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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Letter to Momo, A 5
Calvary 5
Frank 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Land Ho! 4.56

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Into the Storm 1.38
Sex Tape 1.5
Rage (2014) 1.78

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Resolution 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Playroom, The 3
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Willow Creek 5
Antisocial 4
Dead Experiment, The 3
Bad Film 4
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Major, The 5
Proxy 2
Under the Skin (2014) 4.45
Bends 5
Trap Street 3.88
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
All Is Lost 4.53
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Alan Partridge 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Big Bad Wolves 4.38
Book Thief, The 3
Fifth Estate, The 2
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.56
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Double, The (2014) 4.75
Signal, The (2014) 1.88
Killers (2014) 3.71
Ping Pong Summer 3
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Housebound 5
Willow Creek 5
Copenhagen 5
Mood Indigo 2
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Boyhood 4.52
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Begin Again 3.84
Rich Hill 1
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.86
Land Ho! 4.56
Cut Bank 5
Man From Reno 5
Earth to Echo 2.11
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
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
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Eyes 4
Aberdeen (2014) 3
From Vegas to Macau 2
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Into the Storm 1.38
Killers (2014) 3.71
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.86
Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, The 3
Rurouni Kenshin - Kyoto Inferno 4.25
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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
From Above 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Closer to God 4
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 3.86
In Order of Disappearance 5
Man From Reno 5
Creeping Garden, The 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.86
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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
"The back door into the kingdom of the dead."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A few minutes into "As Above, So Below", I was snickering a bit as the heroine smashed an unspeakably old wall because she thought there might be something behind it, because that is some ridiculous Indiana Jones-style archaeology. This is immediately followed by the thought that mocking a movie for calling to mind some of one's favorites is pretty silly. This movie is kind of silly, too, but with a more enjoyably pulpy sensibility than the typical found-footage movie." (more)
NOVEMBER MAN, THE
"Pierce Brosnan finds the spy role he's meant to play."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The November Man" is, at times, an impressively taut spy thriller, clearly owing a debt to James Bond even if you put star Pierce Brosnan aside, though it plays up the murky, cynical aspects much better. But while it's pretty good, it's also a movie where the title can seem unclear even after someone has a line that starts with "we called you 'the November man' because". The filmmakers tends to use ambiguity for good more often than bad, and that's the line between an enjoyably nasty thriller and a potential classic of the genre." (more)
ME AND YOU
"Non Andare In Catina!"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If "Me and You" had be made by virtually any other filmmaker, I would have most likely written it off as an awkwardly contrived and executed minor-key melodrama and just left it at that. The problem with that is that it was directed and co-written by none other than the legendary Bernardo Bertolucci, the man behind such masterpieces as "The Conformist," "Last Tango in Paris," "1900" and "The Last Emperor," and not only is it his first feature film since 2004's "The Dreamers," it is the first film that he has made in his native Italian in over 30 years. With a pedigree like that, expectations are naturally raised in the heart of any serious moviegoer but the fact of the matter is that this is a disappointingly substandard work from a director whose very name conjures up, if not greatness, a sense of artistic ambition that is mostly lacking here." (more)
DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD
"More of the same, but the same is still Nazi zombies."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as I would tell many that Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkolka's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was an underrated bit of high-concept fun, I was not the biggest fan of his first international hit. That's a bit of a problem by some definitions of what it takes to give a movie a fair shake, as this sequel was definitely made to give those who liked "Dead Snow" more of that thing that they liked. It is that, although I give Tommy Wirkola plenty of credit in pushing it into being a "next step" rather than just a repeat." (more)
ANOTHER ME
"Not scary, and that's not enough."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Another Me" didn't look like much - a young-adult thriller that likely would have gone straight to video-on-demand but for a slow release week and the fact that the other line on star Sophie Turner's filmography is "Game of Thrones" - but Isabel Coixet as the person to adapt it to the screen is a strange enough choice to be interesting. Unfortunately, as much as the gamble of putting an art-house filmmaker in charge of a mainstream horror movie could pay off well, it can also turn out as dull and muddled as this one." (more)
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
"The long bad night, indeed."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "In terms of artists who have managed to wedge themselves up their own ass, I can’t think of a more toxic pairing than Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, a couple of former wunderkinds turned exasperating self-parodies. Considering it took nine years to shepherd it to the screen, you’d assume a “Sin City” sequel would be a prime opportunity for both to return to form, and yet “A Dame to Kill For” feels like the sort of effort you would have expected from a cheap, quick cash-in from hacky imitators with no real feel for what made the original work. That it comes from the exact same creative team is almost astounding." (more)
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
"Insert "Naked City" Reference Here"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "To call "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-awaited followup to their groundbreaking 2005 adaptation of Miller's acclaimed series of noir-influenced graphic novels, "lurid" would be like calling fried chicken "tasty," the new Taylor Swift song "catchy" and Eva Green "attractive"--those words may be technically accurate but they hardly begin to scratch the surface in doing justice to the subjects at hand (as I will be demonstrating later on in this review in regards to at least one of those premises). Seemingly containing a higher concentration of sex, violence and ultra-hard-boiled dialogue than any single movie since the original "Sin City," this is a film that seems to have been designed to make audiences cheer with delight or swoon in horror at the excesses that it revels in from the very first frame to the last. Although it may not be the unequivocal knockout that its predecessor was, it still packs enough of a giddily grisly punch to make for a ridiculously entertaining good time, though you might want to make sure that your multiplex is equipped with defibrillators in the even that it proves to be too much for more delicate moviegoers." (more)
IF I STAY
"Not-Quite-Gone Girl"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although it has occasionally been suggested that I am of a cynical, cold-hearted and borderline dyspeptic disposition, especially in reference to any film of a more sentimental nature than "Sin City 2," I have nothing at all in particular against movies that have plenty of emotions to share and are willing to do so at the drop of a hat or an especially poignant music cue. I only ask two things of such films--that they earn those big sentimental moments and that give us characters that are interesting and likable enough so that viewers can legitimately care about what happens to them in the end. The teen romantic tragedy "If I Stay" drops the ball in regards to the first part but if that had been its only major sin, I could have easily just dismissed it with a couple of mildly snarky rebukes while admitting that I am quite obviously not part of its key audience demographic of 14-year-old drama queens equally obsessed with their own mortality and whether or not that cute new boy in study hall likes them or not. Alas, "If I Stay" also whiffs things by offering up as one of its main players a character who, thanks to a combination of shabby writing and painful miscasting, is one of the biggest douchebags to ever grace a movie screen in my lifetime. As a result, his mere presence is enough to throw the whole thing off-balance and set up a bizarre challenge for viewers--how can audiences possibly hope for our star-crossed lovers to get back together again if his very presence is enough to send most of them reeling in distaste?" (more)
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