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in cinemas

Tomorrowland (aka Tomorrowland: A World Beyond) movie review: back to the future

It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? Poltergeist

A comparison with the 1982 original makes it easy to demonstrate how much movies have given themselves over to men’s journeys in recent decades. [This post is not behind the paywall.]

the female gaze

female gazing at: Sam Heughan

Jamie did not appear in this week’s episode of Outlander, which is a disgrace. I attempt to remedy that oversight…

in cinemas

new US/Can May 29

  
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Aloha
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San Andreas
  
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Results

new UK May 29

  
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Man Up
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Danny Collins
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San Andreas
  
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The Connection
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Timbuktu
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The Goob
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Results






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Clouds of Sils Maria
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The Connection
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White God
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Force Majeure
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Love Is Strange
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The Falling
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Phoenix
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X+Y
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decipher

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my reaction under gag order for now
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dvd/streaming

new US/Can May 19

  
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Slow West
  
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Cymbeline
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Overfed & Undernourished
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Zombeavers

new UK May 18

  
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I Am Big Bird
  
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Into the Woods
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A Most Violent Year
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Home Sweet Hell






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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Beyond Clueless
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Kill Me Three Times
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Big Eyes
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Goodbye to Language
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Inherent Vice
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more recent releases UK

  
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Ida
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White God
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Beyond Clueless
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Big Eyes
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National Gallery
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The Theory of Everything
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Something Must Break
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The Duke of Burgundy
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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
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not yet seen by me

rants and commentaries

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.

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…


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