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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...

Happy tenth anniversary, Twilight! Yep, that’s right, ten years ago last month, young girls were flooding theatres to watch Robert Pattinson creepily stalk Kristen Stewart...in her bedroom...before their characters ever went on a date. In looking back on the films, it becomes impossible not to see all the backwards notions around sex and virginity the films and books were feeding our romance-crazed young minds. And now, ten years later, with the #MeToo movement and the Kavanaugh hearings beginning a national conversation around sex and consent,...
Most sex workers in movies are victims of circumstance, exploitation, coercion, and desperation. Their careers are a last resort. They live on the margins. We definitely don’t root for them to stay in the industry. But Netflix’s new psychological thriller, Cam, created and written by former sex worker Isa Mazzei, directed by Daniel Goldhaber, produced by Blumhouse (the same folks that brought you Get Out) throws out all those tropes, and is a refreshing breath of fresh air. Madeline Brewer stars as Alice, a popular cam girl...
The flame in Ursula K. Le Guin only grew, the closer she came to the end of her life. By the time she was in her 80s, she was spitting out sparks like a campfire. For those who haven’t had the delicious pleasure of seeing her acceptance speech for the 2014 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, put it on your watchlist for Women Who Know How to Burn Shit Down. (Spoiler: She puts Amazon on blast for its capitalism-first approach...
The older I get, the more I’m struck by the realization that being an “adult” doesn’t mean you’re suddenly imbued with maturity and general confidence and know-how, that being of a certain age doesn’t mean that everything falls into place the way like it did for what seemed like every adult you knew growing up. Every vision we have of what it means to come of age, to become an adult, is derived from some kind of exterior model, of an amalgamation of societal expectations...