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It is with great sadness (happiness) that I report that as of this past weekend, our long national dream (nightmare) is over. That's right, people--Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiered in theaters, thus ending The Twilight Saga once and for all, or at least until they reboot it in five years with hotter, younger actors. Just kidding, no one is younger than Taylor Lautner. Read More
  It’s hard to pin down a woman with a gun (in more ways than one). Cathryne Czubek’s new documentary, A Girl and a Gun, takes on the historically complex relationship between American women and firearms—and the portrait that emerges may surprise those who expect another Bowling for Columbine. Read More
With its drizzly rain, cold weather, and short, dark days, sometimes it seems like November is the cruelest month, or at least the most hated. But although summer days are now long past, there are plenty of reasons to love November! Here are ten of them:     1. You can get leftover Halloween candy for cheap. Halloween is now over, and you know what that means…cheap candy! Like the day after Valentine’s Day and the day after Christmas, now is the time to stock up on all your favorite sweet treats.     2. Read More
  A family unit is like a fragile ecosystem—the introduction of a foreign species can have dangerous ripple effects. In Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks (co-written by Girls’ Lena Dunham), sexy gamine Martine (Olivia Thirlby) stays for a brief spell in the pool house of an L.A. clan, and changes everyone, for better and for worse. The film takes place over the course of a few hot, summery weeks during which Martine enlists sound engineer Peter (John Krasinski) to help her with a short art film she’s making. Read More
Halloween is getting closer and closer, and what better way to celebrate than watching a horror film – or making one. From now through February 28, 2013, female horror filmmakers can submit their work to Viscera Film Festival. Bonus: unlike most festivals, Viscera does not charge submission fees.  In summer 2013, Viscera will showcase the winning films at the Bloody Carpet Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. There will be special guest speakers, award presentations, and celebrity guests. Read More
The First Time, written and directed by Jonathan Kasdan (In the Land of Women, Californication), stars Dylan O’Brien (MTV’s Teen Wolf), Britt Robertson, and Victoria Justice (Nickelodeon’s Victorious). The Sundance Film Festival hit is meant to be a more realistic take on a teenage love story, and it does a good job of capturing the awkwardness and stress that a lot of us often experienced as teenagers. Read More
Do you love American Beauty, but wish it had a lighter touch and a happier ending — and starred Hugh "Dr. House" Laurie? Okay, me neither really. Just checking.  But in case you do fit this particular niche, The Oranges is the suburban dysfunction film for you. Like a certain rose-petal-covered movie we know, The Oranges is a meditation on American life and American happiness directed by a British dude.  It also uses voice-over to explain its philosophies, and stars Allison Janney as the neighbor's wife.  Unlike A.B, it's not going to win any Oscars. Read More
Like many other people, I took English in high school, and like many other high school English students, I was moody, brooding, and really into canon "romance" novels. So it should come as no surprise that Wuthering Heights holds a dear, dear place in my heart. I was fully prepared to love Andrea Arnold's new film adaptation of the Emily Brontë masterpiece, especially given that Arnold directed 2009's instant classic Fish Tank and had cast Skins' Kaya Scodelario as Catherine. Read More
The bullshit: it never stops. Lee Daniels, director of the upcoming drama The Paperboy, recently admitted that he asked leading lady Nicole Kidman to gain weight for her role in order to—wait for it, kids—appear “more flawed.” "It was important that she put on some weight,” Daniels continued. “I said, 'I want you fat. I want your butt jiggling, I want your thighs moving.' She put on 15 pounds. Read More
About Cherry is a lot of things. Part porno, part love story, and part coming of age story, it leaves the viewer caught in its jumble of tones. About Cherry tries to cover too much territory in just an hour and forty minutes, leaving dangling story lines and underdeveloped characters. Cherry is the porn pseudonym of high school dropout Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw). At home, Angelina deals with an alcoholic mother and a boyfriend who walks around the apartment looking annoyed, but is probably supposed to seem threatening. Read More