summer movies are starting to arrive...

everything that happened at Flick Filosopher from Monday, June 14th, to Sunday, June 20th

Hey, I actually got a decent amount of writing done this week. Not as much as I would have liked: I haven’t reviewed In the Heights yet, but I did see it again, so that counts as work, right?

I think it’s safe to say that between Heights and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (which I did review this week), summer movies are back. Tonight I shall be assaulted by Fast & Furious 9. In IMAX. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

—MaryAnn

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new at flick filosopher, Jun 14–20

new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, Jun 16–18

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, Jun 14–18

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Jun 15–18

  • Documentary Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer, Pixar’s Luca on Disney+, more… [get the full rundown]

new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Jun 18

curated: “in defence of historical inaccuracy,” particularly re colorblind casting

  • If you’re okay with certain ambiguities and artistic licenses in historical depictions but not others, maybe take a look at which ones bother you. Why are some facts more acceptably malleable than others, and what value do you find in which bendings of the “truth”? [read more]

The Reason I Jump documentary review: the experience of being autistic

  • An extraordinary cinematic experience that immerses us into the personal landscapes of profoundly autistic, nonverbal young people. The empathy it engenders is deeply felt and enormously eye-opening. [read the review | VOD US; cinemas UK]

Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer and A Crime on the Bayou documentaries review: Black history matters

  • Two new documentaries — one a shrewdly incisive work of journalism, the other a delicately elegant tale of injustice and friendship — tell all-but-forgotten histories of Black America. Of America. [read the review | Rise: Hulu US; Crime: cinemas US]

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard movie review: kill me quickly…

  • A movie to turn you off Going To The Movies, just as we are allowed to again, with its unlikeable characters, muddled action, and incomprehensible plot, all of which are magnified on the big screen. [read the review | cinemas US/UK]

AWFJ Presents… a collection of amazing movies by (and about) women

  • I’m very excited by this project! I can heartily recommend two of the six films — A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Mustang — and I am going to take this opportunity to catch up with the other four. [read more]


Twitter thread of the week…


coming up at Flick Filosopher…

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

  • Fast & Furious 9

  • Luca, the new Pixar animated feature

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

  • Disney origin story Cruella

  • Peter Rabbit 2, for my sins

  • Riders of Justice, starring Mads Mikkelsen


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