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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Jan 17

17 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod A Street Cat Named Bob The Free World Jack Reacher: Never Go Back    I’m planning to watch… Antarctica: Ice and Sky

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

get all reviews since 1997 here

recent releases American Honey Best and Most Beautiful Things The Birth of a Nation Christine Deepwater Horizon Department Q trilogy: The Absent One Department Q trilogy: A Conspiracy of Faith Department Q trilogy: The Keeper of Lost Causes The Dressmaker The Girl on the Train Girls Lost (Pojkarna) The Great Gilly Hopkins The Intervention Little Men »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Jan 16

17 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod The Girl with All the Gifts Zero Days Bridget Jones’s Baby The Magnificent Seven    I’m planning to watch… Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Hunt for the Wilderpeople In the Turn The Young Offenders

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

get all reviews since 1997 here

recent releases Bad Moms Captain Fantastic Chi-Raq Donnie Darko (4K restoration) Don’t Breathe Hell or High Water Kubo and the Two Strings Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Pete’s Dragon The Purge: Election Year Rosewater Sausage Party »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Founder movie review: look at what the golden arches hath wrought

16 January 2017 1:36 PM, PST

MaryAnn’s quick take… Rather brilliant and kind of inspiring until it turns frightening and even sinister. A dark tale of the beginning of end-stage capitalism as profit above all. I’m “biast” (pro): love Michael Keaton

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A year or so ago, I had my first McDonald’s hamburger in maybe a decade, probably longer. I plead drinking — I had been out with a bunch of friends — and it was purely to stave off the next day’s hangover by getting down some grease and carbs to absorb the alcohol. But, man, that burger was delicious. Seriously. So good. (I haven’t had another one since.) They really know what they’re doing at Micky D’s.

I have also once attended what was then the world’s biggest McDonald’s, in Vinita, Oklahoma. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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curated: Trump’s inauguration, or an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’?

16 January 2017 8:41 AM, PST

By Damien Love in the Scottish Sunday Herald:

The text reads:

President Trump: The Inauguration

4pm, BBC One/ Stv

After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories – among the most common is the “What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War” setting – but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present. The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the Us electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible. Today’s feature-length opener concentrates on the gaudy inauguration of President Trump, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Bye Bye Man movie review: don’t think it, don’t say it, don’t see it

16 January 2017 7:44 AM, PST

MaryAnn’s quick take… One of the most inept films I’ve ever seen. Cheaply made, poorly directed, badly acted, oddly edited, and ultimately insultingly stupid. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of most mainstream horror movies

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So, three university students in Madison, Wisconsin, rent an absurdly large and ridiculously rambling off-campus house. Inside is a haunted night table — that’s right, I said “haunted night table” — that summons the most feeble boogeyman horror movies have ever seen. He’s called the Bye Bye Man, and he’s like Slender Man without the catchy memes. He drops coins on the floor, makes you hear the sound of a train in the distance, scratches up your walls, and — this is the eeriest bit of all — he makes »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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