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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Housebound 5
Birdman 5
Force Majeure 5
Golden Era, The 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Left Behind 1.4
Judge, The 1.9
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Drop, The 2.14
Dracula Untold 2.22

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
2 Days in New York 3.15
Keep the Lights On 3
War Witch 4.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sweetwater 4
Shield of Straw 5
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Imaginaerum 3
Berserk Golden Age Arc 2: The Battle for Doldrey 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Past, The 4.56
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Trap Street 3.88
Third Person 1.14
Belle 4.25
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Her 4.08
Nebraska 3.54
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Alan Partridge 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
With You, Without You 3
Heli 4
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
Blue Room, The 4
Gone Girl 4.11
Goodbye to Language 2
'71 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Goodbye to Language 2
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
Cub 5
Butter on the Latch 2.29
Ping Pong Summer 3
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Judge, The 1.9
They Have Escaped 3
Waste Land (2014) 2
My Old Lady 4
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 5
I Am Here (2014/II) 4
Waste Land (2014) 2
Duke of Burgundy, The 4.71
Stranger, The (2014) 3
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Babadook, The 3.85
Birdman 5
Fort Tilden 2.43
Goal of the Dead 4
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wild Tales 2
'71 4
Birdman 5
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Clownwise 3
Finding Fela 1
Force Majeure 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Swim, The 3
'71 4
Alleluia 5
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Killers (2014) 3.75
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Over Your Dead Body 2.86
Tu dors Nicole 5
'71 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
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2014 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West 4
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2014 San Diego Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Significant Things 4.14
Equalizer, The 2.33
Time Lapse 4.71
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2014 Hawaii International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
Golden Era, The 5
Blue Room, The 4
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
But Always 2
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FURY (2014)
"It's all in the title."
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "War is hell. A dingy, merciless exercise in depravity, a haunting example of how viciously people struggle to persevere. The casualties can't simply be distilled to bodies either. The tortured minds and hearts of those involved in conflict scar entire generations, and often darken national heritage for decades. David Ayer's “Fury” does a superb job of envisioning the savage realities of war, refreshingly filtering guilt and inhumanity through the prism of WW2. Pictures like “Saving Private Ryan” do a remarkable job of depicting horror in fits and bursts, but often, Hollywood adopts a decisive perspective, served a comfortable antagonist in the form of Adolf Hitler. After all, nobody likes a Nazi, lending WW2 a breakdown of hero and villain that potentially robs recreation of truth. “Fury”doesn't adopt such falsity, falling tonally in line with the great, troubling Vietnam pictures of the 70s and 80s. War only serves to ruin lives, Ayer's story showing how even the winners end up losing." (more)
BABADOOK, THE
"BA BA DOOK DOOK"
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "“The Babadook” has one helluva title. In fact, it might be my favourite thing about an otherwise effective horror film. I mean, seriously. Babadook? It just rolls off the tongue. It sounds like the sort of creation stripped from the pages of a storybook, with dark seeds of threat sewn just beneath its ostensibly hummable veneer. Director Jennifer Kent’s feature debut owes a debt to the works of Roman Polanski and to a lesser degree Sam Raimi, the film utilising psychological torment and macabre boo moments to keep its audience on red alert. It begins with raging intent, signified by its wild, ethereal compositions and deliberately overwrought sound design, and builds steadily until its slightly clapped out ending. The thematic underpinnings of the feature are explored with a thorough eye, but maybe work to dispel some of the picture’s ultimate power. All the best horror flicks leave viewers shaken for hours, threatening to taunt them during moments of loneliness or even lurch uncomfortably into their slumber. “The Babadook” probably won’t manage that. In acutely essaying the notion of horrors past, the film sacrifices the hope of impressing lasting fear. Maybe, just maybe, Babadooks (I honestly don’t know what the plural for a Babadook is.) aren’t so frightening after all." (more)
