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

Wed Jun 12 2019, 12:19pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jun 10–15

Wed Jun 12 2019, 11:40am | comments off

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


Free Trip to Egypt documentary review: busting through bigotry

Tue Jun 11 2019, 09:42pm | 0 comments

An emotional roller-coaster ride as bigoted Americans find common ground with the people Fox News has told them to hate and fear. I laughed and cried, found myself full of despair and full of hope.


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

Sun Jun 09 2019, 06:29pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can Jun 07

Sun Jun 09 2019, 06:21pm | 0 comments

Olivia Cooke stars in drama Katie Says Goodbye; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jun 05–07

Sun Jun 09 2019, 05:42pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Jun 05–07

Sun Jun 09 2019, 05:33pm | 0 comments

Dance superstar Natalia Osipova is featured in documentary Force of Nature Natalia; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Late Night movie review: walking the talk (show) (#SundanceLondon2019)

Sun Jun 09 2019, 03:59pm | 0 comments

The deliciously entertaining Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling take center stage in a comedy about women in a male-dominated world. Laugh-until-you-cry and witheringly funny, often even keenly skewering.


Gloria Bell movie review: an (extra)ordinary woman

Fri Jun 07 2019, 05:54pm | 0 comments

Julianne Moore pulls off the small miracle of tamping down her own intense charisma while still imbuing the ordinary, unglam Gloria with lively verve and a dynamism of low-key resilience personified.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie review: dark matter, done way too light

Wed Jun 05 2019, 10:16pm | 0 comments

A lazy treadmill of a sci-fi morality play that wastes a terrific cast. A numbingly dull game of mutant checkers that has no idea how to tell a woman’s story except filtered through the eyes of men.


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 04

Tue Jun 04 2019, 02:34pm | comments off

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


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

Tue Jun 04 2019, 01:08pm | comments off

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


Flick Filosopher–on–Apple News experiment ends

Sun Jun 02 2019, 04:19pm | 5 comments

I had hoped that it would bring in a lot of new readers, but it never garnered more than a scant handful of views each month…


Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie review: gives new meaning to the phrase “disaster movie”

Sat Jun 01 2019, 05:10pm | 0 comments

An absolute mess, and nowhere near enough monster action. Does not give good disaster. No fun at all. Makes me long for guys in rubber monster suits awkwardly sparring. At least you could see them.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, May 31

Sat Jun 01 2019, 02:11am | comments off

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


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

Sat Jun 01 2019, 02:03am | 0 comments

Karen Kramer directs documentary Renegade Dreamers; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


The Secret Life of Pets 2 movie review: gone to the dogs

Fri May 31 2019, 08:19pm | 0 comments

Underwhelming: episodic, a random collection of unconnected vignettes rather than one cohesive story. Inoffensive, but missing the first movie’s fantastical animals’ perspective on the human world.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, May 27–31

Fri May 31 2019, 03:06pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire May 27–31

Fri May 31 2019, 02:57pm | 0 comments

Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, and McKaley Miller star in horror thriller Ma; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


Ma movie review: revenge is sour

Fri May 31 2019, 12:29pm | 0 comments

A bargain-bin cockadoodie pseudo-Misery, a disgraceful waste of the brilliant Octavia Spencer. Has no interest in women’s pain and trauma even as it appropriates it for entertainment purposes.


new fantasy flash fiction: “Contrary Malediction”

Thu May 30 2019, 04:37pm | 0 comments

He had been hanging in the theater for many years before he suddenly realized who he was, where he was, and what purpose he served…


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

Thu May 30 2019, 02:00pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, May 27–31

Thu May 30 2019, 01:02pm | comments off

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


are you having trouble with email notifications of my posts at Patreon?

Thu May 30 2019, 12:06pm | 0 comments

A reader appears to have stumbled upon a bug at Patreon…


Rocketman movie review: what makes a rock star, and what unmakes him

Wed May 29 2019, 09:00am | 0 comments

Joyful and rowdy, self-deprecating and vulnerable, absolutely electrifying as it deconstructs the sex-drugs-and-rock’n’-roll story. Taron Egerton is chills-inducingly good. Sheer cinematic magic.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, May 24

Fri May 24 2019, 10:09pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can May 22–24

Fri May 24 2019, 09:59pm | 0 comments

Jill Magid directs documentary The Proposal, about her own performance-art project; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


curated: how has no one made a movie about Aloha Wanderwell yet?!

