Movies

“My name is Aubrey Parker. I broke into my dead friend’s apartment. Who the fuck are you?” Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) says combatively to a walkie-talkie she found by her friend’s bed in a wood-paneled, cabin-like dream of a bedroom. It’s New Year’s Eve and Aubrey’s best friend Grace is dead, leaving behind a group of mourners, a tombstone with the epitaph “Always Right,” and a secret task that she expected Aubrey to be able find out about and carry out. In response, Aubrey has barricaded...
Little WoodsWritten and directed by Nia DaCostaOut April 19       Writer/director Nia DaCosta’s first feature film is a drama centered around two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James), living below the poverty line in fictional Little Woods, North Dakota. Ollie is on probation after an arrest for illegally bringing prescription pills for her terminally ill mother (and a few others) over the Canadian border. Since her arrest and her mother’s death, Ollie has been getting by selling coffee and breakfast food and...

Family Written and directed by Laura Steinel Out April 19      In Family, protagonist Kate (Taylor Schilling) is so hyper-focused on career that she puts family last—and believes her co-workers should, too. She makes fun of her assistant for letting her adult brother move in with her; she voices doubts that a colleague about to take maternity leave will ever return to work; and she advises a new hire that to get ahead, her job has to become her entire life. Then she gets a call from...
The other day in the BUST office, I was asked to write a piece about the misunderstood 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats. I nearly fell out of my chair. Me...writing about one of my all-time favorite movies….a dream come true. Arguably, there is no one else on the planet more equipped for this very task, as my current Twitter bio in fact reads "#1 Fan of the film “Josie and the Pussycats." I can assure you that I am not messing around when I make that...
In her documentary Life After Life, Oakland-based filmmaker Tamara Perkins follows three men, incarcerated decades ago as teenagers, as they leave San Quentin State Prison on parole and transition back into the world beyond prison walls. Throughout the film, the men work to reconnect with their families and make a living for themselves for the first time in adulthood. For years, few people were asking the hard questions needed to spark comprehensive discourse around mass incarceration in America. Questions about recidivism and redemption and how...
  According to the Council on Foreign Relations, peace agreements with women at the negotiating table are 35% more likely to last for at least 15 years. This is what executive producer Gini Reticker tells us, as we discuss part two of the acclaimed documentary series, Women, War & Peace. The series will return to PBS later this month. The four featured films, airing on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26, tell stories of women who’ve risked their lives for peace and altered history in the process....
  This past weekend, Marvel Studio’s newest release, Captain Marvel made $455 million globally and $153 million domestically. Surpassing multiple Marvel films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange, it’s among the top earners for opening weekend for Marvel Studios. It has also garnered the spot as the sixth highest global debut of all time. Starring Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Avengers) and a twelve-year-old orange tabby cat named Reggie, Captain Marvel introduces many firsts for the...

  Gloria BellCo-written and directed by Sebastián LelioOut March 8       It’s rare to see a movie with a middle-aged woman as its protagonist, much less a joyous, hopeful one who laughs and dances and has hot sex with other middle-aged people—but Gloria Bell is here to fill that gap. Julianne Moore stars as Gloria, a bespectacled office professional who can’t resist a dance floor, a dinner party, or a date with John Turturro’s Arnold, a tender fellow divorcé. That’s not to say that Gloria’s...
Dame Emma Thompson, an award-winning actor and screenwriter, wrote a letter to Skydance Animation last month explaining why she has decided to leave the voice cast of their upcoming 2021 film, “Luck.” Her letter, released by the L.A. Times early this morning, cites the hiring of filmmaker and sexual harasser John Lasseter as the reasoning behind her decision. According to a L.A. Times article from January 2019, John Lasseter took a leave of absence from his position as Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s chief creative...
We don’t have to tell you that Green Book won big last night. The disappointment was palpable across the Internet. Though the film took home the night's biggest award, it had been mired in controversy in the months leading up to it, whether that be director Peter Farrelly's history of sexual misconduct, the family of Donald Shirley condemning the film as a "symphony of lies" to producer Nick Villelonga's Islamophobic tweet.  In an email response to a movie review written by one of BUST's editors, Jenni...