PG-13/ 120 Minutes
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer


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  • Tuesday, January 22 - Thursday, January 24:  (5:15), 8:00

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.


'On the Basis of Sex' looks at RBG's origin story

• Three stars out of four •

Mark Kennedy | Associated Press

If you simply can’t get enough Ruth Bader Ginsburg, these last few years have been glorious — a Tumblr account, T-shirts and totes with her face, “Saturday Night Live” parodies, a workout book and a CNN documentary. This year — marking the Notorious RBG’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court — will end with another reason to cheer the feminist icon: the feature film “On the Basis of Sex.” The film is actually the story of Ginsburg as a student and groundbreaking lawyer — a sort of origin story for a real-life superhero. By the time the real Ginsburg makes a cameo in the film, you’ll likely be cheering out loud. Jones is truly marvelous in the role, showing Ginsburg’s burning desire to change societal unfairness and also, more intimately, coming to terms with her own daughter’s rebelliousness. But her speech in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will inspire you to drop everything and enroll in law school. “You can right this wrong,” she demands of the three-judge panel. You can’t help but root for the petite justice as she ascends ever higher mountains. At a time when a much less accomplished male judge joined Ginsburg on the land’s highest court, it’s only right to welcome the new year with a respectful smooch of a film for a true heroine in cape —OK, a robe.

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