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in cinemas

Deadpool movie review: origin story with a potty mouth

Callous, crass, unpleasantly smug. Supposes it’s being edgy because its protagonist swears a lot, but it’s like a child saying bad words just to be naughty.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

With the female chipmunk trio the Chipettes sidelined, women here are represented primarily via the (human) girlfriend of the Chipmunks’ human pal Dave.

Oscar nominated

When Marnie Was There movie review: girls have adolescent angst too

Enchanting, startling; a rare story about a girl at a precarious age. Full of that exquisite Studio Ghibli sorcery that captures the beauty of the ordinary.

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Zoolander 2
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How to Be Single
  
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Glassland
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Nina Forever
  
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new UK Feb 10-12

  
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A Bigger Splash
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Zoolander 2
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  
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The Green Inferno
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I’ll See You in My Dreams
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Meru
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Anomalisa
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Grandma
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Macbeth
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The Finest Hours
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Joy
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new US/Can Feb 09

  
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new UK Feb 08

  
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B for Boy
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Brand: A Second Coming
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Freeheld
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Irrational Man
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The Look of Silence
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
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worth paying multiplex prices for
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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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