JOHN WICK
"Thugs beware: The day of Wickoning is at hand"
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "Confucius said “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Clearly he never had pissed off former assassins in mind, or he might have suggested the use of a backhoe and a large pit…" (more)
HAPPY NEW YEAR (2014)
"Indian Ocean's Six."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you've read my reviews of Bollywood movies over the past couple of years, you'll find a couple of patterns: Just because I enjoy them as a change of pace from the usual Hollywood fare doesn't necessarily mean that I don't get extremely frustrated with their shortcomings, and I really like Deepika Padukone. "Happy New Year" does not exactly deviate from that - she's the best part of a heist movie that gets fairly seriously lost over the course of its three hours." (more)
REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS
"Good, if not great, grindhouse."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Don't let some of the pedigree that "Revenge of the Green Dragons" can whip out fool you - executive producer/"presenter" Martin Scorsese and co-director Andrew Lau have made some transcendent gangster movies, but this one is more or less the sort of lurid fare its name suggests. This is not an argument against it, mind you; what better way is there to tell the story of an Asian-American street gang than by bringing some Hong Kong style to old-school grindhouse?" (more)
BIRDMAN
"Bird On The Highwire"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Every once in a while, a movie comes around that contains some element--an intriguing premise, a unique visual approach, an attention-grabbing performance or two--that manages to genuinely electrify critics and audiences alike. The big question, of course, is whether the film can continue to stand on its own two feet after the initial rush of excitement has passed (as was the case of things likes "Pulp Fiction" or "Being John Malkovich") or if a second viewing reveals a certain hollowness that wasn't quite as evident the first time around ("American Beauty" is a prime example of a film whose essential shallowness became gaspingly apparent upon a repeat viewing). The latest cinematic cock-of-the-walk to grab the attention of all who encounter it is "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," a surreal dark comedy that contains, among other things, the aforementioned intriguing premise, unique visual approach and any number of attention-grabbing performances, including one that is already being penciled in by many observers as a sure shot for not just an Oscar nomination but the award itself. On first glance, it deserves all the accolades that it has been receiving and then some because it is some of the most undeniably bold, stylish and enormously entertaining filmmaking to hit the screens this year. Since I have not yet had a chance to see it a second time at this point, I cannot say as to whether or not the giddy sense of excitement can still be felt upon multiple viewings but I can say that it is one of the few films to come out this year where the notion of seeing it a second time sounds more like a pleasure than a chore." (more)
JOHN WICK
"PERKINS or (Alfie, Please Use Your Brain)"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Those of you who have been reading my reviews for a while will no doubt know that I apparently have a soft spot in my heart (not to mention head) for super-stylish and wildly executed action extravaganzas--this is the guy, after all, who put "Bullet to the Head" on his 10 Best list for last year and who more or less revers Luc Besson as a saint of the cinema. And yet, even I am somewhat in awe of "John Wick," a film so cheerfully excessive that it is at the over-the-top stage right at the start and only proceeds to push things further and further as things progress until I wasn't sure whether I was seeing the dumbest movie ever made or some kind of cockeyed masterpiece even after the end credits were unrolling. Now that I have had a couple of weeks to mull it over, I think that I am finally leaning toward the latter. Yes, it is incredibly dumb and its excesses are so pronounced that anyone attempting a straightforward critical analysis may well go completely mad in the process. However, it displays the kind of craziness that is so profound and serenely self-confident in its lunacy that I have to bow to it--this is easily the most demented action extravaganza to hit theaters since "Lucy" and by far the most entertaining to boot." (more)
FURY (2014)
"Tanks & testosterone."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "David Ayer seems unlikely to make a romantic comedy any time soon; his films are testosterone baths packed with bloody action and male bonding, an unrepentant couple hours of traditional masculinity with just enough self-awareness that, even if that's not your thing, you can at least acknowledge it as a fair examination of manhood. And if it is your thing, "Fury" is a darn good war movie, no closer examination necessary." (more)
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