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my picks for tonight’s 92nd Academy Awards (the Oscars for 2019’s films)
I still haven’t seen some of the major contenders, but I’m making guesses anyway…
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Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2020 (92nd Academy Awards) review
My pick: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls’ self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.
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Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2020 (92nd Academy Awards) review
My pick: The gorgeous “Brotherhood” opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.
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Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2020 (92nd Academy Awards) review
My pick: I haven’t seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as “Hair Love.” I’d like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.
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new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Feb 07
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movies by or about women opening US/Can Feb 07
Cathy Yan directs and Christina Hodson writes Birds of Prey, starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Margot Robbie; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Feb 07
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire Feb 07
Cathy Yan directs and Christina Hodson writes Birds of Prey, starring Ella Jay Basco Margot Robbie; more… [This post is for Patreon patrons only for the first month.]
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Daniel Isn’t Real movie review: or is he?
Stylistically sophisticated and psychologically insightful, this is an exquisitely ambiguous and inventively disturbing mashup of body horror, demonic possession, and Lovecraftian science fiction.
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Feb 04–07
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Feb 03–07
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Citizen K documentary review: behind the new Cold War
Muckraking documentarian Alex Gibney on why Vladimir Putin is so dangerous, via the tale of a Russian oligarch of the post-Soviet era turned dissident. Vital context for the state of the world today.
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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn movie review: fantabulous [pictured]
Behold ladyrage given full candy-colored, sparkle-sprinkled voice in an ironically comical spectacle: Haha, isn’t this delightfully absurd? Or is it? This is kidding-not-kidding on celluloid.
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