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this week at flick filosopher

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.
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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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