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If you haven’t seen The Favourite—the multi-award winning, Bechdel-Wallace-test-passing movie beautifully described by star Rachel Weisz as "like a funnier, sex-driven All About Eve," then bookmark this page and get yourself down to the cinema. I think all history-lovers and Olivia Colman worshippers can agree that seeing the stories of three powerful women in history who aren't Elizabeth I (God love her but girl, you have taken up too much screentime) has been massively refreshing. Not only did this incredible film give us the gift of this...

  It’s winter somewhere in New Jersey; or maybe it’s always been cold like this, the ground covered in gray slush, the sky bleak and metallic. For Nancy (Andrea Riseborough), every day is the same, given over to a listless temp jobs and to caring for a sick, nosy mother (Ann Dowd), whose dull complaining and moaning roars in the background like so much white noise. However, Nancy finds ways around the mundanity of her life: by concocting scams, in depth and in detail, where she...
A little bit of good news to brighten your social media feed—the new Bollywood movie Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw that Girl) is now “the first mainstream, star-studded blockbuster about a family coming to terms with their daughter loving another woman" in India, reports The Guardian.  The film was released in cinemas this past Friday. It stars father-daughter duo (in their first onscreen appearance together) Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Anil Kapoor plays the father of Sonam Kapoor’s character,...
I remember the first time I saw The Craft. It was a Saturday and I was either nine or ten, flipping through channels looking for something good and scary to watch. I paused when I realized the movie was about witches, but I stayed when I realized that one of the witches was a black girl. Up until then, I was used to black female characters in horror, suspense, and thrillers being the best friend with barely any lines—if they were present at all. And...
When I noticed Hulu recently added the 1953 Marilyn Monroe classic, Gentlemen Prefers Blondes, I scoffed. While I find Monroe to be a complex and misunderstood icon (notably her friendship with Ella Fitzgerald and reported history of perhaps being lesbian-inclined), I tend to view the modern women who flock to her to be vapid and often full of internalized misogyny. It didn’t surprise me when I started seeing images of the movie pop up over my social media accounts decorated with hearts and #vibe. The title...
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....