Leaning toward the visual intake and processing of information is associated with boys and men, and leaning toward favoring auditory processing of it is associated more with girls and women. However, who favors what type of information intake and processing isn't as simple as just what sex they are, because there are both men and women who "go against" the type of processing that would ordinarily be associated with their own sex. What can lead to those differences can be a number of things, one of which is said to be heredity. That part of my answer comes from recent research I did for another purpose (than this question).
The following part of my answer comes "off the top of my head" (so take it, or not, for what's it worth -which may be nothing):
I'm not under the impression that the difference in kinds of movies often favored by one sex or the other is about communication. I think, even if processing of incoming information may play a role, there's more to the movie-preferences thing than just that. I know at least one guy who once could barely tolerate "chick flicks" and who has seemed to have developed a new appreciation of them in his "old age". With maturity his life has brought seeing children grow up, but it's also brought a lot of unrelated (and related) stresses. He now sees the value in the "escape" movie that's "just harmless" (the "chick flick" or even children's movie). As with a lot of women, he no longer has a lot of tolerance for what's gruesome, violent, or (as he puts it) "brainless action with nothing more to it than that".
So, I know it's only one guy and one example I'm using here (but I know what "tons" of women say about their preference for "harmless and pleasant" movies), I tend to think that women may either be more mature when it comes to being comfortable with their own emotions earlier, or else, maybe, women start young in having that wish/need to keep violence and "brainless action" out of their minds and find something "harmless" to escape to.