Film

Cher’s Era

During her brief ’80s reign as one of film’s biggest stars, Cher didn’t disappear into roles—she brought her indelible presence to bear on women thought to be invisible and cast them into the light.

Roger Ebert’s Zero-Star Movies

What did it take for the most famous and widely read American film critic ever to hand out his lowest possible rating, issued only a few dozen times in a 10,000-plus review career?

Waiting for Ripley

As Arrival and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story placed strong women at the hearts of heady, exciting science-fiction stories, Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Alien hero looms as large as ever.

Adrienne Shelly Will Take You There

The actress and filmmaker behind Waitress, who was murdered ten years ago, created as though she was on borrowed time and left a legacy that outlived her.

A Diamond and a Kiss: The Women of John Hughes

There was a reason none of the teens in the legendary director’s films were real rebels, but rather outsiders with an eye on upward mobility.

Schlocknado

The third wave of B-movies—straight-to-streaming films made cheaper, faster, dirtier than ever—exist to pad streaming and on-demand services’ libraries. 

Small But Supa Tough

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTABLE: Welcome to Wakaliwood, where rebellious, popular action films upheave classist Ugandan logic.

Heroin Clique: On Trainspotting, Twenty Years Later

Danny Boyle’s film presented a stylish rendering of a very ’90s binary: counter-culture cool, or mainstream-endorsed responsible living?

Boston Rules

The city became the go-to for a very specific type of crime movie, but Spotlight is the first film to truly capture it since Good Will Hunting. 

Mainstream Creep: Keeping Feminist Film Criticism Subversive

Feminist film writing has historically struggled with a problem of reach limited by privilege. Can online journals solve the access issue without bowing to popular influence?