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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Void, The 5
Free Fire 5
Colossal 5
Their Finest 4.86
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Going in Style (2017) 1
Below Her Mouth 1
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 1.38
Ghost in the Shell (2017) 1.64
Zookeeper's Wife, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Revisionaries, The 4
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shield of Straw 5
Discopathe 3
Drug War 5
Bounty Killer 4
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art of the Steal, The 3
Of Good Report 5
Philomena 4.17
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
What Is Cinema? 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Captain Phillips 4.23
Alan Partridge 4
Nebraska 3.63
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Book Thief, The 3
Despite the Gods 4
Sacrament, The 3
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Swiss Army Man 4
Lobster, The 3.63
Wiener-Dog 2
Life, Animated 5
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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
Big Ass Spider! 4
They Live 3.6
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Alienated 2
400 Days 1
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
White Coffin 2
Seoul Station 5
Three (2016) 4
Arbalest, The 1
Age of Shadows, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
High-Rise (2015) 1.5
Under the Shadow 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
War On Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Loving (2016) 4
Snowden 3
Belko Experiment, The 1.89
Sing 5
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 3.86
Raw 4
Red Turtle, The 5
Safe Neighborhood 3
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
20th Century Women 5
Elle 4
Personal Shopper 3
I, Daniel Blake 1
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
Paterson 4.88
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Raw 4
Jackie 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Jackie 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Arrival 3.19
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Paterson 4.88
Jackie 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Split 4
Red Turtle, The 5
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dearest Sister: Nong Hak 4
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
My Father Die 4
Autohead 4
Playground (2016) 3
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
Get Out 3.88
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Most Beautiful Island 5
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Hounds of Love 5
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"Topical story that works because we like the folks involved."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2017: The story of the one bank to get charged with crimes as a result of the 2008 mortgage crisis may seem like potentially dry material, but it turns out to be involving and entertaining, in no small part because the Sung family who founded the bank are sympathetic and winning. They and their trial are the sort of subjects where a documentarian must feel like they're hit a jackpot early on, knowing the audience will have a personal stake even when the broader issues of what motivated out influenced the prosecution are a bit abstract. Watching it, one might almost think that the hardest part for director Steve James was worrying about which ending he was going to have to lead up to." (more)
ALIEN: COVENANT
"More ALIEN, if not necessarily new ALIEN."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That the original "Alien" movies wound up being made by four different filmmakers, each of whom would have noteworthy careers, doing a distinct take on the material, was likely less the product of design than the studio looking for people who would work cheap on a series that had a moderate number of devoted fans. It made that series a fascinating, if uneven, anthology in retrospect, and this second return of original director Ridley Scott in an era when studios prize the predictable stability of a series that is now a popular brand is the opposite of the reinvention that characterized the series originally. So this is a new, fairly capable "Alien" sequel, but it's a predictable one, and maybe these movies shouldn't be that." (more)
WALL, THE (2017)
"Even thrillers this compact can still have filler."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Usually, Roger Ebert's line about long and short movies is used in praise of lengthy yet electrifying films; I suspect it will get some use in the other direction here, because while "The Wall" is a mere 81 minutes long, it still drags on occasion, particularly during a center section that never quite manages to be the game of carry and mouse it strives for. At least being compact means that the good parts don't get completely drowned out." (more)
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
"Why Must They Yawn At My Mighty Sword?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With all due respect to the classic comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), the best feature film ever made centering around the legend of King Arthur remains John Boorman’s 1981 epic “Excalibur,” a film that presented the familiar saga in a visually extraordinary manner that nevertheless did not skimp on the story and the themes that have intrigued and obsessed audiences for centuries. Perhaps recognizing that any attempt to recreate that exquisite balance of spectacle and serious-minded storytelling, no matter how well-intentioned it might have been, would only suffer in comparison to Boorman’s film, the last couple of major films related to the subject—“First Knight” (1995) and “King Arthur” (2004)—have elected to downplay the glitz factor in order to approach the material in a more down-to-earth manner. Alas, the problem in those cases is that they tried so hard to keep it real that the films eventually became tedious bores that seemed to go out of their way to suck all of the fun and interest out of the material. Considering the tepid reception that those films received (and I can almost guarantee that you forgot that the latter one existed until I mentioned it just now, unless your name is Keira Knightley and even then, I am not so sure you didn’t forget about it), the notion that the next person to take a crack at all things Arthurian would decide to emphasize the spectacle aspect is probably not that much of a surprise. Alas, it is our bad luck that the one who would choose to step up to the challenge would be Guy Ritchie, the once-interesting creator of the quirky British crime dramas “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch who has lately spent his time working on loud and largely tiresome epics as “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and those Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr., who has now inflicted upon us all “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” This may not be the worst film that Ritchie has ever made—which says more about the absolute depths stuck by the likes of his “Swept Away” remake and the truly inexplicable likes of “Revolver” and “RocknRolla” than anything else—but in terms of squandering both seemingly surefire material and a massive budget, it surely deserves some kind of booby prize for the vast array of failings on display." (more)
THIS IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
"Yummy, with good ingredients."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I feel marginally less guilty than usual for eating some less-than-great mozzarella sticks during a movie about delicious and beautiful food than usual here, what with this being a somewhat faster-paced and less food-porn-y flick than something like "Cook Up a Storm". Instead, it's a simple but no less enjoyable romantic comedy, with opposites attracting and trying to keep their identities secret, stretching things out a bit but mostly working out." (more)
DAVE MADE A MAZE
"Well, can't use 'cardboard' as a negative here, can I?"
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: I'm a tiny bit worried that "Dave Made a Maze" will come across as saying that some people just shouldn't try to make art when I inevitably revisit it, as that theme is certainly there to an extent even if the experience of watching the movie tends to focus on just the opposite: It's joyously creative in the moment, with hilariously low-fi wonders around every corner, so it certainly should be received as a wonderfully absurd adventure." (more)
FATE OF THE FURIOUS, THE
"Family, bruh."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "In the New York segment of 'The Fate of the Furious,' the film’s big bad remotely takes control of a slew of autonomous cars and sends them zooming this way and that, all over the congested city streets. It’s then that we see, in this context, the three most beautiful words in the English language: COLLISION AVOIDANCE DISABLED. It sure is." (more)
MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
"Even finds the beauty in the parts that are scary."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: We are fortunate to have multiple great film festivals in the Boston area - in fact, this very review is part of a (failed) frantic attempt to talk up all the movies from the Underground before the Independent starts. With so many, and films generally making only one festival stop per city, where a given film ends up can sometimes be surprising. That is the case with "Most Beautiful Island", which initially seems more art-house than midnight-movie, but that it navigates between those two very different styles is what makes it kind of brilliant." (more)
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