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in cinemas

Inside Out movie review: all the feels

There is joy and wonder in this marvelous mounting of a human mind, and a thrilling audacity in how it dares at such a strange and impossible thing.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The only female character here may be intelligent and capable… but she is often treated as a decorative object in a way that her male colleagues aren’t.

female filmmakers forum

Female Filmmakers Forum: meet Gina Andreoli and check out the first episode of “The Weirdness”

“Patience is not my best virtue. When my brain gives me the creative green light, I go at it full force…” [This post is not behind the paywall.]

in cinemas

new US/Can Jul 29-31

  
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Vacation
  
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The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet
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new UK Jul 30-31

  
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Hot Pursuit
  
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Beyond the Reach
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The Cobbler






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Amy
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Gemma Bovery
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The Look of Silence
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Love & Mercy
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Spy
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Phoenix
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Paper Towns
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also playing UK

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Amy
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Dear White People
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
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new US/Can Jul 28

  
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Xmoor
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About Elly
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Before We Go
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The Escort
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Jack Strong
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Unexpected
  
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White God
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Jauja
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52 Tuesdays

new UK Jul 27

  
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She’s Funny That Way
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Land Ho!
  
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Clouds of Sils Maria
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I Believe in Unicorns
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Beyond Clueless
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Timbuktu
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Kill Me Three Times
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more recent releases UK

  
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White God
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Beyond Clueless
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Everly
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Force Majeure
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X+Y
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Black Coal, Thin Ice
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decipher

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worth paying multiplex prices for
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worth a look, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it
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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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rants and commentaries

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.

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.

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…

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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