back to the movies?

everything that happened at Flick Filosopher from Monday, May 31st, to Sunday, June 6th

I’m going back to cinemas. Tentatively, nowhere near as frequently as I did in the Before Times. But yes, it’s good to sit in the dark and let a movie wash over you once again. I’ve really missed it.

I wrote a bit about my decision behind that this past week. And as a corollary, I’ve also begun to rebuild my in-cinemas pages for the US and the UK. But because I know that not everyone will be comfortable returning to public places yet — or maybe you’ve decided that you prefer watching movies at home after all! — I’ll be noting on those pages when new cinema releases are also available to stream at home. At the moment, that’s most of them, a situation that I suspect will continue through the summer, at a minimum.

We’re still a long way from getting back to something like normality. But perhaps we’ve taken the first steps.


new at flick filosopher, May 31–Jun 06

curated: why so much movie criticism, and the movies themselves, are so awful these days

  • “[T]he denial of mythos is everywhere in our culture, and it can partially explain why so much of our approach to everything artistic, challenging, or mysterious seems reductive, dull, and unimaginative….” [read more]

I am — tentatively — returning to cinemas

  • It was not a decision I made easily or lightly, to go back to movie theaters again, and to start reviewing only-in-cinemas movies again. And it’s a decision that I may yet rescind, if our curse of a pandemic decides to get really ugly again. [read more]

new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jun 04

  • Horror sequel The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and German fantasy drama Undine (though they’re also both available to watch at home)… [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 01–04

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, newly streaming on HBO Max; teen-trans-athletes doc Changing the Game, on Hulu; more… [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jun 03–04

  • Long-anticipated, long-delayed horror A Quiet Place: Part II; dramedy Dream Horse; more… [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, May 31–Jun 04

  • Oscar nominee The United States vs. Billie Holiday; indie drama The Killing of Two Lovers; more... [get the full rundown]

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It review: possessed innocent? [pictured]

  • As credulous — or con-artist cheaty — as its demon-hunter protagonists, but lacking their charm. Worse, it can’t even be bothered to justify and satisfy the procedural approach to its mystery. [read the review | cinemas US/UK, also HBO Max US]

Tweet of the week…

(Here’s my review of The Death of Stalin, BTW. It’s brilliant.)

coming up at Flick Filosopher…

  • In the Heights, from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu

  • Oscar’s Best Animated Feature Soul and Best International Feature Another Round

  • Mortal Kombat, even though I don’t know much about the game

  • Disney origin story Cruella

  • Peter Rabbit 2, for my sins

  • Riders of Justice, starring Mads Mikkelsen

  • more?

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