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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Wed Aug 15

Fri Aug 17 2018, 11:44pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Aug 15

Fri Aug 17 2018, 11:40pm | 0 comments

Adele Lim and Lea Carpenter cowrite two of the week’s wide releases, (respectively) Crazy Rich Asians and Mile 22. Progress!


2018’s films ranked

Fri Aug 17 2018, 10:15pm | comments off

I rank films on the fly as I see them for the 2018 awards year.


Do You Trust This Computer? documentary review: artificial intelligence is already here

Fri Aug 17 2018, 09:53pm | 0 comments

This slick gloss on the state of AI is frustratingly scattershot and won’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention. But its warnings about how we’ve dealt with huge and rapid scientific leaps before are worthy ones.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Thu Aug 16

Fri Aug 17 2018, 03:16pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Wed Aug 15

Fri Aug 17 2018, 03:13pm | 0 comments

Shevaun Mizrahi directs a documentary look at Turkish retirees; Reema Kagti directs a docudrama about India’s first post-independence Olympic medal; more…


Juliet, Naked movie review: idol threat

Fri Aug 17 2018, 02:32pm | 1 comment

A gentle, generous confrontation between fan and artist, and between a past full of regret and the possibility of a happier future, made warm and human by the terrific central performances. An instant new comfort movie.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, from Aug 14-17

Tue Aug 14 2018, 10:23pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, from Aug 13

Tue Aug 14 2018, 09:50pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Aug 08

Fri Aug 10 2018, 10:44pm | 1 comment

Writer-director Crystal Moselle introduces us to girl skateboarders; writer-director Josephine Decker give us an arthouse mystery set in the theater; more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Aug 10

Fri Aug 10 2018, 08:51pm | 0 comments

Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs Amandla Stenberg in a dystopian thriller; Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, and Eva Longoria are dogs’ best friends; more…


The Darkest Minds movie review: seeking a prom date for the end of the world

Fri Aug 10 2018, 05:24pm | 4 comments

The YA dystopia is now just another fantasy setting for teen romance. We have normalized the apocalypse. Superpowered kids are being held in concentration camps, but OMG, will Ruby and Liam get together?!


curated: writers and musicians are being denied visas for professional visits to the UK

Thu Aug 09 2018, 02:01pm | 0 comments

If you want to stifle a nation culturally and creatively, this is an excellent way to do that.


no, I have not reviewed ‘Sorry to Bother You’; yes, I would love to

Thu Aug 09 2018, 01:47pm | 5 comments

But it doesn’t have a UK release date yet, and there’s no way for me to see it.


The Meg movie review: shark lark

Thu Aug 09 2018, 11:46am | 23 comments

Jason Statham versus a giant prehistoric shark. It’s never less — yet also never more — than you expect, and never more suspenseful or scary than it is cheesy. But whatev. Go, and enjoy.


Dog Days movie review: a mangy mongrel of a movie

Wed Aug 08 2018, 08:47pm | 17 comments

Two rom-coms, a grossout comedy, a family drama, and a platonic May-December melodrama, all connected by stilted humor, sloppy schmaltz, implausible human interaction, and — least convincingly — dogs.


curated: was an unidentified Cape Cop murder victim an extra in ‘Jaws’?

Tue Aug 07 2018, 08:25pm | 0 comments

Whoa.


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Aug 01

Sat Aug 04 2018, 11:10am | 2 comments

Mila Kunis and Kaye McKinnon have a spy adventure; Amandla Stenberg fights for respect in a future dystopia; Chloë Grace Moretz undergoes a terrible “therapy”; more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Thu Aug 02

Fri Aug 03 2018, 02:41pm | 0 comments

Evangeline Lilly gets super tiny; Gemma Arterton runs away from her marriage; more…


Sicilian Ghost Story movie review: grim failing tale

Fri Aug 03 2018, 02:05pm | 0 comments

A cruel film that hopes to use its fantastical surreality to find some sort of redemption in the senseless, violent, and real-life abuse of a child. There is no magic here, and no meaning.


curated: as long as Hollywood is dominated by white men…

Thu Aug 02 2018, 10:19pm | 0 comments

…white men’s stories will dominate Hollywood.


Teen Titans Go! To the Movies movie review: the last action heroes (to get a movie)

Thu Aug 02 2018, 07:57pm | 7 comments

The superhero movie we need, and also the one we karmically deserve. A riot of hilariously zippy animation that gleefully shreds the clichés of the genre while also lovingly embracing its self-referential geek experience.


curated: racist science fiction and Donald Trump

Tue Jul 31 2018, 04:29pm | 3 comments

A primer.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Wed Jul 25

Fri Jul 27 2018, 10:37pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Jul 25

Fri Jul 27 2018, 10:35pm | 0 comments

Rachel Freier starts an ambulance service; Kelly Macdonald gets into jigsaw puzzles; more…


Puzzle movie review: reclaiming the pieces of her life

Fri Jul 27 2018, 09:32pm | 1 comment

Kelly Macdonald is exquisite, bringing a lovely freshness and authentic life to a familiar sort of character. Even a script that is often improbable and strained cannot detract from her journey, hard as it tries to.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Wed Jul 25

Fri Jul 27 2018, 04:42pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Jul 27

Fri Jul 27 2018, 04:16pm | 0 comments

Sophia Aguiar struggles with Internet fame; the life of photographer and spy Edith Tudor-Hart is explored; more…


Apostasy movie review: witness to the oppression of religion

Thu Jul 26 2018, 04:53pm | 5 comments

A scathing critique of inhumanity in the name of religion — in this case, Jehovah’s Witnesses — made all the more chilling by its drab colorlessness and mute suffocation.


