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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Sep 27

Sat Sep 28 2019, 10:17pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Sep 27

Sat Sep 28 2019, 08:33pm | 0 comments

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Sep 27

Fri Sep 27 2019, 04:15pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Sep 27

Fri Sep 27 2019, 04:13pm | 0 comments

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang direct documentary One Child Nation; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Sep 24–27

Wed Sep 25 2019, 10:02pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Sep 23–28

Wed Sep 25 2019, 09:37pm | comments off

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


Official Secrets movie review: blow all the whistles

Mon Sep 23 2019, 08:31pm | 0 comments

Not a spy thriller but a story of emotional and intellectual suspense wrangling with matters of patriotism and of conscience, and of just how far journalism’s watchdog role can and should take it.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Sep 20

Sat Sep 21 2019, 01:15am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Sep 18–20

Sat Sep 21 2019, 01:12am | 0 comments

Tuva Novotny directs Swedish dramedy Britt-Marie Was Here, starring Pernilla August; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Sep 17–20

Fri Sep 20 2019, 11:58pm | comments off

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


Corporate Animals movie review: work is hell

Fri Sep 20 2019, 11:29pm | 0 comments

Corporate culture gets a delightfully twisted kick in the ass when a “team-building retreat” turns disastrous. As horror vies with comedy, the pitch(black)-perfect cast gets the balance just right.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Sep 18–20

Fri Sep 20 2019, 05:01pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Sep 20

Fri Sep 20 2019, 04:54pm | 0 comments

Lulu Wang writes and directs dramedy The Farewell, starring Awkwafina; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Sep 16–20

Fri Sep 20 2019, 01:09pm | comments off

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


Downton Abbey movie review: embarrassment of riches

Thu Sep 19 2019, 09:55pm | 0 comments

Wherein the working class revels in servitude, and wealth and privilege are deserved. Deeply reactionary and unlikely to please anyone not already enamored of the show. I get Anglophilia, but really?


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Sep 13

Fri Sep 13 2019, 09:41pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Sep 13

Fri Sep 13 2019, 09:30pm | 0 comments

Lorene Scafaria directs crime drama Hustlers, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Sep 13

Fri Sep 13 2019, 06:11pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Sep 13

Fri Sep 13 2019, 06:09pm | 0 comments

Lorene Scafaria directs crime drama Hustlers, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Phoenix (Føniks) movie review: but will she rise again?

Fri Sep 13 2019, 04:50pm | 0 comments

This Norwegian family drama, tinged with fantasy and horror, depicts a teen girl’s emotional turmoil through fantastical, yet oddly pragmatic, reveries. Newcomer Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin is heartbreaking.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Sep 10

Fri Sep 13 2019, 11:06am | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Sep 09

Fri Sep 13 2019, 10:26am | comments off

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


new fantasy flash fiction: “Wings Are Not Only for Birds”

Thu Sep 12 2019, 07:04pm | 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).


Hustlers movie review: with hearts of steel

Thu Sep 12 2019, 01:51pm | 0 comments

GoodFellas, except they’re gals. A cinematic bonbon of delinquent deliciousness that easily wraps us up in charmed complicity. And the exquisite lack of a male gaze means it’s never salacious.


today is the 22nd anniversary of Flick Filosopher

Sun Sep 08 2019, 03:10pm | 16 comments

On this day in 1997, I launched Flick Filosopher. Not many movie sites that were online in 1997 are still around. But me, like a fool? Still here.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Sep 06

Fri Sep 06 2019, 09:39pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Sep 06

Fri Sep 06 2019, 09:32pm | 0 comments

Chelsea Stardust directs horror comedy Satanic Panic, starring Hayley Griffith; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Sep 06

Fri Sep 06 2019, 06:36pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Sep 06: NONE

Fri Sep 06 2019, 06:32pm | 0 comments

A weekend on which no movies written by men, directed by men, or about men open is inconceivable. But someone tell me again how women’s representation onscreen isn’t an issue.


I’m on BBC World Service’s “The Arts Hour” again, Saturday, September 7th

Fri Sep 06 2019, 06:04pm | 0 comments

They like me — they really like me! — at “The Arts Hour” on the BBC World Service radio experience.


Mrs Lowry & Son movie review: portrait of the artist as an abused man

Fri Sep 06 2019, 05:01pm | 0 comments

A study of the painter LS Lowry that, with sly whimsy and darkness, finds a universality of the creative psyche via the toxic relationship with his mother, who tried (unsuccessfully) to crush him.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Sep 03–06

Wed Sep 04 2019, 10:52pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Sep 02

Wed Sep 04 2019, 09:17pm | comments off

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


It: Chapter Two movie review: it doesn’t float

Wed Sep 04 2019, 05:37pm | 0 comments

A bigger misfire than its predecessor, and a waste of a great cast. Unsupportably overlong, with a feel-good self-care denouement that’s almost dangerous. The only terrifying thing here is the tedium.


movie-related flash-fiction freebie: “Disney Dystopia”

Mon Sep 02 2019, 06:24pm | 0 comments

“Hey, so you wanna go to the disneys tonight?”


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Aug 30

Sat Aug 31 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 Aug 30

Sat Aug 31 2019, 10:36pm | 0 comments

Hannah Pearl Utt directs, writes, and stars in, with cowriter Jen Tullock, comedy Before You Know It; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Aug 30

Fri Aug 30 2019, 06:08pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Aug 30

Fri Aug 30 2019, 06:05pm | 0 comments

Joanna Hogg directs drama The Souvenir, starring Honor Swinton Byrne and costarring Tilda Swinton; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Chambers_ immersive dining experience — the review

Fri Aug 30 2019, 04:36pm | 0 comments

An interactive story-driven culinary adventure that’s like being dropped into a Doctor Who–esque spacetime unknown. Weird, wonderful, sometimes unnerving. An intriguingly odd sensory odyssey.


new science-fiction flash fiction: “Festival of Flight”

Thu Aug 29 2019, 07:12pm | 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).


I geek out over the films I’m psyched for, Autumn 2019

Thu Aug 29 2019, 04:49pm | 0 comments

Exclusively for Salt Lake City Weekly.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Aug 27

Wed Aug 28 2019, 10:55pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Aug 26–30

Wed Aug 28 2019, 09:46pm | comments off

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


Angel Has Fallen movie review: and it can’t get up

Wed Aug 28 2019, 02:16pm | 0 comments

A sad retread of The Fugitive. Dumb, pointless, confused, full of contempt for its audience, and laughably unable to convince us that Gerard Butler is an acceptable stand-in for Harrison Ford.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Aug 23

Sat Aug 24 2019, 10:25pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Aug 21–23

Sat Aug 24 2019, 10:18pm | 0 comments

Catherine Dudley-Rose writes and directs drama Parallel Chords, starring Rachel Ann; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Aug 21–23

Sat Aug 24 2019, 04:53pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Aug 23

Sat Aug 24 2019, 04:42pm | 0 comments

Zoe Margaret Colletti costars in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; very little more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Aug 20

Sat Aug 24 2019, 10:49am | comments off

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


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