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  The Shape of Water Co-written and directed by Guillermo del ToroOut December 8In The Shape of Water, Sally Hawkins gives a five-star performance as Elisa, a mute cleaning lady at an ominous government facility. Her only friends, whom she communicates with through sign language, are her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and her closeted neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), until she discovers a living specimen from a classified Cold War experiment. This half-fish-half-man (Doug Jones) is tortured by his captor (Michael Shannon) and pursued by Soviet spies....
  Over the past two months, we’ve witnessed a reckoning against harassers and abusers in the media, which has brought forth at best upsetting and at worst damning allegations against some of the most powerful and respected men in Hollywood, as well as larger society. That’s why it’s shocking that as we finally begin to hold men to higher standards, Mel Gibson is essentially able to take back the career he derailed nearly a decade ago after being exposed for the racist and misogynist he clearly was...
A Christmas Prince is the latest addition to Netflix's holiday lineup, and, look, it's fine. It has all the makings of a corny Christmas miracle (playboy prince with a heart of gold, rookie journalist sent to cover the royals of a non-existent European country where the inhabitants inexplicably speak English, sassy housekeeper), but the formulaic construction falls short of any real sparkle. Even as someone who recognizes that romantic clichés are the bread and butter of holiday movies, as hard as I tried, I couldn't...
Frances McDormand is won a well-deserved Oscar for Fargo in 1996, but though she's worked regularly, it’s been a long time since she’s starred in a movie that wasn’t directed by the Coen Brothers (one of whom, Joel, she's married to). In 2017, McDormand—now 60—is finally top-billed in a movie that lets her prove, once again, why she’s one of the best actors out there. If only the movie had deserved herperformance. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is billed as a “black comedy-drama,” but though there...
  Cat people won’t be the only ones who relate to Noël Wells’ directorial debut Mr. Roosevelt. In the movie—which Wells also wrote—Wells plays Emily, a broke aspiring comedian in LA who returns to her former home in Austin after the sudden death of her cat, the titular Mr. Roosevelt. Once there, she has to reconcile with the cat’s other “family,” Emily’s ex-boyfriend, Eric (Nick Thune) and his new live-in girlfriend, the apparently perfect Celeste (Britt Lower)—all while coming to terms with her own seemingly-stalled career...
Every November, for the past 30 years, AFI Fest takes over Hollywood. With dozens of films that highlight the works of emerging filmmakers, world cinema, retrospectives, and a handful of big budget flicks, AFI Fest is one of the more original festivals around. It also happens to be the only major festival that’s free to the public, which makes sense because it’s put on by the American Film Institute. Opportunity and education are two of its biggest goals. It’s a festival I’ve attended for the...
Here at BUST HQ, the holiday season is in full swing and our December/January issue is shaping up to be a real sweet treat, starting with our indie film cover queen, Greta Gerwig! Inside, we’ve got an inspiring interview with Congresswoman Maxine Waters; a revealing report on the truth behind the Lizzie Borden murders; BUST’s famous Holiday Gift Guide; and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW! ON THE COVER: GRETA GERWIG PHOTOGRAPHED BY NADYA WASYLKO; STYLING BY LARA BACKMENDER; HAIR BY MARCO SANTINI; MAKEUP BY DANIEL MARTIN; MIXED METAL AND...
  Good luck not bawling your eyes out watching the A Wrinkle In Time trailer that dropped during the American Music Awards — because really, you’re going to cry the most gloriously happy tears. The trailer may only be about two minutes long, but that’s as long as I could handle being that happy anyway. The cast lineup alone is jaw-dropping: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Storm Reid, just to name a few. The trailer itself does a wonderful job spiking the interest...
  MudboundCo-written and directed by Dee ReesOut November 17 Writer/director Dee Rees (the filmmaker behind Bessie and Pariah) aims high with Mudbound, a sprawling Southern Gothic tale of two families whose fates are impossibly intertwined. Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) strikes up a friendship with Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) after they return from fighting in World War II; together, they drink and reminisce and try to heal. What makes their friendship unique, and dangerous, is that Ronsel is black and Jamie is white, and neither of their families...
  It Happened In L.A. is a modern-day comedy of manners that follows a group of 30-something Los Angelinos as they search for the elusive happily-ever-after and ponder if it even exists. The film primarily follows Annett, a former writer who is dissatisfied in her longterm relationship, as she compares what she and her partner have against the seemingly perfect couples in their friend group and doles out unsolicited advice to her token single friend. She is irritating, selfish and totally relatable.  Annette is the kind of unlikable...