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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

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

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

Fox’s ‘Exorcist’ series is deeply creepy (Season 1 open thread)

Tue Jan 10 2017, 07:39pm | 4 comments

from Facebook: the movie Fox thought would be a hit (instead of Star Wars)

Wed Nov 18 2015, 04:16pm | 15 comments

Best of Enemies documentary review: “the practice of malice”

Fri Jul 24 2015, 01:14pm | 4 comments

Exodus: Gods and Kings movie review: whites only

Wed Jan 21 2015, 02:50pm | 74 comments

your awards-season cheat sheet… or how to sound like an insider (even if you’re not)

Tue Nov 19 2013, 02:38pm | 6 comments

Doctor Who thing: you won’t believe how much worse the US TV movie could have been

Wed May 01 2013, 12:37pm | 5 comments

attn geeks: your “Jayne hat” is now a “cunning handmade hat from the future”

Thu Apr 11 2013, 05:09pm | 10 comments

question of the day: Is it a good idea for Netflix and other digital providers to revive cancelled TV shows?

Fri Sep 07 2012, 10:54am | 0 comments

a lost Jurassic Park 4 would have had dinosaurs with guns (and other adventures in social networking)

Fri Aug 17 2012, 01:08am | 0 comments

Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender talk Prometheus

Sun May 20 2012, 05:13pm | 0 comments

question of the day: Was Fox right to change the title of the upcoming film Neighborhood Watch?

Tue May 08 2012, 08:00am | 0 comments

question of the day: What could Fox have possibly done to the remastered Chariots of Fire that would warrant a review embargo?

Tue May 01 2012, 11:57am | 0 comments

question of the day: What is the greatest aspect of Fox’s legacy, 25 years in?

Tue Apr 24 2012, 10:20am | 0 comments

the bullies at the MPAA (and other adventures in social networking)

Wed Mar 28 2012, 11:29pm | 0 comments

say good-bye to Terra Nova, if you haven’t already (and other adventures in social networking)

Wed Mar 07 2012, 01:09am | 0 comments

question of the day: Is 500 episodes of The Simpsons too many?

Mon Feb 20 2012, 08:42am | 0 comments

question of the day: How much should the federal government censor American broadcast television?

Fri Jan 13 2012, 11:10am | 0 comments

We Bought a Zoo (trailer)

Fri Nov 18 2011, 09:00am | 0 comments

question of the day: Should the ‘Simpsons’ cast take 45 percent pay cuts so the show can continue?

Wed Oct 05 2011, 10:38am | 0 comments

‘Cosmos’ reboot news induces geek whiplash

Sat Aug 06 2011, 01:03pm | 0 comments

question of the day: Does the world need Seth McFarlane’s ‘Flintstones’ reboot?

Tue May 17 2011, 08:19am | 0 comments

you know what sucks? the official ‘X-Men: First Class’ posters

Fri Apr 22 2011, 03:13pm | 0 comments

‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: ‘Doctor Who’: The Movie now available to torment North American fans

Tue Feb 08 2011, 05:39pm | 0 comments

Nintendo says no to Justin Bieber; Ricky Gervais won’t host Golden Globes again; Michel Gondry not a fan of 3D; more: leftover links

Sat Jan 22 2011, 01:21pm | 0 comments

Fox doesn’t understand the Internet, or its audience, or the state of TV today

Mon Oct 18 2010, 04:37pm | 0 comments

Stephen Fry is Mycroft Holmes; Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy; Armie Hammer is NOT the Winklevi (but he kinda is); more: leftover links

Sun Oct 10 2010, 02:06pm | 0 comments

question of the day: What recent crappy movies would work better as TV shows?

Fri Oct 08 2010, 03:01am | 0 comments

‘Harry Potter’ beats up ‘Star Wars’; Michael Caine, psychic author; TV getting gayer; more: leftover links

Sat Oct 02 2010, 10:56am | 0 comments

question of the day: The most-coveted U.S. TV viewers are turning to Univision: will we see more shows with Hispanic appeal on English-language TV?

Thu Sep 09 2010, 10:55am | 26 comments

new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Jonah Hex,’ ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Killers,’ ‘MacGruber,’ more

Thu Jun 17 2010, 04:38pm | 0 comments

classic ‘Doctor Who’ blogging: “The Movie”

Sat May 22 2010, 11:40pm | 30 comments

more adventures in corporate Hollywood totally misunderstanding the Internet

Mon Apr 26 2010, 11:33am | 9 comments

oh thank the gods: Fox says no to American ‘Torchwood’

Thu Apr 22 2010, 03:46pm | 17 comments

question of the day: What should Conan O’Brien do next?

Mon Apr 12 2010, 10:43am | 7 comments

Jon Stewart loves Barbie; should government support the arts?; learning Na’vi; more: leftover links

Sun Apr 04 2010, 12:55pm | 3 comments

because Fox really, really hates ‘Torchwood’ fans

Tue Jan 19 2010, 07:25pm | 31 comments

question of the day: Is Fox’s ‘The Cleveland Show’ nothing more than a 21st-century minstrel show?

Thu Oct 08 2009, 08:50am | 15 comments

question of the day: ‘Family Guy’ abortion episode: WTF?

Mon Jul 27 2009, 11:18am | 18 comments

question of the day: How could reality TV sink any lower than Fox’s new ‘I Married a Stranger’?

Fri Jun 05 2009, 11:05am | 8 comments

question of the day: Could the American broadcast networks be bigger crybabies?

Mon Apr 27 2009, 08:53am | 23 comments

question of the day: Is Fox’s new reality show yet another sign of the apocalypse?

Fri Apr 10 2009, 07:58am | 4 comments

question of the day: Who is still watching ‘The Simpsons’?

Fri Feb 27 2009, 09:55am | 12 comments

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (review)

Thu Feb 26 2009, 01:28pm | 0 comments

Cast Away (review)

Thu Dec 21 2000, 08:19pm | 0 comments

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