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At this point, it’s public knowledge that Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer is facing allegations of sexual assault—and his film still won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture. Another Best Picture-winning director also has a history of misconduct: Peter Farrelly, who directed, produced, and co-wrote the dramatic comedy Green Book. (Which has drawn criticism for its "tone-deaf" approach to race, including from the family of Dr. Don Shirley, the black concert pianist portrayed by Mahershala Ali in the film). This week, the Cut dug into some disturbing (and forgotten) stories from 1998 about...
As a Queen fan since childhood, I was thrilled when a biopic of the late frontman Freddie Mercury was announced in 2010. I was less thrilled when after eight years of waiting, casting changes, and production disputes, the final product itself was not the film I had been anticipating. Though Bohemian Rhapsody is a flashy and entertaining movie, director Bryan Singer’s history of sexual assault and the film’s troubling portrayal of Freddie Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis cannot be overlooked. The #MeToo movement has led to many powerful abusers being...
One of the best pieces of first-person journalism I’ve ever read was written in my college’s newspaper by a fellow student, who did what the protagonist of The New Romantic does—try out being a “sugar baby” for the intrigue of having a new, slightly taboo life experience. (For those unfamiliar with the term, a “sugar baby” is commonly a young, attractive person who enters into a relationship with an older individual—the “sugar mommy/daddy”—in exchange for money and/or expensive gifts.) The difference between my fellow student...

DestroyerDirected by Karyn KusamaOut December 25 Nicole Kidman’s hot streak continues with her performance in Destroyer as Erin Bell, a liquor-soaked detective searching the underbelly of Los Angeles for the criminal who upended her world. The twisty-turny narrative flashes back and forth in time to illustrate Erin’s transformation from a promising young rookie on an undercover assignment inside a cult-like gang to a flinty alcoholic clinging to what’s left of her life. When Erin isn’t putting the screws to members of her old crew, she’s reflecting...
On the Basis of Sex Directed by Mimi LederOut December 25 In such a tumultuous and often horrifying political era, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a consistent hero and symbol of hope and resilience. (I mean, the 85-year-old returned to work in November just days after fracturing three ribs!) In Mimi Leder’s stunning biopic, though, viewers first meet the notorious RBG (portrayed masterfully by Felicity Jones) several decades prior to her Supreme Court days—specifically, in a Harvard Law classroom dominated by white men....

  It's the end of 2018, and that means year-end lists! Here, we're bringing you our 24 best movies of the year, listed by release date. This list was chosen by BUST editors Erika W. Smith and Jenni Miller, with input from other BUST contributors. 1. Private Life, directed by Tamara Jenkins (January 18)   2. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (February 16)Read "Let's Talk About The Women Of Black Panther" by Lalaina Rackson. .   3. Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland (February 23)Read our review by Erika W. Smith.   4. A...
This morning, the Los Angeles Times reported that actress and director Penny Marshall died in her home last night, due to complications with her diabetes, at 75 years old. Marshall was best known for her roles on sitcoms like Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, and The Odd Couple; the first show, which premiered in 1976, aired for eight seasons and, at its peak, was broadly known as the number one show of its time. It was also one of the first to focus on working-class women and highlight female friendship. During...
  There is no fictional cautionary tale you can devise about the horrors of social media that is both as insightful and depressing as The American Meme. Directed by Bert Marcus, The American Meme unpacks and reveals the ecosystem of social media celebrity with incredible thoughtfulness. The American Meme isn’t a story about “social media gone wrong”—there are no stories about how a nude pic ruined someone’s public relationship, or how an offensive tweet cost someone a job. As you watch The American Meme, it dawns...

Vox LuxWritten and Directed by Brady Corbet Writer/director Brady Corbet brings us a new kind of faux-doc with this drama about a fictional pop star named Celeste—one name, like Madonna or Cher. Vox Lux's first half shows Celeste's rise to stardom. As a Staten Island preteen (Raffey Cassidy), Celeste survives a school shooting. While she's recovering, her older sister Eleanor (Stacy Martin) teaches her how to write music. Celeste performs a song at a memorial for the shooting victims, footage of which goes viral, and with...
  "We have a scourge upon our land: 'tis a woman with a crown," says Scottish minister John Knox (David Tennant) from the pulpit—a line featured prominently in the trailer for Mary, Queen of Scots. The marketing for the movie sets it up as a feminist tale: two powerful queens—Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan)—are political rivals who plot circles around each other, while becoming aware of each other's remarkable similarities as powerful women in a sexist society. The movie's characterization...