Fri May 24 2019, 08:11pm | 0 comments

How is it possible that I’ve never heard of this pioneering female filmmaker before? Oh, right: it’s because she was a female filmmaker.


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, May 22-24

Fri May 24 2019, 07:39pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire May 24

Fri May 24 2019, 07:32pm | 0 comments

Dominga Sotomayor Castillo writes and directs Chilean coming-of-age drama Too Late to Die Young; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


XY Chelsea documentary review: the truth will out

Fri May 24 2019, 05:14pm | 0 comments

Pensively melancholy, this jagged, humane portrait of US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is a massive challenge to the notion of soldiering as a good way for a lost young person to find oneself.


new flash fiction from me to you…

Thu May 23 2019, 10:28pm | 0 comments

…if you’re my Patreon patron, that is. (Only $1/mo to read this story and others!)


Trial by Fire and My Days of Mercy movies review: two (rare) new dramas about the US death penalty

Thu May 23 2019, 01:33pm | 0 comments

Two very different films, replete with emotionally engaging performances, examine the impact of the American death penalty from the large-scale legal and political to that of intimate personal grief.


curated: always be nyuk-nyuk-ing Nazis

Wed May 22 2019, 09:10pm | 0 comments

How have I never heard about these Three Stooges shorts before?


Booksmart movie review: these kids today, with their academic overachievement and their niceness…

Wed May 22 2019, 12:33pm | 0 comments

A rare treat: a perfect film. Smart, funny, wise, sparkling with wit both visually and in its snappy dialogue. A self-assured directorial debut from Olivia Wilde, confident and effortless. Pure joy.


Aladdin (2019) movie review: cave of blunders

Wed May 22 2019, 09:31am | 0 comments

The romance lacks chemistry, and the villain lacks bite. It seems embarrassed to be a musical, failing to embrace the necessary ineffable daydreaminess. Somehow even more cartoonish as live-action.


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

Tue May 21 2019, 09:15pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, May 20–24

Tue May 21 2019, 08:49pm | comments off

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


new sci-fi/fantasy/horror flash fiction by me for your amusement

Sun May 19 2019, 07:38pm | 0 comments

Please support my Patreon — for which you get intriguing genre flash fiction — so I don’t have to get a real job, which will kill me.


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

Sat May 18 2019, 03:47pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can May 15–17

Sat May 18 2019, 03:32pm | 0 comments

Ry Russo-Young directs romantic drama The Sun Is Also a Star, costarring Yara Shahidi; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, May 15–17

Sat May 18 2019, 11:27am | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening UK/Ire May 17

Sat May 18 2019, 11:18am | 0 comments

Tali Shalom-Ezer directs romantic drama My Days of Mercy, starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, May 14–17

Wed May 15 2019, 09:59pm | comments off

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


new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, May 13–17

Wed May 15 2019, 09:30pm | comments off

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


John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum movie review: symphony in order and chaos

Wed May 15 2019, 07:31pm | 0 comments

Modern noir god Keanu Reeves again stalks a fantasy(ish) world of exhausting, inventive violence. But this time, the curtain is drawn back on the sham of seeming orderliness in its world (and ours).


Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé documentary review: Beychella inside and out (#Netflix)

Tue May 14 2019, 09:43pm | 0 comments

If you don’t get why Beyoncé is worshipped as a goddess, this glorious pop spectacle — part concert film, part myth-in-the-making — will fix that. Enormously entertaining, and absolutely landmark.


curated: were the works attributed to Shakespeare written by a woman?

Mon May 13 2019, 03:36pm | 0 comments

This is the first argument against William Shakespeare as the playwright that seems convincing to me. And it’s not only plausible but deliciously radical.


new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, May 08–10

Sat May 11 2019, 09:59pm | comments off

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


movies by or about women opening US/Can May 08–10

Sat May 11 2019, 02:11pm | 0 comments

Diane Keaton and Celia Weston star in comedy Poms, directed by Zara Hayes; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]


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