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Le Mans ’66 (aka Ford v Ferrari) movie review: when “circle back” meant something else in corporatespeak

Thu Nov 14 2019, 04:23pm | 0 comments

A winning (if overearnest) depiction of manly friendship, with some pretty thrilling (if only technically so) racing stuff. But it doesn’t see its potential to be actually culturally significant.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Nov 12

Wed Nov 13 2019, 08:51pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Nov 11

Wed Nov 13 2019, 08:10pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Nov 06–08

Sun Nov 10 2019, 08:22pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Nov 06–08

Sun Nov 10 2019, 08:21pm | 0 comments

Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings write Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Nov 04–08

Sun Nov 10 2019, 11:12am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Nov 04–08

Sun Nov 10 2019, 11:03am | 0 comments

Felicity Jones costars in The Aeronauts; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Nov 05–08

Fri Nov 08 2019, 02:55pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Nov 04–08

Thu Nov 07 2019, 05:45pm | comments off

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


Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound documentary review: why movies sound so great (even if you never noticed before)

Thu Nov 07 2019, 04:22pm | 0 comments

Enlightening, thrilling masterclass in the art of cinematic sound, from every moment of groundbreaking history to the difference between sound editing and sound mixing. (Win your next Oscar pool!)


Doctor Sleep movie review: a reckoning with the ghosts of the past

Wed Nov 06 2019, 03:15pm | 0 comments

A wonderfully unexpected sort of horror movie, beautiful and delicate, but unsettling, too, with an authentic plausibility to the dichotomy between the invented uncanny and the human response to it.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Nov 01

Fri Nov 01 2019, 10:38pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Nov 01

Fri Nov 01 2019, 10:29pm | 0 comments

Kasi Lemmons cowrites and directs Harriet, starring Cynthia Enrivo; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Oct 31–Nov 01

Fri Nov 01 2019, 08:40pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Nov 01

Fri Nov 01 2019, 08:33pm | 0 comments

Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore star in After the Wedding; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Oct 29–Nov 01

Fri Nov 01 2019, 11:48am | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Oct 28–Nov 01

Thu Oct 31 2019, 08:08pm | comments off

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


new sci-fi flash fiction: “A Little Knowledge…”

Thu Oct 31 2019, 06:25pm | 0 comments

A teaser for the story inside, plus some more info on this project and a plea for your financial support for it (and for all my work).


Terminator: Dark Fate movie review: it’s back… and we don’t know why

Wed Oct 30 2019, 09:34pm | 0 comments

Fight the future. Change the future. Watch the future reset itself so that everything ends up much the same way anyway. Repeat. This time-travelling franchise is, ironically, stuck in the past.


Harriet movie review: a true American hero finally gets her due (#LFF2019)

Tue Oct 29 2019, 07:56pm | 0 comments

Tubman’s heroics are excellent movie-movie fodder. This “origin story” embraces her towering legend and her profound symbolic power, finally sliding her into the epic American pop-culture narrative.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Oct 25

Fri Oct 25 2019, 11:16am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Oct 25

Fri Oct 25 2019, 11:11am | 0 comments

Naomie Harris stars in Black and Blue; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Oct 23–25

Fri Oct 25 2019, 09:29am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Oct 23–25

Fri Oct 25 2019, 09:19am | 0 comments

Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, and Natalia Reyes star in Terminator: Dark Fate; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Current War movie review: fathers of invention, in conflict

Thu Oct 24 2019, 10:23pm | 0 comments

An electrifying style lights up this geek adventure of the intersections between science, culture, and capitalism in the 19th-century battle to power our world. Cumberbatch and Shannon are brilliant.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Oct 22

Wed Oct 23 2019, 07:12am | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Oct 21–25

Tue Oct 22 2019, 10:42am | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Oct 18

Sun Oct 20 2019, 09:30am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Oct 18

Sun Oct 20 2019, 09:21am | 0 comments

Linda Woolverton cowrites Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Oct 18

Sat Oct 19 2019, 09:37pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Oct 18

Sat Oct 19 2019, 09:27pm | 0 comments

Sara Bernstein cowrites docudrama Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Cat Rescuers documentary review: being the change you want to see in the world

Thu Oct 17 2019, 07:44pm | 0 comments

A tiny, delicate, inspiring metaphor for the reshaping of attitudes we will need to make on a planetary scale, and for the effort we’ll need to expend to clean up the enormous messes we have made.


Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable documentary review: she was born to surf

Thu Oct 17 2019, 05:04pm | 0 comments

There are nowhere near enough movies about thrill-seeking women, so this documentary profiling the pro surfer is very welcome. But there’s no need for such a heavy hand on the “inspirational.”


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil movie review: mistress of what now?

Wed Oct 16 2019, 02:56pm | 0 comments

An apparently unfairly maligned “wicked witch” has to be redeemed again. Anyway, bitches be evil, crazy and traumatized, or sweet dumb personality-free near-morons. You know, for kids!


movies by or about women opening US/Can Oct 11

Tue Oct 15 2019, 08:18pm | 0 comments

Pamela Pettler and Erica Rivinoja cowrite The Addams Family; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Oct 15–18

Tue Oct 15 2019, 07:01pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Oct 08–11

Tue Oct 15 2019, 06:48pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Oct 11

Mon Oct 14 2019, 01:13pm | 0 comments

Jill Culton writes and codirects Abominable; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Oct 14–18

Mon Oct 14 2019, 12:37pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Oct 07–12

Mon Oct 14 2019, 12:24pm | comments off

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


Abominable movie review: a bit of a snow job

Sun Oct 13 2019, 10:59am | 0 comments

Lovely animation and gentle, kid-pitched life lessons can’t quite overcome the familiar feel of this E.T. retread, nor the forced sense of wonder that is more convenient crutch than anything organic.


Gemini Man movie review: the last hurrah of the movie star

Thu Oct 10 2019, 11:06pm | 0 comments

No movie has ever been higher-concept than this: Today-aged Will Smith versus CGI-young Will Smith! It’s the future of film in an anemic, tedious, ironically dated spy-action shell. Bafflingly awful.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Oct 04

Sun Oct 06 2019, 09:34pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Oct 04

Sun Oct 06 2019, 09:32pm | 0 comments

Natalie Portman stars in Lucy in the Sky; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Oct 02–04

Sat Oct 05 2019, 06:17pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Oct 02–04

Sat Oct 05 2019, 06:13pm | 0 comments

Renée Zellweger stars in Judy; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Good Posture movie review: growing up, still deferred

Sat Oct 05 2019, 02:28pm | 0 comments

A rare new expedition to the realm of messed-up young women is as unsatisfying as many of the ones about feckless young men. An unlikeable protagonist should at least be interesting. This one isn’t.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Oct 01–04

Thu Oct 03 2019, 10:29pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Sep 30

Thu Oct 03 2019, 02:00pm | comments off

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


Joker movie review: sad clown, bad clown, not at all a rad clown

Wed Oct 02 2019, 08:05pm | 0 comments

Not fit to lick the boots of Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan, though the height of its ambition appears to be its desperation to do so. A movie as pathetically ineffectual as its protagonist.


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