Dear White People Doesn't Have the Answers, and That's the Point

Two years after Justin Simien wrote the first draft of the script, one year after he created a viral trailer that helped him raise $40,000 through Indiegogo to make the film and almost nine months after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Dear White People has finally hit movie theaters with a considerable… » 10/20/14 4:00pm 10/20/14 4:00pm

Revisiting Cutthroat Island, the Feminist Pirate Movie That Failed

The 1995 movie Cutthroat Island has the dubious honor of at one point holding the title of biggest Hollywood flop. As the Guinness Book of World Records explained in honoring the film, it cost roughly $100 million to make but earned back only $11 million worldwide. Green lit during the girl power boom of the '90s and… » 10/18/14 1:15pm 10/18/14 1:15pm

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

Gone Girl’s Biggest Villain Is Marriage Itself

"We resent each other, control each other, cause each other pain." This is the nasty, white-hot core of a toxic relationship. Gone Girl is about many things: revenge, infidelity, the wounds inflicted by bad parenting, the media, an angry wife, her douchebag husband. It is also about a marriage taken to its most… » 10/06/14 4:45pm 10/06/14 4:45pm

A Lot of Actors Yell 'Let Her Go!' in Lots and Lots of Movies

For as long as there have been movies, there have been damsels in distress. Whether we're tied to train tracks or dangling out of windows for dear life, us gals can't seem to stay the hell out of trouble. Thank goodness there's always been a movie hero to hold off on saving the world just long enough to swing on by… » 10/03/14 11:40am 10/03/14 11:40am