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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Willow Creek 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
Jackpot 5
Calvary 5
Obvious Child 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Sex Tape 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Third Person 1.14
Purge, The: Anarchy 1.5
Holiday 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Headshot 4
Fairhaven 3.5
Deadfall (2012) 3
Whole Lotta Sole 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.14
It's Me, It's Me 3
Plus One 3
Discopathe 3
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Under the Skin (2014) 4.45
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
We Are the Best! 4.86
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her 4.08
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Wind Rises, The 4.93
12 Years a Slave 3.48
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Immigrant, The 4.11
Book Thief, The 3
Cheap Thrills 3.14
Life Feels Good 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wish I Was Here 2.14
Ida 5
Trip to Italy, The 4
Land Ho! 3
I, Origins 2.43
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Starred Up 3
Obvious Child 4.86
Calvary 5
I, Origins 2.43
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Life Itself 4.63
I, Origins 2.43
Ping Pong Summer 3
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jersey Boys 2.63
Dear White People 3.86
Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, The 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
Two Faces of January, The 4
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Begin Again 3.83
God Help the Girl 4.14
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 5
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aberdeen (2014) 3
Public Enemy 3.88
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Guardians of the Galaxy 2.29
Ju-On: The Beginning of the End 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Zombeavers 4.57
Bayonetta: Bloody Fate 1
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2014 Black Harvest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forgotten Kingdom, The 3.29
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
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"Not Super, Just Bad"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Throughout his long and illustrious career, the late, great James Brown developed a unique style of music that would go on to sell millions of records, serve as the inspiration for countless performers in the rock, soul and rap genres and serve as the ideal shorthand for people putting together movie trailers who need to quickly establish that the characters are indeed feeling good. He also took charge of his own career at a time when that was practically unheard of for an artist and took an interest in many of the key social issues of the day. On the other hand, he was hot-tempered, a perfectionist who would fine members of his group for a flubbed note or missed dance step, an abusive husband, a drug addict and did a couple of stretches in prison, most infamously for a 1988 incident in which he shot up an insurance seminar before leading police on an extended chase. Oh yeah, he was also the Rev. Cleophus James in "The Blues Brothers," a move that endeared him to a whole new generation of fans who were presumably just as agog over the man, his moves and his voice as earlier generations were when he first burst upon the scene." (more)
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"Space Oddities"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "My general state of antipathy regarding the glut of movies inspired by comic books that has inundated multiplexes in the last few years is not due to some form of snobbery over a lesser art form. My problem is that too many of them rely on the same storytelling formulas and after a while, they all tend to blend into each other as one giant, noisy and increasingly tiresome mass of oddly costumed people beating the stuffing out of each other while the CGI scenery explodes around them. When one of them tries to break the mold by offering viewers something different and does it well--as was the case with the first two "Superman" movies," the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan Batman epics, "Spider-Man 2," "The Avengers," "X-Men: First Class" and Ang Lee's gloriously odd and arty "Hulk"--I respond to them with as much delight and excitement as a fanboy who has been counting down the hours until the first show." (more)
AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR
"Surprisingly, much more than haunted real estate."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: A common issue I have with horror movies is that their scary events seldom seem to be parts of the same story, but just a collection of things that the filmmakers will get a jump. That is not an issue with "At the Devil's Door", which is impressively focused on connecting its supernatural and human stories, although it could do with playing them out a little more." (more)
TO BE TAKEI
"An actor whose best role turns out to be himself."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: For a while, I found George Takei's twenty-first century career little more than tacky, an old man who was one a minor part of a pop culture phenomenon becoming a parody of himself in an effort to hang on to what fan he had. I'm still probably going to think that when I see him doing some of his broader bits, but this documentary should at least give some perspective of why being able to be that larger-than-life figure must be wonderful for him." (more)
HERCULES (2014)
"The strongest man alive. Excepting Brett Ratner's agent."
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "“Hercules” is the sort of film in which arrow supplies never diminish, a man tosses a horse and the hero spends a large portion of the final act topless. Directed by Brett Ratner, but delivering little of the pain usually inherent to such a statement, “Hercules” is a harmless, occasionally endearing hunk of steroidal cheese. The film-maker still has no discernable visual identity, but he allows this nonsense to propel at quite a clip, filling out the progressively more ridiculous set-pieces with a game cast. If you’re going to make blatant rubbish for the mass market, that’s just about the best way to do it." (more)
I, ORIGINS
"If you're searching for an epiphany,keep looking..."
2 stars
Greg Ursic says... "According to science, matter can neither created nor destroyed, so the belief that we continue in another form when we die is true. Religious adherents however presume that our consciousness also continues on and dedicate themselves to achieving the best possible post-life scenario." (more)
HERCULES (2014)
"Chisel the legend."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "If you need any further evidence that the gods can still be unkind, consider this: of the two Hercules films released into theaters this year, Brett Ratner was gifted with the meatier one where The Rock wears a lion on his head, while Renny Harlin toiled away with Kellan Lutz for a film that felt a half-step away from arriving direct-to-video." (more)
WISH I WAS HERE
"Stop the planet of Zach Braff, I want to get off!"
2 stars
Jaycie says... "Upon learning the title of Zach Braff's latest opus - Wish I Was Here, not You, not He, not She, not They, not We, but himself - viewers who had previously been subjected to Garden State and The Last Kiss most likely rolled their eyes and said "Here we go again." Yes, this movie does star the Braffster as a perpetually shell-shocked man-child who doesn't know he's a perpetually shell-shocked man-child. If not for that, though, Wish I Was Here could have been salvaged." (more)
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