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You Were Never Really HereCo-written and directed by Lynne Ramsay Out April 6 Writer/director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher) is back with this grim tale about a veteran with a very particular set of skills. Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) makes his living by tracking down missing girls. This odd career compounds his already significant trauma from his time serving overseas and an abusive childhood, as we learn from flashbacks. His latest assignment is to find a pre-teen named Nina (Ekaterina...
When Senator Ted Kennedy died in 2009 after serving in the Senate for almost half a century, obituarized memorialized him as “the Lion of the Senate,” praising his leadership among Senate Democrats and his lifetime support of universal healthcare and immigration reform. The new movie Chappaquiddick looks back at a decidedly less celebrated aspect of Kennedy’s career: that time he accidentally killed a woman and then tried to cover it up. Chappaquiddick opens by showing that woman, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), sunbathing in a...
  Lena Waithe Continues To Make Our Onscreen Dreams Come True In a conversation with the Hollywood Reporter, Ready Player One star Lena Waithe revealed her dream future project: a biopic about Mary Tyler Moore. “I don’t think people are expecting that from a black lesbian from the south side of Chicago,” Waithe told the Hollywood Reporter. “But I read her autobiography more times than I can count. I feel like I want to tell her story. I don’t want to follow a certain path. I just want...
Lean On Pete is in some ways a familiar road trip story — with a horse. When the film, directed by Andrew Haigh, opens, we see 15-year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer) go for a run, pass some horses, and return home to his father Ray (Travis Fimmel). The pair eat breakfast served by Ray's new — married — girlfriend (Amy Seimetz). As we see Charley snatch up the last sausage and then go out for another run as his father leaves for work, we realize that...
The neo-noir thriller Gemini, directed by Aaron Katz and starring Lola Kirke, John Cho, and Zoë Kravitz, was filmed during the 2016 presidential campaign — and released on March 30, 2018. Kirke stars as Jill, personal assistant/best friend to famous actress Heather (Zoë Kravitz). After a night out, Jill leaves Heather alone for a few hours — and when she returns, she finds Heather’s body. When the lead investigator on the case, Detective Edward Ahn (John Cho), makes it clear that she’s the prime suspect,...
GeminiWritten and directed by Aaron KatzOut March 30 Set in current-day Los Angeles, Gemini is the thrilling, female-led murder mystery you’ve been waiting for. Heather and Jill (played by Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke) are best friends. They sing karaoke in Koreatown, pass out at each other’s houses after a night of drinking, and on occasion, offer up a gun if they think the other might be in danger. But the pair is more than just friends. Heather is a major film star and Jill is...
Roxanne, RoxanneWritten and directed by Michael LarnellThe biopic Roxanne, Roxanne takes viewers through the early life of one of the first female rappers, Roxanne Shanté, who as a teen spit one of the hottest rhymes of the early ’80s. Shanté (born Lolita Shanté Gooden and played impeccably here by Chanté Adams) birthed the famous “Roxanne Wars” of 1984, when at 14, she dropped an answer track to U.T.F.O’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” with a freestyle called “Roxanne’s Revenge.” Recorded in one take by producer Marley Marl in...
  In celebration of Women’s History Month, Imagine This Productions (ITP) presented the #GirlPowerSummit film + media festival this past Saturday, March 24,  where BUST was present as a media sponsor. It was a full day's worth of film industry information, talks, and food. The event was nothing short of inspirational, with discussions, panels, film screenings, and mixers that exemplified the girl power of women in the film industry. The goal of Imagine This Productions is to support women by sharing their work with the public,...
Wes Anderson’s new film Isle Of Dogs is undoubtedly exquisite. With a literal all-star voice cast, gorgeous stop-motion animation brings the beautiful story to life. It’s a story about love, trust, loyalty, and outcasts. Isle Of Dogs ambitiously political. It’s a story of good boys, or boys who didn’t know they were good all along. Just the boys, though. The film fails to grow beyond the white, male lens that is the status quo for American cinema. The female characters, both canine and human, exist mainly...
Today’s Hollywood landscape seems to combine just as much political activism as it does entertainment. This year’s Oscar ceremony had viewership at an all-time low, which some claimed had to do with the heightened political and social messages surrounding the awards ceremony in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against workplace sexual harassment and assault. Attendees and awards-winners also discussed topics including racism, immigration rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights. Regardless of whether or not the views expressed by the filmmakers played a role...