93Queen documentary review: women are doing it for themselves

Wed Jul 25 2018, 09:39pm | 0 comments

An enormously entertaining portrait of Hasidic women who started their own all-female EMS team in Brooklyn. Eye-opening and stereotype-shattering.


curated: vampire capitalists are killing journalism

Tue Jul 24 2018, 10:25pm | 4 comments

Literally incredible.


new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, US/Can, from Jul 24

Tue Jul 24 2018, 10:21pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Jul 23-27

Tue Jul 24 2018, 09:59pm | comments off

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


Mission: Impossible – Fallout movie review: here we go again

Tue Jul 24 2018, 08:22pm | 8 comments

Masterful. I had so much fun with this, often laughing out loud in relief when the tension of a breathless action scene finally broke. So why am I feeling a bit meh about it?


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jul 20

Fri Jul 20 2018, 09:24pm | 2 comments

Amanda Seyfried learns about her mother Meryl Streep’s past; Lauren Greenfield looks back to her childhood in glitzy Los Angeles to explore American materialism; and more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Jul 20

Fri Jul 20 2018, 07:45pm | 0 comments

Amanda Seyfried and Lily James sing ABBA tunes; Jodie Foster patches up criminals; Lauren Greenfield investigates Western materialism; and more…


The Receptionist movie review: unpretty woman

Fri Jul 20 2018, 02:16pm | 0 comments

Gloomy, authentic, essential: this auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jenny Lu is an anti–fairy tale of forgotten women and the false promises of end-stage capitalism.


what are you reading? (open thread)

Tue Jul 17 2018, 10:28pm | 42 comments

By request of reader Bluejay…


curated: NPR erases the work of a woman journalist… in a story about her work

Fri Jul 13 2018, 08:01am | 6 comments

Outrageous.


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jul 13

Fri Jul 13 2018, 06:50am | 0 comments

Maria Mozhdah makes a harrowing visit to her parents’ homeland of Pakistan; Elsie Fisher navigates middle school; and more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Jul 13

Fri Jul 13 2018, 06:15am | 0 comments

Holly Hunter and Sarah Vowell are back as half of the superhero family the Incredibles; Anya Taylor-Joy and Mia Goth are caught up in a family secret; and more…


curated: the con artist impersonating the (few) powerful women of Hollywood

Thu Jul 12 2018, 10:23pm | 0 comments

Surely one of the weirdest stories to come out of Hollywood in recent years…


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Jul 04

Fri Jul 06 2018, 08:17am | 0 comments

Evangeline Lilly is a tiny superhero; Lex Scott Davis protests the Purge; Laura Collado, Erica Xia-Hou, and Morgen Culver write stories about men; more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Wed Jul 04

Fri Jul 06 2018, 06:54am | 0 comments

Lex Scott Davis protests the Purge, Elle Fanning invents science fiction, Whitney Houston is eulogized in documentary form, and more…


The First Purge movie review: a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ for #BlackLivesMatter

Thu Jul 05 2018, 07:12am | 34 comments

This shrewd sci-fi horror franchise is as sharp as ever as it reaches yet further down into the unpleasant flipside of the American myth. A rare prequel that doesn’t feel superfluous.


Whitney documentary review: an 80s icon contemplated, venerated, mourned

Tue Jul 03 2018, 07:00pm | 0 comments

Deeply moving, truly tragic; a biography with a keenly journalistic but hugely sympathetic eye. Powerful compassion and a get-up-and-dance deployment of Houston’s music may well bring her a new generation of fans.


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jun 29

Sat Jun 30 2018, 09:29am | 0 comments

Ruth Wilson claims her family farm; Jessica Chastain heads west; Léa Drucker battles her husband; more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Wed Jun 27

Fri Jun 29 2018, 10:42pm | 0 comments

Beattie Edmondson adopts a dog; Shailene Woodley goes to sea; more…


Boundaries movie review: family lies

Fri Jun 29 2018, 12:28pm | 0 comments

Mildly wacky road-trip shenanigans meet mildly uncomfortable family dramedy. The saving grace? The cast is a joy to spend time with.


Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms movie review: the tragedy of the immortal

Wed Jun 27 2018, 02:08pm | 3 comments

Epic yet intimate, this is a visually gorgeous and emotionally lush fantasy drama about love and hope set in a violent but beautifully realized invented world.


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