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When you first hear about a movie, do you wonder whether you personally would find it engrossing, educational, enjoyable, or just plain entertaining?  What are some recommendations of films that might be of special interest to Christian feminists?  To help you find some answers,  we’ve launched this new movie review section.

Most of us are interested in the opinion of someone who has seen a particular movie so that we can decide whether or not we’d like to see it, too. This Christian Feminism Today movie review section is designed to help.  Here you’ll find both descriptions and opinions.

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Suffragette PosterSuffragette
reviewed by Anne Eggebroten

“This historical drama has it all: sexual abuse, workplace violence, riots, police brutality, spousal abuse, and torturous force-feeding. It opens on October 12, 2015 in the United Kingdom and October 23 in selected theaters in the US.”

“Yes, this drama is well worth seeing, whether for a refresher course in the British suffragist movement or for an introduction.”

“When Meryl Streep shouts, ‘I incite this meeting and all the women in Britain to rebellion,’ it’s a great moment. She portrays Emmeline Pankhurst, grand dame of the British suffrage movement.”


L-R: Judi Dench and Celia Imrie in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

L-R: Judi Dench and Celia Imrie in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel reviewed by Alena Amato Ruggerio

“My dearest friends in EEWC-Christian Feminism Today have provided me with role models for growing older with fitness and ferocity, something I can only hope I live long enough to achieve. Now that it’s lucrative to do so, we can finally start having a discussion in pop culture about aging and ageism. Let’s start with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011, directed by John Madden and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures), which was recently released on DVD.

“The film tells the story of seven white strangers who move from England to India, lured by the promise of living their senior years in luxury at the Marigold Hotel in Jaipur.”


Vera Farmiga as Corinne Walker. Photo by Molly Hawkey. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Vera Farmiga as Corinne Walker. Photo by Molly Hawkey. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Higher Ground reviewed by Juanita Wright Potter

The film Higher Ground is a story about a rational woman, Corinne Walker (the adult Corinne is played by the gifted Vera Farmiga, who also directed the film), trying to find some solid footing within the context of being literally immersed (baptism is the strong opening image in the film) within the subculture of evangelical fundamentalism. (A context I recognize viscerally from my years at a fundamentalist Bible college, working for a fundamentalist missionary organization and a fundamentalist publisher, and, yes, even getting a graduate degree in journalism/communications from fundamentalist Wheaton College [Illinois].)