Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett (to name a few) pulling off a jewellery heist at the Met Gala. The aftermath of the riot at Litchfield Penitentiary. Shailene Woodley fighting for her life on the open seas. If we know one thing for sure, it’s that the plethora of must-watch movies and television shows hitting screens this season is anything but boring.
But, one look at the extensive list of options will have you asking… where do I start? To that, we say: start with women. Yes, it’s quite the time to be a woman in Hollywood. Behind the scenes, superstars such as Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria are spearheading the Time’s Up movement. And out on the red carpets, we’re seeing female-led projects everywhere, whether it’s Ocean’s 8, Orange Is the New Black or Adrift.
On that note, start scrolling to discover the movies and shows you’ll be talking about all season long. Bonus: Whether you’re inclined to stay in with some popcorn or head straight to the cinema, we’ve found the perfect option for you. Friday nights? Sorted.
Rihanna. Sandra Bullock. Cate Blanchett. Anne Hathaway. Mindy Kaling. Sarah Paulson. Awkafina. Helena Bonham Carter. If these names are not enough to draw you in instantly, let us lay out the plot: Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock) decides to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Gala in New York. Her target? Daphne Kluger (played by Anne Hathaway). Viewers can expect a slick caper from Debbie Ocean and her team, with a side of high fashion. Oh, and some cameos. We hear Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour and Kylie Jenner are just some of the faces set to make an on-screen appearance. Ocean’s 8 is out now.
Orange Is the New Black
The final seconds of Orange Is the New Black’s fifth season had us on the edges of our seats. As the guards regained control of the prison, post-riot, we could only wonder what would come next. Come July, we’ll start to get answers. A preview released by Netflix suggests we’ll be leaving Litchfield behind and heading to maximum security, a.k.a. “a whole new world,” as a voice ominously suggests. Season 6 begins July 27 on Netflix.
Riding high off her turn in Big Little Lies, Shailene Woodley takes the lead role in Adrift. The movie is loosely based on the true story of two sailors, Tami Oldham (played by Woodley) and Richard Sharp (played by Sam Claflin). The couple set sail across the Pacific Ocean, attempting to sail from Tahiti to San Diego, but run into a tropical depression that injures Richard and damages their boat. Soon, we’re watching Tami’s brave fight for survival while flashing back to scenes showing the beginnings of Tami and Richard’s relationship. Pro tip: Avoid spoilers and instead revel in the idea of a disaster movie with a woman front and centre. Adrift is out now.
Brain on Fire
Rising star New York Post journalist Susannah Cahalan (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) is just trying to pay her dues and make her way to “the front page.” When she begins suffering seizures and hearing voices in her head, her behaviour becomes unpredictable, violent and delusional. After a series of misdiagnoses and negative test results, Susannah finally meets Dr Najjar (played by Navid Negahban), who correctly diagnoses Susannah with a rare autoimmune disease and offers her a chance at recovery. Brain on Fire is based on the best selling New York Times memoir of the same name. Out June 22 on Netflix.
Woman Walks Ahead
In Woman Walks Ahead, Jessica Chastain plays a role she is more than familiar with: that of a woman forging an unlikely path. In this case, it is the path of portrait painter Catherine Weldon. It is the 1880s and Catherine is a portrait painter in Brooklyn, New York. In 1889, Catherine travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull but finds herself fighting alongside the Hunkpapa Lakota tribe, who are having their land rights stolen from them. Woman Walks Ahead is out June 29.
These days, Kyle Richards is best known for her spot on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But back in the 1970s, Kyle and her sister Kim were child actors, thanks to the hustle and stewardship of their single mother, Kathleen. Richards has often spoken of her unconventional upbringing, and now she has used it as the inspiration for American Woman, which she executive co-produces. The show stars Alicia Silverstone as Bonnie Nolan, the character inspired by Kathleen Richards, and is sure to be a guilty pleasure for anyone who loves shows that depict the heady nature of 1970s Los Angeles. American Woman is out now.
The Bold Type
Fans of The Devil Wears Prada should make time for The Bold Type, if you haven’t already. The series tells the stories of three friends in New York – Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) – who all work for Scarlet, an international women’s magazine. The comedy-drama explores their lives – growing up, finding (and losing) love in the big smoke, dealing with friendships – while also giving us an inside look at the workings of a magazine. Given The Bold Type is inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, we’re thinking the inside look might be pretty juicy. Season 2 begins June 12.
Dietland is also set in the New York magazine world, but that’s about all Dietland and The Bold Type have in common. Dietland tells the story of Plum Kettle (played by Joy Nash), who works as a ghostwriter for the editor of a fashion magazine. Plum struggles with self-image and is vexed by the way society treats her. As Plum starts to work on herself, a guerrilla group known as “Jennifer” starts disappearing men accused of sexual abuse. Bet you didn’t see that coming. Dietland is out now.
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