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in cinemas

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie review: there and back again… at last

I fear that Peter Jackson has been suffering from a similar affliction to the dwarf king’s “dragon sickness”: a compulsive lust for epicness.

London Film Festival

Wild movie review (London Film Festival)

A film full of spectacular landscapes of both the natural world and the human spirit. This is what it looks like when women get to be people onscreen.

my kickstarter

Where Are the Women? a feminist protest in film criticism [funded!]

Woo-hoo! Rating and ranking of films will begin in early January. Stay tuned… [This post is not behind the paywall.]

in cinemas

new US/Can Dec 17-19

  
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  
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expanding wide
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new UK Dec 19-20

  
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Dumb and Dumber To
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb






also playing US/Can

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Big Hero 6
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Birdman
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Dear White People
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Force Majeure
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Foxcatcher
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The Overnighters
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St. Vincent
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The Theory of Everything
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Whiplash
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Exodus: Gods and Kings
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Goodbye to Language 3D
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Inherent Vice

also playing UK

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Ida
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St. Vincent
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Effie Gray
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The Grandmaster
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Horns
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decipher

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worth paying multiplex prices for
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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 gag order for now
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dvd/streaming

new US/Can Dec 16

  
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Free the Nipple
  
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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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This Is Where I Leave You

new UK Dec 15

  
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Diplomacy
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The Rover
  
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more recent releases US/Can

  
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Camp X-ray
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Horns
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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more recent releases UK

  
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Charlie’s Country
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Goodbye to Language
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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

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.

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…