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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 11–14

Thu Feb 13 2020, 02:22pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 10

Thu Feb 13 2020, 12:29pm | comments off

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


Olympic Dreams movie review: coming in from the emotional cold

Thu Feb 13 2020, 11:19am | 0 comments

Guerilla filmmaking is at its most charming in this melancholy romance set — and improvised and shot on the fly — in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Village. Delightful and delicately observed.


my picks for tonight’s 92nd Academy Awards (the Oscars for 2019’s films) (winners indicated)

Mon Feb 10 2020, 06:55pm | 0 comments

I correctly guessed 10 out of the 24 categories, which is at least a little better than last year.


Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2020 (92nd Academy Awards) review

Sun Feb 09 2020, 09:30pm | 0 comments

My pick: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls’ self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.


Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2020 (92nd Academy Awards) review

Sun Feb 09 2020, 03:59pm | 0 comments

My pick: The gorgeous “Brotherhood” opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.


Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2020 (92nd Academy Awards) review

Sat Feb 08 2020, 04:54pm | 0 comments

My pick: I haven’t seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as “Hair Love.” I’d like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 07

Sat Feb 08 2020, 02:36pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 07

Sat Feb 08 2020, 02:35pm | 0 comments

Cathy Yan directs and Christina Hodson writes Birds of Prey, starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Margot Robbie; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 07

Sat Feb 08 2020, 01:19pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 07

Sat Feb 08 2020, 01:16pm | 0 comments

Cathy Yan directs and Christina Hodson writes Birds of Prey, starring Ella Jay Basco Margot Robbie; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Daniel Isn’t Real movie review: or is he?

Fri Feb 07 2020, 05:27pm | 0 comments

Stylistically sophisticated and psychologically insightful, this is an exquisitely ambiguous and inventively disturbing mashup of body horror, demonic possession, and Lovecraftian science fiction.


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

Thu Feb 06 2020, 08:34pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 03–07

Thu Feb 06 2020, 06:21pm | comments off

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


Citizen K documentary review: behind the new Cold War

Thu Feb 06 2020, 04:18pm | 0 comments

Muckraking documentarian Alex Gibney on why Vladimir Putin is so dangerous, via the tale of a Russian oligarch of the post-Soviet era turned dissident. Vital context for the state of the world today.


Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn movie review: fantabulous

Thu Feb 06 2020, 02:35pm | 0 comments

Behold ladyrage given full candy-colored, sparkle-sprinkled voice in an ironically comical spectacle: Haha, isn’t this delightfully absurd? Or is it? This is kidding-not-kidding on celluloid.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jan 29–31

Fri Jan 31 2020, 04:53pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 29–31

Fri Jan 31 2020, 04:51pm | 0 comments

Reed Morano directs The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 31

Fri Jan 31 2020, 04:00pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 31

Fri Jan 31 2020, 03:57pm | 0 comments

Melina Matsoukas directs and Jodie Turner-Smith costars in Queen & Slim; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Rhythm Section movie review: out of tune

Wed Jan 29 2020, 05:47pm | 0 comments

Poor Blake Lively does her de-glammed best in this poor Xerox of much better Turn The Urchin Into A Spy thrillers. But there isn’t a single human interaction in this hamfisted movie that rings true.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 28

Tue Jan 28 2020, 12:25pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jan 27

Tue Jan 28 2020, 12:00pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jan 24–25

Sun Jan 26 2020, 02:18pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 24

Sun Jan 26 2020, 02:16pm | 0 comments

Floria Sigismondi directs The Turning, starring Mackenzie Davis; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 24–25

Sun Jan 26 2020, 12:13pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 24

Sun Jan 26 2020, 12:11pm | 0 comments

Floria Sigismondi directs The Turning, starring Mackenzie Davis… and that’s it. [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Turning movie review: it’s screwed

Sat Jan 25 2020, 05:11pm | 0 comments

Strips away the ambiguity of the source story to leave us with lazy jump scares, visual gloom, and a cheap cheat of an ending. Gaslights its protagonist and, incredibly enragingly, the viewer, too.


The Rescue movie review: China’s Coast Guard at action-thriller work

Fri Jan 24 2020, 01:55pm | 0 comments

This Michael Bay–esque love letter to China Rescue & Salvage may be propaganda, but its enjoyably bonkers melodrama and grippingly engaging action are a lot less obnoxious than any film Bay has made.


Quezon’s Game movie review: earnest historical drama struggles to tell its important tale

Thu Jan 23 2020, 05:09pm | 0 comments

An untold Holocaust story, of Philippine president Manuel Quezon’s fight to take in Jewish refugees, feels like it remains untold: this sluggish, overlong film cannot overcome its low-budget roots.


new fantasy flash fiction: “Impedimenta” (free for everyone!)

Wed Jan 22 2020, 08:20pm | 0 comments

A teaser for the story inside, links to read the whole thing, plus some more info on this project and a plea for your financial support for it (and for all my work).


Color Out of Space movie review: pink elephant

Wed Jan 22 2020, 05:13pm | 0 comments

Body-horror SF via Lovecraftian grotesquerie, with a now tedious rampage from Nic Cage. As if a man needs to be influenced by unfathomable aliens to turn to violence. I need more from my pulp fiction.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 21

Tue Jan 21 2020, 12:58pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jan 20–25

Tue Jan 21 2020, 11:41am | comments off

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


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jan 17

Sat Jan 18 2020, 06:05pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 17

Sat Jan 18 2020, 06:02pm | 0 comments

Birgitta Bongenhielm cowrites Intrigo: Death of an Author… and that’s it. [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 17

Sat Jan 18 2020, 01:45pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 17

Sat Jan 18 2020, 01:36pm | 0 comments

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie star in Bombshell; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


my ranking of the films of 2020 has begun!

Fri Jan 17 2020, 04:15pm | 0 comments

Only for Patreon supporters, but sneak a peek at the ranking as it begins inside…


The Gentlemen movie review: sufficiently advanced crime

Thu Jan 16 2020, 09:52pm | 0 comments

Guy Ritchie ups his game on his signature subgenre with a hilariously sublime crime comedy that acts as mirror on the legit world and oozes with crackling cynicism about culture and politics as well.


what do women want? ‘Little Women’ and ‘Hustlers’ have some answers

Wed Jan 15 2020, 12:09pm | 0 comments

Women want to be able to tell our own stories, and we want to be heard. Hustlers and Little Women are so much about this (and other important things of female concern) that they’re practically the same movie.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jan 14

Tue Jan 14 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, Jan 13–17

Tue Jan 14 2020, 08:18pm | comments off

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


Just Mercy movie review: fighting the never-ending good fight

Tue Jan 14 2020, 06:46pm | 0 comments

This true origin story of a literal social-justice warrior is earnest, passionate… and exhausting. We need to keep telling these stories, yet each is but another tiny drop of water in a rough ocean.


AWFJ 2019 EDA Awards winners announced

Mon Jan 13 2020, 04:54pm | 0 comments

And we have winners!


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jan 10

Fri Jan 10 2020, 10:36pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jan 10

Fri Jan 10 2020, 10:34pm | 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.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jan 10

Fri Jan 10 2020, 03:54pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jan 10

Fri Jan 10 2020, 03:52pm | 0 comments

Anna Waterhouse cowrites Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie review: the galaxy isn’t far far away, it’s just very small

Thu Jan 09 2020, 08:59pm | 0 comments

Kudos to J.J. Abrams for doing something extraordinary: he has made me not care about Star Wars for the first time ever. I’m kind of relieved that it’s over, because it has stopped being fun.


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