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  A young kid gains powers and is brought to a school of magic, sound familiar? Although Mary and the Witch’s Flower is full of adventure and magic, Endor College is not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and where Harry learns to utilize magic to defeat evil, Mary learns that magic is the cause of it. Mary and The Witch’s Flower was directed by former Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi for his animation studio, Studio Ponoc. He worked on all of the favorite films of children...

When I was in middle school, I prayed every night that I would wake up the next morning as Nicole Kidman as Satine in Moulin Rouge — and I’ve never even believed in God. At the time, my love of Moulin Rouge was the only thing that sustained me, and I watched it obsessively (I’ve seen it about 100 times) to escape my life. I was mercilessly bullied, afraid to go to school each day, and struggling with with suicidal ideation. If I could just be...
Tropes have been around as long as media has existed. When watching TV or film, we can identify images and themes that are used over and over again. But are tropes benefiting society, or projecting unrealistic ideologies for societal consumption? Some tropes can be argued to be harmless, like the classic “Running Through an Airport” trope, but others create or reinforce stereotypes in society. Just take a closer look at one trope: The “Glasses Gotta Go” trope.  The “Glasses Gotta Go” trope is when a girl...
  Saturday Church, a visually striking indie musical that has been making the rounds since its debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is heading to theaters this weekend. It’s a coming of age story about a shy 14-year-old genderqueer person named Ulysses, played spectacularly by Luka Kain, struggling with his identity after the death of his father. Born into a military family and raised part time by his strict, religious aunt, there is little room for self-exploration. It isn’t until Ulysses meets Ebony, Dijon, and...
A brilliant actor, dancer, model, and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn was one of the most beloved performers of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Think you know how she got so deeply and importantly talented? Then take the quiz!1. Born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium, Audrey’s birth name was _______.a. Audrey Geraldine Lordeb. Audrey Justine Tautouc. Audrey Kathleen Rustond. Audrey Hamburg Landers 2. Audrey’s mother was a ______ baroness.a. Dutchb. Austrianc. Bulgariand. British 3. Audrey was nominated for five Oscars but only won once, for her role in _______.a....
  “It seems like art,” says John Rothman’s character towards the end of My Art, and it is. The film, directed by and starring Laurie Simmons, follows Ellie Shine (Simmons), an artist in her 60s who is going through an existential crisis, one she hopes will be cured by escaping the busy city for a summer retreat in upstate New York. Cemented by a superb cast and a witty, dry humor, My Art is the kind of film that will make you feel like you’re escaping,...
    Mira Sorvino, amongst the first wave of women to publically accuse Harvey Weinstein of despicable behavior, apologized to Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter published in the Huffington Post on Wednesday.In this excerpt, Sorvino explains what propelled her to star in Allen's 1995 film, Mighty Aphrodite, even as allegations of child sexual abuse were swirling around Allen: I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your...
  There’s a momentary shot in Maya Dardel (directed by  Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak) that perfectly sums up the protagonist’s opinion on the proceedings of the film: it’s a snatched glance of a small mechanical toy that consists of small brassy balls moving around and around in an endless circle. It’s a bit of a joke, because the majority of Maya Dardel consists of arrogant young men of the poetry or MFA persuasion coming to the title character's door, hoping to be chosen as the...
  Weather channels are predicting up to 12 inches of snow in the tri-state area, and if you’re anything like us, getting snowed in means wrapping up in your comfiest blanket, making some hot chocolate, and watching a movie with a kickass female lead. Here are some of BUST’s top picks, all currently streaming on Netflix, for lazing around during what meteorologists have been calling a “bomb cyclone”—whatever that means. The Incredible Jessica James Starring Jessica Williams of 2 Dope Queens as the titular character, Jessica James follows...
  Last year was defined by the reckoning and exposure of powerful men in Hollywood — and, let’s face it, everywhere. From the women (and some men, too) who took down former hotshots like Harvey Weinstein and Dustin Hoffman, to new updates on Ava DuVernay’s upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, to Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, 2017 was all about the power of women. And now that the top grossing films of 2017 can be totaled, it’s clear that it was also the year of women...