Summer Films Full of Henchmen, No Henchwomen

Do moviegoers want to see women in violent roles?

More Rebecca Ferguson, please!

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Early in “Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation,” the Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on whether to disband the Impossible Mission Force that gives the film franchise its name. There’s a curiosity about the scene: The seven or eight senators sitting on the dais are all men. My wife and I turned to each other in astonishment. In this day and age no one thought to seed the group with a woman or two, even among the nonspeaking extras. Who on earth would make such a mistake?

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