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in cinemas

The Face of an Angel movie review: fiction is stronger than truth

-+*A contemplative film pondering the nature of the difference between reality and fiction, one with resonance beyond the true-crime story it’s kinda sorta about.

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women? The Divergent Series: Insurgent

-+*A female protagonist who encompasses the full spectrum of humanity is a smackdown win for the notion — often ignored by Hollywood — that women are people. [This post is not behind the paywall.]

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in cinemas

new US/Can Mar 27

  
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White God
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The Salt of the Earth
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While We’re Young
  
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new UK Mar 27

  
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The Signal






also playing US/Can

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Big Eyes
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Girlhood
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Into the Woods
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Still Alice
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The Theory of Everything
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Timbuktu
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Spring
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Into the Woods
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Love Is Strange
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Still Alice
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The Theory of Everything
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White God
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X+Y
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The Duke of Burgundy
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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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dvd/streaming

new US/Can Mar 24

  
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
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Spring
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Backcountry
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Zombeavers
  
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Into the Woods
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new UK Mar 23

  
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The Grandmaster
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The Homesman
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No Good Deed
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Third Person
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Winter Sleep






more recent releases US/Can

  
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Camp X-ray
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A Most Violent Year
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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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Beyond Clueless
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Inherent Vice
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The Last Five Years
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St. Vincent
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The Theory of Everything
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more recent releases UK

  
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Ida
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Beyond Clueless
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Effie Gray
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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The Calling
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Horns


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

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.

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…