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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

Where Are the Women?: crunching the numbers

Mon Apr 11 2016, 09:41pm | 9 comments

the Force is with white men, and hardly anyone else [update]

Wed Apr 30 2014, 11:00am | 104 comments

is Russell Crowe’s Noah a “crazy, irrational, religious nut”?

Fri Feb 14 2014, 09:56pm | 26 comments

Alone Yet Not Alone trailer: the most horrifically racist thing you’ll see this year

Thu Feb 06 2014, 11:21am | 24 comments

what’s the best way to honor the lives and work of famous people when they die?

Mon Dec 09 2013, 11:03am | 6 comments

evening clickbait: another reason Hunger Games is awesome; animals *were* harmed

Wed Nov 27 2013, 01:35am | 2 comments

I’m not sure that telling men that a movie about women isn’t for them is helping

Fri Jul 19 2013, 11:39am | 20 comments

a World War Z sequel? maybe if they’d kept the original ending

Sun Jun 23 2013, 09:22pm | 1 comment

“just give up, stop complaining, accept idiocy as inevitable”

Mon Apr 22 2013, 05:59pm | 6 comments

bow before the sci-fi nativity (and other adventures in social networking)

Sat Dec 08 2012, 12:25am | 0 comments

male film critic is affected by misogyny, so now it’s news (and other adventures in social networking)

Thu Nov 22 2012, 08:33am | 0 comments

question of the day: Which film directors would you like to see move to TV (as Soderbergh says he’s doing)?

Mon Jul 02 2012, 08:58am | 0 comments

question of the day: Do film and TV production subsidies provided by local governments make sense?

Tue Jun 05 2012, 10:24am | 0 comments

why The Avengers opened a week earlier outside the U.S. and Canada (and other adventures in social networking)

Tue May 01 2012, 12:08am | 0 comments

question of the day: How big can a movie get? (Or: How huge will Avengers open in North America?)

Mon Apr 30 2012, 08:35am | 0 comments

question of the day: What is Hollywood’s problem with Red Tails?

Mon Jan 16 2012, 08:00am | 0 comments

AWFJ announces 2011 awards

Wed Jan 11 2012, 12:33am | 0 comments

question of the day: What was the most sexist movie or movie moment in 2011?

Fri Jan 06 2012, 11:57am | 0 comments

question of the day: Famous creative types pushing back against corporate greed: hot new trend or momentary pissing into the wind?

Thu Dec 01 2011, 11:37am | 0 comments

We Bought a Zoo (trailer)

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

things you need to know: if you don’t like a movie, you can just sue the people who made you go see it

Sun Oct 09 2011, 03:00pm | 0 comments

things you need to know: women with large breasts are whores, unless they wear burkas (this means you, Christina Hendricks)

Mon Sep 19 2011, 06:22pm | 2 comments

the cruelest comment ever posted on the Internet

Sat Jul 16 2011, 01:29pm | 0 comments

question of the day: How will Hollywood react to the death of Osama bin Laden?

Tue May 03 2011, 09:33am | 0 comments

Weinstein Company has a fucking comment on the shit piss fuck PG-13 version of ‘The King’s Speech’!

Wed Mar 02 2011, 12:40am | 0 comments

what you don’t understand about Twitter; Facebook defriends Roger Ebert; Golden Globes in big trouble; more: leftover links

Sun Jan 30 2011, 01:50pm | 0 comments

Paranormal Activity 2 (review)

Fri Oct 29 2010, 01:05pm | 0 comments

Chilean mine disaster: the movie; Justin Bieber goes to Hollywood; Muppets online; more: leftover links

Sat Sep 18 2010, 05:46pm | 0 comments

fair warning: ‘Expendables’ sequel all but inevitable

Mon Aug 16 2010, 09:49pm | 4 comments

question of the day: Are you suspicious when a studio tailors screening access to a film, as has happened with ‘Inception’?

Thu Jul 08 2010, 11:15am | 9 comments

wtf: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson to renew nonexistent 80s catfight in Syfy movie

Thu Jun 24 2010, 02:41pm | 6 comments

question of the day: Will Hollywood learn anything from the flopping of ‘Jonah Hex’?

Thu Jun 24 2010, 11:11am | 9 comments

question of the day: Now it’s ‘Killer’s and ‘Knight and Day’: Why do movies seem to come in thematic pairs so often?

Tue Jun 22 2010, 11:01am | 4 comments

because no one will listen to what the ‘Hurt Locker’ pirates are saying

Fri May 14 2010, 06:42pm | 14 comments

question of the day: John Hughes’ unproduced script: produce it, or not?

Tue Mar 09 2010, 08:22am | 0 comments

because the spirit of Looney Tunes hasn’t yet reached the ninth circle of hell

Wed Feb 24 2010, 10:44pm | 12 comments

because Fox really, really hates ‘Torchwood’ fans

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

‘Avatar’ review embargo? eh, not so much

Fri Dec 11 2009, 03:40pm | 4 comments

my week at the movies: ‘The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,’ ‘Amelia,’ ‘Astro Boy,’ ‘Ong Bak 2: The Beginning’

Tue Oct 20 2009, 03:52pm | 1 comment

question of the day: Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern: good move, or bad?

Mon Jul 13 2009, 09:25am | 6 comments

beware phony IMAX screens

Fri May 22 2009, 06:56pm | 5 comments

question of the day: Are movies about to become even more youth-oriented?

Wed Apr 29 2009, 10:04am | 8 comments

how to put butts in multiplex seats

Wed Mar 11 2009, 02:16pm | 8 comments

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