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In FabricWritten and directed by Peter StricklandOut December 6        In his latest horror film, In Fabric, director Peter Strickland spins a yarn set in a world of ambient electronic soundtracks, pseudo-witches, and costumes that are killer—literally. Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is a lonely bank teller still reeling from a divorce, compulsively reading personal ads, and trying to assert parental authority over her son (Jaygann Ayeh) and his off-putting, omnipresent girlfriend Gwen (Gwendoline Christie). In her excitement to find the perfect outfit for a long-awaited...
Earlier this year, Mickey and the Bear, a film written and directed by actress Annabelle Attanasio, received a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival. Since it premiered at SXSW, the film and Attanasio received stellar reviews resulting in many film buffs to count down the days until the general public could view it. Growing up in a home with parents who were a screenwriter/producer and a producer, as well as growing up in the Los Angeles theatre community and performing in plays at NYU, Attanasio...
Liv Hewson is having their moment. Following their fan-favorite role as Drew Barrymore's daughter in Santa Clarita Diet, Hewson shines in two new films: Let It Snow, out now on Netflix right now, and Bombshell, in theaters this December. Let It Snow follows a group of high school students whose lives, friendships, and relationships are forever altered when a snowstorm hits their small midwestern town on Christmas Eve. And their second project, Bombshell, tells the true story of the women at Fox News who fought against the toxic and sexist culture that led...
Lionheart (2019), directed by celebrated Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, was Nigeria’s first ever submission for the now re-branded “International Feature Film” category for the Academy Awards. The Academy claims the film was ineligible for the prestigious nomination because it only had a combined eleven minutes of Igbo spoken in the film, and did not meet the twelve minute minimum requirement of non-English spoken dialogue. This controversy comes after the Academy announced they would update the category’s name from the previously known “Foreign Language Film” in...
When filmmaker Nicole Costa gets in touch with her old college friend, Iván Ojeda, after 17 years, she learns that the former theater director and playwright has reinvented himself. Iván now goes by Monalisa and earns a living as a sex worker on the streets of New York City. Costa’s reunion with Ojeda and introduction to Monalisa illustrates the challenges and realities of life as an undocumented, transgender immigrant dealing with sex, drugs and the pursuit of an American visa. Viewers can watch the charming...

I hate horror movies. I truly, deeply cannot stand gore and jump scares and my overactive imagination going to terrifying places. But I do like movies that are spooky and creepy, and I like movies that have feminist undercurrents even more. That’s why I love the 1996 cult classic The Craft, a movie that has become only more relevant since its release. I cannot tell you how many books about witchcraft are sent to BUST every day, and it’s pretty clear to see why. In a world where...
  The annual Margaret Mead Film Festival took place at the American Museum of Natural History last weekend from October 17 to 20. The event has taken place since 1976, and aims to celebrate a comprehensive and inclusive spectrum of work including documentary films, shorts, and other media. Its mission, according to the website, is to increase “understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world”. Margaret Mead was a famous anthropologist who worked at the American Museum of Natural History for 52 years. She was a curator for...
Paradise HillsDir. Alice WaddingtonOut October 25 Filmmaker Alice Waddington’s directorial debut stars Emma Roberts as Uma, a young woman of high social class who wakes up in a candy-colored, dystopian “paradise.” Though the aesthetics are heavenly, she quickly suspects her new home isn’t exactly idyllic. Something like a rehab center, the island is full of upper-class girls who have failed to appease their families. Uma’s fatal misstep? Her refusal to marry the cruel billionaire of her parents’ dreams. She does find a crew of unlikely comrades, though,...
Patricia Arquette is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken feminists. Here, the Oscar-winning actor opens up about finding time for activism, fighting for equal pay, and feeling for her embattled co-star Felicity Huffman Scheduling a chat with Patricia Arquette is no easy feat. Even though we are both in London, we have to do our interview by phone because the only time she has to talk is in the car as she’s being shuttled between appointments. Of course this comes as no surprise. Since her Oscar win...
  Elpida (Stella Fyrogeni) just wanted to get her doctor’s opinion on treating her symptoms of menopause. Instead, she leaves his office after an examination with every kind of pill and cream imaginable, a laundry list of side effects that are somehow delivered with a straight face, and confirmation that even when she seeks out help or advice, it won’t come in the form she wants. This opening sequence sets up Pause to be a much more darkly humorous story than it ultimately is. Elpida is trapped in a...
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