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DOLORESDirected by Peter BrattOut September 8 4/5 BUST rating The new documentary Dolores opens with a morning show clip that calls labor leader and civil rights advocate Dolores Huerta, “the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of.” That short description sets the tone for the film, in which director Peter Bratt explores Huerta’s life and legacy — all for an audience he assumes has never heard of her. Bratt combines archival footage with interviews with Huerta (now 87), her family, and fellow activists including Gloria Steinem and...
The first thing that strikes you as off about Feed is Troian Bellisario’s (Pretty Little Liars) blue contact lenses. Early on in the film, they are so pale and flat as to be distracting, but as the film goes on, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were meant to be intentionally creepy. After all, Tom Felton (Harry Potter), who plays Bellisario’s twin brother, has naturally blue eyes. And with his mop of Draco Malfoy-blond hair dyed brown to match Bellisario’s, they certainly make a creepy...
Mengwen Cao is a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer. Born in Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States in 2012. At the age of 25, her parents thought she had never fallen in love. Cao had a secret: She liked girls. Like many other creatives — Cao is a filmmaker and photographer who also made "I Stand Between," a multimedia art piece exploring transracial adoption —  she started by first getting all her feelings out in words in the form of a letter. The...
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has thrown a Lasso of Truth around James Cameron after he criticized her depiction of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Cameron — who directed Titanic and Avatar — shared his comments about Jenkins with the Guardian, in an interview published yesterday under the illuminating headline “James Cameron: ‘The downside of being attracted to independent women is that they don’t need you.’”  K. BTW, the headline quote refers to Cameron describing his type — he has four ex-wives (Sharon Williams, producer Gale Ann Hurd, director...
This is one of those stories where each detail makes you a little more excited. Per Variety: 1. St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is directing a feature film.2. It’s an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde work. 3. It’s the Picture of Dorian Gray. 4. But it’s genderswapped. 5. So Dorian is a woman now. Also: Elle screenwriter David Birke will write the script, and there’s no word yet about the cast or release date. There have been a ton of Dorian Gray adaptations — most recently Penny Dreadful tackled the...
INGRID GOES WESTDirected by Matt SpicerOut August 114/5 BUST rating Ingrid Goes West is an uncanny portrait of how social media allows users to curate their lives beyond recognition. Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a mentally unstable millennial whose mother recently died. After a stint in an institution, she finds she’s inherited enough money to move to the West Coast and remake herself in the image of Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram tastemaker who’s basically Coachella personified. Taylor’s got it all – the artsy husband,...
After watching This Beautiful Fantastic through twice, I’m still not one hundred percent sure if I liked it or not. It’s an odd little independent film, calling to mind a sort of de-saturated, languid Pushing Daisies in its storybook-like narrative and set pieces. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), This Beautiful Fantastic tells the story of Bella Brown, a meek, antisocial orphan with obsessive-compulsive tendencies who longs to be a children’s author, and...
Moana is an absolute revelation to me, and I weep whenever I watch it. This is, I think, because above all else, Moana is a story about women. Though a male demigod features prominently in the movie, at its heart, Moana is about the coming of age of a young woman, about her relationships with the matriarchs who came before her, and about the feminine forms of heroism that she is uniquely capable of performing. The first heroic act we see Moana perform (the first act...
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario and Hell or High Water) completes his loosely linked American West trilogy with his directorial debut, Wind River. Travelling deep into the mountains of Wyoming, this film has all the traditional makings of a thriller. Though, more importantly, Wind River highlights the issue of undocumented violence against Native American women. In short, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) discovers the body of a young girl buried deep in the snow-covered wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation....
Halle Berry's new road-bound thiller, Kidnap, opens with a montage of home videos of a baby boy, Frankie, (narrated by an off-screen Berry) as he grows from squishy infant to super cute and still squishy toddler. No one else makes an appearance in the clips, and it becomes evident that the baby and his mother are on their own, with the child's father nowhere to be seen.  During an outing with her son, Berry’s character, Karla, literally takes six adult steps to the side to answer...