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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 18

Fri Jan 18 2019, 08:07pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 18

Fri Jan 18 2019, 07:40pm | 0 comments

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star in historical drama Mary Queen of Scots; more…


Hale County This Morning, This Evening documentary review: a flow of time and hope

Fri Jan 18 2019, 06:34pm | 0 comments

Slice-of-life and stream-of-consciousness, this is unlike any documentary before about what it’s like to be poor and black in America. RaMell Ross is an important new voice in American cinema.


more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Thu Jan 17 2019, 09:06pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


curated: YouTube bans videos showing dangerous pranks and stunts

Thu Jan 17 2019, 02:06pm | 0 comments

So what’s YouTube gonna do about racist and misogynist videos?


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 15-18

Tue Jan 15 2019, 08:58pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jan 14-18

Tue Jan 15 2019, 06:46pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jan 11

Sun Jan 13 2019, 10:45pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 11

Sun Jan 13 2019, 10:40pm | 0 comments

Bel Powley stars in historical drama Ashes in the Snow; more…


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 09-11

Sun Jan 13 2019, 10:17pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 09-11

Sun Jan 13 2019, 10:01pm | 0 comments

Keira Knightley stars in historical docudrama Colette, cowritten by Rebecca Lenkiewicz; more…


I’m on BBC World Service’s “The Arts Hour” again today, Saturday, January 12th

Sat Jan 12 2019, 11:59am | 0 comments

We’ll be talking about Keira Knightley’s new film Colette; everything Idris Elba; Justin Hurwitz’s amazing score for First Man; and a lot more.


Voices of the Sea documentary review: when home cannot nurture a family

Fri Jan 11 2019, 01:57pm | 0 comments

A poignant, sensitive portrait of desperation, love, and survival in a beautiful place, one that is intimately Cuban, but with much wider relevance, too, in the midst of the global refugee crisis.


more (fictional) notes from The British Museum

Thu Jan 10 2019, 10:07pm | 0 comments

A flash-fiction project, stories from which are available to all Patreon patrons at the $1/month level or above. Thank you for your support!


AWFJ 2018 EDA Awards winners announced

Thu Jan 10 2019, 09:48pm | 0 comments

Our most honored films are Roma (five awards), The Favourite (four awards), and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (three awards).


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 08

Wed Jan 09 2019, 04:57pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jan 07-12

Wed Jan 09 2019, 03:18pm | comments off

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


curated: the da Vinci money-laundering scam to benefit Trump that will make a great movie

Tue Jan 08 2019, 02:09pm | 0 comments

If the world survives President Donald Trump, that is.


curated: Trump’s misunderstanding of ‘Game of Thrones’ is totally emblematic of our culture today

Mon Jan 07 2019, 04:51pm | 0 comments

Alas, Trump and his fans are not tuned in to metaphor. That sort of thing is for experts and intellectuals, who are not to be trusted.


introducing weekly flash fiction for Patreon patrons

Fri Jan 04 2019, 10:18pm | 0 comments

As a way to get the fiction lobe of my brain working — and to keep it juiced up for far more exciting projects I will begin very soon — I’m embarking on a new weekly project I’m calling “(fictional) notes from The British Museum.”


On the Basis of Sex movie review: Notorious RBG’s origin story

Thu Jan 03 2019, 07:54pm | 0 comments

Coasts on the awesomeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a way unadventurous if solidly crowd-pleasing. But the depiction of her incredibly supportive marriage to a feminist man is intensely satisfying.


OFCS 2018 awards winners announced

Wed Jan 02 2019, 10:15pm | 0 comments

Roma wins four awards including Best Picture; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is Best Animated Feature.


curated: “What It’s Like to Be a Female Movie Critic in the #MeToo Era”

Wed Jan 02 2019, 01:47pm | 0 comments

Manohla Dargis says it all. I could have written every word of this.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Dec 17-Jan 04

Thu Dec 20 2018, 06:33pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Dec 17-Jan 04

Thu Dec 20 2018, 06:32pm | 0 comments

It’s Christmas for movies about women! Women-centered Mary Queen of Scots, The Favourite, Second Act, and Bumblebee all open wide over the holidays. Amazing.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Dec 21-Jan 04

Thu Dec 20 2018, 05:35pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Dec 21-Jan 04

Thu Dec 20 2018, 05:06pm | 0 comments

Women get wide releases! Christina Hodson writes and Hailee Steinfeld stars in sci-fi action-adventure Bumblebee; Deborah Davis cowrites and Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz star in historical dramedy The Favourite; more…


Polina movie review: what it takes to dance ballet

Thu Dec 20 2018, 03:54pm | 0 comments

A marvelous paean to everything that goes into making great art: hard work, complicated humanity, taking risks, and trusting one’s own instincts. Anastasia Shevtsova is tremendous as a young woman with an indomitable spirit.


