Casey is a Film Features Writer here at Bustle. She enjoys sci-fi, feminism, fairy tales, Disney, Star Trek, and other nerdy things.

Ava DuVernay Is Making Hollywood Better For Women In One Simple, Impactful Way

Over the course of the history of filmmaking, men in charge have had a tendency to help out other men, recommending other men for jobs, and mentoring other men in a continuing cycle resulting in the repetitiousness of male-dominated Hollywood. So…
By Casey Cipriani

Why ‘The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Doesn’t Even Feel Like A ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Movie

When the prequel films in the Harry Potter universe were first announced, fans of the novels and first eight movies were, for the most part, a combination of excited and nervous. Was this whole endeavor just a huge cash grab to suck more movie-going…
By Casey Cipriani

Let's Talk About That Huge Dumbledore Bombshell In The New 'Fantastic Beasts'

With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hitting theaters this weekend, Harry Potter fans are about to be introduced to even more characters, family members, and hidden connections revealed in the new movie. There's a lot going on in Crimes,…
By Casey Cipriani

The Harry Potter Easter Eggs In ‘Grindelwald’ Have A Deeper Meaning Than You Realized

The Harry Potter universe is a lot like the Star Wars universe in that the story uses family connections, destiny, and symbolic objects to connect generations of people to one another. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the Fantastic…
By Casey Cipriani

11 Movies About Chefs That’ll Inspire Your Tastiest Thanksgiving Dinner Yet

The biggest eating holiday of the year is upon us, friends. Thanksgiving evokes images of a giant turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, chunky stuffing, mouth-watering pies, and bottle after bottle of wine. For those who love cooking, Thanksgiving can be…
By Casey Cipriani

Why ‘Elf’ Is The Relentlessly Optimistic Holiday Movie We *Really* Need This Year

These days, there's a lot to feel cranky about. Cynicism is at such a high that feeling genuine feelings about anything is risking the exposure of our vulnerabilities. It's true that sarcasm can be a defense mechanism to get us through some truly…
By Casey Cipriani

See How One ‘Westworld’ Star Is Helping To Transform Veterans’ Lives In This New Doc

With Veterans Day approaching, it's a good time to take a moment and appreciate the sacrifices many people make — and have made over the course of history — in service to the United States. As we all know, veterans of military service can face…
By Casey Cipriani

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Rule For Dealing With Sexism Is Deceptively Simple

Every woman has their own way of resisting, fighting for what they believe in, or breaking down systemic oppression. Toppling the bricks of patriarchy might take one intense hit by a big wrecking ball, or it might make more sense to dismantle them…
By Casey Cipriani

7 Thanksgiving Movies Streaming Now To Get You In The Mood For This Dysfunctional Holiday

Now that Halloween is over (why?!?!) it's time to head full steam into "the holidays" and that means holiday movies. But before Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa hit and the gifts start to flow, there's a little thing called Thanksgiving. The…
By Casey Cipriani

This New Doc Will Challenge Everything You Thought You Knew About Medical Marijuana

If you or your child had terminal cancer, how far would you go for potentially life-saving drugs? And what if those drugs weren't the usual pharmaceutical cocktails we've come to expect with cancer treatment, but medical marijuana? Would you give it…
By Casey Cipriani

This Is The One Halloween Movie That’ll Genuinely Terrify You

Everyone has their favorite style of Halloween movie. Some love the campy fun of family films they grew up with, like The Addams Family or Hocus Pocus. Some can't do horror because they're giant chickens and prefer a scary movie that is also funny…
By Casey Cipriani

This HBO Doc Investigates What Actually Happened To The Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

In April of 2014, 276 school girls from the Chibok region of northern Nigeria were kidnapped by the Islamic extremist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Some of them managed to escape on the very night they were captured, some escaped over the…
By Casey Cipriani

Here’s Who’s Behind The Mask In The New ‘Halloween’

If you haven't seen the gazillion (OK, 11) movies in the Halloween franchise, don't worry, you really only have to have seen the original 1978 slasher flick in order to understand what's going on in the new Halloween movie. And even if you didn't…
By Casey Cipriani

Why 'The Conners' Is Even More Enjoyable — And More Relevant — Without Roseanne

A large swath of Tuesday night's audience for the premiere of ABC's Roseanne spinoff likely tuned in to see how Roseanne Barr was written off The Conners. When the rebooted series was canceled earlier this year due to Barr's racist tweets, then…
By Casey Cipriani

What It Was Really Like Playing Thackery Binx In ‘Hocus Pocus’

There's absolutely no doubt that Disney's Hocus Pocus has become a Halloween classic in the 25 years since its debut. Though the movie, which tells the tale of three 17th-century witches brought back to life 300 years later, came out in the dead of…
By Casey Cipriani

13 Funny Scary Movies To Stream Now If Straight Horror Is Just Too Much For You

I absolutely love Halloween. It's one of my favorite holidays of the year, and I never pass up a chance to watch a good funny Halloween movie, hit up a costume party, or bake a sweet treat decorated with the night's signature orange and black…
By Casey Cipriani

‘First Man’ Suggests That Male Emotional Repression Is Why Neil Armstrong Made It To The Moon

Spoilers ahead for the movie. There's a lot of tight-lipped stoicism in Damien Chazelle's First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling as legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong. One would expect that the depiction of NASA's early missions be laden with intense…
By Casey Cipriani

Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Character Is Basically The Anti-“Manic Pixie Dreamgirl”

The story of A Star Is Born has been told before. The latest version, which opened this past weekend and stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is the fourth film iteration of the tale. (Fifth if you count 1932's What Price Hollywood? as direct…
By Casey Cipriani

12 Movies With Kick-Butt Women To Watch When You’re Feeling Powerless

Last week was a rough week for women, and this coming week will probably be the same. With the FBI now investigating Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his accusers will have to tell their stories over again. (The nominee maintains his…
By Casey Cipriani

8 Documentaries Coming Out Later This Year That Everyone Should Watch

There have been some phenomenally intriguing documentaries released in 2018, so far. The Mister Rogers doc Won't You Be My Neighbor contributed to our summer of happiness. We learned all about killer robots in Do You Trust This Computer, rock star…
By Casey Cipriani