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In every issue of BUST's print magazine, managing editor Emily Rems writes a pop quiz about a famous lady we love. Triple threat Rita Moreno has been acting, singing, and dancing on stage and screen for over 70 years and she’s showing no signs of letting up any time soon. Think you know Rita’s secret for still getting her kicks at age 86? Then take the quiz! 1. Rosa Dolores Alverío Marcano (aka Rita Moreno) was born on December 11, 1931, in _______.a. The Dominican Republicb. Mexicoc....
  We’ve waited through one decade and twenty movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give us a female-led film. Well, the first trailer for March’s Captain Marvel is here, promising all the female badass-ery the beloved character deserves. When we meet Carol Danvers, played by Oscar-winner Brie Larson, she’s crashing into a Blockbuster. The movie is set in the mid-nineties, a prequel to the current MCU. There are some familiar (though digitally de-aged) faces: Samuel L. Jackson is a young, two-eyed Nick Fury. Rookie agent Phil...
  On August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were brutally murdered with an axe. Lizzie was arrested, charged with murder, and acquitted—and we, as a culture, have been obsessed with her story ever since. The new thriller Lizzie, directed by Craig William Macneill and starring Chloë Sevigny as Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart as the Bordens' maid Bridget, joins many modern retellings of the LIzzie Borden story—recently Lifetime's 2014 TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Axe and 2015 miniseries the Lizzie Borden Chronicles, and Sarah Schmidt's 2017...
Forty years after its release, fans of Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel The Bookshop are finally getting the opportunity to see it on the big screen. But don’t get too excited. Despite following the novel almost exactly, the adaption’s not that great. Directed by Isabel Coixet—the woman responsible for hit films like Learning to Drive, The Secret Life of Words, and My Life Without Me—The Bookshop follows Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a widow in search of fulfillment during the late 1950s. After arriving in a Hardborough, England, a...
“The more people that walk into your life, the more they can just walk right out,” Lara Jean Covey says in a scene from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, explaining why she doesn't want to take a chance on love in real life, instead of inside her head. In the new Netflix movie adapted from the Jenny Han novel of the same name, we follow the story of teenage hopeless romantic Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor). Lara Jean is a rising junior in high...

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us a new Netflix rom-com, this one starring Shannon Purser; the premiere of Emmy Rossum's final season of Shameless; and a buzzed-about debut novel by Wayétu Moore. MOVIES Sierra Burgess Is A Loser Shannon Purser (Stranger Things, Riverdale) stars in this teen rom-com directed by Ian Samuels and based on the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac. Out Friday, September 7 on Netflix. Read our interview with Shannon on BUST.com.  I Am Not A Witch Zambian-Welsh filmmaker Rungano Nyoni's wrote and directed...
Two years ago, the internet embraced a surprising icon: Barb from Stranger Things. Though she appeared in only a few scenes before meeting an untimely death, the bespectacled character inspired a hashtag (#JusticeForBarb), fan art, and even a rap song ("R.I.P. Barb" by Dr. Chorizo). The character also brought the first-time actress who played her, Shannon Purser, an Emmy nomination and enabled her to quit her job at a movie theater to pursue acting full-time. Now, after more supporting TV roles—including Ethel on Riverdale and...
Crazy Rich Asians, out now, directed by John M. Chu and based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, stars Fresh Off the Boat's tremendous Constance Wu as NYU economics professor Rachel Chu and the delightfully charismatic Henry Golding as her dashing boyfriend, Nick Young, who is the secret (at least to Rachel) heir to his family's Singapore luxury real estate fortune. Nick invites Rachel to Singapore for his best friend Colin's wedding, and Rachel discovers that her handsome boyfriend is in fact a household name...
In the past several months, we’ve seen the #TimesUp movement challenge a romanticized idea of Hollywood and reveal just how much work the film industry has to do with the way it treats women. But the hope is that the exposure of this raw reality leads to progress. Cinema Libre Studio, based in LA, claims they’ve noticed a “subtle but important shift in the industry,” marked by the release of films about women who shaped history, directed by women. This year, the studio is telling...
How many movies succeed in representing women as complex human beings, with a life beyond their relationship to a man? This is the question behind the iconic Bechdel test, which has been used to evaluate movies since Alison Bechdel wrote about it in a comic called “The Rule,” part of her series Dykes To Watch Out For, in the 1980s. This video essay from No Film School breaks down everything you need to know about the Bechdel test in five minutes, diving into its history (the concept...