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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 | 50 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


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 | 1 comment

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.

very light posting at the moment…

Sun Jun 24 2018, 01:22pm | 0 comments

…as you may have noticed in the past week.

movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jun 22

Fri Jun 22 2018, 11:45am | 0 comments

Bryce Dallas Howard versus dinosaurs, Vera Farmiga versus her criminal dad, Shirley Henderson versus Parkinson’s disease, more…

movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Mon Jun 18

Fri Jun 22 2018, 10:45am | 0 comments

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett plan a heist, Diane Kruger plots revenge, and more…

movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jun 15

Fri Jun 15 2018, 10:53pm | 0 comments

Animated Holly Hunter and Sarah Vowell battle supervillains; Madelyn Deutch battles the postcollege blues…

Eating Animals documentary review: where’s the beef (coming from)?

Fri Jun 15 2018, 10:38pm | 0 comments

The philosophical and the sentimental trump the practical in this exposé of factory farming that, while effective in showing us the horrors, offers only simplistic solutions.

movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Thu Jun 14

Fri Jun 15 2018, 05:16pm | 0 comments

Toni Collette fights family demons; Sylvia Syms fights to stay with her husband; Mc Linn Da Quebrada fights bigotry.

The Happy Prince movie review: in the gutter, looking at the stars

Fri Jun 15 2018, 04:18pm | 2 comments

Writer, director, and star Rupert Everett’s labor of cinematic love, about the last years of Oscar Wilde, is a small wonder of contradictions: nightmarish yet sanguine, a bit sordid yet full of grace.

Ocean’s Eight movie review: revenge of the women

Thu Jun 14 2018, 10:27pm | 21 comments

Breezy fun that sticks a shiv into Hollywood’s — and the larger culture’s — disdain for women. Wonderfully subtle comic performances from a great cast having a ball make for a perfectly suitable light diversion from the world right now.

curated: Brie Larson wants more diverse film critics; white dudes unhappy

Thu Jun 14 2018, 02:18pm | 7 comments


Studio 54 documentary review: inside the velvet ropes

Wed Jun 13 2018, 11:07am | 0 comments

A hugely entertaining exploration of the mythology of the legendary nightclub as something truly worth celebrating, and a towering Scorsese-esque drama of the men who invented it brought down by hubris.

curated: even when women film critics exist, we’re ignored by gatekeepers

Mon Jun 11 2018, 06:46pm | 3 comments

The story of my life.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist documentary review: counterculture’s wise elder woman

Sun Jun 10 2018, 04:25pm | 2 comments

There’s nothing fawning and plenty ironic about this essential first documentary to cover a major female fashion designer, a woman whose life is almost a perfect reflection of the trajectory of 20th-century feminism.

movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jun 08

Fri Jun 08 2018, 10:08pm | 0 comments

Does every wide release in North America this week feature a female protagonist or female ensemble? Wow.

Half the Picture documentary review: a woman’s place is behind the camera (#SundanceLondon2018)

Fri Jun 08 2018, 08:07pm | 1 comment

Authoritative and insightful, this essential film gives much needed cultural breathing room to some remarkable Hollywood women to discuss how they are undermined or shut out entirely from the industry.

movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Wed Jun 06

Fri Jun 08 2018, 03:06pm | 0 comments

Bryce Dallas Howard revisits Jurassic Park. Zosia Mamet revisits an old relationship.

McQueen documentary review: the tragedy of the fashion provocateur

Fri Jun 08 2018, 01:47pm | 0 comments

There’s so much fresh air in this stunningly good biography that it feels like you’ve never encountered a rags-to-riches, tortured-artist story before. Not just for fashion lovers.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie review: back to Isla Nublar… again

Thu Jun 07 2018, 06:24pm | 15 comments

Hollywood finds a way. To keep telling the same stories over and over again, that is. There’s too much going on in Fallen Kingdom, and yet somehow not enough, either. Still: dinosaurs!

Hereditary movie review: the haunting is coming from inside the family (#SundanceLondon2018)

Tue Jun 05 2018, 02:40pm | 8 comments

The sinister ambiance has a terrible grace, but its raw and honest portrait of grief and guilt is ultimately diminished by the supernatural horror that is also at play.

curated: horrible “fans” hound Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram

Tue Jun 05 2018, 11:51am | 5 comments

Disgusting. How do these pathetic excuses for fans live with themselves?

movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Jun 01

Fri Jun 01 2018, 10:44pm | 0 comments

Shailene Woodley faces disaster at sea; Claire Danes confronts trouble at home; and more…

curated: Lando Calrissian, space vlogger

Fri Jun 01 2018, 05:47pm | 0 comments

I love this.

movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Jun 01

Fri Jun 01 2018, 05:36pm | 0 comments

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen are friskily inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey; and more…

A Kid Like Jake movie review: the kid is all right; the parents are freaking out

Fri Jun 01 2018, 04:10pm | 3 comments

A movie as generous and as nonjudgmental as its protagonists, as frustrated yet as gently questing as they are. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are extraordinary.

My Generation documentary review: when London was swinging

Thu May 31 2018, 03:36pm | 6 comments

A brilliantly thrilling look back at the flowering of creativity and freethinking spirit of 1960s London, through the thoroughly charming perspective of Michael Caine.

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