Magazine July 9, 2018, Issue

Star Empowerment

Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, and Awkwafina in Ocean’s 8 (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures)

This is supposedly an age when movie stars don’t matter anymore, when actors whose movies gross hundreds of millions when they suit up as superheroes diminish into obscurity when they try to doff the costume, when only the ageless Tom Cruise and often not even he can “open” a movie as in days of yore.

Which makes the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, if one might call it a franchise now — the three Steven Soderbergh heist movies, and now the new all-female variation Ocean’s 8 — a fascinating phenomenon, since they’re movies that are sold on star power and increasingly nothing

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