I am no longer using Facebook to promote my work; here are some alternatives for following me

Thu Dec 20 2018, 01:20pm | 0 comments

I apologize for any annoyance or inconvenience this may cause. Though you probably hadn’t been seeing my posts in your feed anyway.


Bumblebee movie review: floats like a butterfly…

Wed Dec 19 2018, 11:50pm | 0 comments

Nostalgic without being mindlessly retro; a sweet, heartfelt girl-and-her-alien-robot-car action-adventure buddy dramedy that hits all the right notes. Hailee Steinfeld is terrific, and there’s not a whiff of Michael Bay to be found.


Welcome to Marwen movie review: toying with our sympathy

Wed Dec 19 2018, 09:51pm | 0 comments

The plastic terror of The Polar Express melded with the kooky charm of Forrest Gump is a bad, sometimes outright icky, way to tell a tale of trauma and recovery, and does a disservice to Steve Carell’s sensitive performance.


online critics pick ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ as best film of 2018 in HeyUGuys poll

Wed Dec 19 2018, 04:25pm | 0 comments

I participated in this poll, but this is not my pick for movie of the year…


behold 20th Century Fox’s brand-new Christmas trailer… for ‘Die Hard’

Wed Dec 19 2018, 12:20pm | 0 comments

This is some of the finest trolling the Internet has seen to date.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Dec 18-Jan 01

Tue Dec 18 2018, 10:53pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Dec 17-31

Tue Dec 18 2018, 09:44pm | comments off

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


curated: the #MeToo scandal surrounding Geoffrey Rush

Tue Dec 18 2018, 08:58pm | 0 comments

Australia’s defamation laws are making it a tough go for his accuser, Yael Stone…


curated: “Using data to determine if Die Hard is a Christmas movie”

Tue Dec 18 2018, 10:54am | 0 comments

It’s science!


Aquaman movie review: deep blah sea

Mon Dec 17 2018, 10:45pm | 0 comments

When it’s not tediously predictable in its clichés, its complete lack of narrative or thematic daring, and its colorless meathead hero, it’s a mess of incoherent action and noisy psychedelic chaos.


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Thu Dec 13

Sat Dec 15 2018, 06:39pm | 0 comments

KiKi Layne stars in drama If Beale Street Could Talk; Nadine Labaki directs social-realist drama Capernaum; more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Sat Dec 08

Sat Dec 15 2018, 03:15pm | 0 comments

Susanne Bier directs science fiction drama Bird Box; Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi codirects documentary Free Solo; more…


Mary Queen of Scots movie review: not so good to be the queen…

Fri Dec 14 2018, 02:00pm | 0 comments

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie command the screen in this delicious anti costume drama with an earthy ethos, replete with movie-movie internecine spycraft and a sly, smart feminist parable that resonates for us today.


curated: long-lost Kit Harington/Toothless audition tapes surface

Fri Dec 14 2018, 09:21am | 0 comments

Advice for actors: Never work with children or dragons.


curated: ‘Die Hard’ IS a Christmas movie

Fri Dec 14 2018, 09:11am | 0 comments

Case closed.


Mortal Engines movie review: it’s got no rev

Thu Dec 13 2018, 05:49pm | 0 comments

Like the book it’s based on, the worldbuilding is intriguing, but the characters and story are strictly cliché. A lazy, confused, and derivative disaster, with plot points and visual and thematic motifs shamelessly stolen from far better movies.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie review: animation gets reanimated

Wed Dec 12 2018, 09:21pm | 0 comments

Has a verve rare in big-budget movies at the moment. Fun and fresh and legitimately engages with its source material on the levels of story, visuals, and mythology all at once. It feels like discovering storytelling anew.


curated: “Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films”

Wed Dec 12 2018, 12:06pm | 0 comments

This is even better than my Where Are the Women? project found…


Dumplin’ movie review: throwing her weight around (#Netflix)

Mon Dec 10 2018, 06:44pm | 0 comments

A lovely movie that warmly embraces a wide(ish) range of girls-and-women-as-people, one that doesn’t reduce its large heroine — the amazing Danielle Macdonald — to nothing more than her size. This should not feel so damn radical, but it is.


curated: Rose Macaulay, author, influenced Orwell and Huxley, forgotten and erased

Mon Dec 10 2018, 10:00am | 0 comments

But her groundbreaking book is coming back into print (a century later).


movies by or about women opening US/Can from Thu Dec 06

Fri Dec 07 2018, 11:18pm | 0 comments

Bridey Elliott directs dramedy Clara’s Ghost; Alexis Bloom directs documentary Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes; more…


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Dec 07

Fri Dec 07 2018, 05:47pm | 0 comments

Lola Arias directs documentary Theatre of War; Mélanie Laurent and Alicia Vikander costar in historical romances; and not much more…


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