Bust Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Deborah Krieger The Art of Self-Defense pulls no punches. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Abygai Pena The Farewell reveals a diverse culture of grief alternatives unknown in the West of carrying grief together. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
5/5 One Child Nation (2019) Elise Zimmerman One Child Nation encapsulates the pain that so many women endured at the hands of the one-child policy, and in doing so, Wang assures that their stories will not be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Bry'onna Mention Fans of Morrison's work will fall even more in love with her here, where her warm demeanor is on full display. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 The Nightingale (2018) Lydia Wang The Nightingale places literal horror over plot, characterization, and any kind of analysis. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Jay Graham The film highlights all that there is to be afraid of in broad daylight. And it leaves audiences deeply rattled, if not utterly reeling. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 Sword of Trust (2019) Emily Rems The improv aspect makes the pacing and dialogue feel a bit unpolished at times, but the overall impact is pleasurable and delightfully weird. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Deborah Krieger Red Joan itself is reportedly based on the story of Melita Norwood, who passed the Soviets' information on the West's nuclear development. Sadly, Norwood's Wikipedia page is more of a thrilling yarn than most of Red Joan. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2/5 Wild Rose (2018) Jenni Miller A film needs more than a wildly careening narrative arc and some admittedly terrific musical performances to hold itself together. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Late Night (2019) Gracie Western Go see Late Night - for the jokes, the heart-wrenching moments, and maybe to remind yourself one more time that women are funny(ier) than men. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Gretchen Sterba Booksmart delivers a fresh and relevant take on high school in 2019 and does so with wit, ease, and a whole lot of love. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Charlie Says (2018) Jenni Miller Charlie Says wasn't made to glorify the Manson family, but unfortunately the film's acid-drenched orgies are its most compelling parts. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Diane (2018) Deborah Krieger Kent Jones, primarily known as a film critic, clearly understands what makes a good story and how best to tell it. There's not a false note in the movie, a point where you might think: "oh, no one actually would say that." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Lydia Wang An emotional and enjoyable highlight reel for those who have grown up watching her onscreen. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Emma Davey Knock Down the House is a deeply satisfying tribute to the strength and power of women who have been underestimated and their immense accomplishments in the face of a hostile political climate. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 Little Woods (2018) Nia DaCosta Thompson especially gives an incredible performance. With this feature, DaCosta proves she should have a long career ahead of her. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Jacinda Mia Perez It's a warm, funny and familiar exchange between friends, much more romantic than any display of affection I've seen between two people at the end of a typical rom-com. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Starfish (2016) Deborah Krieger Starfish was written, directed, and scored by A. T. White, primarily a musician by trade, and it's completely fitting in how it uses sound to fully evoke the horror elements of the story. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 Family (2018) Laura Steinel In the end, though, Family is yet another uptight-career-woman-learns-how-to-loosen-up story-with some added Juggalos. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) Emma Davey It's a silly film, yes, but it also served as a critical commentary to the culture of the early aughts. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Jenni Miller Moore is endlessly watchable. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Nancy (2018) Deborah Krieger Riseborough, so appealing in Battle of the Sexes and amusingly histrionic in The Death of Stalin, is astonishing in the lead role. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
The Craft (1996) Jessica Guess We watched Rochelle take her own power and take her own revenge. It is one of the many reasons why The Craft was ahead of its time. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Samantha Mann It's complex and hilarious, and not hilarious at the expense of the film's two female leads. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Emma Davey It's a shame that such a didactic script and the attachment of Brian Singer taints what could have been a genuine and touching story. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
The New Romantic (2018) Deborah Krieger The New Romantic (the debut feature of writer-director Carly Stone) is too slight, both in terms of theme and general characterization, to match up to Barden's performance (which will probably not get the attention it deserves). EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
5/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Lydia Wang A lush, emotional celebration of one of the greatest trailblazers of our time. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Jenni Miller Director Karyn Kusama's deft eye for grit and action gives Kidman a safe space to let loose in a way her previous roles have only hinted at. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
The American Meme (2018) Deborah Krieger Unpacks and reveals the ecosystem of social media celebrity with incredible thoughtfulness. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Erika W. Smith Vox Lux is no Black Swan. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Erika W. Smith But I wish the cast, costume director, and hair and makeup team had a better story to work with. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018) Alexandra Vlak Cipolle Worlds is a much-needed antidote for the world right now... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Brand New Old Love (2018) Deborah Krieger While Brand New Old Love is ostensibly a romantic comedy about two friends who fulfill their high-school pledge to marry each other by age thirty, it's also an honest, unglamorous exploration of what it means to be an adult in the 2010s. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 The Long Dumb Road (2018) Samantha Ladwig Falls prey to predictability. But what the film lacks in surprises, it makes up for with fresh jokes, engaging narrative, and solid performances... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018) Eliza C. Thompson In less capable hands, Nic could come off as entitled or smarmy, but Chalamet never plays him that way, and he never lets Nic's addictive tics slip into parody. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Eliza C. Thompson Still, no amount of-minor spoiler alert-blood geysers can quell the feeling that the whole of Suspiria doesn't add up to the sum of its witchy parts. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Erika W. Smith McCarthy proves she can do dark comedy and drama just as well as she does slapstick. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Sadie (2018) Samantha Ladwig It's a moving meditation on the consequences of brutish escapism. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Paper Year (2017) Deborah Krieger Jogia and Hewson are entirely believable in capturing and portraying deep affection and adoration for one another, which makes it all the more affecting when their relationship breaks down. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 Colette (2018) Erika W. Smith [Colette and Missy's] sweet, supportive romance is a highlight here. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 Assassination Nation (2018) Alex Vasquez A high stimulus collage of colors and vibrations. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 The Bookshop (2017) Samantha Ladwig The book doesn't translate well onscreen. Its unnecessary narration squeezes the life out of its actors, leaving them little to work with, and thus not making use of their talent. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 Lizzie (2018) Erika W. Smith The first half of Lizzie is, for the most part, strong. Macneill successfully builds tension slowly. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
5/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Jennifer Chen Sure, Crazy Rich Asians doesn't capture my Asian American experience growing up in America, but it hits all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Deborah Krieger The energetic, game cast and smart writing that makes To All the Boys I've Loved Before one of the best romantic comedies in years, and the strongest outing in the genre released by Netflix thus far. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Sarah A. Lybrand Gadsby turns comedy on its head. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Erika W. Smith The movie is smart, funny, and insightful. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Erika W. Smith The acting here is strong, particularly from Helena Howard-it's hard to believe this is her debut. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 Skate Kitchen (2018) Erika W. Smith Although Vinberg is a talented actor, several of the supporting characters hint at stories that would be far more interesting than the familiar "naive teenager moves to New York City" narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Erika W. Smith Moretz gives a strong performance and Ehle makes for a frightening villain. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018