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in cinemas

Pride movie review: hanging together rather than hanging separately

One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry.

at home

Honeymoon movie review (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Very effective in creating an unsettling mood, but its horrific, fantastic speculation ends, frustratingly, just when it could have gotten really intriguing.

doctor who

Doctor Who blogging: “Listen”

Whatever you do, don’t look at the Weeping Vashta Nerada under the bed at the end of the universe.

in cinemas

new US/Can Sep 17-19

  
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The Maze Runner
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This Is Where I Leave You
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Tusk
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A Walk Among the Tombstones
  
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20,000 Days on Earth
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new UK Sep 19

  
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The Riot Club
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Magic in the Moonlight
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The Giver
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Think Like a Man Too
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A Walk Among the Tombstones
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Wish I Was Here
  
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20,000 Days on Earth
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A Most Wanted Man
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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Magic in the Moonlight
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The Giver
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also playing UK

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The Grand Budapest Hotel [trailer]
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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decipher

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give it a miss
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my reaction under gag order for now
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not yet seen by me

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new US/Can Sep 16

  
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new UK Sep 15

  
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Benny & Jolene
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Who Is Dayani Cristal?






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Tim’s Vermeer
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Nebraska
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Teenage
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Filth
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more recent releases UK

  
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Joe
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The Last Days on Mars
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A Single Shot
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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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not yet seen by me

rants and commentaries

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.