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in cinemas

If I Stay movie review: you see me, you really see me

Honest, emotional teen melodrama with a great performance by Chloe Grace Moretz that serves as a beautiful metaphor for the choices that teen girls face.

at home

Rich Hill documentary review: American dysfunction

A portrait of American poverty in which compassion for its subjects is matched only by a caustic rage at the utter collapse of the American dream.

doctor who

Doctor Who blogging: “Into the Dalek”

It’s not the Fantastic Voyage ripoff that bothers me here. It’s the ripoff of the wonderful early episode “Dalek.”

in cinemas

new US/Can Sep 05

  
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The Identical
  
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God Help the Girl

new UK Sep 03-05

  
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Before I Go to Sleep
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The Guest
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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Sex Tape
  
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Life of Crime
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Watermark






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The Grand Budapest Hotel [trailer]
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Life of Crime
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also playing UK

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Joe
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decipher

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new US/Can Aug 26

  
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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
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Trust Me

new UK Aug 25

  
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Arthur & Mike
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Teenage
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Tim’s Vermeer
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Filth
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Joe
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Benny & Jolene
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The Last Days on Mars
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rants and commentaries

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…

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

These are all the sorts of men I am tired of being asked to sympathize with.* (*not an exhaustive list)