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Exodus: Gods and Kings 1.83
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Headshot 4
Resolution 4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Jackpot 5
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 3.6
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Machi Action 4
Saving General Yang 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 2: The Battle for Doldrey 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Rush 3.63
Fifth Estate, The 2
Field in England, A 4.71
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 4.89
All Is Lost 4.53
Jimmy P. 3.91
Le Week-End 3.4
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Raze 2.43
Voyage 1
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2015 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wild Tales 2
It Follows 5
Tribe, The (2014) 5
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'71 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Laggies 1.14
Maps to the Stars 5
Waste Land (2014) 2
Force Majeure 5
Drop, The 3
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In Order of Disappearance 5
Force Majeure 5
Miss Julie (2014) 4
Fort Tilden 2.43
Wild 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Imitation Game, The 3.57
Rosewater 3
Wild 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Imitation Game, The 3.57
Wild 4
Alleluia 5
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Killers (2014) 3.75
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Homesman, The 3.44
Tribe, The (2014) 5
It Follows 5
Wild Tales 2
Alleluia 5
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2014 Hawaii International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2014) 5
9-Man 3.88
Babadook, The 3.8
In Order of Disappearance 5
Kundo: Age of the Rampant 2.89
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2014 Polish Film Festival in America MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Ida 4.71
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HOBBIT, THE: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
"Are We Out Of The Shire Yet?"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "As long-time readers have no doubt heard me pontificate about before at excruciating length, I have a general aversion to most medieval fantasies involving elves, pixies, sprites, broadswords, dragons (especially those of the talking variety) and other such accoutrements of the genre. Even when an example comes along that I am able to embrace on some level, as was the case with the "Lord of the Rings" films and "Game of Thrones," there is still something about the genre in general that keeps me at a distance and prevents me from embracing them as fully as their most rabid fans do. And yet, I felt a certain degree of elation while heading into the theatre for the screening of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the concluding chapter of Peter Jackson's ridiculously elongated adaptation of JRR Tolkien's relatively slim predecessor to his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. This sense of anticipation was not due to any sense of love for the film's predecessors--I found both "The Unexpected Journey" and "The Desolation of Smaug" to be bloated nightmares that found him stretching a thin narrative to unconscionable lengths for no obvious reason other than to milk the property for every possible cent. No, this anticipatory delight was due almost entirely to the realization that not only would the story finally have to find some focus in order to get to its conclusion but once the end credits finished rolling, it meant that I would almost certainly no longer be professionally required to give a damn about orcs, white wizards, walking trees and those goddamn talking dragons ever again. (Any smart-ass out there who even thinks of mentioning the title "The Silmarillion" is going to get SUCH a pinch.)" (more)
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Jay Seaver says... "It took roughly a minute of "Top Five" for me to realize that I really hadn't been anticipating this film enough - it is, after all, built around Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson hanging around and verbally jousting with each other, and I like both of them a lot. It's not much longer than that before it's clear that we're getting both of them at their best, and that makes for a formidably funny movie." (more)
EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
"Well, There Is One Good Part. . ."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Ridley Scott is one of the few directors out there who more often than not works better when he has enormous technical hurdles to conquer. If you have a film that needs vast worlds, either recreations of past eras or detailed conceptualization of future ones, filled up with casts of thousands (even if many of them are now digitally created these days) and elaborate action set-pieces, he is your man, as he has shown in such epics as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Black Hawk Down," the extended edition of "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Prometheus" (yeah, "Prometheus"). When it comes to dealing with two or three people in a room simply communicating with each other, on the other hand, is when things get dicey and the end result is something like his last effort, "The Counsellor," a film that may reveal itself as some kind of bleak masterpiece of nihilism at some point down the road but which now still plays like a turgid disaster. The problem with his latest effort, the Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings," is that it tells a story that requires someone with a facility for handling both the epic and the intimate and while he pulls off the big-scale stuff in a reasonable manner, he badly fumbles the quieter, character-driven stuff that is equally important. The end result is a lumbering saga that offers a few moments of real spectacle but which is, ironic for a religious-based narrative, almost utterly devoid of anything resembling a soul." (more)
IT FOLLOWS
"Bits are missing, but what's there instead more than makes up for it."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014; "It Follows" is genuinely weird in a few places, and there are moments when I think writer/director David Robert Mitchell had a great idea for a horror movie without any idea of how he would finish it. This thing is pure distilled "stalker who won't stop and whom nobody will believe exists" without much worry about mythology, and that's okay - it lets Mitchell really get at the emotion of never feeling safe again, and the ending he comes up with is, in its own way, kind of fantastic." (more)
SEA FOG (HAEMOO)
"Tension and horror on the high seas."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: This one has received a lot of notice in part because of Bong Joon-ho's involvement as a producer and co-writer for long-time collaborator Shim Sung-bo, and if that helps it out, that's great. It's a nifty little movie, the sort of thriller that South Korea seems to do better than anyone else right now - the type that plunges the audience into much darker than expected territory and still keeps one on the edge of his or her seat out of genuine excitement." (more)
MISS JULIE (2014)
"Class and virtue, not quite out of style."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "One often talks of "opening up" plays when adapting them to film, doing things to obscure the fact that they were originally created to take place in a limited number of limited spaces, all viewed from a single vantage point. For her new English-language version of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie", filmmaker Liv Ullmann does something unusual: She pushes the walls as far back as she can, but opts not to fill the space, resulting in a production that is cinematic while still emphasizing its theatrical origins." (more)
PYRAMID, THE
"Buried, and not without reason."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I can (and to a certain extent, will) rattle off the ways that "The Pyramid" is disappointing, subpar, and lucky to find a particularly barren release date in order to avoid a direct-to-VOD fate. But even though I can see the film's weaknesses, I readily admit - I kind of love this sort of adventure-horror, with the underground chambers full of writing in dead languages and secret passages and death-traps, so I'm inclined to cut it some slack. That said, the filmmakers do a better job than most trying to make a modern horror movie out of this sort of pulp adventure." (more)
ABSENT ONE, THE
"Department Q is quality crime."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: I swear I've heard of the Department Q books from somewhere, even though I haven't really been keeping up on detective fiction as much as I'd like. If they're going to keep cranking out movies this good in adapting them, I hope they make it over here as well as the "Dragon Tattoo" series briefly did. This second movie based on the series is a nifty, intense little thriller." (more)
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