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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Amy 5
We Are Still Here 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Love & Mercy 5
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Entourage 1
Strangerland 1
L.A. Slasher 1
Ted 2 1.63
Ark of Mr. Chow, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Revisionaries, The 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Confession of Murder 3
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Horror Stories 3
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Enough Said 4
What If (2014) 1
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Last of Robin Hood, The 1
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Omar 4.57
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Alan Partridge 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nordstrand 5
Voyage 1
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
Life Feels Good 5
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Slow West 4
(T)ERROR 4
Bad Hurt 5
Wolfpack, The 3
Cartel Land 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
Trainwreck 4.89
Ned Rifle 4
Deep Time 5
Landfill Harmonic 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Welcome to Me 5
Ladies Of The House, The 1
Li'l Quinquin 5
Naz & Maalik 4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keeping Room, The 4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Slow West 4
End of the Tour, The 3
Batkid Begins 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 4
Excess Flesh 3
We Are Still Here 5
Gone with the Pope 1
Bag Boy Lover Boy 3
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
When Animals Dream 4
H. 3
Love & Mercy 5
Tangerine 4
World of Kanako, The 4
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
(T)ERROR 4
Wolfpack, The 3
Look of Silence, The 5
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
Treatment, The 4
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.38
Office 4
Amy 5
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
H. 3
Look of Silence, The 5
Lost Conquest 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
H. 3
Fourth Man Out 5
Brilliant Young Mind (aka X+Y), A 3
Golden Era, The 5
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2015 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Infinitely Polar Bear 4
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
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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
Full Strike 4
Observance 4
Possessed (2015) 4
Office 4
Gangnam Blues 4
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2015 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landfill Harmonic 5
Eadweard 5
Wave I Ride, The 5
Love & Mercy 5
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2015 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Stanford Prison Experiment, The 4
Cartel Land 5
(T)ERROR 4
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tangerine 4
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"Holiday mold."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Vacation” is the latest Hollywood resurrection to arrive with a winking attempt at excusing itself with an entire meta routine concerning reboots. This vacation won’t just be a redo of the old one, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) says, insisting it can stand alone as his bewildered kids remind him that they’ve never even heard of the original. At a certain point, you begin to wonder if the film is trying to convince the audience or itself." (more)
WILD CITY
"That title has always described Ringo Lam's Hong Kong; still does in 2015."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Welcome back Ringo Lam, a director who has been absent from the Hong Kong movie scene for too long, but who doesn't really seem to have missed a beat with this neon-noir. In many ways, Hong Kong cinemas is a new world since he made his last feature in 2003, from digital shooting to having a close eye on the Mainland audience, but he's still capable of coming out with crime and action that is smart even as it's operatic." (more)
ANT-MAN
"Good Things Come in Small Packages"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "I must confess I had my serious doubts about “Ant-Man,” especially after director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “The World’s End”) left the project due to the traditional “creative differences.” An Edgar Wright-directed “Ant Man” would have been quirky, original; it would have stood out in the Marvel Universe. As a character and a concept, Ant-Man is not one that would make me run to the nearest comic book store to buy every single collected adventure or even back issue. So, the chances of my seeing a movie based on this character NOT directed by somebody as talented as Wright would have been pretty nil." (more)
OFFICE
"Corporate life is murder."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I don't know if "Office" ever really gets back around to the question that kicks it off in a definitive way, or if where it winds up going instead is really as fascinating as the filmmakers would have us think. Its corporate pressure-cooker environment certainly does a nice job of building into a potentially cutthroat situation." (more)
ANT-MAN
"A welcome change of pace--when it wants to be."
4 stars
Brett Gallman says... "There’s a hint of irony to “Ant-Man” being centered on the development of a formula." (more)
HALLOW, THE
"Something creepier than usual in the Irish wood."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: By way of exposition, there's a bit on the radio early on mentioning that an upcoming deal would make Ireland the only developed country without a national forest, and that just sounds like a bad idea: Anyone who has seen a few horror movies or read some folklore knows that country is so absolutely lousy with sprites of various sorts that there barely sees to be room for people. Don't mess with their habitat, because otherwise something like this initially slow-burning but ultimately intense bit of horror will ensue." (more)
TRAINWRECK
"That's Not Her Style"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "One might have thought that in the year 2015, we as a people could have finally pulled together as one to recognize the seemingly indisputable fact that women could indeed be funny. Sad to say, it was only a couple of weeks ago that Michael Eisner, the Adonis-like former CEO of Disney, pulled out this exceptionally rancid chestnut during a speaking engagement when he proclaimed that it was almost impossible to find women that were truly funny--especially ones that also happened to be easy on the eyes as well. (Goldie Hawn happened to be there on stage with him but he justified this by saying that she wasn't included in that grand generalization because she didn't act as though she thought she was that attractive.) Far be it for me to suggest that Eisner--whose rugged good looks made him a pinup star amongst readers of "Fortune" and "Tiger Beat" alike and whose keen taste in comedy led to the making of such instant classics as "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag," "Straight Talk" and "The Jerky Boys: The Movie"--might be slightly mistaken with this particular observation but just in case, I would like to recommend that the transcendentally handsome Eisner should immediately rush out and see "Trainwreck," the triumphant big-screen debut for the hilarious and, yes, attractive comedienne Amy Shumer and then follow that up by sitting down to eat a lot of shit. While the rest of you can skip that second step if you would prefer, you definitely want to seek out "Trainwreck" at all because it is by far the funniest American comedy of the year to date. Granted, that assertion might not seem like much in reference to a time span that has offered up such crimes against comedy as "Entourage," "Hot Pursuit" and "Ted 2," it would be a standout even at a time when the genre was firing on all cylinders." (more)
SELF/LESS
"Not Even Thirds"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""Self/less" is a film that tells the story of an obscenely wealthy person who spends over a quarter-million dollars in a desperate bid to achieve some form of immortality only to discover to his horror that his efforts have landed him in the middle of an eminently forgettable Ryan Reynolds vehicle. It takes a promising premise and then proceeds to squander it completely thanks to a combination of a ridiculously derivative screenplay, faulty casting and a shockingly lackluster visual style. The result is the kind of aggressively lackluster product that plays like a busted pilot to a would-be television series and whose target audience seems to be people who showed up too late at the multiplex to see "Inside Out" or "Jurassic World" and who figure that watching it is better than nothing, never dreaming just how close that particular footrace might turn out to be." (more)
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