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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Colossal 5
Void, The 5
Their Finest 4.86
Devotion of Suspect X, The (2017) 4.22

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Below Her Mouth 1
Going in Style (2017) 1
Ghost in the Shell (2017) 1.64
Belko Experiment, The 1.89
Zookeeper's Wife, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Headshot (2012) 4
Fairhaven 3.5
Deadfall (2012) 3
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Machi Action 4
Frankenstein's Army 3
Curse of Chucky 4
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Omar 4.57
Le Week-End 3.71
We Are the Best! 4.86
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Omar 4.57
12 Years a Slave 3.62
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Raze 2.43
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Hollars, The 4
Under the Shadow 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Native (2016) 5
Projet-M 3
Displacement 3.14
400 Days 1
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Operation Avalanche 4
Abattoir 1
Bacchus Lady, The 5
Kickboxer: Vengeance 3
Shelley 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hollars, The 4
High-Rise (2015) 1.5
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
War On Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abattoir 1
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Paterson 4.88
Wasted Times, The 2.29
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
Dearest Sister: Nong Hak 4
Elle 4
Safe Neighborhood 3
Monster Calls, A 3.25
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Elle 4
Personal Shopper 3
Certain Women 4.14
Paterson 4.88
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
Paterson 4.88
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Jackie 4
Prevenge 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Jackie 4
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Arrival 3.19
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
Moana 3.86
Patriots Day 5
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Dearest Sister: Nong Hak 4
Guyana: Cult of the Damned 3
Autohead 4
Playground (2016) 3
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Most Beautiful Island 5
Free Fire 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Hounds of Love 5
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LOVE OFF THE CUFF
"Making it work's never easy, but it's still funny."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Pang Ho-cheung’s "Love Off the Cuff" looks like a period horror movie as it opens (especially for those of us that can’t read the Chinese opening titles), and this bit goes on long enough that a viewer might start to wonder whether the theater had ingested the wrong DCP into their projection system. It says something that, despite having paid for a romantic comedy, I’d have happily watched this monster movie; no matter what he’s doing, Pang has a sense of fun even when he’s playing something straight. That’s what makes this one pretty good when it does finally deliver the expected; Pang and his cast can make this silly while still finding something real to consider in the characters’ relationship." (more)
CIRCLE, THE (2017)
"Circle (And Heads) In The Sand"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There are so many films that turn up in theaters these days without having any advance press screenings—generally considered to be a sure-fire signal that a movie is pretty awful—that it hardly even raises an eyebrow any more. However, when it was announced that “The Circle” was going to be going out the way of such clunkers as “Rings” and “Underworld: Whatever The Last Subtitle Was,” some were a bit shocked by that news. After all, this was a film based on a book by Dave Eggers (who co-wrote the screenplay as well), directed by James Ponsoldt, whose previous films included the acclaimed likes of “The Spectacular Now” and “The End of the Tour” and co-starring the likes of Emma Watson and Tom Hanks—how bad could a movie combining those talents possibly be? As it turns out, it isn’t nearly as bad as the lack of faith demonstrated by distributor STX might suggest—it is far from perfect and contains a number of cringeworthy elements but in its best moments, it is smarter and funnier than the dull-looking techno-thriller that the ads are trying to make it seem like, apparently in the hopes of luring in viewers who have been yearning for this generation’s “Antitrust.”" (more)
BELOW HER MOUTH
"Not So Much "Lost and Delirious" As Just Lost"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If you ever wondered what the great French film “Blue is the Warmest Color” might have been like with half the running time, roughly twice as much nudity and not even a slim fraction of its extraordinary dramatic and emotional power, then the Canadian melodrama “Below Her Mouth” should be right up your deeply questionable alley. For everyone else, the film will come across as a deeply silly misfire that wants to be an erotic cry of the heart but feels more like a letter to Penthouse that was marked “Return to Sender.”" (more)
MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
"Even finds the beauty in the parts that are scary."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: We are fortunate to have multiple great film festivals in the Boston area - in fact, this very review is part of a (failed) frantic attempt to talk up all the movies from the Underground before the Independent starts. With so many, and films generally making only one festival stop per city, where a given film ends up can sometimes be surprising. That is the case with "Most Beautiful Island", which initially seems more art-house than midnight-movie, but that it navigates between those two very different styles is what makes it kind of brilliant." (more)
FRAUD
"Consumerism as found-footage horror."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: I am reasonably certain that “Fraud” is not a documentary, despite several film festivals labeling it as such and the lack of credits identifying the cast and crew at the end; it simply commits to its found-footage conceit more completely than is typical. It’s convincing even for those who know otherwise, and that may be an issue for some; it’s convincingly amateurish enough to not be a smooth watch and for the “subjects’” bad acts to come off as repellent rather than generic. Get past that, though, and it’s on point." (more)
FATE OF THE FURIOUS, THE
"All Revved Up With No Place To Go"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The trouble with making a film franchise that is predicated almost entirely on over-the-top action sequences featuring wildly elaborate stunts and special effects is that in attempting to top themselves with each subsequent entry, the filmmakers run the risk of going too far and crossing the line from cheerful lunacy into outright and borderline intolerable foolishness. Remember how the increasingly gaudy James Bond movies with Roger Moore in the Seventies got bigger and wilder until the producers were forced to send him into space in “Moonraker” (1979), generally regarded as one of the low points in the history of that series? Then there was the case of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas reinventing the action genre with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) and then attempting to do that classic one better by devising a follow-up that was literally nothing but a string of show-stopping set-pieces—the result, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984) was fun for about ten minutes or so but it tried so hard to knock viewers out with every single frame that the sheer effort of it all became wearying after a while." (more)
BUSTER'S MAL HEART
"Too much freedom's not good for the head."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: I like where writer/director Sarah Adina Smith’s head is at with "Buster’s Mal Heart", and I think I’d like the actual movie more if she’d played it something closer to straight, rather than getting cute with narrative gimmicks, black comedy, and other diversions. The central driver of what’s going on with its main character is something that merits a lot of thought and consideration, and making a puzzle out of it tends to deny it that." (more)
HOUNDS OF LOVE
"Watch carefully, because this is the good stuff."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: “Look closely” can be an empty or obligatory thing to say when explaining why a film is particularly good, especially when, on the surface, it seems like just another crime story that makes its mark with heightened cruelty and violence. Trite as those words may seem, they apply to "Hounds of Love", and not just because they let you admire the precise work that filmmaker Ben Young and the cast and crew put in, but because looking closely can become a means of survival." (more)
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