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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 23–27

Tue Mar 24 2020, 03:14pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 23–29

Tue Mar 24 2020, 01:01pm | comments off

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


Blow the Man Down movie review: redefining the femme fatale

Mon Mar 23 2020, 06:44pm | 0 comments

Quietly savage, weirdly funny, this feminist take on crime noir is ferocious in a way that only slowly reveals itself. Conflict and compassion wax and wane in a mystery that isn’t quite what it seems.


Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo) movie review: the accidental priest

Fri Mar 20 2020, 10:07pm | 0 comments

This profoundly empathetic tale of an unlikely spiritual leader is a condemnation of the dogmatism and narrowmindedness of the Catholic Church and a provocative exploration of guilt and redemption.


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

Tue Mar 17 2020, 03:22pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 16–21

Tue Mar 17 2020, 01:01pm | comments off

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


Lost Girls movie review: and still unfound (#Netflix)

Mon Mar 16 2020, 11:37pm | 0 comments

Based-on-fact drama puts the focus where it rarely is onscreen: on women who are victims of male violence. Yet a terrific central performance and an abundance of empathy cannot overcome its clichés.


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

Sun Mar 15 2020, 11:57pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Mar 13

Sun Mar 15 2020, 11:55pm | 0 comments

Betty Gilpin costars in The Hunt; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Mar 11–13

Sun Mar 15 2020, 06:24pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Mar 11–13

Sun Mar 15 2020, 06:21pm | 0 comments

Philippa Lowthorpe directs and Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe write Misbehaviour, starring Jessie Buckley and Keira Knightley; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 10–13

Sat Mar 14 2020, 10:44pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 09–15

Sat Mar 14 2020, 08:49pm | comments off

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


I’m on BBC World Service’s “The Arts Hour” again, today, Saturday, March 14th

Sat Mar 14 2020, 04:11pm | 0 comments

Topics under discussion include movies Misbehaviour and True History of the Kelly Gang, political satire and historical fiction, and more.


My Darling Vivian documentary review: from ardent lover to cold hard Cash (#SXSW2020)

Fri Mar 13 2020, 05:33pm | 0 comments

Nascent celebrity culture and the myth of the artist’s muse are skewered by the tale of Johnny Cash’s first wife, Vivian Liberto, told by her daughters and a trove of vintage photos and love letters.


Saint Frances movie review: there will be blood — deal with it

Tue Mar 10 2020, 06:15pm | 0 comments

Taboo-busting laugh-until-you-cry tale dares to speak of oft-unspoken matters of women’s lives. So very necessary to open up the range of women’s experiences seen as baseline. I love this movie.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Mar 04–06

Sun Mar 08 2020, 01:18pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Mar 04–06

Sun Mar 08 2020, 01:16pm | 0 comments

Kelly Reichardt cowrites and directs First Cow; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Swallow movie review: leaves a sour taste

Sun Mar 08 2020, 12:20pm | 0 comments

Half a century ago, this would have been radical. Today, it’s banal. The slick postwar aesthetic is emblematic of a male filmmaker’s understanding of women that exists only through dated stereotypes.


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

Sat Mar 07 2020, 05:43pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Mar 06

Sat Mar 07 2020, 05:40pm | 0 comments

Stella Meghie writes and directs The Photograph, costarring Issa Rae; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Military Wives movie review: tired choir dramedy needs to change the tune

Sat Mar 07 2020, 04:31pm | 0 comments

So aggressively precisely what you think it is that there’s almost no point in seeing it. Flattens a true story into generic pap that isn’t even that successfully, authentically feel-good, either.


Onward movie review: the Pixar road goes ever on

Fri Mar 06 2020, 03:15pm | 0 comments

Don’t let the Pixar curve throw you: familiar this quest may be, but it’s full of magic and wonder and humor and melancholy, and set in a fully realized fantasy world. Not a masterpiece but very good.


curated: the roles typecast actors would prefer to play

Thu Mar 05 2020, 10:15pm | 0 comments

“We hope that these photos encourage viewers to reflect on the way that stereotypes persist in mass culture….”


