trilogy is a galling disappointment, involving a systematic disempowerment of all the strong female characters.

Shelley Rees // 13 August 2006

Categories: Films


Maria Seijo-Richart examines how Steven Spielberg's Munich repeats trends first identified by feminists in the 1970s; that sexually active female characters who deviate from traditional female roles must be punished.

Maria Seijo-Richart // 29 May 2006

Categories: Films

North Country

Jess McCabe reviews North Country, a film with a feminist plotline based on a true story about a woman who brings sexual harassment charges against her workplace; the first of its kind in the U.S.

Jess McCabe // 3 March 2006

Categories: Films

The Descent

An all female cast of adventurers take on the traditionally male role of explorer, with terrifying consequences. Jess McCabe weighs up the pros and cons of this unusual horror film.

Jess McCabe // 5 November 2005

Categories: Films

Sin City

Why did Laura Woodhouse walk out half an hour before the end of this film? As she explains, this so-called "coolest film of the year" brings comic characters to life, but ironically leaves the female characters one-dimensional.

Laura // 18 June 2005

Categories: Films

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

A bottom the size of two bowling balls? Yeah, right. Rachel Bell argues that the casting of Renee Zellweger undermines the premise of the Bridget Jones character.

Rachel Bell // 15 January 2005

Categories: Films

The Incredibles

What messages and assumptions underly this animated movie? Ms Razorblade analyses the "family values", the conformity, the female characters and the incredibly cliched stereotypes. (Yeah, we know it's a cartoon. And?)

Ms Razorblade // 11 January 2005

Categories: Films

King Arthur

Ellery looks at the summer blockbuster King Arthur.

Ellery // 5 November 2004

Categories: Films


How does this gung-ho Hollywood film tackle questions of war, feminity and masculinity? Cazz Blase reports. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson (2004).

Cazz Blase // 20 July 2004

Categories: Films

The Stepford Wives

The re-make of The Stepford Wives is less feminist than the original, and misses an opportunity to make an interesting statement about contemporary gender relations, says Natasha Forrest. Directed by Frank Oz (2004).

Natasha Forrest // 20 July 2004

Categories: Films

Osama (review 1)

Barmak's loosely fact-based story of a family of women forced to invert the Taliban's strict gender order is a stark reminder that some feminists are more equal than others. Tamlyn Monson reviews Osama.

Tamlyn Monson // 16 March 2004

Categories: Films

Osama (review 2)

Barmak's loosely fact-based story of a family of women forced to invert the Taliban's strict gender order is a stark reminder that some feminists are more equal than others. Laura Wirtz offers her view on Osama.

Laura Wirtz // 16 March 2004

Categories: Films

Kill Bill

Tarantino describes Kill Bill as a "feminist statement" which is "all about girl power". But is it really? Aideen Johnston comments.

Aideen Johnston // 19 November 2003

Categories: Films

Holy Trinity - female characters in The Matrix: Reloaded

Anna Sandfield examines how The Matrix: Reloaded presents its female characters.

Anna Sandfield // 16 June 2003

Categories: Films

Lilya 4-Ever

Lindsay and Francesca Levy discuss the harrowing Lilya-4-Ever, directed by Lukas Moodysson.

Lindsay and Francesca Levy // 16 June 2003

Categories: Films

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Katherine Lubar finds fault with this drag-queen comedy.

Katherine Lubar // 16 June 2003

Categories: Films

The Hours

Anna Fioravanti isn't sure that 'The Hours' deserves to be considered one of the best films of the year.

Anna Fioravanti // 16 April 2003

Categories: Films


Grease is still the word, says Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith // 16 April 2003

Categories: Films

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Hiiy- Ya! Chinese Protofeminism kicks Ass, says Janet Evans

Janet Evans // 16 October 2001

Categories: Films

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