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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
  What’s better than Amy Poehler? Amy Poehler rapping? Amy Poehler rapping with Tina Fey and Lindsay Lohan dancing in the background? Yep. This exists. This clip of Amy Poehler trying to rap the infamous "Kevin G" rap from Mean Girls during rehearsal for the movie recently surfaced on YouTube. Although Poehler is adorable, she fails to complete the rap again and again. (Which some may argue makes her more adorable.) Fey and Lohan’s back up dancing performance is strong. There is also an unidentified girl dancing backup who we’re incredibly jealous of. 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
     Never met a female cabbie in NYC before?  Neither had filmmaker Diana Diroy before she started her short documentary ‘What’s A Girl Doing Here?’. This is no surprise, since out of the 46,000 cab drivers working in NYC, only 170 are female. 'What's A Girl Doing Here?', follows the story of two female cabbies in the NYC area juggling their strenuous jobs and their every day lives. Read More
  Daniel Barnz directs this narrative sister to the school-reform doc Waiting for Superman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two Pittsburgh mothers who want to fix their kids’ failing elementary school. Gyllenhaal plays an Erin Brockovich-like character with tattoos, heels, and an “I’m not an activist, I’m just a mom working two jobs” mentality. Her daughter is dyslexic, but neither her child’s tenured teacher nor the administration offer any help. Read More
Amy Heckerling is the greatest. Not only is she responsible for national treasures like Clueless (1995) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), but she is one of the few female directors working in Hollywood, period. As an aspiring movie-maker, her awesomely quirky comedies give me a reason to get up in the morning. So when I saw that the trailer for her new movie Vamps (2012) had been released, I flipped out. 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

Fall Preview: Movies

BY BUST Magazine in Movies

We're excited to break out the popcorn and watch these lady-friendly fall movies — coming to a theater near you!   Meet the Fokkens August 8 (NYC) (Kino Lorber) Written and directed by Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schröder Louise and Martine Fokkens are identical twins, right down to their rosy cheeks and chosen vocation. These 69-year-old women have been working in Amsterdam’s red-light district as prostitutes for more than 50 years, and this Dutch-language doc is a fascinating portrait of their lives. Read More
A lot of things come to my mind when I think of James Cameron. Kickass director. Deep-sea explorer. But defender of female action heroines? Not at the top of my list. Maybe it’s because of his notorious hair-trigger temper on set, or perhaps his string of infidelities and failed marriages--the two most high profile being to Katherine Bigelow and Linda Hamilton--but somewhere along the line I forgot that this was the man responsible for such legendary badass female characters as Ellen Ripley (from the Alien series) and Sarah Connor (Terminator). Read More