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:
It’s surprising how relevant this movie feels, even 20 years later. But it’s not just nostalgia or deep themes that keep bringing us back, it’s everything!
Here, there is blood, guns, sex, and revenge. The men are bedecked in makeup and wigs, the women run the war, and it passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors.
Despite the hiding, the brokenness, and the stealing, this family in Shoplifters is a small snapshot of joy, and one that shines a sorely needed light.
Watching Too Late to Die Young felt like being carried by a gentle stream. It has a dreamlike, even-keeled quality one doesn’t find in many Hollywood movies.
Naima and Sergio decide to stay awake and in each other’s company for 24 hours straight, having sex and being totally real about their thoughts and feelings.
The story reminds me that in a world run by men and kings, there is wonder and strength in the woman, in the child, and in the slave, to change the course of history.
This tale of witches, creatures, and clever children is one of the most famous fantasy stories ever written. And it almost didn’t get published.
It easily earns high scores across categories: the music is infectious, the direction is like a Coen-brothers romp, and the cast is all-star caliber.
Jessica James is kind of obnoxious, mean to her dates, and she’s definitely her own biggest fan. But she’s 25 and she’s trying really hard.
Set in a re-imaged World War I where a Spirit Corps obtain information from the ghosts of dead soldiers, the real question is, who is a friend? Who is a foe?
I expected a dark period drama – but the film went way past that. This is no Jane Austen piece. Get ready for a truly psychological thriller.
A Woman’s Life is a beautiful, bittersweet reminder of the most euphoric and most heartwrenching parts of life.
This movie brings major nostalgia for the 90’s kid and fairy-tale lover and fills in some of those glaring plot holes from the original.
The world is full of beautiful, complex humans. Sometimes it just takes a bit of growing up to notice them.
It’s hard to believe that dropping our opinions into a ballot box, something we do so casually, took so much ink, blood, and screaming to accomplish. But it did.
Systems of oppression tend to reinvent themselves, according to 13TH. Is there a way to move past them?
It rises above expectations, and brings back the warmth and quirk so memorable in the original novel.
Natalie Portman’s debut as writer and director is a passion project eight years in the making.
It’s the secret agent action movie flipped on its head. Mr. Perfect Agent has a secret weapon in his ear: Melissa McCarthy.
It’s one thing to know that Dr. King spent time in jail. It’s another to hear the despair in his voice through the bars, wondering if he’s making a difference.
Weiner is a brisk, laugh-out-loud, fascinating peek into the campaign offices and living rooms of the people ensnared in Anthony Weiner’s bizarre political saga.
The temptation to steal, hide, and lie becomes stronger when it means simply moving numbers instead of banknotes, or tucking away data behind passwords and code.
It's a take on the impossible moral quandaries which arise in wartime - the things we take for granted and situations we hope to never face.
What would I do if tomorrow a terrifying diagnosis dropped out of nowhere? How would I navigate the waters of disappointment and broken expectations?
Room isn’t all heartbreak and despair. It’s also a testament to how we make each other stronger, how we aren’t meant to go at it alone.
Girls Like Us is without a doubt the most brutal book I have ever read. It reminds me to believe survivors. It reminds me to help, encourage, feed, and listen.
Malala is a unique, surprising individual, who’s part of a larger history of standing up to oppression.
Miranda July knows how to turn a phrase and punch a sentence so that you either swell or deflate. I laughed out loud, winced, and felt stabs of longing.