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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Letter to Momo, A 5
Jackpot 5
Willow Creek 5
Obvious Child 4.86
Life Itself 4.63

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Sex Tape 1
And So It Goes 1
Third Person 1.14
Purge, The: Anarchy 1.5
Holiday 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Burn 4
Deadfall (2012) 3
Marvel's The Avengers 4.43
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World's End, The 4.46
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Machine, The 5
Thermae Romae 4
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 4.08
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.88
Past, The 4.56
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Sacrament, The 3.21
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alan Partridge 4.14
Argento's Dracula 4.08
Fifth Estate, The 2
Blue Ruin 4.56
Heli 4
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Camp X-Ray 4.8
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
Life Itself 4.63
Rich Hill 1
Obvious Child 4.86
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3
Obvious Child 4.86
Calvary 5
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.18
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Art and Craft 5
Begin Again 3.82
Calvary 5
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.86
Cut Bank 5
Man From Reno 5
Two Faces of January, The 4
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.82
God Help the Girl 4.14
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 5
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aberdeen (2014) 3
Public Enemy 3.88
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
Ju-On: The Beginning of the End 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Prom Night (1980) 2.15
Fatal Encounter, The 4
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2014 Black Harvest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forgotten Kingdom, The 3.29
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till 4
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HERCULES (2014)
"Chisel the legend."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "If you need any further evidence that the gods can still be unkind, consider this: of the two Hercules films released into theaters this year, Brett Ratner was gifted with the meatier one where The Rock wears a lion on his head, while Renny Harlin toiled away with Kellan Lutz for a film that felt a half-step away from arriving direct-to-video." (more)
WISH I WAS HERE
"Stop the planet of Zach Braff, I want to get off!"
2 stars
Jaycie says... "Upon learning the title of Zach Braff's latest opus - Wish I Was Here, not You, not He, not She, not They, not We, but himself - viewers who had previously been subjected to Garden State and The Last Kiss most likely rolled their eyes and said "Here we go again." Yes, this movie does star the Braffster as a perpetually shell-shocked man-child who doesn't know he's a perpetually shell-shocked man-child. If not for that, though, Wish I Was Here could have been salvaged." (more)
PREDESTINATION
"A time-travel movie with a tricky knot and a great heart at its center."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: If they have any ambition at all, both good and bad time-travel movies make the viewer's head hurt a little bit thinking about how the plot fits together; the good ones make the us like it. By that reckoning, I'm putting "Predestination" in the "good" category - good enough, in fact, that I'm loath to try to explain why I like it to anyone who hasn't seen it." (more)
FAULTS
"Not quite faultless, but still fairly sharp."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Faults" feels like it should be something along the lines of "The Last Exorcism", not so much in plot (although there are some similarities there) as it's a chance for an often-overlooked character actor to shine playing the lead. When it's that, it shines; if the story were just a bit better, the movie would be something really special, though as it is, it's pretty good." (more)
LUCY
"Turn off your brain as ScarJo turns hers on."
3 stars
Brett Gallman says... "While “Lucy” is predicated upon that old false chestnut about humanity only having access to 10% of its brain capacity, it feels apt because I’m pretty Luc Besson still manages to only use about that much of his." (more)
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
"'Fargo' seems to be inspiring filmmakers (and their characters) these days."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as people lauded "Fargo" when it came out, it was a singular, stand-alone picture that did okay at the box office as opposed to a blockbuster, so two different spin-offs of sorts appearing nearly twenty years later has to be considered kind of peculiar. Even more so: Both this movie by the Zellner brothers and Noah Hawlsey's semi-sequel television series leave the original more or less alone and are excellent besides." (more)
AND SO IT GOES
"Shit Sandwich"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "What the hell happened to Rob Reiner? I have asked this question several times before and I fear that I will have opportunity to ask it again several times in the future but it is one that bears repeating. This is the guy who shifted from a successful acting career into directing and immediately launched one of the most incredible hot streaks of any filmmaker of our time. "This is Spinal Tap," "The Sure Thing," "Stand By Me," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," "Misery," "A Few Good Men"--these were smartly conceived and wonderfully executed films that were brimming with humor, drama, interesting characters and any number of memorable scenes. Any one of these films would be the feather in the cap of most normal filmographies and to see him just pump them out one after another was an astonishment to behold. Even when he stumbled, as he did with the notorious "North," it was with a film that, for all of its numerous sins, was certainly never boring--the sheer weirdness of the entire enterprise made it a curiosity." (more)
IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE
"Revenge as deadpan comedy."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Where is the exact line between a movie being a darkly funny revenge story and a full-on, pitch-black dark comedy? In the case of "In Order of Disappearance", I think it is crossed early on in a gag that will recur throughout the movie, although it may seem to waver back and forth as the story unfolds. By the time it's over, though, this reunion of the team behind "A Somewhat Gentle Man" has produced something that is both darker and funnier than that impressive movie." (more)
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