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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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