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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Kubo and the Two Strings 5
Our Little Sister 5
Train to Busan 5
I Am Not A Serial Killer 5
In Order of Disappearance 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Me Before You 1
War Dogs 1.57
My Best Friend's Wedding (2016) 2
Nerve 2
Secret Life of Pets, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
2 Days in New York 3.15
Rubberneck 2.38
Deadfall (2012) 3
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
World's End, The 4.43
You're Next 3.54
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Machine, The 4.57
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
August: Osage County 1.78
What Is Cinema? 4
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Mystery Road 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Omar 4.57
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Alan Partridge 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Despite the Gods 4
Raze 2.43
One Chance 3
Of Good Report 5
Stop-Over 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wiener-Dog 2
Love & Friendship 4.46
Hollars, The 4
Life, Animated 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gremlins 4.29
Ex Machina 3.97
Big Ass Spider! 4
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Dual City 4
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Seoul Station 5
Bacchus Lady, The 5
Tank 432 (aka Belly of the Bulldog) 3
Kill Zone 2 4
Parasyte: Part 2 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
High-Rise (2015) 1
Five Nights in Maine 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
Lure, The 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
In A Valley of Violence 5
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don't Breathe (2016) 2
I Am Not A Serial Killer 5
Antibirth 4
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aloys 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
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FLYING JATT, A
"The same strengths and weaknesses of golden-age comics, plus songs."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""A Flying Jatt" doesn't have the same sort of scale or budget as an American superhero movie, but in part because of that, the film plays as a charming throwback to the origins of the genre. It's often silly and is not particularly worried about being seen as kid-oriented, things that sometimes seem to terrify both the film and comic divisions of Marvel and DC. It gives good and evil appropriate powers and costumes and lets them fight it out, and it's surprising how many superhero stories miss that basic appeal." (more)
TUNNEL
"Fine disaster & rescue, with a great Korean cast."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A lot of things are graded on a sliding scale, but foreign films are often on one that slides both ways - there's a crowd that treats "mainstream" as a dirty word and one that asks why they should bother dealing with subtitles if it doesn't have something really special and unique. Both those groups may wind up unfairly dismissing "Tunnel" rather than enjoying it for the well-executed, occasionally clever rescue thriller that it is." (more)
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER
"But then, what would make me one?"
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: How to describe "I Am Not a Serial Killer", a film that often seems to have the wrong lurid title for the story is actually telling to an extent that it almost seems like misdirection? You almost have to double something together, saying is the familiar story of a kid who discovers something no adult will believe in his neighborhood filtered through the likes of "Let the Right One In", with just enough modern parental paranoia thrown in for good measure. And then, once those parts are put together, the title may not describe them or the whole, but it certainly speaks about the stitching." (more)
MECHANIC: RESURRECTION
"Broken down."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That "Mechanic: Resurrection" was a sketchy idea was obvious to begin with; Jason Statham's first go-around with this character was not exactly a hit or considered the sort of mid-level of action movie that executes better than the bigger-budget ones (and the best element of that movie, Ben Foster as Statham's protege, wasn't returning). Still, when Michelle Yeoh's character asks Statham's to beat up just ONE obnoxious goon... Well, geez, that's not great use of resources on display." (more)
BLOOD FATHER
"Rehabilitate your image, Gibson, so you can do better than this."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: It is very easy to read too much into how Mel Gibson's character in "Blood Father" is introduced by stating that he is an alcoholic at an AA meeting, talking about what a mess he made of his life and how he's trying to avoid habits, but even if that is meant as a joke, it's one made with some purpose. Gibson's off-screen failings are many and well-known, and maybe a grudge should be held against him, but even if that's the case, it's still something of a waste to see his talent and screen presence as an actor just being used to make video-on-demand filler like this into something a bit more watchable." (more)
LINE WALKER
"Ah, looks like there was one more undercover agent."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's not exactly fair, but you say "Hong Kong crime movie with lost undercover cops", and my head's going to go to "Infernal Affairs", which, as an all-time classic, is setting the bar pretty high, when it's probably enough just to be a decent enough cops and crooks movie. "Line Walker: The Movie", is no "Infernal Affairs"; for all I know, it's not even up to the standard of the TV series that launched it. On the other hand, there ain't no shootout like a Hong Kong shootout, and this does deliver the crime-movie goods quite nicely when it gets down to it." (more)
SPACEMAN (2016)
"Southpaws are odd ones, though that's not always enough."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Say this for writer/director Brett Rapkin - not a lot of folks have made a documentary feature and then been able to return to the subject for a narrative one. Off the top of my head, that puts him on a short list with Werner Herzog and a few others. Not at the top of the list or anywhere near it, since this year's "Spaceman", at least, is just an average sports bio, but there's a little something to be said for both practice and for doing movies about things that hold one's attention over a long period." (more)
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
"Forget The Cute Quote--Go And See This"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "As has been noted before, this past summer was not exactly a particularly robust one for moviegoers, especially those looking for something that might entertain the entire family. Sure, “Finding Dory” was quite good but it inevitably lacked the uniqueness of the original. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s wildly overhyped “The BFG” was a tonal mess that never quite came together while the likes of “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Ice Age 5” were dispiriting drags that failed to work on any level, though the box office failure of the latter suggests that even little kids starved for entertainment have their limits. And yet, in the dog days of August—a time when families are more focused on returning to school than in hitting the multiplex—two of the very best family films in recent years have appeared in as many weeks. Last week, you will recall, saw the release of “Pete’s Dragon,” a remake of the lumbering 1977 Disney behemoth that turned out to be a funny, touching and exciting work that was everything that “The BFG” wished that it was. As good as that film is, this week’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” might actually be even better—a visually stunning and dramatically exciting fantasy epic for all ages that puts most of the bombastic would-be blockbusters of the last few months to shame." (more)
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