20 Femme-Helmers in the 2020 Oscars Pipeline – Susan Wloszczyna reports

One upside to this topsy-turvy season is the release of superb femme-centric, femme-helmed titles that are solid Oscars contenders that could easily make the Best Picture and Best Director cut. There are at least five actresses making their directing debuts, a pop star going behind the camera, old-school directors, new-school directors, blockbuster overseers and at least two former competitors in the category. Here is what might be the best of an encouragingly large batch.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

For the first time this summer, I’m not missing all the big loud comic-book movies we’re being bombarded with in an alt-timeline. I like those movies, but they do tend to dominate the pop-culture conversation. With them off the radar this year, there’s room to breathe for a fantastic little pulp comic-book movie like The Old Guard.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Susan Granger

Since the usual superheroes abandoned theaters this summer, Netflix supplies new super soldiers, an elite band of indestructible warriors led by axe-wielding Andromache of Scythia (Charlize Theron). Andy, as she’s called, has been covertly battling the world’s evil for centuries – and she’s weary.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood: Action=Story+Emotion in THE OLD GUARD – Leslie Combemale interviews

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard brings a new level of diverse representation to the sci-fi action genre, and a sense of authenticity that comes from action that’s so strongly based in characterization and character motivation.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Loren King

Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood brings human drama to the superhero characters of The Old Guard, staging many action and fight scenes with lightening-quick finesse while getting dynamic performances from her e cast. But the heart and soul of the movie is Charlize Theron, gleefully believable as a 6,000-year-old warrior who’s saddled with a ghost that will no doubt figure in the next installment of this franchise.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Nikki Baughan

In the hands of director Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard is a far more subtle and introspective superhero movie than we’re used to seeing. That may have something to do with the fact that it’s a straight-to-streaming Netflix original, but its focus on the emotional and physical toll of saving the world offers a welcome change from the consequence-free carnage that usually heralds the arrival of the summer blockbuster season.

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Reflecting on Black History Month – Jazz Tangcay reports

Director Kasi Lemmons says, “I celebrate black history all year.” For the Harriet and Self Made director and other African American film artists, Black History Month isn’t just about February, it’s every day. In a series of guest columns, Ruth Carter, Karin Gist, Robin Thede and Lemmons are among the artists who contributed to Variety’s spotlight on Black History Month.

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