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Star Trek Beyond movie review: future positive (but it won’t come easily)

Intense action; smart, funny nods to its roots while moving in a new direction; and explicit confrontation of a problem always at the heart of Star Trek.

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Jason Bourne movie review: Bourne again, but why?

Everything looks great on paper here: Damon’s brawny presence; the smartly staged action, etc. And it’s not unfun. But it feels less black ops than old hat.

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 Jul 27-29

  
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Bad Moms
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Nerve
  
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Can We Take a Joke?
  
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Cafe Society
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Captain Fantastic

new UK Jul 27-29

  
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Finding Dory
  
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The Commune






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Love and Friendship
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The Man Who Knew Infinity
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Money Monster
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Sunset Song
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Free State of Jones
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Chevalier
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new US/Can Jul 26

  
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The Childhood of a Leader
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God's Not Dead 2
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Into the Forest
  
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Barbershop: The Next Cut
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Criminal

new UK Jul 25

  
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Fat
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Stonewall
  
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The End of the Tour
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The Violators






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Sworn Virgin
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I Saw the Light
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Demolition
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Knight of Cups
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Goodnight Mommy
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Suburra
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A Bigger Splash
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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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