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X-Men: Apocalypse movie review: everyone knows the third movie is always the worst

About precisely nothing other than pure pulp comic-book soap-opera rigmarole, overshadowed by clichés, implausibilities, and missed opportunities.

opens Fri US/Can/UK

Alice Through the Looking Glass movie review: a mirror cracked

Believes six impossible things — like implausible character motivations, or big emotions — because they’re in the script, without bothering to earn them.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women?: crunching the numbers

Everything we learned from the Where Are the Women? project. (Spoiler: It’s not pretty, but there is hope…) [This post is not behind the paywall.]

in cinemas

new US/Can May 27

  
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The Ones Below

new UK May 27

  
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Money Monster
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Top Cat Begins
  
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The Daughter
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Love and Friendship
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Streetdance Family
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The Trust






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A Bigger Splash
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The Lady in the Van
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The Lobster
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Sing Street
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Sworn Virgin
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I Saw the Light
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The Man Who Knew Infinity
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The Nice Guys
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Sunset Song
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A Hologram for the King
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Sing Street
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I Saw the Light
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The Man Who Knew Infinity
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Our Kind of Traitor
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Demolition
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Evolution
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Knight of Cups
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give it a miss
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new US/Can May 24

  
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Manhattan Night
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The Other Side of the Door
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Sparks & Embers
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The Young Messiah
  
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Advantageous

new UK May 23

  
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Capture the Flag
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The Club
  
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Dirty Grandpa
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The Assassin






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Ukraine Is Not a Brothel
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Kill Your Friends
  
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Glassland
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The Lady in the Van
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Joy
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Phoenix
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Dirty Grandpa
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more recent releases UK

  
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
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Next to Her
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Speed Sisters
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Joy
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Xmoor
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decipher

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worth paying multiplex prices for
yellow for maybe
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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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

London photos: the Queenhithe mosaic

Wed May 25 2016, 10:08pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: I love Turn: Washington’s Spies

Wed May 25 2016, 09:16pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: the could-be-issue behind #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend

Wed May 25 2016, 07:17pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: 25% off at US Zazzle — support your local film critic

Wed May 25 2016, 06:51pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: feminists alone can make the new Ghostbusters a smash hit

Wed May 25 2016, 06:10pm | 8 comments

from Facebook: life would be a ding-a-derry if I only used the Force

Wed May 25 2016, 06:07pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: Frozen meets Game of Thrones cosplay

Wed May 25 2016, 06:05pm | 0 comments

from Facebook: Call the Midwife don’t get no respect

Wed May 25 2016, 06:04pm | 0 comments

Victoria movie review: no cutting to the chase here

Wed May 25 2016, 02:35pm | 0 comments

London photo: civic pride in North London

Tue May 24 2016, 10:09pm | 2 comments

Alice Through the Looking Glass movie review: a mirror cracked

Tue May 24 2016, 09:32pm | 5 comments

from Facebook: why Game of Thrones’ big penis moment didn’t make up for all its female nudity

Tue May 24 2016, 07:12pm | 2 comments

from Facebook: when superhero battles delay your flight…

Tue May 24 2016, 07:09pm | 1 comment

new and ongoing dvd & streaming releases, US/Can/UK, from May 23-24

Tue May 24 2016, 06:50pm | comments off

from Facebook: OMG, this week’s episode of Outlander…

Sun May 22 2016, 08:15pm | 5 comments

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