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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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First Reformed 5
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Misandrists, The 1
Hearts Beat Loud 2
Muhou Wanjia (A or B) 2
Race 3 2

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
Downsizing 1.89
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
On Chesil Beach 3
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Fairhaven 3.5
Burn 4
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Plus One 3
You're Next 3.56
Bushido Man 4
Garden of Words, The 5
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Square, The (2017) 4
Jailbreak 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.5
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Trap Street 4.14
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
About Time 2
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Northwest 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
August: Osage County 1.78
Contracted 1.5
Heli 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Brahman Naman 4
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Hollars, The 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
Blade Runner 4.28
Ex Machina 3.97
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Polder 3
Skyquake 2
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Suburbicon 2.22
Downsizing 1.89
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Band Aid 4
Beatriz at Dinner 5
Lady Macbeth 3.54
Little Hours, The 5
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Dealt 4.71
Hounds of Love 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
Honor Farm, The 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Southland Tales 4.03
Fraud 4.42
She's Allergic to Cats 3
Void, The 5
Hidden Reserves 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Landline 3
Trip to Spain, The 4
City of Ghosts (2017) 4
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3.14
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2.67
Have a Nice Day 4
Most Beautiful Island 5
Prey (2017) 3.29
Kills on Wheels 4
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Thelma 3.71
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3.88
Square, The (2017) 4
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hostiles 4
Let the Corpses Tan 4
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Claire's Camera 4
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eighth Grade 3
Crime + Punishment 4
Revenge (2018) 3.77
Leave No Trace 5
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Quiet Place, A 4.11
Blockers 3.29
Ranger, The 5
Upgrade 3.14
Hearts Beat Loud 2
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"Open the door, get on the floor, Everybody walk the dinosaur"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... ""Jurassic World" delivered what it promised: a louder, bigger reboot of the "Jurassic Park" franchise. It was also disposable, a by-the-numbers exercise, a first chapter of a trilogy that we frankly didn’t need, the product of a corporate mindset willing to squeeze every last drop of its back catalog. “The last thing the world needs is another 'Jurassic Park' sequel. As much as I enjoyed this entry, there is no question in my mind that the Jurassic Park franchise is past its expiration date,” I wrote in my review of "Jurassic World" when it was released. Then came news that Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage," the critically underrated and magnificent "A Monster Calls") had been hired to direct the sequel and my curiosity was piqued. Would executive producer Steven Spielberg and Universal allow Bayona to leave his mark in the franchise the way Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Waika Taititi were allowed to in the Harry Potter, Blade, and Thor franchises? Or would he be hampered by them?" (more)
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
"Where Is A Giant Asteroid When You Need It?"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "For about the first 10-15 minutes of “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,” I felt something that I have only rarely experienced throughout the franchise’s 25 years of existence and certainly not for a while—a genuine sense of excitement and enthusiasm. The film kicks off with a couple of scenes that are so well done that the series might finally—finally--pull itself out of its creative topper and bring on the thrills, entertainment and wonder that it has long promised but only rarely delivered. Alas, outside of a couple of skillfully executed action beats here and there, the film fails to live up to those opening scenes enough to make it worth watching (not that this will stop people from turning out to see it in droves). The good news is that it is certainly better than its predecessor, the utterly insipid “Jurassic World” (2015). The bad news, on the other hand, is that it is not that much better." (more)
WE THE ANIMALS
"Different from the rest."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: Though coming-of-age stories often seek to tap into some sort of universal sort of experience, the best ones are often the most specific, and "We the Animals" is very specific indeed. It's an intriguing, well-observed story of growing up different in just about every way, heightening how very alone a kid can find himself feeling." (more)
RACE 3
"Barely gets out of the starting gate."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If one's filmgoing tastes stretch far enough for Indian action-adventure and "Race 3" is playing at the local multiplex - and it's more likely than usual; the big Eid release is getting more screens than Bollywood films typically get in the U.S., including some in 3D - the number in the title should not deter you; it's not connected to the two previous movies and even the returning actors are playing different characters. No, give it a pass because it's not very good, a prime example of how a movie can have a little bit of everything and not enough of anything." (more)
INCREDIBLES 2
"Maybe Not Incredible, But Pretty Good."
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When “The Incredibles” was release in 2004 to near-universal acclaim, superhero films had not quite begun to totally dominate the film industry in the way that they do today and as a result, writer-director Brad Bird’s keenly felt homage to the genre felt fresh, exciting and funny while at the same time offering surprisingly nuanced takes on such subjects as balancing work and family and the pains and pleasures of being special and unique in a world that oftentimes simply finds it easier to embrace mediocrity instead. The result was both one of Pixar’s finest films and one worthy of belonging placed alongside “Superman: The Movie” (1978), “Hulk” (2003), “Spider-Man 2” (2004,” the Christopher Nolan “Batman” films and the current “Black Panther” as one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. Now, “Incredibles 2” has finally arrived and the good news is that it is fast, funny, often visually stunning and should prove to be entertaining enough for young and old viewers alike, even those who were not even born when the original came out 14 years ago. The bad news is that while it is never less than entertaining to watch and certainly preferable to the likes of “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Deadpool 2” as superhero movies go, it lacks the additional grace notes that made the original so much more than just another action-packed extravaganza." (more)
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
"Proof Positive That "Once" Was More Than Enough"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Every summer, there is at least one instance—and usually more—where a film that was praised to the skies after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival finally opens in a properly oxygenated climate and those who weren’t caught up in the need to anoint the next big thing are left befuddled and wondering what all the fuss could have possibly been about in the first place. (To cite just one of many examples, consider last year’s “Patti Cakes”—better yet, don’t.) For this season, that film is “Hearts Beat Loud,” a cloying and ham-handed attempt to replicate the magic of “Once” (a Sundance favorite that actually did live up to the hype) with increasingly diminishing and tone-deaf results." (more)
NEVER GOIN' BACK
"Genuine dumb fun."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: An enjoyably crude comedy about two people whose simple-if-ill-advised plan for a weekend at the beach is detailed by a bunch of disasters both of their own and others' making, "Never Goin' Back" is a bit of a standout right now because they don't necessarily make a lot of these movies about teenage girls. And while it's noteworthy for being unusual now, it will probably age well because it's genuinely funny throughout." (more)
HOTEL ARTEMIS
"A good cast checks in, but the movie doesn't check out."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "How in the heck does this thing wind up playing a whole bunch of mainstream theaters in summer 2018? It feels like the natural home for this sort of idiosyncratic weird-corner-of-a-larger-unseen-universe flick is a genre film festival (where we're all wondering how a film starring Jodie Foster landed there) or a 1990s video store shelf. Even more than "Upgrade" last week, it's a weird grindhouse oddity pushed wide like something with broad appeal, although it doesn't even deliver on its weird promise as much as that one." (more)
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