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Reconstruction of William Zero, The 5
Zombeavers 5
Spring 5
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
White God 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Divergent Series, The: Insurgent 1.89
Shadows on the Wall 2
Girl Like Her, A 2
1915 2
Run All Night 2.54

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Revenge for Jolly! 1
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.3
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
World's End, The 4.43
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Battery, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Field in England, A 5
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Metalhead 4
Dom Hemingway 3.29
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
About Time 2
Captain Phillips 4.27
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
One Chance 3
Of Good Report 5
Sacrament, The 3
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Slow West 4
(T)ERROR 4
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Bad Hurt 5
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2015 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Witch, The 4
It Follows 4.25
End of the Tour, The 3
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Asco 5
I Am Thor 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ned Rifle 4
Get Hard 5
Naz & Maalik 4
Excess Flesh 3
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2015) 5
Ladies Of The House, The 1
Goodbye to Language 2
Naz & Maalik 4
Eadweard 5
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Slow West 4
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
Editor, The 4
Gone with the Pope 1
World of Kanako, The 4
Bloody Knuckles 4
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Tribe, The (2015) 5
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
(T)ERROR 4
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Over Your Dead Body 3
Shrew's Nest 4
Treatment, The 4
We Are Still Here 5
When Animals Dream 4
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EX MACHINA
"aka Under the Silicone."
5 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Ex Machina” is a great film about deceptive surfaces. At nearly every level—from its plots, to its themes, to its characters, to its set design—it feels designed to misdirect and divert. It’s the sort of film that invites audiences to toy with it, only to reveal it’s been doing the toying all along." (more)
EX MACHINA
"Nothing artificial about the intelligence here."
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "It was 1986, and as university students will do, we were sitting in our floor lounge discussing profound subjects and trying to outthink one another. The subject turned to Reagan’s proposed “Star Wars” project and we took turns shooting it to pieces because everything from the nuclear powered lasers to antimatter weapons that formed the backbone of the system bordered on science fiction. We then turned to the ridiculousness of the super computer needed to control the entire thing seamlessly – as the current pc’s were essentially glorified typewriters that could render a wire drawing of a shuttlecraft if you left it alone for several hours (and it didn’t crash). It was at this point that Sean, the smartest human I’ve ever known, noted -without the slightest hint of sarcasm - “but once they’ve cracked artificial intelligence, anything is possible. That is of course until the machines realize we’re unnecessary and wipe us out. “ Flash forward three decades, and the notion of a true AI system has become plausible, so much so that legions of the world’s brightest minds have banded together to demand oversight before we let the genie out of the bottle. The question is will we learn before the machines do?" (more)
(T)ERROR
"Undercover overseen."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: I suspect that many watching "(T)error", even with plentiful assurances to the contrary, will be expecting that, by the end, a curtain will be pulled back to reveal the film as fictitious, heavy on re-enactments, or some other kind of put-on; it seems like the only way that the scenario makes sense. If it is, then the filmmakers are playing things very close to the vest, and the fact that it can exist at all can be as damming as anything it actually shows." (more)
SLOW WEST
"A western that follows its own trail."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: I am not sure whether John Maclean narrowly misses the tone he's going for with "Slow West" or hits it dead-on; even considering that westerns are relatively rare these days, this one feels a little different. I consider that no bad thing, especially since the film co-stars Michael Fassbender, who should be in westerns whenever he's got the chance." (more)
END OF THE TOUR, THE
"Surely you jest."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: There are a lot of things that can be done with David Lipsky's interview of David Foster Wallace, and I don't think that a movie is at the top of the list. The magazine article it was originally intended for would supply analysis and context; a play might distill it; heck, animation might illuminate it. It would take a more ambitious movie than "The End of the Tour" to do much more than simply present it, and these people seem to deserve more." (more)
AGE OF ADALINE, THE
"Time Won't Let Her"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""The Age of Adaline" is a romantic fantasy that appears to have been constructed out out of portions of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," any random Nicolas Sparks novel and a coffee table book of "Vogue" fashion layouts from over the years run through a duck press so as to fuse them together, however haphazardly, into one single narrative. Not surprisingly, the final product is pretty much as ridiculous as can be and will no doubt be slammed by most observers as being little more than shamelessly manipulative claptrap. And yet, while I cannot argue that it is anything other than complete nonsense from beginning to end, I must confess to feeling a certain amount of affection for it nevertheless thanks to a couple of strong performances, some stylish filmmaking and the occasional willingness on its part to recognize just how goofy the entire enterprise is." (more)
TWENTY
"Not exactly roaring."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I suspect that "Twenty" being successful enough in South Korea to merit a quick try-to-beat-the-pirates release in the United States owes as much to the popularity of its good-looking young cast as anything else; it's not a particularly exceptional coming-of-age comedy. It's three smaller ones that aren't bad, and while the whole thing isn't what it could be, it's got a few bits worth seeing." (more)
CHILD 44
"The idea of a Soviet search for a serial killer deserves stronger."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The name of "Child 44" and the trailer that emphasizes the serial-killer aspects of the movie don't do it any favors, but they don't actually misrepresent it either. That's probably the film's main problem - the intention of using a crime story to get at something else is a good and noble one, but that crime story needs to be more interesting and the other half needs to be more interesting sooner." (more)
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by Jason Whyte
""MADE IN JAPAN is about Tomi Fujiyama, a female Japanese Country Western singer. She is 75 years old and has been singing American country music since she was 12 years old. She played the American military circuit in the 60s on bases throughout Japan, was signed to Columbia records where she released 21 singles and 7 albums, did a two year residency at The Mint Hotel in Las Vegas and was the first Japanese person ever to be on The Grand Ole Opry in 1964. She went on right after Johnny Cash and got the only standing ovation of the 5 hour show. Tomi has never stopped singing and her dream is to once again play the Grand Ole Opry. This is our 11 year journey in bringing this story to life." Director Josh Bishop on MADE IN JAPAN which screened at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
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