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Mechanic: Resurrection movie review: the Jessica Alba-centered fanfic that makes this work

It’s supposed to be intense, but it’s just silly. Unless it’s secretly about one woman ridding the world of notorious arms dealers through sly manipulation.

cinemas

Equity movie review: a disappointing return on investment

We’ve never seen this before, multiple female characters open about ambition, power, and money. But representation alone does not make for a gripping tale.

classics

classic film through a feminist lens: Baby Face (1933)

It’s easy to see an anti-feminist “Just look what happens to women who break the rules” underneath what is most obviously simply straight-up salaciousness.

in cinemas

new US/Can Sep 02

  
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The Light Between Oceans
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Morgan
  
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Antibirth
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The 9th Life of Louis Drax
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White Girl
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Zoom

new UK Sep 02

  
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Sausage Party
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Cafe Society
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The 9th Life of Louis Drax






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Bad Moms
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Hell or High Water
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The Lobster
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Love and Friendship
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Anthropoid
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Sunset Song
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Tickled
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dvd/streaming

new US/Can Aug 23

  
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A Bigger Splash
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Genius
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Imperium
  
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The Man Who Knew Infinity
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The Duel
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Maggie’s Plan

new UK Aug 22

  
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I Believe in Unicorns
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Demolition
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God’s Not Dead 2
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Knight of Cups
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The Colony (aka Colonia)
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Identicals






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Love and Friendship
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Money Monster
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The Lobster
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Sing Street
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Demolition
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Hardcore Henry
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A Hologram for the King
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more recent releases UK

  
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Fat
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Goodnight Mommy
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Suburra
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The End of the Tour
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Tale of Tales
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decipher

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worth paying multiplex prices for
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give it a miss
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my reaction under consideration
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my reaction under gag order for now
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not yet seen by me

rants and commentaries

more men I am officially tired of being asked to sympathize with in movies

Update! Another year, another slate of films proving there is almost nothing that men can do, think, or be that The Movies will not deem worthy of a story.

spoiler alert: 2 reasons why The Visit’s ending doesn’t work

The ending might have worked going to grandma’s house once upon a time, but it doesn’t work in 2015.

Hannibal: the thrill is the terror, and the terror is the thrill

Perverse. Completely perverse. And completely seductive. Do I love it, or is it evil? Is it a wrong thing if it’s both?

spoiler alert: about the ending of The Gift

The Gift takes the disgusting trope of hurting a woman to make a man feel something to a vile new low… one that reveals its ignorance about women.

introducing the Female Filmmakers Forum

I’m inviting female filmmakers to share their projects with my readers… [This post is not behind the paywall.]

why I am done with fantasy that abuses women in the name of “realism”

I am looking at you, Game of Thrones. (But not you alone.)

how to pretend a movie is not about a woman (because who likes Milla Jovovich anyway?)

Why is the U.S. marketing for Survivor pretending that Milla Jovovich is not the protagonist of the film?

spoiler alert: about the ending of Spring

How giving a familiar romance a genre spin makes it much, much worse than it would have been without it.

why do little girls like princess stuff so much?

The answer is ridiculously obvious, in fact…

how movies fail girls and women (fans and filmmakers alike)

Girls and women love movies just as much as boys and men do. But it’s a love that gets thrown back in our faces by 95 percent of films.

spoiler alert: about the ending of Snowpiercer

I’m mystified that some people are upset by how Snowpiercer ends. Because anything else than what we get would be a tragedy on every level.

why do women wear sexy cosplay costumes, anyway?

Um, why are you asking me? I’m not a cosplayer. You should be asking cosplayers. But since you insist, I’ll make a few guesses…

more goodies

Equity movie review: a disappointing return on investment

Tue Aug 30 2016, 12:14pm | 0 comments

from Pinterest: beautiful butterfly graffiti (London photo)

Mon Aug 29 2016, 09:40pm | 2 comments

from Facebook: RIP Gene Wilder

Mon Aug 29 2016, 09:19pm | 1 comment

from Facebook: AWFJ’s #WonderWomen countdown gets to No 1…

Mon Aug 29 2016, 03:10pm | 1 comment

from Facebook: French insist Judge Dredd remove his helmet

Mon Aug 29 2016, 03:06pm | 5 comments

Mechanic: Resurrection movie review: the Jessica Alba-centered fanfic that makes this work

Mon Aug 29 2016, 02:23pm | 6 comments

from Facebook: why Thor wasn’t in Captain America: Civil War

Sun Aug 28 2016, 07:22pm | 1 comment

from Facebook: have Leslie Jones’s back

Sun Aug 28 2016, 06:27pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: exotic mashed-potato skin…

Sun Aug 28 2016, 06:26pm | 1 comment

from Facebook: Ava DuVernay is not your teacher on race and gender

Sun Aug 28 2016, 06:24pm | 5 comments

from Facebook: about that disclaimer at the end of every narrative film

Sun Aug 28 2016, 06:23pm | 4 comments

from Facebook: the trailer for Same Kind of Different as Me makes me want to burn everything down

Sat Aug 27 2016, 09:39am | 2 comments

from Facebook: bonkers Russian superhero movie alert

Sat Aug 27 2016, 09:36am | 0 comments

from Facebook: a multiplayer virtual world based on Jane Austen’s books

Sat Aug 27 2016, 09:35am | 1 comment

from Facebook: *we* can be heroes…

Sat Aug 27 2016, 09:34am | 2 comments

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