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Wildlike, an indie film directed and written by Frank Hall Green, was a thoughtful look into the experience of a teenage victim of sexual assault. It had good intentions, iffy acting, a slow rhythm and most of all–desperately needed a trigger warning. Basic criticism aside, the film takes a new angle on displaying the point of view of a survivor of sexual assault. If it is one thing Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is, it's a survivor. Moving in with her uncle (Brian Geraghty) in Alaska, Mackenzie's future is at first seemingly full of opportunity. Read More
  The 1968 horror film Rosemary’s Baby is very much a classic — and for good reason. Its psychological take on the genre touches on real-life fears like claustrophobia, pregnancy-related body horror and gaslighting.   Whether you’re a Rosemary’s Baby fan or you’ve had trouble enjoying the film before (does Mia Farrow’s involvement cancel out noted rapist Roman Polanski’s?), we have a new movie for you: Lyle, described as a “lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby. Read More
  The new movie Stonewall, out tomorrow, is supposed to be about the 1969 Stonewall riots, a landmark event in the fight for LGBT rights. The problem is….it’s not. At least, not recognizably. The 2015 “Stonewall” movie is centered around fictional cis, white, gay character Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), putting the real, historic, iconic Stonewall activists — including people of color, transgender women, drag queens, lesbians and sex workers — firmly in the background in favor of a whitewashed love story. Read More
Huge news for Betty Davis fans: A biopic telling the story about the legendary original Nasty Gal is in the works, and there is a bunch of cool merch you can nab to help make this movie happen! Nasty Gal: The Many Lives of Funk Queen Betty Davis will begin production this fall, and to secure music and archive licenses and cover principal photography, Native Voice Films has launched a site on Indiegogo, a global fundraising site. Read More
Sleeping With Other People: Movie Review At Sundance, Leslye Headland, writer/director of Sleeping with Other People, called her new film, “When Harry Met Sally for assholes.” And indeed, the narrative starts with several romantic-comedy staples—there’s an adorably nutty woman, Lainey (Alison Brie), and her smart-ass guy friend, Jake (Jason Sudeikis). They don’t know they’re perfect for each other, even though their friends keep telling them so, and they try to navigate their personal lives against the backdrop of upper-middle-class Manhattan. Read More
Hunger Games star and cultural activist Amandla Stenberg is set to begin her career as a published comic writer this November. In April, the 16 year old broke the internet with her video Don’t Cashcrop my Cornrows, a five minute crash course on black culture and cultural appropriation which received over one million views. Read More
Transgender lives are rising to the forefront in mainstream media. A new film starring Elle Fanning, titled About Ray, continues this trend. The film explores a family’s dramatic journey as daughter Ramona, played by Elle Fanning, begins the process of transitioning to Ray. About Ray does not just focus on Ray’s personal journey. It takes a deep look at how Ray’s mother (Naomi Watts), father (Tate Donovan), and grandmother (Susan Sarandon) are impacted by Ray’s identity. Read More
When you’re Zoe Saldana, your resume is impressive – over 30 films, countless public appearances, and even the label of co-producer on projects like Rosemary’s Baby. You would assume that Saldana worked hard over the years to obtain this lengthy resume, and while this may be true, another factor came into play, and it’s incredibly sexist. In a recent interview to promote the new movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Saldana states, “A producer once told me he hired me for the way I held a gun while wearing panties, not for my opinions. Read More
Netflix has just announced the release dates for their first feature films coming to the streaming service. And, included in that group is Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Here’s what the movie is about, according to Pee-wee’s own personal blog: “A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.” The film is set to premier in March 2016, and we can expect an all-star cast and crew. Judd Apatow and Paul Reubens worked together to produce the film. Read More
When Tracy, a sad college freshman in New York City, suddenly befriends her brand-new older stepsister Brooke, life takes a fast—and exciting!—turn. In Mistress America, which is set to arrive in select theaters on August 14, comedy goddess Greta Gerwig and up-and-comer Lola Kirke (little sister of Girls’s Jemima Kirke) get to know themselves while getting to know one another on a journey to remember. It's a powerful portrait of female relationships and self-discovery, Noah Baumbach-style. And no, it is not a sequel to Frances Ha. Read More