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.
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.