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

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

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Hysteria 3.11
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Discopathe 3
Animals (2013) 3.86
Garden of Words, The 5
Horror Stories 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dallas Buyers Club 4.4
Sacrament, The 3.21
Missing Picture, The 4
Le Week-End 3.56
Double, The (2014) 4.75
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.37
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.82
Alan Partridge 4.14
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Argento's Dracula 4.08
Fifth Estate, The 2
Sacrament, The 3.21
Heli 4
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 4.56
Finding Fela 1
Trip to Italy, The 4
Life Itself 4.63
I, Origins 2.43
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Calvary 5
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.18
Copenhagen 5
I, Origins 2.43
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Life Itself 4.63
I, Origins 2.43
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
We'll Never Have Paris 2
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3
Jersey Boys 2.63
Dear White People 3.86
Cut Bank 5
Two Faces of January, The 4
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
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
Boyhood 4.57
Predestination 5
No Tears for the Dead 5
To Be Takei 3
Zombeavers 4.57
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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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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
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"An actor whose best role turns out to be himself."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: For a while, I found George Takei's twenty-first century career little more than tacky, an old man who was one a minor part of a pop culture phenomenon becoming a parody of himself in an effort to hang on to what fan he had. I'm still probably going to think that when I see him doing some of his broader bits, but this documentary should at least give some perspective of why being able to be that larger-than-life figure must be wonderful for him." (more)
HERCULES (2014)
"The strongest man alive. Excepting Brett Ratner's agent."
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "“Hercules” is the sort of film in which arrow supplies never diminish, a man tosses a horse and the hero spends a large portion of the final act topless. Directed by Brett Ratner, but delivering little of the pain usually inherent to such a statement, “Hercules” is a harmless, occasionally endearing hunk of steroidal cheese. The film-maker still has no discernable visual identity, but he allows this nonsense to propel at quite a clip, filling out the progressively more ridiculous set-pieces with a game cast. If you’re going to make blatant rubbish for the mass market, that’s just about the best way to do it." (more)
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"If you're searching for an epiphany,keep looking..."
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Greg Ursic says... "According to science, matter can neither created nor destroyed, so the belief that we continue in another form when we die is true. Religious adherents however presume that our consciousness also continues on and dedicate themselves to achieving the best possible post-life scenario." (more)
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)
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