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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Aug 04–07

Thu Aug 06 2020, 05:49pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Aug 04–07

Thu Aug 06 2020, 04:03pm | comments off

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


The Secret: Dare to Dream movie review: I’m positive this is awful

Tue Aug 04 2020, 10:53pm | 0 comments

Nice Guy garbage man Josh Lucas negs sad sack Katie Holmes. Based on the pernicious self-help philosophy that insists that everything wrong with your life is your fault. You know: feel-good romance!


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jul 28–31

Sat Aug 01 2020, 09:06pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jul 28–31

Sat Aug 01 2020, 08:34pm | comments off

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


I’m back for more BBC World Service’s “The Arts Hour” again today, Saturday, August 1st

Sat Aug 01 2020, 07:42pm | 0 comments

My second pandemic-lockdown, recorded-from-home appearance…


Radioactive movie review: science, bitch (#AmazonPrime)

Sat Aug 01 2020, 06:28pm | 0 comments

Rosamund Pike is perfection in this intellectual romance, an unsentimental portrait of a woman striving to be appreciated for her mind at a time even more anti-woman than today. Feminist and flinty.


I hate this timeline…

Mon Jul 27 2020, 08:59pm | 0 comments

During lockdown I have been on a roller coaster of emotional reaction when it comes to my creative work…


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jul 20–24

Fri Jul 24 2020, 04:17pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jul 20–24

Fri Jul 24 2020, 01:23pm | comments off

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


First Cow movie review: new world, same as the old world

Thu Jul 23 2020, 09:25pm | 0 comments

A simple story about friendship. A revisionist Western reworking fables of masculinity and frontiers. A softly savage deconstruction of the American dream, of capitalism itself. An astonishing movie.


Last and First Men movie review: a sobering message from the future (#EIFF2020)

Thu Jul 23 2020, 03:15pm | 0 comments

A mesmerizing, haunting contemplation of the headiest issues we ever confront: evolution and extinction, the depths of time, the meaning of life. Screams with ominous alarm for the human future.


John Lewis: Good Trouble documentary review: how to bend the arc of history

Mon Jul 20 2020, 09:27pm | 0 comments

Essential portrait of the US Congressman and civil-rights activist, for its lessons in the power of passive resistance to injustice, and its underscoring of how America has regressed in recent years.


Greyhound movie review: Tom Hanks goes a-LARPing (#AppleTVPlus)

Fri Jul 17 2020, 07:17pm | 0 comments

How very kind of Tom Hanks to lend his gravitas and inescapable likability to a bunch of WWII naval reenactors on their weekend-getaway “crossing the north Atlantic in 1942 dodging U-boats” campaign.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jul 14–17

Thu Jul 16 2020, 02:40pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jul 13–17

Wed Jul 15 2020, 07:37pm | comments off

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


The Sunlit Night movie review: room to breathe and think in wide-open spaces

Wed Jul 15 2020, 06:30pm | 0 comments

A ramble with appealingly messy people rethinking their priorities that is perhaps more charming and touching than it might have been if this pandemic summer didn’t have so many of us doing the same.


have you found a new movie normal?

Mon Jul 13 2020, 09:00pm | 0 comments

I’d love to hear how, as a movie fan, you’re coping with this new entertainment environment.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jul 07–10

Thu Jul 09 2020, 09:42pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jul 06–10

Thu Jul 09 2020, 09:06pm | comments off

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


The Old Guard movie review: saving the world, one century at a time (#Netflix)

Thu Jul 09 2020, 06:22pm | 0 comments

There’s plenty of bruising action, but this fantastic slice of comic-book pulp emphasizes the humanity of its immortal heroes. Gina Prince-Bythewood elevates the familiar with emotional authenticity.


Little Girl (Petite Fille) documentary review: what little girls are made of (#EIFF2020)

Thu Jul 09 2020, 02:01pm | 0 comments

Lovely verité documentary about eight-year-old Sasha, who was born into a boy’s body but is definitely a girl. An inspiring portrait of someone asking for so little: to be accepted for who she is.


my 2020 film ranking at the year’s midway point

Mon Jul 06 2020, 09:03pm | 0 comments

A sneak peek at my FULL ongoing ranking of 2020’s new movies. (This post is free for all. Join my Patreon to keep up with the list as it grows over the rest of the year.)


Anthropocene: The Human Epoch documentary review: the destruction of our planet, in pictures (#EIFF2020)

Mon Jul 06 2020, 04:51pm | 0 comments

Astonishing: sometimes oddly beautiful but mostly like sci-fi horror. An anti-meditation nightmare, a call to arms if only we were ready to finally address our thoughtless impact on planet Earth.


Disclosure documentary review: what the sorry state of trans representation onscreen means for everyone (#Netflix)

Sat Jul 04 2020, 08:51pm | 0 comments

Terrific doc unpacks trans representation in Hollywood, unspoken attitudes about gender, sexuality, and race that most people, trans and cis, may never have clocked before… ideas that affect us all.


