Top 15 Female-Directed Films of 2020 #5-#1

The moment of truth is upon us! Here are the top 5 films of our list. Enjoy! 5. Never Rarely Sometimes Always By: Bianca Garner 2020 has been the year of the female filmmaker. There have been many female-directed films that have impressed me, such as “Nomadland,” “The Assistant,” and “First Cow,” all of which made a lasting impression. However, I’ve found myself repeatedly returning … Continue reading Top 15 Female-Directed Films of 2020 #5-#1

Top 15 female-directed films of 2020 #10-6

We’re back with the next five films of our top 15 list. Enjoy! 10. Yes, God, Yes By Morgan Roberts In Karen Maine’s “Yes, God, Yes” (2020), one young woman’s journey with sexuality and exploring her body autonomy, Alice (Natalia Dyer) could be any young woman who pays close attention to a certain car scene in “Titanic.” While attempting to understand her sexual desires, Alice … Continue reading Top 15 female-directed films of 2020 #10-6

Top 15 female-directed films 2020 #15-11

It’s the time of year where the In Their Own League team has come together to pick our top 15 female directed films of 2020. There’s no question that 2020 was an exceptional year for female filmmakers and we’re proud to initiate Women’s History Month by recognizing these extraordinary filmmakers and the films they’ve created. Here are the first five films on our list (#15-11), … Continue reading Top 15 female-directed films 2020 #15-11

Movie review: Over the Moon

Year: 2020 Runtime: 95 Minutes Director: Glen Keane and John Kahrs Writers: Audrey Wells Stars: Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Sandra Oh, Ken Jeong, Jon Cho, and Ruthie Ann Miles By Rosa Parra With memorable songs, gorgeous animation, and an emotional story, “Over the Moon” follows Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), an intelligent girl who loves science, into space to prove the truth of her parents’ mythical … Continue reading Movie review: Over the Moon

TIFF Movie Review: “Shiva Baby”

Year: 2020 Runtime: 77 minutes Writer: Emma Seligman Directed by: Emma Seligman Stars: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper, Danny Deferrari, Fred Melamed, and Dianna Agron By Rosa Parra Shiva is a seven-day mourning period following the death of a family member in the Jewish religion. In “Shiva Baby,” written and directed by Emma Seligman, a young bisexual Jewish woman (Rachel Sennott) finds herself in … Continue reading TIFF Movie Review: “Shiva Baby”

TIff Movie Review: “One Night in Miami”

Year: 2020 Runtime: 110 Minutes Writer: Kemp Powers Director: Regina King Stars: Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, and Aldis Hodge By Rosa Parra Reviewing a female-directed film is the perfect way for ITOL to initiate our Toronto International Film Festival coverage. Directed by Regina King (TV’s “Watchmen”), “One Night in Miami” takes a look at the fictional night where boxer Cassius Clay (Eli … Continue reading TIff Movie Review: “One Night in Miami”


For August, In Their Own League decided to focus on women in action. I decided to twist it by emphasizing the “action” uniquely, directing. After watching “Half the Picture” (2018) by Amy Adrion, I was inspired to give a deserving spotlight to women who are taking action to increase the representation of women behind the camera; those same women who call “action!” for their films.  Continue reading #WOMENINACTION: HALF THE PICTURE – FEMALE DIRECTORS

AFI Documentary Film Festival, Review: Dads

“Dads” is a documentary showcasing what everyday dads do and their overall experience with fatherhood. Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, she highlights everyday and celebrity dads around the world, including hers, Ron Howard.

The documentary opens with home video footage of Bryce Dallas Howard’s birth. We see intimate footage of Ron Howard becoming a first-time father, which then transitions into him on set ready to be interviewed by the same person we just viewed being born. Continue reading AFI Documentary Film Festival, Review: Dads

Review: True History of the Kelly Gang

“True History of the Kelly Gang” is the latest adaptation of the story of Ned Kelly, an Australian outlaw. Directed by Justin Kurzel, this movie is stacked with talented actors; George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Charlie Hunnam, Thomasin McKenzie, Nicholas Hoult, and Essie Davis. It follows Ned Kelly from a young age and his journey to the man he would become.

I’m in the minority when I admit having no idea who’s Ned Kelly. This film is divided into three parts; Boy, Man, and Monitor. It begins with adult Ned Kelly writing his story (right after a caption stating everything we’re about to witness isn’t true). For someone like myself who isn’t familiar with Kelly, this caption, followed by the scene, left me a bit confused. Continue reading Review: True History of the Kelly Gang

Women’s History Month: Dolores Del Rio

The first Mexican actress to work in Hollywood during the silent era was Dolores Del Rio. Born on August 3, 1904, in Durango, Durango, Mexico, Dolores was born into an elite family raised surrounded by expensive gifts, grand haciendas, where she was treated like a princess. At a very young age, she would be nicknamed “Lolita” by close family and friends. Continue reading Women’s History Month: Dolores Del Rio