Hollywood’s version of Halley’s Comet comes around this weekend, when three movies directed by women land in theaters

Considering the industry’s abysmal track record with female directors, this is cause for celebration. It’s also cause for reflection, considering that it hasn’t happened in recent memory (and that having three movies directed by men happens … pretty much every weekend).

But starting Friday, women lead the charge for a brief, welcome change. They are:

The 33

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Women directed three movies in theaters this weekend. That never happens.