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Monday, January 5, 2015

The Hopkins Center Highlights Strong Women of the Screen

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With a screening of David Fincher's critically acclaimed Gone Girl this Sunday, the Dartmouth Film Society kicks off a creatively programmed winter film series.

The nine films in the "Hear Me Roar" series, which screen every Sunday for the next two months at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, N.H., highlight a wide variety of "independent, clever and brave" women of cinema. While it does not appear that Helen Reddy was a consultant for the series, the boldness and confidence of her biggest hit has clearly provided the Hop's programmers with thematic and titular guidance.

The series conceives of the "strong women" theme fairly broadly, and across a wide variety of films. Recent American fiction films are well represented: Tommy Lee Jones' third directorial effort, The Homesman (in which Hilary Swank gives a highly praised performance), and the Reese Witherspoon vehicle Wild join Gone Girl on the slate. 
click to enlarge She's Beautiful When She's Angry - COURTESY HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry
Also featured are lesser-known films of recent vintage, including Beyond the Lights and the documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry, about the origins of the modern women's movement.

Some classic films fit the series' theme, too, including The Lion in Winter (starring the famously independent Katherine Hepburn), 1950's All About Eve and, perhaps most intriguingly, Carl-Theodor Dreyer's monumental 1928 masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc. The chance to see this great film on a large screen is always a noteworthy event.

"Hear Me Roar" runs through March 8. For more information, visit

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Rated R · 145 min. · 2014
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Director: David Fincher
Writer: Gillian Flynn
Producer: Cean Chaffin, Arnon Milchan, Josh Donen and Reese Witherspoon
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Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Writer: Nick Hornby
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Tom Sadoski, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin and Michael Huisman
The Homesman
Rated R · 122 min. · 2014
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Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Writer: Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley A. Oliver
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, John Lithgow and James Spader
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
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Director: Mary Dore


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Ethan de Seife

Ethan de Seife

Ethan de Seife was an arts writer at Seven Days from 2013 to 2016. He is the author of Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin, published in 2012 by Wesleyan University Press.

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