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film criticism, but not as you know it | by maryann johanson


new on dvd

Beyond the Lights movie review: blitz the glitz

Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? It Follows

The female protagonist, in the course of being punished for having sex, is haunted by a spectre who sometimes appears as a naked or half-naked woman… [This post is not behind the paywall.]

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in cinemas

new US/Can Mar 06

  
wide
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Unfinished Business
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Chappie
  
limited
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new UK Mar 06

  
wide
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Still Alice
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Unfinished Business
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Chappie
  
limited
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Dreamcatcher
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Kill the Messenger
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Appropriate Behavior
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Difret
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White Bird in a Blizzard






also playing US/Can

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Big Eyes
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Force Majeure
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Girlhood
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Into the Woods
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A Most Violent Year
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
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Still Alice
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St. Vincent
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The Theory of Everything
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The Duke of Burgundy
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Inherent Vice
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The Salvation
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also playing UK

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Big Eyes
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Into the Woods
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Love Is Strange
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A Most Violent Year
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St. Vincent
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Testament of Youth
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The Theory of Everything
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White God
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Beyond Clueless
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The Duke of Burgundy
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Inherent Vice
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decipher

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for
yellow for maybe
worth a look, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it
red for no
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

dvd/streaming

new US/Can Mar 03

  
streaming only
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The Last Five Years
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Top Five
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Wild Canaries
  
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The Humbling
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The Last of Robin Hood
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Private Peaceful

new UK Mar 02

  
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Horns
  
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Love, Rosie
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This Is Where I Leave You






more recent releases US/Can

  
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Camp X-ray
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Inherent Vice
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Dear White People
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Force Majeure
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The Overnighters
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St. Vincent
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The Theory of Everything
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more recent releases UK

  
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Ida
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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The Overnighters
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Effie Gray
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The Calling
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decipher

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for
yellow for maybe
worth a look, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it
red for no
give it a miss
confused smiley
my reaction under consideration
gagged smiley
my reaction under gag order for now
unlit light
not yet seen by me

rants and commentaries

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.

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

Update! The just-wrapped London Film Festival has inspired me to expand my list.

movies I can’t wait to see at the 58th BFI London Film Festival

LFF is a veritable orgy of cinema, and I love it. It’s exhausting, but I love it.

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.

even The New York Times has given up on quality film journalism

Two well-off white men on class warfare, what’s good for women in Hollywood, and — most importantly — some movies they haven’t even seen yet.

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…

the magic bullet for improving the number of women directors working in Hollywood

It’s pretty goddamn clear that the “magic bullet” is this: Hire more women.

spoiler alert: what’s really going on in Inside Llewyn Davis

We need to talk about Llewyn Davis. Cuz there’s a thing that no one else has been talking about when trying to interpret this film…

the Force is with white men, and hardly anyone else [update]

Star Wars is stuck “a long time ago”: in a 1950s mindset that was already outmoded when the first film was released in 1977.

why movies like Under the Skin and Nymphomaniac are not feminist

These films act like what it means to be a woman is purely about sex and bodies, purely about interacting with men in no other way than a sexual one.

what it means to be a woman who loves movies

It requires an extra suspension of disbelief beyond what men have to engage in…