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The Age of Adaline movie review: time enough for love

12 hours ago

A pleasant and undemanding romantic drama that takes great care not to upset you unduly with strong emotion or embarrassing passion. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Adaline has been 29 years old for 80 years. Her life must be amazing, right? Not so much, actually. She has built up a truly stunning wardrobe over the decades, allowing her to dress with classy timeless style. She kicks ass at Trivial Pursuit; apparently a good memory for current events goes along with extended lifespan, though you might think at some point her brain would get overfull. (Yes. A movie about a person who must have had some extraordinary adventures spends time on a “she plays a board game” scene. Perhaps the film is saying, “Look, it’s even harder to fill your days when you’re immortal, okay? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & streaming releases, Us/Can/UK, from May 04-05

5 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT

A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, 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 Us/Can May 05    streaming only What We Do in the Shadows Blackhat Jupiter Ascending Mortdecai I Am Big Bird Still    dvd/streaming Amira & Sam Black Sea Mr. Turner Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) Selma A Few Best Men Fifty Shades of Grey The Last Five Years Black or White Diplomacy Lost River Love, Rosie Miss Julie Pyramid Winter Sleep new UK May 04    streaming only Foxcatcher Into the Woods Home Sweet Hell We Are Monster    dvd/streaming Birdman National Gallery Unbroken The Last Five Years Automata Bad Land: Road to Fury (aka Young Ones) The Last Act (aka The Humbling)

more recent releases Us/Can    streaming only Advanced Style Alex of Venice Belle Camp X-ray Citizenfour »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Boy Meets Girl movie review: a slightly kinder world

4 May 2015 12:57 PM, PDT

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smarter, warmer, more honest depiction of human sexuality than this roundrobin of emotion and attraction. I love this movie. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Ricky (Michelle Hendley) hates life in her small rural Kentucky town. She’s working in a cafe there only until she hears back from the New York design school she’s applied to; she dreams of having her own line of clothing and already has quite a following on her YouTube channel devoted to fashion. She and her purely platonic best friend Robby (Michael Welch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) pass their time hanging out and have teasing conversations about the differences between men and women when it comes to love and sex and relationships.

All totally normal for a couple of young 20somethings. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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a few thoughts about Game of Thrones S05 E04 (“Sons of the Harpy”) and open thread

4 May 2015 4:31 AM, PDT

I’m not gonna have time to blog in-depth about the new series of Game of Thrones, but I’m posting a few thoughts after each new episode. Please feel free to talk among yourselves about whatever is happening. (And of course I’ll jump into the comments as much as I’m able.)

Until I say otherwise, take it as a given that I love this show for its complex story and its fascinating characters. That’s the baseline that I’m working from.

Things that popped to mind this episode:

Yay, women warriors!

Loving the depiction of religion as a political tool.

Okay, so everybody knows that Cersei’s kids are the product of incest with her brother Jaime. Ugh. Poor Tommen. He’s gonna learn about who his father is soon, isn’t he?

And Stannis, at least, has doubts about Jon Snow’s supposed parentage.

(Speaking »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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