on the basis of sex review

There’s a scene in almost every teen TV drama where the teacher describes the theme of the episode that will come to pass over the next 45 minutes. The majority of On the Basis of Sex is like that.

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic stars Felicity Jones as the trailblazing lawyer who later becomes one of our foremost Supreme Court justices and only the second female Supreme Court justice in history. But On the Basis of Sex focuses on Ginsburg’s first landmark case that launched her career as the premiere advocate against gender discrimination. Which would be fine if that were actually the case. Instead, the first half-hour of the film plays like a checklist of Ginsburg’s early life, peppered with winking moments to the time period’s retrograde perspective on women. Ruth enters Harvard and shoots to the top of her class: Check. Ruth balances raising a child and caring for a cancer-stricken husband (Armie Hammer) with her studies: Check. Ruth literally does everything her husband Martin does, backwards and in heels, and still gets denied a career as a lawyer: Check.

All throughout her struggles, Ruth maintains her noble disposition and perfectly coiffed hair, simply raising her chin at the injustices with the implied knowledge that she is destined for greater things. For the first half-hour of the film, On the Basis of Sex is too caught up in its label as an important film, breathlessly recounting the life story of an icon of female empowerment while a soaring score briskly carries the story along and fills in its gaps. But if you skip that first half-hour, you may find a powerful and affecting film.

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on the basis of sex trailer

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a celebrity in ways no other Supreme Court Justice has before. Not only has she fought for just causes, she’s also inspired memes, documentaries, and even action figures. And now she gets the origin story treatment with On the Basis of Sex. The film finds the young Ginsburg long before she became a Supreme Court Justice, working as a lawyer on a case involving gender discrimination. Watch the latest On the Basis of Sex trailer below.

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The Aeronauts first look

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne shared the screen in 2014’s The Theory of Everything, a quiet biopic about the life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. But now the two of them are joining forces again and taking to the skies for Amazon Studios’ The Aeronauts, another true-life story. This one concerns a pilot and a scientist who attempted to fly higher than anyone had before in an open-air balloon.

The Aeronauts first look photo has arrived, and it looks like Jones and Redmayne are taking a page from Tom Cruise’s playbook and doing their own wild set-pieces for this film, because the photo features the two actors floating 2,000 feet above the ground.
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on the basis of sex trailer

Is there anything that could top seeing the real-life 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg do push-ups in the documentary RBG? Perhaps seeing a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg battle gender discrimination in a biopic starring Felicity JonesOn the Basis of Sex chronicles the groundbreaking case against gender inequality that put a young Ginsburg on the map as one of the most talented lawyers in her field. Watch the first official On the Basis of Sex trailer below.

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Martin Freeman joins Civil War

In this edition of Casting Bits:

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) joins a Facebook Watch show
  • Martin Freeman (Black Panther) will star in an espionage thriller
  • Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) boards a new drama
  • Eiza González (Baby Driver) signs on for the Kung Fury movie
  • And many more!

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felicity jones to play ruth bader ginsburg

Felicity Jones will take her battles from the cosmos to the courtroom in a biopic about Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Rogue One: A Star Wars story actress is set to don the robes of the notorious feminist icon in the biographical film On the Basis of Sex, taking over the role from Natalie Portman, who was originally set to play Ginsburg.

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Rogue One Trailer Shot - Jyn Erso Tunnel

Before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit screens, Del Rey released a prequel novel Rogue One: Catalyst which told the story of Galen Erso and Orson Krennic. That story takes place beginning during the Clone Wars up until Galen Erso and family escaped into hiding thanks to Saw Gerrera. As you know, Rogue One starts off four years later with Krennic discovering the family’s location on the planet Lah’mu. What we don’t see is the thirteen years in between that prologue scene and when we meet adult Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in jail. But a new book will give us some insight into that Jyn Erso’s backstory.

Hit the jump to see the cover art, read an excerpt of the first couple chapters and learn more.

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collide trailer

If you feel like you’ve been seeing trailers for Collide since 2015, you’d be right. Director Eran Creevy‘s crime thriller was a victim of Relativity Media’s bankruptcy and while Open Road Films scooped up the rights, the film has bounced around the release schedule like a ping pong ball in a car accident. After a series of delays (the most recent of which came this month), the film has seemingly settled on release date next month, which means that this new trailer is probably the last one we’ll see.

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Felicity Jones Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend brought the first episode of Saturday Night Live in 2017, and the writers had a tough time coming back from break. Hosted by Felicity Jones, the episode started off strong with the cold open featuring the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, but then it takes a sharp turn into being more than a rough return for the late night sketch show.

We recount the best and worst sketches from the Felicity Jones hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

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Felicity Jones Saturday Night Live - Jyn Erso Name Origins

Now that it’s a new year, we’re coming into the second half of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, and the late night sketch show is getting back to work after the holiday break this weekend.

In case you didn’t hear, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leading lady Felicity Jones is heading to Studio 8H for her first time as SNL host. Since the show is just two days a way, NBC is starting to air promos for the new episode, and the first one has just arrived online. Normally this wouldn’t be worth featuring, but these SNL promos aren’t usually presented so cinematically, completed with the appropriate title bumpers at the beginning and end.

Plus, for inquiring minds, Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer has revealed just how Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso got her name. You can find out about the Jyn Erso name origins and watch the SNL promo after the jump. Read More »