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have some more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Sat Feb 16 2019, 11:08am | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 13-15

Fri Feb 15 2019, 11:21pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 13-15

Fri Feb 15 2019, 11:11pm | 0 comments

Rebel Wilson stars in fantasy comedy Isn’t It Romantic, written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, and Katie Silberman; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 13-15

Fri Feb 15 2019, 05:11pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 13-15

Fri Feb 15 2019, 05:00pm | 0 comments

Rosamund Pike stars as journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World movie review: dragon its feet to a blah finale

Fri Feb 15 2019, 01:55pm | 0 comments

The gorgeous and once glorious fantasy series comes to a flat conclusion, one in which the stakes feel way lower than they should and the spark that once animated and elevated the story is missing.


Alita: Battle Angel movie review: ‘Rollerblade Runner’ with a Strong Female Character(TM)

Wed Feb 13 2019, 02:10pm | 0 comments

Devoid of personality and soul, this hellish Frankenstein monster of processed entertainment product wallows in a stew of borrowed ideas and imagery and does absolutely nothing fresh with them.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 12-15

Tue Feb 12 2019, 05:04pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 11-16

Mon Feb 11 2019, 05:55pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 08

Fri Feb 08 2019, 11:07pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 08

Fri Feb 08 2019, 11:01pm | 0 comments

Tina Gordon and Jas Waters cowrite fantasy comedy What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


2018’s films ranked

Fri Feb 08 2019, 10:18pm | comments off

I rank films on the fly as I see them for the 2018 awards year. (Still ongoing!)


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 06-08

Fri Feb 08 2019, 10:17pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 06-08

Fri Feb 08 2019, 10:05pm | 0 comments

KiKi Layne stars in historical romantic drama If Beale Street Could Talk; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


If Beale Street Could Talk movie review: a velvet fist of love and strength

Fri Feb 08 2019, 08:48pm | 0 comments

A beautiful story about ugliness, about dignity in the face of hatred, told via delicate yet steely performances that imbue it with a power at once tender and infuriating. Totally enrapturing.


(fictional) notes from The British Museum continue…

Fri Feb 08 2019, 01:05pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part movie review: everything is still (mostly) awesome

Thu Feb 07 2019, 02:05pm | 0 comments

Our expectations are a lot higher now after the unexpectedly wildly inventive first movie… and this sequel delivers, digging with witty subversion into Hollywood’s glorification of its male heroes.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 05-08

Wed Feb 06 2019, 11:43am | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 04-08

Wed Feb 06 2019, 09:45am | comments off

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


Cold Pursuit movie review: hot mess

Tue Feb 05 2019, 10:39pm | 0 comments

The latest Liam Neeson revenge fantasy simply makes no sense even before you get to the tedious action, undeveloped characters, and stubborn racism and sexism. A rancid excuse for a thriller.


curated: it’s not only *digital* journalism that the free market kills…

Mon Feb 04 2019, 01:42pm | 0 comments

We’ve known for decades that for-profit capitalism and public-serving journalism are incompatible.


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

Sat Feb 02 2019, 12:10am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 01

Fri Feb 01 2019, 11:59pm | 0 comments

Gina Rodriguez stars in the Catherine Hardwicke–directed Miss Bala; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 01

Fri Feb 01 2019, 10:20pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 01

Fri Feb 01 2019, 10:13pm | 0 comments

Taylor Russell costars in sci-fi mystery Escape Room; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


yet more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Fri Feb 01 2019, 12:06pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


Burning (Beoning) movie review: same old Mr Nice Guy

Thu Jan 31 2019, 02:48pm | 0 comments

Oh hey it’s The Nice Guy’s Complaint done up arthouse style, meant to render male entitlement, unwarranted sexual jealousy, and personal ineffectualness as something deep and meaningful. It’s not.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 28-Feb 01

Wed Jan 30 2019, 01:10pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jan 28

Wed Jan 30 2019, 11:08am | comments off

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


The Mule movie review: the old man and the drugs

Tue Jan 29 2019, 10:48pm | 0 comments

Welcome to Peak Apologetics for the Bullshit of White Men, replete with many appalling messages about their endless entitlement to redemption and forgiveness. And as a bonus, it’s racist and sexist.


because nothing evokes the spirit of the Christmas Baby Jesus like hate mail

Sun Jan 27 2019, 10:18pm | 0 comments

Who would Jesus troll?


a running tally of all the artists and intellectuals hassled by border agents or actually kept out of America under Trump

Sun Jan 27 2019, 08:23pm | 22 comments

And now it’s Jorge Antonio Guerrero, who costars in Roma, who can’t get a visa to attend the Oscars…


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

Fri Jan 25 2019, 09:12pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 25

Fri Jan 25 2019, 09:11pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 23-25

Fri Jan 25 2019, 09:02pm | 0 comments

No movies directed by women, written solely by women, or centering only women open in the US this weekend. Two tiny releases feature a mix of men and women… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


still more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Fri Jan 25 2019, 08:31pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


Patreon-patron-only content has arrived

Fri Jan 25 2019, 02:38pm | 0 comments

Here’s how to log in if you’re already supporting me on Patreon, and how to become a Patreon supporter if you aren’t already one.


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 25

Fri Jan 25 2019, 02:10pm | 0 comments

Jennifer Lopez stars in romantic comedy Second Act; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Nina movie review: dreary would-be sexual melodrama

Fri Jan 25 2019, 01:02pm | 0 comments

Overlong and underwritten, tepid and dreary, this would-be sexual melodrama isn’t lurid enough to qualify as soft-core porn, but never finds any true emotion among its triangle of lovers, either.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 22-25

Wed Jan 23 2019, 08:54pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jan 21-26

Wed Jan 23 2019, 06:51pm | comments off

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


Glass movie review: superhero ’splaining

Tue Jan 22 2019, 11:18pm | 0 comments

Earnest and humorless, this is a faux-intellectual Comic Book Guy ponderously well-actually-ing us about shallow superhero tropes and clichés as if those are the most intriguing bits of these stories.


Destroyer movie review: holding out for an antiheroine

Sat Jan 19 2019, 09:14pm | 0 comments

Nicole Kidman’s pitiless performance completely upends genre expectations in Karyn Kusama’s tense, grim crime noir. Uncompromising and subtly challenging, like a cerebral itch you can’t quite scratch.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jan 16-18

Fri Jan 18 2019, 10:52pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 16-18

Fri Jan 18 2019, 10:47pm | 0 comments

Tika Sumpter stars and Jamie Lee Curtis costars in dramatic thriller An Acceptable Loss; more…


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

Fri Jan 18 2019, 08:07pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 18

Fri Jan 18 2019, 07:40pm | 0 comments

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star in historical drama Mary Queen of Scots; more…


Hale County This Morning, This Evening documentary review: a flow of time and hope

Fri Jan 18 2019, 06:34pm | 0 comments

Slice-of-life and stream-of-consciousness, this is unlike any documentary before about what it’s like to be poor and black in America. RaMell Ross is an important new voice in American cinema.


more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Thu Jan 17 2019, 09:06pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


curated: YouTube bans videos showing dangerous pranks and stunts

Thu Jan 17 2019, 02:06pm | 0 comments

So what’s YouTube gonna do about racist and misogynist videos?


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