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in cinemas

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl movie review: sick of it

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl gets sick, but she can still inspire a man to better himself, while also adding a dash of repugnant narcissism to the subgenre.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? American Ultra

An unambitious slacker stoner dude who gets unquestioning support to a saintly degree from a perfect girlfriend? Check. *yawn*

female gazing

female gazing at: Jay Hernandez

The not-very-good army-dog flick Max is good for one thing, at least: reminding us how cute Jay Hernandez is.

in cinemas

new US/Can Sep 02-04

  
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A Walk in the Woods
  
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Phoenix

new UK Sep 04

  
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Ricki and the Flash
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Dope
  
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The Second Mother
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Cartel Land
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Miss Julie






also playing US/Can

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Amy
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Gemma Bovery
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Love & Mercy
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The Second Mother
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Spy
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The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet
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Ricki and the Flash
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Slow Learners
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Max
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also playing UK

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Amy
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Gemma Bovery
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The Look of Silence
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Love & Mercy
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decipher

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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

dvd/streaming

new US/Can Sep 01

  
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Brave Men’s Blood
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Queen of Earth
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Z for Zachariah
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Zipper
  
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Gemma Bovery
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The Beast of Xmoor
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Backcountry
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Boulevard
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The D Train

new UK Aug 31

  
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Final Girl
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The Tribe
  
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Bad Words
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The Good Lie
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Pressure
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Zombie Fight Club






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I Believe in Unicorns
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Love & Mercy
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The Falling
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Beyond Clueless
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She’s Funny That Way
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White God
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Jauja
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more recent releases UK

  
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Beyond Clueless
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Clouds of Sils Maria
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Glassland
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Timbuktu
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White God
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The Falling
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Everly
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She’s Funny That Way
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decipher

green light
worth paying multiplex prices for
yellow for maybe
worth a look, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it
red for no
give it a miss
confused smiley
my reaction under consideration
gagged smiley
my reaction under gag order for now
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not yet seen by me

rants and commentaries

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.

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.

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…

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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