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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Fri Nov 16
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movies by or about women opening US/Can from Fri Nov 16
Nijla Mu’min writes and directs teen drama Jinn; Angela Shelton writes and directs boxing drama Heart, Baby!; more…
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Fri Nov 16
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Nov 16
J.K. Rowling writes another Harry Potter spinoff; Emily Atef writes and directs a portrait of European film star Romy Schneider; more…
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2018’s films ranked
I rank films on the fly as I see them for the 2018 awards year.
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3 Days in Quiberon movie review: a star is torn
A raw and uneasy film about tortured celebrity — mid-20th-century European film star Romy Schneider — and the endless female struggle to break free of the small boxes our culture tries to confine us to.
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Green Book movie review: a road frequently taken, but a lovely trip nevertheless (#LFF2018)
The tune may be familiar, but it is performed with virtuoso style, its central characters drawn with wit, charm, and complexity and brought to life via the absolutely gorgeous performances of its stars.
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Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) movie review: the dying isn’t easy (but the comedy is)
This unexpectedly gentle black comedy about depression and suicide gets the tone just right, and could prompt as many empathetic conversations as it does compassionate laughs.
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Under the Wire documentary review: journalists under fire in Syria
A harrowing portrait of the slaughter of civilians and the urban destruction that was the siege of Homs in 2012, and a terrific honoring of journalist Marie Colvin, who died getting the story out to the world.
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, from Nov 13-16
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, from Nov 12
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A Private War movie review: this is not fake news (#LFF2018) [pictured]
A moving and important portrait of legendary Times of London foreign correspondent Marie Colvin. We need more movies like this, about fearless, badass women this outrageously good at their vitally necessary work.
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They Shall Not Grow Old documentary review: more museum exhibit than movie (#LFF2018)
There’s a poignant eeriness to this modernization of WWI footage: we are looking into a past that feels touchably close and immediate like never before. But this is a novelty. A solemn one, but a novelty nonetheless.
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movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Nov 07
Claire Foy takes over as the dragon-tattooed Lisbeth Salander; more…
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Tue Nov 06
Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo go a-heistin’; more…
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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Tue Nov 06
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Tue Nov 06
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2018’s films ranked
I rank films on the fly as I see them for the 2018 awards year.
see the list…

Widows movie review: the women left to clean up men’s messes (#LFF2018) [pictured]
A heist movie that is gripping and badass, elegant and assured. You could ignore all the social-justice-warrior stuff and just enjoy this as a popcorn thriller. But what makes this so special is how it reexamines the genre’s clichés.
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Overlord movie review: underwhelmed
This Nazis-with-supernatural-weapons horror schlock drags its feet getting to its fantastical elements and then does absolutely nothing interesting with them, just wallows in dull, rote gore and grue.
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The Grinch movie review: he’s not much of a mean one, actually
Candy-colored slapstick and kindergarten-level humor make this perfectly suitable for small children, and perfectly bland and inoffensive to the adults accompanying them. Somehow, I don’t think Dr. Seuss would entirely approve.
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, from Nov 06-09
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, from Nov 05
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The Front Runner movie review: when politics turned tabloid (#LFF2018)
Snappy Sorkin-esque banter, 80s nostalgia, and Hugh Jackman in a bad wig yet still hot as hell. But also an enraging, ironic look at how a reality-TV resume ended up becoming a legit qualification for the American presidency.
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Prospect movie review: frontier sci-fi with a working-class vibe [pictured]
Smart, gritty-stylish indie science fiction that is actually about ideas, and about building a future world that is authentic and lived-in. It has a really memorable teen-girl protagonist, too, who is badass but still a real kid.
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readers’ choice: should I review ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’? vote at Patreon (final)
Due to overwhelming lack of interest from readers, I will not be reviewing this movie.
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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Thu Nov 02
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movies by or about women opening US/Can from Thu Nov 01
Suzi Yoonessi directs dramedy Unlovable; Nosipho Dumisa directs thriller Number 37; more…
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2018’s films ranked
I rank films on the fly as I see them for the 2018 awards year.
see the list…

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Fri Nov 02
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Nov 02
Mackenzie Foy has a Disney adventure; writer-director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe explores colorism in the black dating world; more…
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Peterloo movie review: it’s a battle just to get through it
The saddest ever Regency cosplay. Behold, a tableaux of thespians who shall teach us about the Corn Laws! Well-intentioned this would-be epic may be, but it’s dull and dry as dirt.
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Slaughterhouse Rulez movie review: no, it doesn’t
This unfunny, unscary mess is a series of missed opportunities that has no idea what to do with its attempted class-warfare satire. It’s cheap but not even cheesy: that would require some passion, which is completely lacking.
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Bohemian Rhapsody movie review: dynamite with a laser beam
Rami Malek brings warmth, humor, and a down-to-earth humanity to the larger-than-life Freddie Mercury. But it is the power of Queen’s music — the rousing good cheer, its sheer rock ’n’ roll joy — that fills up this pure brash entertainment.
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What They Had movie review: family ties and lies
Simultaneously sharp and tender portrait of longstanding family squabbles and resentments finally coming to a head. Achingly affecting performances and poignant details ground it in melancholy authenticity.
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