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curated: ‘1984’ to screen across the US on April 4th

Thu Feb 23 2017, 06:20pm | 0 comments

Just as the clocks are striking 13…

curated: the NEA is not compatible with the Trump agenda

Thu Feb 23 2017, 06:19pm | 0 comments

So of course they want to abolish it.

curated: a “record-breaking” year for female protagonists

Thu Feb 23 2017, 06:17pm | 0 comments


Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (89th Academy Awards) review

Thu Feb 23 2017, 06:09pm | 0 comments

My favorite of the nominees is “Sing,” a movie for right-now with its pushback against a bullying authority figure and its gently effective defiance.

new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, US/Can, from Feb 21

Tue Feb 21 2017, 02:16pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.

new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Feb 20

Tue Feb 21 2017, 01:23pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.

London photo: Bruce Burgers

Mon Feb 20 2017, 10:34pm | 1 comment

Satisfies a monstrous appetite, perhaps?

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (89th Academy Awards) review

Mon Feb 20 2017, 04:46pm | 0 comments

My pick: “Pearl,” blending new VR tech with old-fashioned characters and emotions, demonstrating storytelling possibilities that are beginning to open up.

new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Feb 17

Fri Feb 17 2017, 10:56pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Feb 16

Fri Feb 17 2017, 10:44pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.

2017’s films ranked

Fri Feb 17 2017, 10:41pm | 0 comments

I rank films on the fly as I see them during the 2017 awards year. (Exclusively for subscribers only, until the end of the year, when it will be made public.)

2016’s films ranked

Fri Feb 17 2017, 10:34pm | 29 comments

I rank films on the fly as I see them during the 2016 awards year, still ongoing through the Oscars ceremony on February 26th. (Now available to all readers.)

The Great Wall movie review: not to be torn down

Fri Feb 17 2017, 11:21am | 6 comments

Plain pure fun. At its best, it’s Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth.

XX movie review: women filmmakers bring a feminine bent to horror

Fri Feb 17 2017, 12:49am | 2 comments

My anger that women filmmakers doing a horror anthology is seen as a novelty almost overshadows my disappointment that these short films aren’t very scary.

curated: free outdoor screening of ‘The Salesman’ in London on Feb 26th

Thu Feb 16 2017, 04:09pm | 0 comments

That’s Oscars day!

curated: ‘Hidden Figures’ will screen free across the US on Feb 18th

Thu Feb 16 2017, 04:08pm | 0 comments

Go see it if you haven’t been able to yet.

curated: fictional characters get in your head, science says

Thu Feb 16 2017, 04:06pm | 3 comments

Readers already know this.

curated: Fox uses fake news to promote ‘A Cure for Wellness’

Thu Feb 16 2017, 04:05pm | 1 comment

Whoever’s idea this was should be fired and never work in marketing again.

curated: time to get #HollywoodSoMale trending

Thu Feb 16 2017, 04:03pm | 0 comments

#OscarsSoWhite has had a real impact: let’s follow that example.

curated: new doc ‘The Longest Road’ gets special screening in London this weekend

Thu Feb 16 2017, 04:01pm | 0 comments

In case you’re looking for something SJW-ish to do…

Fifty Shades Darker movie review: where is the fantasy?

Tue Feb 14 2017, 11:13am | 36 comments

Thank god this insult of a movie doesn’t try to fool us into believing that the controlling Christian Grey is appealing. That would be even more horrific…

Barcelona photos: graffiti and street art (part 2)

Mon Feb 13 2017, 10:25pm | 4 comments

Really and truly my most very final photos from Barcelona.

curated: a bookstore is tweeting the entire first Harry Potter novel at Piers Morgan

Mon Feb 13 2017, 10:02pm | 2 comments

And it is everything.

curated: the accidental avant garde hilarity of Breitbart News

Mon Feb 13 2017, 04:39pm | 5 comments

Everything about the Trump administration screams “junior high school.”

curated: the subtext of Darth Vader’s relationship with his boss…

Mon Feb 13 2017, 04:37pm | 4 comments

Love it.

curated: when an 80-year-old book becomes a hot property

Mon Feb 13 2017, 04:35pm | 11 comments

Everything old is new again (fascism edition).

curated: the worst notes that Hollywood screenwriters get

Mon Feb 13 2017, 04:33pm | 1 comment

Or: Shit That Studio Executives Say.

