Movie review: ‘The Woman King’

Bob GarverSpecial to the Valley NewsLast week I wrote that critics were a little too eager to embrace the random-twist horror movie “Barbarian” because the release calendar was in a slump and there hadn’t been a good movie in a while. If those critics had just waited a week, they could have embraced “The Woman King,” an audience-pleasing historical epic with a chance to make some real money and maybe pick up a few awards. As it is, the film will still deservedly be seen as a creative and commercial success, but I’m disappointed that it won’t get more recognition for saving audiences from the August-September slog.The film follows the Agojie, an army of female warriors that protect the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1820s. The women, led by Gen. Nanisca, played
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