Family Romance, LLC. movie review: coming to your emotional rescue

Fri Jul 03 2020, 04:05pm | 0 comments

A marvelously strange and perplexing meta meditation on human connection and ritual, on fact and fiction, on emotional truth. An existential cinematic rabbit hole as only Werner Herzog can deliver.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 30–Jul 03

Thu Jul 02 2020, 03:01pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jun 29–Jul 03

Thu Jul 02 2020, 01:29pm | comments off

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


To Kid or Not to Kid and Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth documentaries review: childfree or child-bound?

Wed Jul 01 2020, 06:36pm | 0 comments

Two intimate documentaries about atypical paths to parenthood — or not — invite us to re-evaluate our assumptions, expand our thinking, and be more accommodating of the full spectrum of humanity.


the Flick Filosopher daily email digest is now the weekly email digest

Mon Jun 29 2020, 04:56pm | 0 comments

I have an email list. Did you know that? You probably didn’t: I haven’t had any signup forms around here prominently for a while.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 23–26

Sun Jun 28 2020, 11:09pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jun 22–26

Sun Jun 28 2020, 09:42pm | comments off

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


Fanny Lye Deliver’d movie review: birth of the modern woman (#EIFF2020)

Sun Jun 28 2020, 07:43pm | 0 comments

Maxine Peake is stupendous in this deliciously audacious period horror, ambitious in emotional scope and with monsters who feel unexpectedly modern: men who wield religion as a tool of oppression.


My Spy movie review: and you can keep him, little girl (#AmazonPrime)

Thu Jun 25 2020, 01:51pm | 0 comments

A “family” comedy about nuclear terrorism, the incompetent CIA agent on the case, and his 9-year-old sidekick. Desperately unfunny, thoroughly misjudged. We are in the worst and the dumbest timeline.


as I’ve been saying: YES, the cultural context and content of a film MATTERS

Thu Jun 25 2020, 11:53am | 0 comments

But now a man is saying it, so maybe someone will listen?


The Last Tree movie review: boy interrupted

Wed Jun 24 2020, 01:14pm | 0 comments

An astonishingly beautiful coming-of-age story of startling specificity and intense intimacy, yet universal in its compassionate depiction of a child’s perspective dawning on mature self-awareness.


I pledge not to review any new movie available only in cinemas as long as COVID-19 remains a danger

Thu Jun 18 2020, 07:40pm | 0 comments

This doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing film criticism! There are still plenty of movies, new and classic, that I can write about. But for the time being, I see no ethical way to cover films that will be available only in cinemas.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 16–19

Wed Jun 17 2020, 09:04pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jun 15–16

Wed Jun 17 2020, 06:33pm | comments off

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


Miss Juneteenth movie review: ordinary lives drawn with extraordinary grace

Wed Jun 17 2020, 02:52pm | 0 comments

A beautiful cinematic experience, delicately subtle and bursting with a gorgeous sense of place and character. There is wonderful intimate suspense in every moment of Nicole Beharie’s performance.


7500 movie review: never your in-flight movie (#AmazonPrime)

Tue Jun 16 2020, 08:34pm | 0 comments

Mundanity builds to almost unbearable tension, but this isn’t an action movie. It’s a drama grounded in emotional realism thanks to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s intense empathy and vulnerable humanity.


Artemis Fowl movie review: falls foul of itself (#DisneyPlus)

Sun Jun 14 2020, 10:20pm | 0 comments

A disaster of a kids’ fantasy caper; feels like it’s making up the plot as it goes. A mishmash of manufactured wonder: characters barely sketched, action seemingly setting up future DisneyWorld rides.


Sometimes Always Never movie review: only very intermittently

Fri Jun 12 2020, 01:57pm | 0 comments

Gentle kook and visual frolicking bury emotion in this tale of a man mired in grief. Little of its head-scratching whimsy makes a melancholy landing; most just floats away on wisps of insignificance.


I’m on BBC World Service’s “The Arts Hour” again this Saturday, June 13th

Thu Jun 11 2020, 01:46pm | 0 comments

Topics include new movies The High Note and Radioactive, and a lot more.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 09–12

Wed Jun 10 2020, 10:58pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jun 08–12

Wed Jun 10 2020, 10:30pm | comments off

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


Shirley movie review: lost girls gone mad

Wed Jun 10 2020, 06:46pm | 0 comments

A beautiful-ugly film, a work of domestic gothic grotesquerie, of women’s suffocation and sacrifice, pain and isolation. Elisabeth Moss’s performance is next-level glorious in its wackadoo intensity.


2040 documentary review: can we remake the world in 20 years? (spoiler: yes)

Mon Jun 08 2020, 08:41pm | 0 comments

A dash of eco-optimism to counter global-warming doom and gloom. Gameau is an enormously engaging fact-based dreamer offering a much-needed mindset refresh and proactive actions we can engage in now.


13th documentary review: American slavery never ended; here are the receipts (#Netflix)

Sun Jun 07 2020, 06:34pm | 0 comments

Brutal, necessary watch for all who want to understand why America operates with impunity re its horrendous treatment of Black people. Incisive and shocking, moreso now than when it debuted in 2016.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 05

Wed Jun 03 2020, 10:11pm | comments off

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


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