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With August being Women’s Month, we’ve rounded up four great female-led movies for you to enjoy this chilly season on Vodacom’s movie streaming network, Video Play. Curl up, grab the popcorn and see girl power in action!

If Beale Street Could Talk

This romantic drama directed and written by Barry Jenkins is set in 1970s Harlem and stars Kiki Layne as Clementine ‘Tish’ Rivers. The love story follows a young woman who falls in love with Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt, a childhood friend who is wrongfully accused of a crime he never committed. Tish makes it her mission to prove him innocent before the birth of their child. Regina King’s stellar performance saw her taking home an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her depiction of Tish’s mother in the film.

Widows

After four thieves are left dead during an armed robbery in Chicago, four widows connect to pull off the heist their husbands could not accomplish. This drama/thriller directed by Steve McQueen stars Viola Davis (who received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role), Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo.

Captain Marvel 

An engrossing superhero flick with a female lead, Captain Marvel ticks all the boxes for a good night in. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and starring Brie Larson, Captain Marvel is a Kree warrior from outer space, who sees herself stuck in a war between her clan and the Krulls. While trying to uncover past secrets, Captain Marvel is accompanied by Nick Fury to harness her potential powers and end the battle between the two sides.

Fences

Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, this tear-jerker sees Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) making his way as a sanitation worker, with Viola Davis starring as his wife. Viola won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The drama is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson and it follows the plight of Troy’s life and his complicated family relationships.

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