Debbie reviews films & books for Narrative Muse as part of her freelance hustle in Brooklyn, New York. She loves film critique, creativity, advocating for kindness, Mexican food, yoga, GIFs, getting rush tickets for Broadway shows, and reading on the Subway.
Reviews by Debbie Holloway:
Whether you were the jock, the nerd, or the popular kid, there’s something in this movie that just might make you feel pretty darn seen.
Gerwig’s adaptation makes sure to let women know that their narratives, no matter how domestic or ordinary they may seem, are important.
This is the shallow-but-fun, sex-misadventure comedy we’ve all been waiting for, this time (FINALLY!) made by young women and starring young women!
The most tragic thing is for a nation to lose its memory. Nanfu Wang is doing her part to make sure this period of Chinese history never fades from memory.
This movie gives Aynur her voice back, if just for an hour and a half. And in doing so, it gives a voice to any woman who might be hurting, abused, or silenced.
Private Life is an existential rollercoaster, and only barely about a baby. (It’s more like Waiting for Godot!)
This engaging, unforgettable story lies somewhere between fairy tale and dystopia.
High Life is richly layered, atmospheric, and as creepy as poison ivy winding its way around your leg.
Haunting and tender, this exploration of nine incarcerated women deals with the most chilling verdict any justice system has to offer: the death penalty.
This isn’t a story about discovering identity. This is a story of relationships, of grief, and of how social networks break down for the most vulnerable.
It’s a year be proud of the fade of girl-characters in movies who look to male companions and ask, wide eyed “What do we do now?” Not Meg. Not in Ava’s movies.
Loving Vincent is a bit like “Starry Night.” It’s simple, it’s soothing, yet somehow it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
This drama provides so many emotional sucker punches. Like Moonlight, it shows, rather than tells, the beautiful, real, and raw story of everyday Americans.
The cast is solid, the direction is colorful and bold, and our hero Patricia (AKA Killa P) is the talented version of ourselves we all aspire to be.
U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck voices her newly embraced transgender identity, her transition, and shares the struggles she knows still lie ahead.
This film uses an engrossing love story to pierce the heart of the literary femme fatale archetype to its very core.
Antonina Żabiński was a woman of privilege and resources, and her family’s true story of heroism and generosity is almost too beautiful to be believed.
What did it mean to be born, to grow up in, to die in, the 20th century? Well, it meant a lot of different things.
I want to be up front with Harry Potter fans - this movie is not Potter caliber. But I still found it to be absolutely lovely and enchanting, with much to admire.
Before 13TH and Selma, Ava DuVernay was making her big-screen directorial debut in I Will Follow - and it doesn’t disappoint.
If the media is so derogatory toward the most powerful women in the US, “then what does it say about [the] media’s ability to take any woman in America seriously?”
Their idea of belonging is challenged. “You belong where you believe you belong. Where is that for you?”
I found light, magic, and dreams in The BFG, unfettered by the glitz and headache that so often accompanies movies made for children.
He “lived on a planet that was scarcely bigger than himself,” and who “had need of a friend.”
There’s something touching about the way Smith describes her smallest moments, most fleeting thoughts, softest inclinations and ideas.
A beautiful, haunting coming of age drama featuring temporary tattoos and glitter nail polish, giggles and sass.
Being a kid is hard; being a parent is hard -whether you’re straight or gay- all the time, no matter what.
Kaling made me laugh out loud. She brings a hilarious and sometimes tragic perspective to Hollywood, friendship, hard work and ambition.
When Anna Wintour speaks into the camera there’s a glint of fight in her eyes. She dares us to tell her that fashion and Vogue are frivolous.
It is a story of magic and mystery, but also a sprawling Dickensian tale of manners, family, and business in an alternate-history early 1800’s England.
Full disclosure: I did not expect to cry so much during Brooklyn - the journey of one woman learning to navigate her place in the world.
When I eased into my seat, I was pretty unprepared for the visual and thematic feast about to unfold before me.