The Photograph movie review: love as a balancing act

Thu Mar 05 2020, 08:33pm | 0 comments

It’s meet-melancholy in an elegant, female-gazey romantic drama audaciously mingling past and present. A swanky celebration of confident, complex women and the bittersweetness of adult relationships.


Push documentary review: why the rent is too damn high (and how to fix it)

Tue Mar 03 2020, 08:18pm | 0 comments

Badass UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha probes the global housing crisis and breaks down the complex cause into something readily comprehensible… then enraging. (But she has a solution, too.)


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

Tue Mar 03 2020, 02:11pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 02–08

Tue Mar 03 2020, 12:06pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 28

Sun Mar 01 2020, 08:22pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 28

Sun Mar 01 2020, 08:20pm | 0 comments

Elisabeth Moss stars in The Invisible Man; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 28

Sun Mar 01 2020, 03:05pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 28

Sun Mar 01 2020, 03:03pm | 0 comments

Elisabeth Moss stars in The Invisible Man; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 25–28

Thu Feb 27 2020, 09:41pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 24–28

Thu Feb 27 2020, 08:44pm | comments off

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


The Lodge movie review: stuck in miserably mushy snow

Thu Feb 27 2020, 07:44pm | 0 comments

This exasperating movie is so obnoxious it could be deliberately trolling us. Wants to have its ambiguous cake and eat it, too, smothered in a gloomy frosting. *extremely pinches nose in despair*


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 21

Sat Feb 22 2020, 10:42pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 21

Sat Feb 22 2020, 10:39pm | 0 comments

Autumn de Wilde directs and Eleanor Catton writes Emma., starring Anya Taylor-Joy; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 19–21

Sat Feb 22 2020, 09:02pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 21

Sat Feb 22 2020, 09:00pm | 0 comments

Danielle Sanchez-Witzel cowrites Like a Boss, starring Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Like a Boss movie review: it doesn’t quite fall down on the job

Sat Feb 22 2020, 07:10pm | 0 comments

This instantly forgettable fluff lazily relies on too many unfunny slapstick and grossout tangents. But real humor blossoms in the terrific performances and in a fast, funny, and surprising feminism.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 18–21

Thu Feb 20 2020, 08:45pm | comments off

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


Dark Waters movie review: capitalism will kill ya

Thu Feb 20 2020, 08:38pm | 0 comments

If you like these sorts of movies, you’ll like this one, a solid SJW drama out to condemn, with plenty of evidence, profit-above-all capitalism that embraces willful negligence and corruption.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 17–21

Thu Feb 20 2020, 02:29pm | comments off

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


Seberg movie review: inept tribute to a troubled movie star

Wed Feb 19 2020, 10:11pm | 0 comments

French New Wave icon Jean Seberg plays an unwitting game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI in a strangled blend of biopic and paranoid thriller. Not even always fascinating Kristen Stewart can save this.


The Call of the Wild movie review: a very good boi (mostly)

Wed Feb 19 2020, 02:30pm | 0 comments

An old-fashioned kiddie adventure, sweetly earnest, equal parts scary, funny, exciting, sad, and happy, with only a bit of uncanny valley in its CGI doggo star. Definitely had something in my eye.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 14

Sat Feb 15 2020, 12:02am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 14

Sat Feb 15 2020, 12:01am | 0 comments

Stella Meghie writes and directs The Photograph, costarring Issa Rae; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


A Simple Wedding movie review: spoiler, it’s not so simple

Fri Feb 14 2020, 10:02pm | 0 comments

Charming culture-clash rom-com is full of life, celebrating human universals of family and love, and embracing differences that make the world so interesting. Smart and spritely, feminist and funny.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 14

Fri Feb 14 2020, 05:29pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 14

Fri Feb 14 2020, 05:28pm | 0 comments

Autumn de Wilde directs and Eleanor Catton writes Emma., starring Anya Taylor-Joy; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


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