‘Blade Runner 2′ Is Happening — But Not with Ridley Scott

Sad news today for the half-dozen Ridley Scott fans left on futuristic-present-day Earth: Scott, creator of Alien, Blade Runner and… Read More

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‘Before I Disappear': The Best Thanksgiving Weekend Movie No One’s Talking About

The moment, when it comes, is utterly sublime in a way I can’t possibly put into words. It’s a late night in New York. Richie (Shawn Christensen) has been asked by his estranged sister Maggie (Emmy Rossum) to look after his 11-year-old niece Sophia (Fatima Ptacek), who is a bit of a type-A handful. He’s not just distracted; he was literally killing himself when the phone rang, and he’s got a million problems and dangers buzzing around him. Desperate, he takes Sophia to a bowling alley, and in the middle of their conversation, a new song blasts over the PA. “Oh my God, I love this song!” Sophia exclaims, and she scurries off and dances down the lane, and the music gets louder, and suddenly bystanders are tapping their feet, and then the people at the bar are shimmying and the bowlers are dancing and Richie is watching all of this in wide-eyed bewilderment and you can’t blame him because holy shit, this movie could go anywhere. It’s the moment when I realized I had fallen for Before I Disappear, a thrillingly audacious new movie that isn’t getting a fraction of the attention it deserves this holiday weekend. … Read More

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50 Groundbreaking Female Film Artists We’re Thankful For

Too often, women occupy under-appreciated roles in Hollywood, bolstering a system that either takes them for granted or doesn’t celebrate them like it should. The statistics continue to be dismal: women directed only 4.7 percent of studio films between 2009 and 2013. Essential artists like film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and screenwriter/director Elaine May are just a few of the women who deserve your attention — and there are many female filmmakers in the history books who have seemingly been forgotten. In time for Thanksgiving, please enjoy this list of 50 female filmmaking artists we’re thankful… Read More

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Alan Turing and the Myth of Gender Essentialism

There’s a new biopic of Alan Turing out this week. It’s called The Imitation Game and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, the genius computer scientist, cryptologist, and mathematician who is often credited with pioneering the modern idea of a computer, and also played a significant part in winning World War II through his work on decrypting German communications. For his trouble, he was prosecuted in 1952 for “gross indecency” — he was carrying on an affair with a man, which was illegal at the time. He pled guilty, was chemically castrated… and died, apparently by his own hand, barely two years later. The biopic is part of a resurgence of interest in Turing’s story; he was given a long-overdue posthumous pardon by the Queen of England last year, and his life and work have also been explored in George Dyson’s excellent book Turing’s Cathedral and in the recent documentary film Codebreaker. … Read More

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Watch the International Trailer for the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’

The latest movie from the Wachowskis, Jupiter Ascending, was supposed to debut over the summer, but it got pushed back until… Read More

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Watch Chris Pratt Try to Outrun Raptors in the First Trailer for ‘Jurassic World’

Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise (and the first to not have “park” in the title which… Read More

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9 Great Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

As the long holiday weekend looms, the to-do checklist stretches out in front of us: buy food, buy booze, attempt insanely complicated recipe that sounded so delicious in the Times, drink, toss recipe away half-finished and just make a goddamn ham, drink more, order a pizza because the ham couldn’t possibly take that long, drink more, fill up with pizza and go buy a Christmas tree, drink more, leave the Christmas tree half-decorated to deal with the ham we totally forgot about, spend the rest of the night in a drunken stupor trying to decide what the hell to watch on Netflix. Well, we can help with the very last item on that list; watch or queue our suggestions now by clicking the title link. … Read More

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