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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
When Marnie Was There 5
We Are Still Here 5
Time Lapse 4.88
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
Inside Out (2015) 4.71

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
L.A. Slasher 1
Entourage 1
Ted 2 1.43
Terminator Genisys 1.5
Film Critic, The (El Critico) 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Sleepless Night 4.14
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Jackpot 5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Discopathe 3
Hatchet III 2
Bushido Man 4
Garden of Words, The 5
Halley 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Enemy 4.14
Fake, The 4
One Chance 3
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
All Is Lost 4.53
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Immigrant, The 4.23
Alan Partridge 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Le Week-End 3.71
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
12 Years a Slave 3.52
Book Thief, The 3
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maggie 3
(T)ERROR 4
Good Kill 3.29
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Bad Hurt 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
Look of Silence, The 5
Ned Rifle 4
Unfriended 4.25
Excess Flesh 3
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
(T)ERROR 4
Eadweard 5
Ladies Of The House, The 1
Midnight Swim, The 3
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keeping Room, The 4
Call Me Lucky 5
Slow West 4
Batkid Begins 5
Raiders! 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 4
Gone with the Pope 1
Excess Flesh 3
Bloody Knuckles 4
Editor, The 4
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
When Animals Dream 4
Look of Silence, The 5
H. 3
End of the Tour, The 3
World of Kanako, The 4
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Wolfpack, The 3
(T)ERROR 4
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shrew's Nest 4
We Are Still Here 5
Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.37
Inside Out (2015) 4.71
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brilliant Young Mind (aka X+Y), A 3
Cartel Land 5
I'll See You in My Dreams 4
Call Me Lucky 5
Day Release 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Out (2015) 4.71
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Good Ol' Boy 5
Brilliant Young Mind (aka X+Y), A 3
I'll See You in My Dreams 4
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2015 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Out (2015) 4.71
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2015 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wolfpack, The 3
Cartel Land 5
Chinese Mayor, The 4
Look of Silence, The 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shrew's Nest 4
H. 3
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landfill Harmonic 5
Eadweard 5
Wave I Ride, The 5
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RECKLESS (2015)
"Usually an English language remake follows a foreign film, not vice versa!"
4 stars
Charles Tatum says... "This Dutch remake of "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is a nicely paced thriller that falls short of perfect thanks to a few too many false endings and convolutions." (more)
TERMINATOR GENISYS
"I know now why you cry."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "Considering we’re dealing with a franchise is built on paradoxes, it’s appropriate to open with one here: while it’s one of the most impressive sequels ever, “Terminator 2” was the worst thing that could have happened to “The Terminator”. It proved that a follow-up could be viable, but only with what was already a gimmicky, script-flipping twist—and it took James Cameron to pull that one off at that. Without him at the helm, you end up with something like “Terminator: Genisys,” a fourth sequel that goes through what are now very tired motions: what was once a clever hook has degenerated into the stuff of over-caffeinated teenage fan-fiction, where the guiding principle always involves the phrase “wouldn’t it be cool if…?”" (more)
TERMINATOR GENISYS
"No Shirley Manson But Plenty Of Garbage"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If I had to choose one word to sum up the experience that is "Terminator Genisys," it would be "lazy." This may sound like an odd word to choose to describe a film that begins with a full-scale nuclear holocaust, rends the very fabric of space and time willy-nilly and deploys all the firepower, explosions and car chases that can be bought with a nearly $200 million budget but I cannot think of a better way to describe this leaden and utterly perfunctory exercise in cinematic water-treading that fails to offer longtime fans of the franchise a single thing that is new or exciting or newcomers any reason to get them interested in the first place. As a result, the film that was supposed to supply the big-screen fireworks this holiday weekend instead demonstrates all of the firepower of a few wet squibs." (more)
MAGIC MIKE XXL
"The term climax applies in more ways than one."
4 stars
Brett Gallman says... "For better and for worse, “Magic Mike XXL” is the film most people likely expected its predecessor to be." (more)
MAGIC MIKE XXL
"They're Playing Our Thong"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When it arrived in theaters in the summer of 2012, many observers assumed that "Magic Mike" was going to be little more than a salacious romp about male strippers designed to do nothing more than to show off the abs and dance moves of such hunks as Channing Tatum (who helped to devise the story that was inspired by his own experiences before becoming a movie star), Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer. Others wondered why director Steven Soderbergh would attach himself to a project that, at least on the surface, made "Ocean's 13" look like "Che" by comparison. As it turned out, the film turned out to be one of the more pleasant surprises of that summer because while it more than satisfied viewers who were lured in by the sexy ad campaign promising gyrating pelvises a-plenty, it also gave them a surprisingly strong screenplay that examined the plight of someone who had excelled in a rarefied field but who was getting to that scary point where it was time to move on to something new (after all, there are relatively few old-timers days at strip clubs), a stylish presentation of the material by Soderbergh and enormously winning and charismatic performances by Tatum, once again showing off his often-underrated acting talents alongside his chest, and McConaughey, who practically stole the show in his supporting turn." (more)
TED 2
"A.K.A. Does A Bear S--- In A Multiplex?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The original "Ted," you will recall, told the story of an ordinary teddy bear that came to life thanks to the wish of John, the little boy that received him as a Christmas present, and developed into a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking horndog who was still hanging out with his now-grown buddy nearly 30 years later. Essentially a exceptionally perverse riff on what might have otherwise been a mid-level Amblin Entertainment production of the mid-Eighties (landing somewhere between "Harry and the Hendersons" and "batteries not included" on the qualitative scale), the film had a few funny bits here and there but was essentially a one-joke proposition that was shakily buttressed by the shock humor and pop cultural references that have long been the stock-in-trade of creator Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the likes of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and countless impersonations by drunken frat boys every Saturday night. I admit that I laughed a few times--so many jokes were thrown at the screen that a few of them eventually had to hit--but as someone who has never found MacFarlane and his output to be that amusing, I found the whole enterprise to be more tedious than anything else." (more)
LIE WITH ME
"PWP: The Movie."
2 stars
Jaycie says... "Utter the phrase “Canadian porn” and you’ll probably hear jokes about, say, a lumberjack and a maple syrup trucker getting it on while snowbound inside a Tim Hortons on the eve of the Grey Cup finals (working title: Always Getting His Man). While Lie with Me spares us that particular cliché dump, it may be even more pointless." (more)
INSIDE OUT (2015)
"These feelings can’t stop fighting anymore"
5 stars
Greg Ursic says... "With a stable of films like Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo it is little surprise that Pixar earned a reputation as the animation studio to beat which no doubt prompted Disney’s decision to drop off a truck load of cash and purchase them in 2006. Four more successful films followed, but they hit their first road bump with 2011’s Cars 2 a poorly received and reviewed sequel, followed by the paint by numbers Brave, and the yawn-worthy sequel Monsters University. People were rightly beginning to question whether Pixar still knew how to make an entertaining film. The answer is hell yeah!" (more)
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