Prevenge movie review: baby bump off

Mon Feb 13 2017, 03:37pm | 1 comment

Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny.

Barcelona photos: graffiti and street art (part 1)

Fri Feb 10 2017, 10:09pm | 1 comment

Finally, two months after I spent a week in Barcelona, the last of my photos… part 1.

curated: Christine Baranski totally down to play Betsy DeVos on SNL

Fri Feb 10 2017, 10:17am | 11 comments

At least we’re getting some great comedy from the Trump era…

curated: dumb vandal kids sentenced to read books

Fri Feb 10 2017, 10:15am | 2 comments

Mostly a great idea…

curated: Hollywood talent agency ditches its Oscar party to donate $250k to ACLU

Thu Feb 09 2017, 08:04pm | 1 comment

This is what resistance looks like.

Strad Style documentary review: a heart full of violins (#Slamdance2017)

Wed Feb 08 2017, 08:18pm | 0 comments

Wonderful; so funny and strange and human. An amazing portrait of a fascinating character, beautifully told with enormous suspense and tenderness.

The Lego Batman Movie review: give a minifig

Tue Feb 07 2017, 08:31pm | 17 comments

A great Batman movie, a great superhero movie, and a gloriously bonkers expression of the sublime silliness of crime fighters in capes, and our love of them.

curated: Rosie O’Donnell must play Steve Bannon on SNL

Tue Feb 07 2017, 01:47pm | 1 comment

It would drive Trump absolutely insane.

curated: ‘Hidden Figures’ is now the year’s top-grossing Oscar nominee

Tue Feb 07 2017, 01:45pm | 2 comments

I’m eager to see how Hollywood will dismiss the success of a historical drama about nerdy black women.

curated: the extra feminism of Melissa McCarthy lampooning Sean Spicer

Tue Feb 07 2017, 01:42pm | 1 comment

It’s way more than “She’s a gal dressed like a dude!”

20th Century Women movie review: sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

Tue Feb 07 2017, 12:49pm | 1 comment

Poignant and hilarious and wise, a melancholy ode to a moment when when the world was changing for women (and men)… and how it still and always is.

Barcelona photo: Biblioteca de Catalunya

Mon Feb 06 2017, 10:34pm | 0 comments

Deliciously medieval.

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (89th Academy Awards) review

Mon Feb 06 2017, 06:42pm | 0 comments

I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

curated: ‘The Bowling Green Massacre,’ directed by Peter Berg (starring Mark Wahlberg)

Mon Feb 06 2017, 12:01pm | 1 comment

“Experience it in IMAX”!

curated: the IMDb is shutting down its forums

Mon Feb 06 2017, 11:54am | 9 comments

But where will I go for mansplaining about the best way to appreciate movies?

curated: MoMA rehangs work by Muslim artists

Mon Feb 06 2017, 11:52am | 0 comments

This is what resistance looks like.

curated: yes, of course Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance was political

Mon Feb 06 2017, 11:51am | 2 comments

Teen Vogue kills again.

curated: why the MPAA is a “trigger warning” for privileged people

Mon Feb 06 2017, 11:49am | 2 comments

And other goodness from the war on “space spaces”…

curated: we’re gonna have to be our own superhero

Mon Feb 06 2017, 11:47am | 13 comments

“No, you move.”

Barcelona photos: lovely narrow streets

Thu Feb 02 2017, 09:54pm | 0 comments

I loved wandering these…

A Good American documentary review: 9/11 didn’t have to happen

Thu Feb 02 2017, 08:51pm | 24 comments

Shocking, essential documentary looks at the shameful and avoidable failure of the NSA to prevent 9/11. All Americans (and everyone else) should see this film.

doc ‘Chasing Asylum’ has background on Trump’s “dumb deal”

Thu Feb 02 2017, 01:26pm | 0 comments

It’s an Australian documentary called Chasing Asylum

curated: Michael Shannon is in ‘Groundhog Day’

Thu Feb 02 2017, 01:18pm | 2 comments

I have seen this movie a million times, and this never registered.

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