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Come What May is not a typical, action-filled war movie. Instead, writer/director Christian Carion presents the audience with a refreshing drama that intimately details characters' lives at the start of the German invasion. Set in France in 1940, the film paints a picture of one the largest exodus in history. Paul (Olivier Gourmet), the mayor of a village, persuades the people in his village to flee to southern France. His story is woven together with that of Hans (August Diehl), a member of the German resistance who...
The JT LeRoy saga is a confusing and many-layered one. Back in the mid-'90s, JT LeRoy became a darling of the literary world.  But then, in the mid-200s, the truth came out: LeRoy was a fictional persona created by Laura Albert after ten years of near silence, Laura Albert is now resurfacing, telling her story in the documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig. This time, she comes as herself, without her armor. The story of Laura Albert and JT LeRoy is convoluted, with many...
  As I Open My EyesCo-written and directed by Leyla BouzidOut September 9Rating: 3/5 As I Open My Eyes isn’t your average coming-of-age movie. Baya Medhaffar stars as fearless young protagonist Farah — a Tunisian girl who sings politically charged songs with her band, makes out with her boyfriend Bohrène (Montassar Ayari) in public, drinks in men’s bars, and locks her mother Hayet (Ghalia Benali) in her bedroom so she can sneak out at night. She wants to ditch medical school to study music — but there’s...
Author: The JT LeRoy StoryDirected by Jeff Feuerzeig Out September 9Rating: 4/5   Reclusive author JT LeRoy became a literary sensation in 1999 when his debut novel, Sarah, and his follow-up, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, captured the imagination of the counterculture. A teen prodigy who turned his sordid past of drugs and rural prostitution into creative treasure, JT was befriended by celebrities and courted by Hollywood for years. But the cult phenomenon came crashing down in 2005 when New York magazine revealed that the novels...
During an International Honors nine month program, “Film Study and Anthropology”, Lauren Greenfield decided this was her calling. The program explored documentary filmmaking in France, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, India, Australia, and Japan. “We watched many indigenous films and we met with amazing directors. It was on that trip that I realized my calling. I wasn’t sure if it would be sociology, film, photography, or anthropology, but looking at culture was my calling. When I got back to Harvard, I switched my major from Social Studies to...
If you haven’t heard of White Girl yet, you’re about to. The indie drama with the incendiary name has slowly been gathering buzz since before it premiered at Sundance in January, and with its wide release today, it’s about to make its mark. The film, directed by Elizabeth Wood, follows a college-aged, middle-class white girl, Leah (Morgan Saylor), who moves to Ridgewood, Queens, and falls for her neighbor, a young, sweet, handsome Puerto Rican drug dealer named Blue (Brian "Sene" Marc). As their stories become...
It’s a common problem in Hollywood. The lack of women behind the camera (or in the editing room or writing scripts) is one hurdle faced by women in film, but another is the lack of roles for women, especially for women over the age of 40. Director Ruba Nadda and actress Patricia Clarkson have teamed up to create projects precisely for those women. Their collaboration has benefited Clarkson, who at age 55 has had lead roles in two of Nadda’s films and will be the lead...
  Oh, Mark Ruffalo. So talented, so handsome, such great hair, but sometimes....he just doesn’t get it. Like right now. Because Mark Ruffalo produced a movie about trans people — but he didn’t cast or consult any trans people. The film, Anything, stars Matt Bomer, who is a cis man, as a trans woman sex worker. The film is an adaptation of a play by the same name by Tim McNeill. Earlier this week, several trans women actresses called out Ruffalo and Bomer on Twitter. Jen Richards, who...
Clea DuVall’s directorial debut, The Intervention, brings together so many of our favorite actors for a break-up-and-make-up dramedy. The film centers on four dysfunctional couples on a weekend trip: DuVall (who also wrote the film) and Natasha Lyonne (a former BUST cover gal) play a couple who might be moving a little too fast — or a little too slow, depending on which one of them you ask. Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter play an engaged couple who seems picture-perfect, until you realize that they keep...
In Richard Tanne’s latest film, Southside With You, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are tremendously cast as a young Michelle and Barack Obama. Set in Chicago in 1989, this walkabout romance flick spans only the length of one day — the day that this future President and First Lady had their first date. As a date movie, this film unavoidably held the potential to be chalked full of clichés and cornball moments, but successfully evaded such tropes and managed to be unique while retaining a...