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Jane documentary review: “girl” does a science, changes the world

2 hours ago

MaryAnn’s quick take… Combines new insight from famed primatologist Jane Goodall on her early work with astonishing vintage footage to craft a portrait that is simple yet profound. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women; big animal lover

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

In 1960, paleontologist Louis Leakey did something remarkable: He hired a 26-year-old secretary, untrained in the sciences and without a university degree in any field at all, to go into the wilds of Tanzania and study chimps. Jane Goodall is now, at age 83, one of the most renowned figures in primatology, and arguably one of the most famous scientists living today (maybe to ever have lived), one of those rare superstars of science whose work has captured the imagination of the general public. But at the time, she knew nothing about wild chimps. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge movie review: so hot she’s radioactive

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MaryAnn’s quick take… With more sexy baths than any movie about a male scientist has ever seen, this biopic undermines the battle Curie fought to be taken seriously that is depicted here. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

You’ve heard of Marie Curie. She did something with radium and won some Nobel Prizes and stuff, right? But did you also know that she took lots of sexy baths and liked to lounge around naked contemplating her affair with her married lover? It’s true! We may presume that in all those movies about the lives of male scientists, they got down to their birthday suits once in a while, but only Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge, a joint French-Polish-German production, dares to tell the truth about »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story documentary review: beauty is a beast

22 November 2017 5:46 AM, PST

MaryAnn’s quick take… The infuriatingly tragic true story of the Hollywood superstar whose brain was ignored because she was beautiful. A stupendous tribute to a remarkable woman. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women, especially true ones that have gone untold

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

If you were crafting a parable to explain how our culture values women for nothing but our looks and denies our intelligence, you might come up with something like what happened to Hedy Lamarr… though your parable could legitimately be criticized as too on-the-nose, too absurd to be taken even as metaphor. “What’s that? The most beautiful woman in the world is also a brilliant inventor, whose astonshingly creative idea would radically reshape civilization, but only decades after her work was denied, ignored, and belittled because she »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Nov 21

21 November 2017 1:52 PM, 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 California Typewriter Despicable Me 3 American Assassin Home Again El Critico (The Film Critic)    I’m planning to watch… Cook-Off! The Work

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases Aquarius Birthright: A War Story Brigsby Bear Bushwick A Date for Mad Mary 11/8/16 (aka November 8th) The Glass Castle Good Time I Do… Until I Don’t Ingrid Goes West Lady Macbeth Landline The Limehouse Golem Maudie >Maya Dardel The Midwife (Sage femme) Motherland Mudbound Patti Cake$ Personal Shopper Person to Person Pilgrimage Polina Step Strad Style The Survivalist 13 Minutes (aka Elser) War for the Planet of the Apes Wind River Atomic Blonde Clash (Eshtebak »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Nov 20

21 November 2017 12:11 PM, 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 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 47 Meters Down Girls Trip The Emoji Movie Hounds of Love Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets    I’m planning to watch… Cook-Off! Trophy Unrest

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases After the Storm The Beguiled The Big Sick Birthright: A War Story Bushwick 500 Years Goldstone A Good American I Am Not a Witch It Comes at Night A Man Called Ove Mudbound November 8th (aka 11/8/16) The Princess Bride (30th Anniversary Edition) Spider-Man: Homecoming War for the Planet of the Apes Bad Santa 2 Despicable Me 3 Mean Dreams Baby Driver The Book of Henry Brawl in Cell Block 99 »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Man Who Invented Christmas movie review: but would Charles Dickens approve?

21 November 2017 5:53 AM, PST

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dickens and A Christmas Carol

I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been the biggest fan of Dan Stevens

I have not read the source material

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

Did Charles Dickens really invent our modern observance of Christmas? Well… he certainly contributed to it, with his beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol bringing to it a spirit of family celebration and togetherness and moving the holiday away from its religious grounding to a more secular one focused on ecumenical kindness and generosity. But we also have Prince Albert to thank, for importing his German Yuletide customs — such as evergreens and Christmas trees — to England when he married »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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