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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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Halle Berry’s Feisty Sofia Enhances Chapter 3. The opening scene of Chapter 3 in New York City’s iconic Public library is pure fantasy and entertainment, as not only does Super Assassin John Wick kill a perpetrator with a book, he respectably takes the time to place the book exactly back in its rightful place on the bookshelf. By setting the tone early, we reconcile into a fictional world, this by no means diminishes the violence, although it’s easier to shrug off as non-realistic.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Halle Berry to direct mixed martial arts drama BRUISED – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry will work with the team that does the fight choreography for the “John Wick” franchise, . Production will start March.

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Top Five Cinema Female Psyche Distortions and the ‘Isotta Fraschini’ Syndrome – Quendrith Johnson comments

Ever since Maggie Gyllenhaal went public with the fact that she lost a role, at 37, as a love interest

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