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MaryAnn Johanson
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#StrangeMagic  is completely (and depressingly) ordinary when it comes to its depiction of women. #WhereAreTheWomen  
This is a movie about beautiful fairy princesses obsessed with love and romance. At least they keep their clothes on.
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The female characters adhere to gender stereotypes and maleness is the default. This cartoon is mired in the 1950s era of the comic strip it is based on.
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#Poltergeist fails women in a way unforgivable compared to the 1982 film. #WhereAreTheWomen
A comparison with the 1982 original makes it easy to demonstrate how much movies have given themselves over to men’s journeys in recent decades.
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Hooray for the girls of #Tomorrowland! #WhereAreTheWomen
An adventurous female coprotagonist and a fascinating little-girl supporting character add up to representation of young women rarely seen in studio films.
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#ReturnToSender doesn't rate as well on the #WhereAreTheWomen test as it might have...
Falls into a trap that ensnares too many movies about women: that they are only worth telling stories about when they are the victims of gendered violence.
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The most prominent female character here is of one of the more offensive rom-com stereotypes: the manic pixie dream girl.
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#StrangeMagic is new on DVD/VOD in the US and Canada.
Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth.
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#MoominsOnTheRiviera  is now playing in the UK.
The hand-drawn animation is serene and charming, but the story and characters are so unpleasantly retrograde that I found little enjoyment here.
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The scariest thing about this new #Poltergeist is the notion that this is the best script that the amazing #SamRockwell has been offered recently.
If you have any inclination to see this, just rewatch the original. You will lose nothing, and you’ll have a far better time.
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#Tomorrowland opens tomorrow in the US, Canada, and the UK.
It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned.
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#ReturnToSender  opens tomorrow in the UK.
For almost the entire running time of this movie, we have no idea what it is about. What is it trying to say? What sort of story is it trying to tell?
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#TheFilmCritic is now playing in NYC and Chicago, and opens in LA on Friday. Also on VOD in the US and Canada.
A film critic turned filmmaker seems intent on confirming negative stereotypes about critics... and that’s before his movie gets truly unpleasantly smug.
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was once part of a stupid human trick on the old David Letterman show
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    hard knocks, 1969 - present
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female gazing at: Frank Grillo | FlickFilosopher.com
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One unexpected side effect of The Purge: Anarchy: It made me realize how hot Frank Grillo is.

why do women wear sexy cosplay costumes, anyway? | FlickFilosopher.com
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Um, why are you asking me? I’m not a cosplayer. You should be asking cosplayers. But since you insist, I’ll make a few guesses...

London photo: wild blackberries | FlickFilosopher.com
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One of my housemates just pointed out to me that there are wild blackberries growing in our garden.

what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Aug 05) | FlickFil...
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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream, including Coherence, Locke, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and mor

Around the Block movie review: to teach, perchance to inspire | FlickFil...
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Appealing performances, a few tweaks to genre clichés, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this wo

Mood Indigo movie review: mood disrupted | FlickFilosopher.com
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Delightfully bonkers stop-motion vacuumpunk madness comes to an abrupt halt in this mysteriously truncated version of Gondry’s latest romant

London photo: rainbow blob | FlickFilosopher.com
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I’m sure there is a cool meteorological word for a blob of rainbow all by its lonesome up in the sky, but I don’t know what it is.

A Promise movie review: the waiting is the hardest part | FlickFilosophe...
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This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds.

Step Up 5: All In (aka Step Up All In) movie review: dance fever | Flick...
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Astonishingly athletic dancers express crazy-hot modern choreography, strung together by a flimsy narrative. Kinda like old-school Hollywood

I did NOT call Hercules “a triumph”! | FlickFilosopher.com
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A first for me: being quoted way out of context so that (at best) some mild faint praise sounds like a rave.

London photo: angel out the window | FlickFilosopher.com
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I think this is the side of the Bank of England building...

Guardians of the Galaxy movie review: empty space | FlickFilosopher.com
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Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable abo

London photo: bacon hypnosis | FlickFilosopher.com
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I love how even the construction warning signs for pedestrians are flummoxed by the mention of bacon. “Should we walk this way, or that way?

Yves Saint Laurent movie review: underdressed | FlickFilosopher.com
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Biopic of “fashion’s little prince” offers the elegant precision of a fashion shoot -- it’s beautiful, and cold -- but lacks a lot of necess

London photos: Lego bus stop | FlickFilosopher.com
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Outside famous Hamleys toy store on Regent Street, there is a bus stop made entirely of Lego. Entirely.

if exposure to violent media influences violence in real life, why isn’t...
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The annual celebration of people with superpowers beating the crap outta one another seems to result in only a handful of petty crimes. Any

London photo: Gaza supporter | FlickFilosopher.com
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There was a big pro-Gaza rally in central London today. I met the woman carrying this sign on the tube this evening.