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When it comes to the new suspense flick Girl on the Train, spoilers are not an issue. This is largely due to the fact that practically everyone on planet Earth read the Paula Hawkins novel on which the film is faithfully based when it became a runaway bestseller last year. But it is also the case because even though this adaptation is a full two-hours long, there isn’t enough character development amid all the sinister twists and turns to make viewers actually care whodunit. The...
“I thought I’d messed up my life because I hadn’t studied film.” Despite not having formal schooling in film, Sally El Hosaini found another route to directing. El Hosaini was born in Swansea, Wales to an Egyptian father and Welsh mother. She was raised in Cairo but at 16, her mother encouraged her to leave home in order to study at one of the United World Colleges in Wales. At Durham University, El Hosaini studied Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. How did she find film, then? “I...
Photo via Fusion Welcome to Hollywood, the biggest perpetrator of cultural appropriation, normalizing racist stereotypes, and white-washing when it comes to film casting. That being said, movie studios seem to be taking (at least two) steps in the right direction this week as two highly-anticipated big budget movies start choosing their leading ladies.    Mulan (2018) Photo via Tumblr As we've previously reported, many Disney fans had expressed concern over Disney's announcement about a Mulan live-action remake. Fans were worried that the movie studio would take the Gods of Egypt route and...
When you take a look at the entertainment industry over the last several decades, there are countless fictional characters that have caused women to question their sexuality.  Just within the past few years, straight and queer women alike have fallen for androgynous female characters such as Shane McCutcheon from The L Word, Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in The Runaways, Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and pretty much every character in Orange is the New Black. These are women who inspired...
Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig Out September 30 Rating: 2/5 In this ode to teen-girl angst, Hailee Steinfeld stars as Nadine, a prickly high schooler whose life is upended when she walks in on her BFF Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) hooking up with her brother Darian (Blake Jenner). As we learn in flashbacks, Nadine has never been outgoing or laid back; even as a child, she butted heads with her mother (Kyra Sedgwick) and...
Sasha Lane AMERICAN HONEY Written and directed by Andrea Arnold Out September 30 Rating: 4/5 American Honey is a road trip movie in the best possible way. Viewers follow a teenage girl, Star (Sasha Lane, in her first movie), as she leaves a troubled relationship behind and joins a band of misfit young people who travel the country selling magazine subscriptions. They’re led by Krystal (Riley Keough), a self-described “American honey,” who rules with an iron fist, imposing drastic and often violent punishments for those who don’t meet...
In Bloom While attending film school in Germany, Nana Ekvtimishvili started writing the script that would one day become her first feature, In Bloom. Ekvtimishvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgia was a part of the Soviet Union prior to the fall of the USSR in 1992. However, even after declaring its independence, Georgia has remained war torn. The country was embroiled in a civil war in 1995, revolutions due to elections in the early 2000s, and more recently, the Second Chechen War. Ekvtimishvili wanted to write about...

Amazon has released the trailer for Good Girls Revolt — and we get a look at the rampant sexism in New York's media industry in 1969. The series is inspired Lynn Povich's notable book The Good Girls Revolt, which details a sexual discrimination case in the 1960s. The enticing drama, starring Grace Gummer (as Nora Ephron), Genevieve Angelson (as Patti Robinson), and Anna Camp (as Jane Hollander), is about a group of young, determined female researchers who are beginning to reject the ridiculous sexist rules that keep...
Check out British director Sophie Goodhart’s IMDB page, and you’ll see quite a few credits under writer and assistant director, but under the “Director” heading, there are only two entries — and they have the same title. The first “My Blind Brother” was a short film Goodhart made back in 2003, inspired in part by her relationship with her sister, who has MS and uses a wheelchair. The second My Blind Brother is out now and stars Jenny Slate as a woman caught in a...
  Finally, former BUST cover gal Jenny Slate is starring in a movie again, her first lead role since 2014’s Obvious Child. In My Blind Brother — directed by Sophie Goodhart and out now — Slate plays Rose, a woman who dumps her fiancé only to see him get hit by a bus and die minutes later — and then she meets a new love interest at his wake. Soon, she finds herself in the center of a love triangle between two brothers, the loveable slacker/stoner...