Movies: Girls Just Wanna Have Guns

Thrillers with female stars are hot. It's great for actresses and fans. But is playing victim-heroes a victory for women?

The recipe is simple: put a woman in a room with a psycho, and let us watch. If the woman has an ailing daughter for the baddies to terrorize, good. If the man she loves has a dark past and maybe a homicidal kink, better. If she must confront two mad-genius kids, best. Just put our heroine in dire peril before she emerges victorious. It's a lesson in female resiliency. Also, these days, big box office.

This month gave a beam of hope to those desperate for gender equality on screen. The two top films for the April 5-7 weekend...

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