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in cinemas

The Emperor’s New Clothes documentary review: working-class wonk

Russell Brand’s angry-funny rant about the current system of widescale economic injustice is concise, comprehensible, and newly infuriating.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? Avengers: Age of Ultron

Like many of the others in the Marvel franchise, this movie depicts women as well-rounded people with lives, stories, and problems independent of men. [This post is not behind the paywall.]

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in cinemas

new US/Can May 01

  
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Far from the Madding Crowd

new UK May 01

  
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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Unfriended
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Two by Two: Ooops... The Ark Has Gone
  
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I Am Big Bird






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Girlhood
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Still Alice
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Timbuktu
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White God
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Kill Me Three Times
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Unfriended

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Force Majeure
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Glassland
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Love Is Strange
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Still Alice
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The Theory of Everything
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The Falling
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Good Kill
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X+Y
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Jauja
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new US/Can Apr 21

  
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Diplomacy
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The Pyramid
  
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Cake
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Everly

new UK Apr 20

  
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The Last Act
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Last Knights
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November Man
  
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Big Eyes
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Dumb and Dumber To
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Stephen King’s A Good Marriage






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Camp X-ray
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A Most Violent Year
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Beyond Clueless
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Inherent Vice
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Kill Me Three Times
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Big Eyes
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Into the Woods
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A Most Violent Year
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Goodbye to Language
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Ida
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White God
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Beyond Clueless
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decipher

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worth paying multiplex prices for
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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

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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