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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Little Hours, The 5
Dunkirk 4.88
Wonder Woman (2017) 4.47
My Cousin Rachel (2017) 4.14
Band Aid 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Wish Upon 1
Transformers: The Last Knight 1.82
Churchill 1.86
Reset 2
47 Meters Down 2.29

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Rubberneck 2.38
Side by Side 3.86
War Witch 4.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Library Wars 3
Shield of Straw 5
V/H/S/2 3.85
Bushido Man 4
Lady Assassin, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Of Good Report 5
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
In Secret 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Omar 4.57
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Nebraska 3.63
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Despite the Gods 4
Contracted 1.5
Voyage 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Captain Fantastic 1
Sleight 3
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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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
High Treason 4.14
They Live 3.6
Survivalist, The 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
400 Days 1
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
As The Gods Will 3
Kidnap Capital 5
They Call Me Jeeg 4
Tank 432 (aka Belly of the Bulldog) 3
Skiptrace (2016) 3.86
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Five Nights in Maine 4
Under the Shadow 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
In A Valley of Violence 4.43
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
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Queen of Katwe 4.86
Elle 4
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 3.86
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 3.2
Handmaiden, The 5
Fraud 4.22
Dark Song, A 4
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Moonlight (2016) 4.72
I, Daniel Blake 1
La La Land 3.16
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
Moonlight (2016) 4.72
Paterson 4.89
Raw 4
Prevenge 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.16
Arrival 3.19
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Bad Batch, The 3
Journey, The 3
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.16
Arrival 3.19
Sully 4.09
Moonlight (2016) 4.72
Wakefield 3
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.16
Prevenge 4
Patriots Day 5
Split 4
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
La La Land 3.16
Jackie 3.71
Paterson 4.89
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.16
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 3.16
Jackie 3.71
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Prevenge 4
Raw 4
Autohead 4
Playground (2016) 3
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
Gook 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
XX 2
Lady Macbeth 3.5
Little Hours, The 5
Get Out 4.12
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Dealt 5
Baby Driver 3.88
Hounds of Love 5
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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
"Colorful, fast-paced, and fun, 'Valerian' captures the comics well."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I forget whether I started buying the new English-language printings of "Valerian & Laureline" upon hearing that Luc Besson would be doing a movie or if reading the first few of those got me excited to hear Besson was making the film; it was about the same time. I say this not because I'm in the tank for this and you should downgrade my praise accordingly, but because I started out hoping for another fast, colorful sci-fi picture like "The Fifth Element" and wound up hoping they wouldn't change the comic too much. That's likely not a huge issue for most English-language viewers, who will hopefully embrace what bright, kinetic fun it is even if the script is lacking in spots." (more)
DUNKIRK
"Another Triumph For Christopher Nolan"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Because they are both elaborately conceived and executed recreations of key events of World War II from two of the most popular American filmmakers of the moment, there is an excellent chance that many of the reviews of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” will end up mentioning Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) as a key influence. I suppose that comparisons between the two are inevitable and even justified at certain times but after reflecting upon it for a bit, I have come to realize that the film that “Dunkirk” most closely suggests is the other WW II epic from 1998, Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.” Both are films from distinctive and ambitious filmmakers that show them looking at the biggest and most transformative event of the 20th century from their unique cinematic perspectives and both have little concern for the more traditional approach towards narrative drive and character development of other films of its type. The end result is a film that undeniably delivers the goods and solidifies Nolan’s position as on of the most talented and ambitious filmmakers of our time but goes about it in such an unexpected way that the end result is liable to perplex as many viewers as viewers as it attracts." (more)
WUKONG
"Yet another Monkey King movie, although at least half is a lot of fun."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: You shouldn't judge a movie by its trailer any more than you should judge a book by its cover, especially the teaser-style thing for "Wukong" that ran before every Chinese-language film that played my local theater over the last couple of months, but it's still worth mentioning that this isn't exactly the dark, gritty Monkey King re-imagining that implied, but another oft-comedic fantasy adventure featuring the powerful but mischievous demigod, and while it's a fair question as to whether the world needs another one of those, it's at least an entertaining one, even if it does stretch its budget a bit." (more)
SUPER DARK TIMES
"Surviving adolescence intact is no small challenge."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I coincidentally went to my twenty-five-year high-school reunion the weekend before seeing "Super Dark Times", spending some time laughing at friends' stories about events that could have gone wrong in similarly horrific ways but never did, and while that doesn't quite line my timeline up with this 1990s-set story, it had me a little more open to this sort of throwback than I usually am. Which is good, because though it's got a few bumps toward the end, I'd hate to dismiss a pretty good movie because I'm usually more interested in the present." (more)
WISH UPON
"Ancient Chinese Secret--Meh!"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When it comes time to create my year-end list of the worst movies of the year, I generally exclude the usual crop of lame, teen-oriented horror trash from consideration on the basis that I could easily base an entire list around such low-grade junk and would prefer to concentrate on more ambitious works that still managed to screw things up despite having any number of advantages going for them. However, after watching “Wish Upon,” I am seriously considering rethinking that particular approach because even though it is squarely aimed at the least discriminating of teen audiences, it is so artistically shabby, morally dubious and all-around shitty that it is hard to imagine that too many worse films will emerge during the rest of the year." (more)
BEGUILED, THE (2017)
"Beguiling, but not quite seductive."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Sofia Coppola's take on "The Beguiled" is beautiful, manages a slow burn without ever getting bloated, and features a fine cast doing good work. And yet, it makes me want to say "and yet…" Coppola often seems content to run her fingers along the surface of what's going on here, enjoying the texture, but seems reluctant to get in close when there's ugliness that could be on display, not when there's a lovely veneer to put over it." (more)
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
"War—What Is It Good For? In This Case, Quite A Bit. . ."
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Of course, it is no longer unusual these days for any reasonably popular film to score itself a sequel or two, if not its own full-fledged screen universe—half the time, such things are already in the planning stages before the initial movie even comes out. However, how often do you get a screen franchise where the films get smarter, better and more ambitious as they continue to go along? Such a thing is rare indeed, though I think most moviegoers would agree that the “Mad Max” and “Toy Story” sagas managed to pull this trick off. Most of the time, you get a decent first film—if you are lucky—followed by additional entries that only serve the rehash things that have already been done the first time around in the hopes of scoring another hit at the box-office with a minimum of effort." (more)
MAUDIE
"More about artist than art, though both are deceptively simple."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's tough to make movies about people like Maud and Everett Lewis. As presented here, they're kind of slow, and even though they're not actually stupid, it takes a while to get to know them well enough for that to be clear (and they're never actually shrewd like you might like them to be for balance). It's easy to feel like the filmmakers and audience are exploiting them in the same way that one gets an itch that they might have been exploited in real life." (more)
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