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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, from Thu Dec 13
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movies by or about women opening US/Can from Thu Dec 13
KiKi Layne stars in drama If Beale Street Could Talk; Nadine Labaki directs social-realist drama Capernaum; more…
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Sat Dec 08
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Sat Dec 08
Susanne Bier directs science fiction drama Bird Box; Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi codirects documentary Free Solo; more…
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Mary Queen of Scots movie review: not so good to be the queen… [pictured]
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie command the screen in this delicious anti costume drama with an earthy ethos, replete with movie-movie internecine spycraft and a sly, smart feminist parable that resonates for us today.
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curated: long-lost Kit Harington/Toothless audition tapes surface
Advice for actors: Never work with children or dragons.
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curated: Die Hard IS a Christmas movie
Case closed.
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Mortal Engines movie review: it’s got no rev
Like the book it’s based on, the worldbuilding is intriguing, but the characters and story are strictly cliché. A lazy, confused, and derivative disaster, with plot points and visual and thematic motifs shamelessly stolen from far better movies.
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, from Dec 11-14
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new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, from Dec 10
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie review: animation gets reanimated
Has a verve rare in big-budget movies at the moment. Fun and fresh and legitimately engages with its source material on the levels of story, visuals, and mythology all at once. It feels like discovering storytelling anew.
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curated: “Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films”
This is even better than my Where Are the Women? project found…
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Dumplin’ movie review: throwing her weight around (#Netflix)
A lovely movie that warmly embraces a wide(ish) range of girls-and-women-as-people, one that doesn’t reduce its large heroine — the amazing Danielle Macdonald — to nothing more than her size. This should not feel so damn radical, but it is.
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curated: Rose Macaulay, author, influenced Orwell and Huxley, forgotten and erased
But her groundbreaking book is coming back into print (a century later).
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