“After all the female avengers of the past fifteen years — Uma Thurman and Angelina Jolie kicking men in the ego and other places — American movies have at last produced a woman clothed, like Athena, in willful strength and intellectual armor.” — New Yorker critic David Denby writing about Jessica Chastain‘s “Maya” in Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s Zero Dark Thirty.