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BLAME, a challenging new film centered around a high school production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, depicts a bold narrative about villains, victims, and how to tell the difference between the two. While this coming-of-age story focuses around a play that’s become an English lit class cliché, BLAME is surprisingly surprising. It's written and directed by Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old actress who also stars as one of the main characters. Shephard began writing the screenplay after she starred in the role as the villain-mistress Abigail in a...
The title of director Macon Blair's film I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is, in the end, slightly misleading. Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) has clearly never felt at home in the world she inhabits. Clinically depressed, alienated from her nominal friends, and awkward in the extreme, Ruth is a pot left to eternally, sickeningly simmer until she boils over, flooding and burning everything in her wake. An early scene sets the stage for the straw that breaks Ruth’s back quite nicely: a foul-mouthed...
  ColossalWritten and directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Out April 7 Anne Hathaway goes indie in this utterly delightful and strange movie about heartbreak, addiction, and literal monsters. Hathaway stars as Gloria, a formerly fancy New Yorker whose life is in shambles after she’s dumped by her hot, seemingly perfect boyfriend (Dan Stevens). Broke and homeless, she retreats to her small hometown to lick her wounds and drink, eventually striking up an unlikely friendship with a bar owner, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), and his ragtag crew of buddies. Against this...
Like a whole lot of you, if box office numbers are anything to go by, I recently went to see the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast last week. While overall I enjoyed it, there were a few things that bugged me, and other things that, while not bad, per say, definitely stuck out. I decided to list a few of those things for you there — warning, spoilers, obviously. The Good• Belle and the Beast both get backstories, which are interesting and help develop...
30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma By Marisa Crawford To celebrate the release of BUST's brand new April/May 2017 issue (on stands now!), enjoy this great Friday long read from our latest edition exploring 30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma. Wanna enjoy this article on the go? You can also listen to this piece read by managing editor Emily Rems in a special bonus episode of our "Poptarts" podcast. Just click on over to our iTunes page and...
Billed as a real-life, female version of Boyhood, the new documentary All This Panic, directed by Jenny Gage, follows a group of teenage girls in Brooklyn through three crucial years of their lives. There’s Lena, a smart, awkward girl trying to live a normal teenage life while her family is struggling behind the scenes; Ginger, an aspiring but incredibly insecure actress; Sage, one of the few black girls in a mostly-white private school, who is grieving the recent death of her father; Olivia, who is coming...
The Zookeeper’s WifeDirected by Niki CaroOut March 31 In the past few years, “The Male Profession’s Female Relative”-style titles have become so common they’re often mocked (The Aviator’s Wife, The Hangman’s Daughter...)—but The Zookeeper’s Wife deserves your attention despite its name. Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina‭ ‬Żabińska, the titular zookeeper’s wife, but she’s a far more talented zookeeper than her husband, the gruff but well-meaning Jan (Johan Heldenbergh). The film opens in Warsaw, Poland, in 1939, and as soon as you see the date flash across...
Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle A Quiet PassionWritten and directed by Terence Davies(Out March 31) The idea of an Emily Dickinson biopic sounds exciting until you remember that Dickinson was a famous recluse. Much of what’s interesting about Dickinson comes from her written work, and while writer/director Terence Davies attempts to derive drama from her day-to-day life, he fails to create a captivating story. This is incredibly frustrating, because Davies comes close. But the moments of tension he introduces have no buildup and little reverberation. We see...
Let's play a game of “What if.” Let's pretend that incredibly talented artist and burgeoning actress Janelle Monae was White — with strawberry blonde hair and the world at her feet.Well, for one — she would have been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Hidden Figures. It’s painfully obvious that Octavia Spencer got the nod because the Academy felt pressure to nominate one of the gals, and since Spencer is the certified one of the bunch, they lazily went with her.There was no consideration...
To celebrate the release of BUST's brand new April/May 2017 issue (on stands now!) we've released a special bonus episode of our Poptarts podcast in which managing editor Emily Rems reads one extra excellent feature story from the magazine. In "Great Expectations" by Marisa Crawford, the author examines 30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma. To access the episode, just click on over the Poptarts page on iTunes. And while you're there, please rate and review the show. It really helps us get...