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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Lost River 5
Reconstruction of William Zero, The 5
Time Lapse 4.88
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.5
Unfriended 4.25

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
1915 2
Longest Ride, The 2
Film Critic, The (El Critico) 2
Piku 2.14
Pitch Perfect 2 2.79

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Deadfall (2012) 3
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Playroom, The 3
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Am Divine 4
24 Exposures 4
Uzumasa Jacopetti 3
Horror Stories 3
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.83
Stranger by the Lake 4
Enough Said 4
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
All Cheerleaders Die 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Le Week-End 3.71
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Fifth Estate, The 2
With You, Without You 3
Sacrament, The 3
Nebraska 3.63
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maggie 3
(T)ERROR 4
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Thank You for Playing 5
Bad Hurt 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ex Machina 3.9
Ned Rifle 4
Unfriended 4.25
Excess Flesh 3
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
Ladies Of The House, The 1
Midnight Swim, The 3
Runoff 5
Eadweard 5
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 5
Call Me Lucky 5
End of the Tour, The 3
Slow West 4
Raiders! 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 4
Gone with the Pope 1
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bloody Knuckles 4
Editor, The 4
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
When Animals Dream 4
Look of Silence, The 5
End of the Tour, The 3
Tribe, The (2015) 5
World of Kanako, The 4
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Wolfpack, The 3
(T)ERROR 4
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
Treatment, The 4
We Are Still Here 5
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.5
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wolfpack, The 3
Tribe, The (2015) 5
Keeping Room, The 4
Angkor's Children 4
H. 3
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 5
End of the Tour, The 3
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2015 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Chinese Mayor, The 4
Look of Silence, The 5
Wolfpack, The 3
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LATEST REVIEWS
ALOHA
"Made of Real Crowe Parts, But You Have To Look For Them"
3 stars
Erik Childress says... "Walking into a Cameron Crowe film is typically a welcome relief from the general cynicism of today's filmmaking and by-the-numbers romantic comedies stealing well too many hard-earned dollars from people too quick to forget how those things work. This is a filmmaker who transformed the window serenade into the iconic boombox image in "Say Anything." He went from the irony of "show me the money" to "you had me at hello" and then won an Oscar for turning what could have been an autobiographical vanity project into a romanticized commentary on the music industry that would have made his mentor, Billy Wilder, proud. The point being that a new Cameron Crowe project should be met with open arms and not cautious derision. Yet you can bet that the pessimists out there will be having a field day with the double meaning of his latest title. Unfortunately, there are not entirely wrong." (more)
GOOD KILL
"Asks good questions, but could still do more."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Writer/director Andrew Niccol has never been a guy who had a problem with letting the audience know exactly what he is getting at with his movies, and that's certainly the case when he sets his movies in the recent past rather than the indefinite future. Surprisingly, "Good Kill" does a fair job of doing more than just preaching to the converted about the questionable ethics of drone warfare. Its measured approach may not appeal to all, but it does make the film fairly effective." (more)
HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, THE
"Snuff's Enough"
2 stars
Charles Tatum says... "Once again, a serious opening credits crawl tells us that this film was assembled from "found footage"...damn it..." (more)
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
"Funniest movie about a teenager with cancer that you'll see."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: There are plenty of reasons to be wary of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"; from the start, it's got a seeming tendency to be glib and self-aware in a way that doesn't always do it many favors. That's why it must eventually be relentless in making those properties work for it, and while I don't really see enough teen-oriented movies that I can conclusively say that this is one of the best in recent memory, it's both impressively well-intentioned and entertaining, and not a whole lot of movies for any demographic manage both at once." (more)
WOLFPACK, THE
"For and about movie-lovers, and missing much else."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: I suspect that film fans are going to talk "The Wolfpack" up more than it truly merits; the only thing we like more than an amazing story is meeting folks who love movies as much as we do, and there's no denying that this movie has both. The thing is, while "meeting" the Angulo brothers certainly makes one want to like the movie, I wonder how much it will hide the film's flaws to those who aren't the same sort of fanatics." (more)
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
"Always nice to see veterans getting something good to do."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: Thing to ponder: I can put a note in my phone or computer that says "revisit 'I'll See You In My Dreams' twenty-five years from now", and it could follow me from device to device over that time, and it will actually remind me to give this movie I liked well enough in 2015 another look with the proper amount of life experience. I like it; I'd like to see how much it speaks to me at that age." (more)
DER SAMURAI
"Devil in a White Dress"
5 stars
Charles Tatum says... "If David Lynch and Bruce La Bruce ever teamed up to make a film...well, for one thing, it would be completely insane. For another thing, it would be this film." (more)
TOMORROWLAND
"I've Seen The Future, Brother, And It Is Meh. . ."
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With the obvious exception of last week's "Mad Max: Fury Road," it is almost a certainty that you will not see another film this summer--at least in the nine-figure budget hoped-for blockbuster category--as ambitious and deeply personal as the family fantasy epic "Tomorrowland." One of the few big films of the season not to have its roots in a comic book property or an older screen franchise, this is a case of a filmmaker, Brad Bird, using the credibility that he has accrued over the years from critics, who have waxed ecstatic over practically everything he has done to date, and audiences, who have similarly embraced his work to the tune of hundreds of millions in box-office grosses, to swing for the fences with something near and dear to his heart and all of the considerable resources required to bring this particular vision to life. The only problem is that the final product just isn't that good--despite Bird's enormous talent and ambition and despite the obvious effort that went into making it, it just never quite pulls together into the kind of groundbreaking and mind-blowing cinematic experience that Bird was hoping to deliver and that which most audience members (including yours truly) were dearly hoping to receive." (more)
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