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in cinemas

Paddington movie review: please look in on this movie, thank you

Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it.

London Film Festival

Hockney documentary review (London Film Festival)

You don’t need to be a fan of the artist to enjoy this spirited celebration of his life and art. But you may end up a fan afterward.

my kickstarter

Where Are the Women? a feminist protest in film criticism

Seeking funding for my new Kickstarter project. (This post is not behind the paywall.)

in cinemas

new US/Can Nov 26-28

  
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Penguins of Madagascar
  
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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

new UK Nov 28

  
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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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Foxcatcher
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Love Is Strange
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St. Vincent
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The Theory of Everything
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Whiplash
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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Goodbye to Language 3D
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also playing UK

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Maps to the Stars
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Effie Gray
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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Horns


decipher

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new US/Can Nov 25

  
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Death Metal Angola
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  
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Merry Friggin’ Christmas
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November Man
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What If

new UK Nov 24

  
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The Nut Job
  
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Ida
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We Are the Giant
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White Reindeer






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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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The Calling
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Horns
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more recent releases UK

  
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Bad Milo
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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
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…