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introducing weekly flash fiction for Patreon patrons
As a way to get the fiction lobe of my brain working — and to keep it juiced up for far more exciting projects I will begin very soon — I’m embarking on a new weekly project I’m calling “(fictional) notes from The British Museum.”
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On the Basis of Sex movie review: Notorious RBG’s origin story [pictured]
Coasts on the awesomeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a way unadventurous if solidly crowd-pleasing. But the depiction of her incredibly supportive marriage to a feminist man is intensely satisfying.
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OFCS 2018 awards winners announced
Roma wins four awards including Best Picture; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is Best Animated Feature.
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curated: “What It’s Like to Be a Female Movie Critic in the #MeToo Era”
Manohla Dargis says it all. I could have written every word of this.
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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, US/Can, Dec 17-Jan 04
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movies by or about women opening US/Can Dec 17-Jan 04
It’s Christmas for movies about women! Women-centered Mary Queen of Scots, The Favourite, Second Act, and Bumblebee all open wide over the holidays. Amazing.
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Dec 21-Jan 04
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Dec 21-Jan 04
Women get wide releases! Christina Hodson writes and Hailee Steinfeld stars in sci-fi action-adventure Bumblebee; Deborah Davis cowrites and Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz star in historical dramedy The Favourite; more…
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Polina movie review: what it takes to dance ballet
A marvelous paean to everything that goes into making great art: hard work, complicated humanity, taking risks, and trusting one’s own instincts. Anastasia Shevtsova is tremendous as a young woman with an indomitable spirit.
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I am no longer using Facebook to promote my work; here are some alternatives for following me
I apologize for any annoyance or inconvenience this may cause. Though you probably hadn’t been seeing my posts in your feed anyway.
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Bumblebee movie review: floats like a butterfly…
Nostalgic without being mindlessly retro; a sweet, heartfelt girl-and-her-alien-robot-car action-adventure buddy dramedy that hits all the right notes. Hailee Steinfeld is terrific, and there’s not a whiff of Michael Bay to be found.
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Welcome to Marwen movie review: toying with our sympathy
The plastic terror of The Polar Express melded with the kooky charm of Forrest Gump is a bad, sometimes outright icky, way to tell a tale of trauma and recovery, and does a disservice to Steve Carell’s sensitive performance.
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online critics pick Mission: Impossible – Fallout as best film of 2018 in HeyUGuys poll
I participated in this poll, but this is not my pick for movie of the year…
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behold 20th Century Fox’s brand-new Christmas trailer… for Die Hard
This is some of the finest trolling the Internet has seen to date.
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Dec 18-Jan 01
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Dec 17-31
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curated: the #MeToo scandal surrounding Geoffrey Rush
Australia’s defamation laws are making it a tough go for his accuser, Yael Stone…
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curated: “Using data to determine if Die Hard is a Christmas movie”
It’s science!
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Aquaman movie review: deep blah sea
When it’s not tediously predictable in its clichés, its complete lack of narrative or thematic daring, and its colorless meathead hero, it’s a mess of incoherent action and noisy psychedelic chaos.
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