Bitter Honey Tackles Polygamy in Indonesia From Women's Perspective


American pop culture has recently framed polygamy as the domain of Mormons (think Kody Brown of TLC's creepy Sister Wives) and Chloe Sevigny going plain-Jane prairie-style in HBO's Big Love. But a new documentary, Bitter Honey, set in Bali, examines the Indonesian tradition of men having multiple spouses—a practice… » 11/07/14 4:30pm 11/07/14 4:30pm

Here's Your First Look at Reese Witherspoon as Wild's Cheryl Strayed

In this clip from Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about backpacking alone for 1100 miles to overcome personal grief (and drug addiction!), Reese Witherspoon plays the lead character, an out-of-breath, tiny and brave soul who happens upon a camp of dudes and can only think of drinking a damn Snapple lemonade.… » 11/07/14 1:10pm 11/07/14 1:10pm

Watch Meagan Good and Karrueche Tran Enact a Feminist Revenge Fantasy

Meagan Good celebrated Halloween by directing The Dead Diaries: Massacre, an eight-minute short horror film starring herself, model/actor Karrueche Tran, and Yin Chang (of The Bling Ring and Gossip Girl fame). It's as purposefully campy and low-budget as any fun/cheesy horror film, but there's a plot twist: it's… » 11/05/14 5:50pm 11/05/14 5:50pm

Will You Still Be Glam at 64? Talking to Advanced Style's Director

Joyce Carpati, Lynn Dell Cohen, Zelda Kaplan, Jacquie Tajah Murdock, Debra Rapoport, Ilona Royce Smithkin, Tziporah Salamon: memorize their names, because these women are your new idols. In Advanced Style, the documentary based on photographer Ari Seth Cohen's blog of the same name, a clutch of New York women ranging… » 11/03/14 5:30pm 11/03/14 5:30pm

Watch the Trailer For the First-Ever Iranian Feminist Vampire Western

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night debuted at this year's Sundance to effusive praise, and for apparently good reason: aside being the first feminist Iranian vampire Western film in history, it looks like a gorgeous piece even from the trailer, subverting the helpless vampire-victim narrative with super-deep subthemes… » 10/27/14 5:30pm 10/27/14 5:30pm

Batman's Movie-Sidekick Robin Is Finally a Woman (Maybe)

Filming for 2016's mega-mega-blockbuster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is motoring right along, preparing to destroy villains and box offices the world over. Ben Affleck is cast as the controversial Batman, of course, and Henry Cavill will reprise his role as a detrimentally uncontroversial Superman. Now,… » 10/17/14 6:10pm 10/17/14 6:10pm

Lucy Is Slaying Hercules at the Box Office This Weekend

It looks like this weekend, more people preferred to watch a sci-fi thriller with a woman lead over a testosterone-fueled mythical action flick. Or maybe they were just into Scarlett Johansson more than they were into Dwane "The Rock" Johnson. Or maybe it's just unfair to compare the work of Luc Besson to that of » 7/26/14 2:37pm 7/26/14 2:37pm

New Documentary Tells Compelling Story of Vaudevillian Conjoined Twins

Before Paris and Nicky there was Daisy and Violet, the world's first famous pair of Hilton sisters. Born conjoined at the hips in 1908, Daisy and Violet were sold to a promoter who exploited them for financial gain by turning them into a sideshow sensation. Bound By Flesh, a new documentary by IFC Films, tells their… » 6/17/14 6:45pm 6/17/14 6:45pm

The Definitive Sad Teen Death Movie Power Rankings

When I was a #cool #teen, it was a more hopeful time, pre-9/11 and pre-recession and pre-taking-your-shoes-off-at-airports. It's no wonder that the dominant teen movie genre of the day was light, fun sex joke-heavy comedies involving romantic pratfalls and climactic scenes at school dances. The prom-com, if you will.… » 4/25/14 2:00pm 4/25/14 2:00pm

Barbie Live-Action Film Might Actually Be Good and Sorta Feminist

Green-lit by two female top studio executives at Sony and penned by a former Sex and the City writer, the forthcoming live-action Barbie comedy promises to be about "female empowerment"—which we all know falls somewhere comfortably between the immaturity of "girl power" and the scariness of "feminism"—and has the… » 4/24/14 12:00pm 4/24/14 12:00pm