Profile picture for user debbie_holloway
Debbie Holloway

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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck voices her newly embraced transgender identity, her transition, and shares the struggles she knows still lie ahead.
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.
This film uses an engrossing love story to pierce the heart of the literary femme fatale archetype to its very core.
A Woman’s Life is a beautiful, bittersweet reminder of the most euphoric and most heartwrenching parts of life.
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.
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.
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.
The world is full of beautiful, complex humans. Sometimes it just takes a bit of growing up to notice them.
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.
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.
Before 13TH and Selma, Ava DuVernay was making her big-screen directorial debut in I Will Follow - and it doesn’t disappoint.
Systems of oppression tend to reinvent themselves, according to 13TH. Is there a way to move past them?
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?”
It rises above expectations, and brings back the warmth and quirk so memorable in the original novel.
Their idea of belonging is challenged. “You belong where you believe you belong. Where is that for you?”
Natalie Portman’s debut as writer and director is a passion project eight years in the making.
I found light, magic, and dreams in The BFG, unfettered by the glitz and headache that so often accompanies movies made for children.
It’s the secret agent action movie flipped on its head. Mr. Perfect Agent has a secret weapon in his ear: Melissa McCarthy.
He “lived on a planet that was scarcely bigger than himself,” and who “had need of a friend.”
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.
There’s something touching about the way Smith describes her smallest moments, most fleeting thoughts, softest inclinations and ideas.
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.
A beautiful, haunting coming of age drama featuring temporary tattoos and glitter nail polish, giggles and sass.
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.
Being a kid is hard; being a parent is hard -whether you’re straight or gay- all the time, no matter what.
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.
Kaling made me laugh out loud. She brings a hilarious and sometimes tragic perspective to Hollywood, friendship, hard work and ambition.
What would I do if tomorrow a terrifying diagnosis dropped out of nowhere? How would I navigate the waters of disappointment and broken expectations?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malala is a unique, surprising individual, who’s part of a larger history of standing up to oppression.
When I eased into my seat, I was pretty unprepared for the visual and thematic feast about to unfold before me.
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.
The book was born out of her Ted Talk. In it, we get not only Amanda’s reflections on how she learned to ask and receive, but many other sagas.