At a time of massive cultural shifts in an industry that is not considered the most female-forward, movie portrayals of women as problem solvers, warriors, and complex, independent individuals have never felt more relevant. For an antidote to the doting female sidekick trope, look no further than sci-fi, fantasy, action, and adventure, where strong female protagonists and empowering themes dominate on both sides of the camera.
To celebrate the latest addition to the canon — Disney's upcoming take on the classic novel A Wrinkle in Time — we've rounded up the reasons female-centered movies like this make us feel a little bit more awesome by the time the credits roll. If you need any further incentive to go see the new film in theaters on March 9, consider that it's directed by Ava DuVernay, it's written by Jennifer Lee, and the female-led cast includes Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, and someone you may have heard of named Oprah Winfrey!
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