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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Eye in the Sky (2015) 5
Bridgend 5
April and the Extraordinary World 5
Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Captain America: Civil War 4.5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Mother's Day (2016) 1
Bronze, The 1
Huntsman, The: Winter's War 1
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 1.29
Boss, The 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Deadfall (2012) 3
Playroom, The 3
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I'll Follow You Down 3
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
V/H/S/2 4
Horror Stories 3
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.88
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Enough Said 4
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.85
Omar 4.57
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Alan Partridge 4
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Northwest 4
Le Week-End 3.71
Fifth Estate, The 2
Voyage 1
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Midnight Special 3.78
Arbalest, The 1
Alive and Kicking (2016) 5
And Punching the Clown 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Brahman Naman 4
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Hollars, The 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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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
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Embers 4.14
Projet-M 3
Dual City 4
Displacement 3
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.78
Where to Invade Next 3.57
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EYES OF MY MOTHER, THE
"A different look at a different sort of character."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2016: Festivals mostly program their horror movie sidebars to start or end at midnight, figuring that the long day will have the audience in prime position to have their weary heads messed with. Sometimes, I wonder if a film like this one might be better suited to an earlier hour, when those who come out are ready to talk about what was going on rather than just side on their way to the bed or the bar. Filmmaker Nicolas Pesce has put together an interesting look at what makes certain characters in the genre tick, even if it's just an average thriller." (more)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
"Avengers…Disassemble"
5 stars
alejandroariera says... "Rarely do I leave a movie theater or press screening feeling that I have to see that movie right…bloody…now! I usually like to spend a couple of days thinking about it, reading what’s been written about it, before I write my own review. It takes me awhile to revisit it: weeks, months, even years. “Captain America: Civil War,” the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is the exception to that rule. It left me so giddy, so exhilarated, that I wanted the projectionist at the IMAX Theatre were I saw it during a word-of-mouth screening to show it again. It is as good as, even better than, “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” And it’s definitely an improvement over the disappointingly over-stuffed “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”" (more)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
"Heroes Take The Fall"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There used to be a feature in MAD Magazine entitled “Scenes We’d Like To See” that used to stand famous storytelling tropes on their heads by stretching them even further or by applying the kind of real-world logic that they generally tried to avoid if at all possible. Remember the story about the princess who kissed the frog and it was magically transformed into a handsome prince? In their version, their inevitable wedding would be interrupted by the arrival of the prince’s pissed-off frog wife. “Captain America: Civil War”—which is the third entry in the “Captain America” franchise and could probably be considered “The Avengers 2.5” as well—plays like a feature film version of that conceit by taking one of the aspects of the superhero genre that tend to get sloughed off along the way, namely the fates of all the innocent people that happen to be on the street or in office buildings when when the good guys and bad guys wind up leveling entire city blocks while beating each other up, and contemplating what might happen if those heroes were forced to deal with the collateral damage resulting from those heroics. At this point, some of you may be groaning a bit because the recent dud “Batman Vs. Superman” sort of tried to do a variation on this very same idea utilizing a decidedly dark and dour approach and could not have made a bigger botch of it if it had tried. Happily, “Civil War” is a far more entertaining and interesting variation on that them that takes the conceit seriously enough while at the same time leavening the material with enough humor to keep it from becoming a depressing bore. The end results should more than satisfy both the hardcore fans of the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe and neophytes alike, though at a wildly overstuffed 2 1/2 hours, it is unlikely that many will come away from it immediately hungering for more." (more)
FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE
"Not exactly Vacationland."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2016: Growing up in Maine (though born elsewhere), I've heard variations of the "almost a Mainer" joke that one character tells all my life, although it seldom seemed as pointedly exclusionary as it does in "Five Nights in Maine". Then again, I am not nearly so obviously "from away" as someone like this film's visitor is, even if the story doesn't always play into that as a mostly-quiet tale of grief." (more)
MOTHER'S DAY (2016)
"This year, show Mom you care . . . by taking her to a different movie."
1 stars
Jaycie says... "Those who have seen 2015's The Big Short may recall Anthony Bourdain explaining collateralized debt obligations by making a stew out of three-day-old seafood. Garry Marshall takes the same approach with his holiday movies: repackaging old, tired product into something he wants you to believe is fresh." (more)
HOLLARS, THE
"Quality comedy, decent drama - it does better than all right."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2016: That "The Hollars" is an independent film in this day and age is a sort of indictment on the film industry: Its story is neither complicated nor difficult to relate to, the style is far from experimental, and the cast is almost entirely made up of familiar names and faces (if not necessarily people that will draw a guaranteed audience on their own). It is quality mainstream entertainment, and it's kind of weird that the people involved had to make it outside of a system that was traditionally built on movies like this." (more)
TREASURE, THE
"Methodical, but worth digging up."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Even the titles of Corneliu Porumboiu's best-known recent films - "12:08 Easy of Bucharest" and "Police, Adjective" - are focused on a sort of precision that can sometimes be maddening and "The Treasure", ("Comoara" in the original Romanian) certainly starts out that way, hitting the audience right off the bat with a pair of the sort of conversations about minutiae that just don't happen outside of art-house films. It does eventually loosen up into a deadpan comedy, but that humor might not be enough for some considering the painstaking steps Porumboiu takes to get there." (more)
EMBERS
"What's left after memory burns away."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: The shots of present-day ruins that open "Embers" are a reminder of sorts that worlds end all the time, on the scale of individual hopes and dreams, though those tiny apocalypses are often part of a greater calamity. That perspective is what makes this particular movie work - it has its one great disaster, but has the curiosity to ponder all of the person-sized ones that result." (more)
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