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cinemas now US, Can, UK

Ratchet & Clank movie review: wretched and junk

Could have been assembled entirely from clips from other movies — mostly the Star Wars prequels — and would have been better if it had been.

cinemas now UK

Captain America: Civil War movie review: the consequences of superpowers

Tough, unanswerable human questions frame spectacular, innovative action sequences that are like superhero ballets. This series just keeps getting better.

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 Apr 29

  
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Keanu
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Mother’s Day
  
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The Man Who Knew Infinity
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The American Side
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Rio, I Love You
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3rd Street Blackout
  
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new UK Apr 29

  
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Demolition
  
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God’s Not Dead 2






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The Invitation
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The Lady in the Van
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Sworn Virgin
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Louder Than Bombs
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Hardcore Henry
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Knight of Cups
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also playing UK

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Speed Sisters
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decipher

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dvd/streaming

new US/Can Apr 26

  
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Dirty Grandpa
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The Boy
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Nina
  
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Phoenix
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The Last Man on the Moon

new UK Apr 25

  
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Next to Her
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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
  
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Joy
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more recent releases US/Can

  
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Glassland
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Ukraine Is Not a Brothel
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Joy
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Kill Your Friends
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The Lady in the Van
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James White
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more recent releases UK

  
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
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The Invitation
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Speed Sisters
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The Lady in the Van
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Tangerine
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Sunset Song
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Kill Your Friends
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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
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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…


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