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in cinemas

Interstellar movie review: trading worry for wonder

Thrilling intellectually and viscerally, full of stirring notions of what humanity is capable of, and full of hope. A wonderfully refreshing sort of SF.

London Film Festival

Citizenfour documentary review (London Film Festival)

Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.

doctor who

Doctor Who blogging: “In the Forest of the Night”

Is Doctor Who going to insist on pinning down a concrete, rational explanation for every human fear?

in cinemas

new US/Can Oct 31

  
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Saw (10th anniversary)
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Nightcrawler
  
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Horns
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Showrunners

new UK Oct 29-31

  
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Horns
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Nightcrawler
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Ouija
  
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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
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The Overnighters






also playing US/Can

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Birdman
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Camp X-ray
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Dear White People
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The Drop
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Laggies (aka Say When)
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Love Is Strange
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A Most Wanted Man
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My Old Lady
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The Skeleton Twins
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Whiplash
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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also playing UK

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Maps to the Stars
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A Most Wanted Man
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Effie Gray
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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decipher

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dvd/streaming

new US/Can Oct 28

  
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A Most Wanted Man
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Stonehearst Asylum
  
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Good People
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Moebius

new UK Oct 27

  
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The Anomaly
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God Help the Girl
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God’s Not Dead






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Camp X-ray
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Kelly & Cal
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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The Calling
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Tasting Menu
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more recent releases UK

  
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Fruitvale Station
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Goltzius and the Pelican Company
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T.S. Spivet
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Joe
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Bad Milo
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Benny & Jolene
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decipher

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worth paying multiplex prices for
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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

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…