Directors

Chantal Akerman: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Maite Alberdi: The Mole Agent (2020)
Sophia Nahli Allison: A Love Song for Latasha (2019)
Haifaa al-Mansour: The Perfect Candidate (2019), Wadjda (2012)
Kaouther Ben Hania: The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020)
Garrett Bradley: Time (2020)
Janicza Bravo: Zola (2020)
Niki Caro: Mulan (2020), Whale…


My, how time has been a strange beast these past eighteen months or so. It seems like it’s still March 2020, doesn’t it, as we continue to navigate this neverending pandemic, and the professional and personal changes it has wrought? The idea for CineWomen still feels like that — an…


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Kindly indulge one more count.

564 days.

That’s how long it had been since I’d seen a film in a theater during the coronavirus crisis with my favorite movie buddy — i.e., my husband, Jeff.

The last movie we saw together was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December…


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492 days.

Yes, I counted again — this time how long it’d been since I’d attended a movie screening during the pandemic.

Turns out the last press event I attended before movie theaters closed for more than a year — all the way back in February 2020 — was for…


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443 days.

That’s how long it had been since I’d seen a movie in a theater during the pandemic.

The last film I saw was Emma. on March 11, 2020, at the Regal Edwards Santa Maria.

The first one I saw was Cruella — starring a couple of Emmas —…


For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, two women have been nominated for best director: Chloé Zhao for Nomandland and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman.

Only five women have ever been nominated in the category, and only one has won: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt…


I started CineWomen with a film by a man: Women Make Film from director Mark Cousins. That fourteen-part exploration of filmmaking has now arrived on Criterion Channel in a package that includes a selection of movies highlighted in the series. …


What was the last movie you saw in a theater?

Mine was Emma. on March 11 at the Regal Edwards Santa Maria. By that weekend, cinemas across the country closed to help tamp down the virus.

My companion was my mom — also the last person besides my husband with…


Ten months into the coronavirus crisis, Hollywood seems to be settling into the reality of what movie releases look like for the foreseeable future. …


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In a meadow in the wine country of Southern California. At a farm in Hudson Valley in New York. On the beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.

These are the locales where some of my girlfriends have gotten married — or hoped to, before the coronavirus intervened.

One of…

Annlee Ellingson

Writer. Reader. Film critic. Moviegoer. Traveler. Hiker. Cook. Besotted aunt to Logan, Titus, and Bodhi. Based in Los Angeles. Socials: @annleee (she/her/hers)

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