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the worst movies of 2010

I’ve finally gotten through the last few films I needed to see for the year, and am now able to definitively declare that of the 208 new theatrical releases I saw during the award year (which doesn’t really end till the Oscars are handed out next month), these 10 are the very worst of the lot…

calling bullshit on: Owen Gleiberman at EW’s The Movie Critics…

…for deciding that two female action stars constitutes a “new normal”: It’s amusing to realize, in hindsight, that Luc Besson’s funky-violent French art-house thriller La Femme Nikita, in 1990, and its rote American remake, Point of No Return, in 1993, were still treating lady-killer heroines with kid gloves. At that point, seeing an actress like … more…

more hope for a better Hollywood (from the U.K. box office)

The numbers are in for Inception’s debut in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland: a smidge under £6 million, exactly on par with the $62.8 million it earned in North America last weekend. (That North American number is actually up from the Sunday estimates, by almost $2.5 million. That speaks to very strong word … more…

defining the female gaze

In response to something I posted recently about “the female gaze,” I got an email from a male reader who appeared to believe that “the female gaze” refers to “movies women like to watch.” It doesn’t. Not even close. But his email got my thinking that perhaps I need to explain what “the female gaze” … more…