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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
White God 5
Zombeavers 5
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Spring 5
Reconstruction of William Zero, The 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Lazarus Effect, The 1.57
Divergent Series, The: Insurgent 1.89
Girl Like Her, A 2
1915 2
Shadows on the Wall 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Deadfall (2012) 3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I'll Follow You Down 3
Thermae Romae 4
After School Midnighters 3
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rush 3.53
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Missing Picture, The 4
Fading Gigolo 3
Double, The (2014) 4.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Captain Phillips 4.27
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
12 Years a Slave 3.46
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missing Picture, The 4
Contracted 1.5
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Major, The 5
Of Good Report 5
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2015) 5
'71 4
Witch, The 4
Knock Knock 4
Wild Tales 5
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2015 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Asco 5
I Am Thor 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ex Machina 4
Unfriended (aka Cybernatural) 3
Landfill Harmonic 5
Excess Flesh 3
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2015) 5
Cub 5
Naz & Maalik 4
Runoff 5
Eadweard 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
Editor, The 4
Excess Flesh 3
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bloody Knuckles 4
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2015) 5
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
Shrew's Nest 4
Treatment, The 4
When Animals Dream 4
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"Houses seldom get haunted this well."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 17: It's funny which little details will make a movie really work for someone. Take "We Are Still Here", for instance; it's quite a well-executed ghost story with a nifty cast, good for a decent star rating even if it does seem to get a little sloppy at points. But where almost every other story like it will have ghosts indicated by cold spots, filmmaker Ted Geoghegan indicates his with heat. It doesn't necessarily change much about the story, but it does indicate that he's not just going with the default settings, and that makes a horror movie much more exciting." (more)
1915
"A missed opportunity."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "If you look for narrative films made by Armenian filmmakers about the Armenian genocide of 1915, you will come up short." (more)
KILL ME THREE TIMES
"Once would not just have been enough, but pretty good."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "True to its title, "Kill Me Three Times" makes multiple passes through the story - once with a flash-forward to the end, once in basic fashion, and once in more detail - but this jumping back and forth does very little to disguise how hollow it is. It's got style and is certainly never boring, but often seems so concerned with presenting its crime story in a clever way that the stuff that would make it actually interesting are left out." (more)
EXCESS FLESH
"Not bad, but don't buy snacks."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 17: Perhaps surprisingly for an underground film festival, a lot of people coming into this show were using the phrase used to describe it in the program - "body horror" - like it was two words that they had never considered concatenating them in such a way. That's fair enough; as much as it's a reasonable description of "Excess Flesh", it's not necessarily the usual type of movie that elicits the phrase. The question is, how much does it have beyond the basic concept of a young woman's unhealthy relationship with her physicality." (more)
IT FOLLOWS
"Keep your expectations reasonable."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... ""It Follows" is a slow-burn, reasonably creepy horror film with an unusual premise that promotes subtext to text." (more)
EDITOR, THE
"Cuts together comedy and giallo fairly well."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 17: During the post-film Q&A, the director jokingly (I think) suggested it was better to make straight horror films rather than horror-comedies like "The Editor", if only for the relative difficulty in securing distribution. That's not quite the reaction I've had to it and the other movies I've seen by Canadian filmmaking team Astron-6, but I have wondered what they would accomplish if they stopped making spoofs. They clearly know what made these movies work, and they might make the leap from impressive to great, even if they tweak cult movies with love rather than malice." (more)
HONEST LIAR, AN
"Telling the truth is a good but difficult thing."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "James "The Amazing" Randi has been best-known his efforts on debunking psychics, faith healers and other frauds for so long that many associate him with that alone. Even remembering that it was his qualifications as a magician that led him to become America's most famous skeptic doesn't necessarily imply he was a great escape artist. This movie won't necessarily do much more than remind a viewer of that fact but it will fill that person in on a couple things he or she might find pretty interesting." (more)
IT FOLLOWS
"Start Using Sex As A Weapon"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It is no secret that the horror film has been in a bit of a creative lull, to put it mildly, for the last few years thanks to a glut of unnecessary and creatively bankrupt sequels, remakes and ripoffs that have reduced a once-proud genre to such dregs as "Annabelle," "Ouija" and the "Paranormal Activity" series entire. However, the last couple of months have seen a sharp upswing in the quality of horror-related offerings on display. First there was "The Babadook," the intense Australian thriller about a harried single mother trying to protect herself and her hyperactive young son from a creature that resides within the pages of a creepy children's book. Next came " A Girl Walks Home at Night," a lovely and lyrical Iranian-American take on the vampire mythos. Just a couple of weeks ago saw the release of "What We Do in the Shadows," a hilariously gory fake documentary following the day-to-day (well, night-to-night) lives of a quartet of vampires living together in a dilapidated New Zealand flat. Now comes the low-budget American-made shocker "It Follows" and as good as the aforementioned titles were, it is an even better film. I would go so far as to say that it is the slyest and smartest take on contemporary horror tropes to come along since "Cabin in the Woods." The difference being that while that one leaned more towards comedy (albeit of an exceptionally black and bloody variety), this one is more concerned with sending chills down your spine and achieves that goal in spectacular fashion" (more)
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by Jason Whyte
""MADE IN JAPAN is about Tomi Fujiyama, a female Japanese Country Western singer. She is 75 years old and has been singing American country music since she was 12 years old. She played the American military circuit in the 60s on bases throughout Japan, was signed to Columbia records where she released 21 singles and 7 albums, did a two year residency at The Mint Hotel in Las Vegas and was the first Japanese person ever to be on The Grand Ole Opry in 1964. She went on right after Johnny Cash and got the only standing ovation of the 5 hour show. Tomi has never stopped singing and her dream is to once again play the Grand Ole Opry. This is our 11 year journey in bringing this story to life." Director Josh Bishop on MADE IN JAPAN which screened at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: T-REX DIRECTORS DREA COOPER AND ZACK CANEPARI
by Jason Whyte
""17-year old female boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields from Flint, Michigan dreams of making Olympic history. To succeed, she'll have to stand her ground inside and outside the ring." Directors Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari on T-REX which screened at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
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""The most entertaining and emotional documentary of the year, Landfill Harmonic is the unbelievable story of the Recycled Orchestra, a youth orchestra from Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. This modern-day fairy tale follows the orchestra on their rise to international stardom and shows how music can unite a community." Director Brad Allgood on LANDFILL HARMONIC which is screening at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
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