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My Life as a Zucchini 5
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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Fifty Shades Darker 1
Belko Experiment, The 1.89
XX 2
Kung Fu Yoga 2.71
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 4
Fairhaven 3.5
Playroom, The 3
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
Battery, The 3
Son of Sardaar 4
Zombie Hunter 2
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Enemy 4.13
Metalhead 4
Third Person 1
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Cold Eyes 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
About Time 2
Immigrant, The 4.23
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Stranger by the Lake 4
Despite the Gods 4
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Love & Friendship 4.46
Captain Fantastic 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
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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
High Treason 4.14
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Big Ass Spider! 4
Reconnoiter 3.08
Dual City 4
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
Tank 432 (aka Belly of the Bulldog) 3
Skiptrace (2016) 3.86
Shelley 3
Parasyte: Part 1 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
High-Rise (2015) 1
Five Nights in Maine 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
War On Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Queen of Katwe 4.86
Blair Witch 2.67
Elle 4
Land of the Gods (Dev Bhoomi) 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raw 4
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 3.2
Handmaiden, The 5
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Safe Neighborhood 3
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Elle 4
Certain Women 4.14
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
I, Daniel Blake 1
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
I Am Not Your Negro 5
Prevenge 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Arrival 3.28
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Jackie 4
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Arrival 3.28
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Paterson 4.88
La La Land 3
Prevenge 4
Red Turtle, The 5
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.28
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raw 4
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
Guyana: Cult of the Damned 3
Windmill Massacre, The 3
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Free Fire 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
"Something Is Not Quite There"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Once upon a time, back in those long-ago days before cable and the various home video delivery systems, Walt Disney Studios had an ingenious method for maximizing their library of films for maximums profits by rereleasing their classic animated films every seven years or so for new generations of moviegoers to enjoy. This lasted well into the VHS era but by the early 90s, this particular approach had pretty much run its course from a financial standpoint. Never one to leave a corporate asset alone when there is the possibility of squeezing an extra few hundred million dollars or so, Disney Studios has established a cottage industry of late in taking many of the best-known titles from its long legacy of animated film classics and remaking them in live-action with flesh-and-blood actors and elaborate CGI effects being deployed to retrace the originals. So far, we have seen new versions of the likes of “101 Dalmatians,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” (in which we learned the backstory of what made the villain of “Sleeping Beauty” so upset in the first place), “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book” and over the next few years, we will also get to see new takes on the likes of “Mulan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “The Lion King,” a “101 Dalmatians” prequel giving a “Maleficent”-style look at what made Cruella de Ville the monster that she became (which I guess means that it ends with Emma Stone discovering the joy of killing cute animals, which seems a tad bleak for the Happy Meal set) and, perhaps stupidest of all, a new take on “Dumbo” directed by Tim Burton, whose soulless version of “Alice in Wonderland” remains the single worst film of his entire career." (more)
BELKO EXPERIMENT, THE
"Office Face-Off"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There will almost certainly be worse movies released in 2017 than “The Belko Experiment”—there are new installments in the “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises on the way, after all—but they would be hard-pressed to fill me with as much sheer dislike as it has. A brainless bloodbath that is all the worse because it seems to think that it is far smarter and cleverer than it actually is, the ghastly blend of spurting gore, half-assed stabs at social satire, characters that would require at least a dozen page one rewrites to eventually reach the status of paper-thin and a dim worldview of anyplace not located within the continental United States, this film seems to exist only to answer the unasked question “What would “Office Space” have been like in the hands of Eli Roth?”" (more)
PERSONAL SHOPPER
"Ghosts in the Machine"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... "I am still ambivalent about Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” weeks after seeing it at a word-of-mouth screening. It’s a frustrating film that addresses too many ideas and genres without fully developing them. It’s a ghost movie that veers into slasher territory; it is also about living in a brand-obsessed world, one where communication is only achieved through our digital devices and where artifice and materialism are at odds with spirituality. “Personal Shopper” is also emotionally empty, an intellectual exercise that never quite manages to fully excite our little grey cells." (more)
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
"King Kong Lives!"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The first thing that anyone planning on seeing “Kong: Skull Island” should know going into it is that it is not just another remake of the 1933 classic that is still one of the most potent and lyrical works of fantasy ever devised for the screen more than 80 years after it was released and which has already spawned two previous remakes—the 1976 version from producer Dino De Laurentiis that holds up surprisingly well today thanks to its wry sense of humor and charming performance from the then-unknown Jessica Lange and Peter Jackson’s 2005 version which is a tad overblown but which is still an entertaining homage to one of Jackson’s key cinematic influences. No, this one is closer in spirit to the oddball sequels and spinoffs that have cropped up from time to time over the years that have taken the giant ape into increasingly weirdo situations in the likes of “Son of Kong” (1933), which offered up a kid-sized take on the story, the immortal “King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962), the slightly-less-immortal “King Kong Escapes” (1967) and the jaw-dropping “King Kong Lives” (1986), in which the big ape was brought back to life from his plunge from the World Trade Center with an artificial heart the size of a car and hooked up with a similarly-sized female ape who give birth to his child in the climax. In fact, with its crackpot merging of an old-fashioned monster mashup and, of all things, “Apocalypse Now,” it may even put the craziness of those efforts to shame and it certainly does so with far more energy, humor and invention than even the most optimistic of moviegoers could have possibly anticipated." (more)
WAR ON EVERYONE
"Not McDonagh's best, but still pretty darn good."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "John Michael McDonagh has made a couple of downright terrific films in "The Guard" and "Calvary", and "War on Everyone" simply being pretty decent is enough to get one speculating as to whether he was being propped up by Brendan Gleeson or felt lost when the setting moved from Ireland to America. That, I think, is unfair; he’s made a funny movie, even if people don’t necessarily expect this particular sort of sharp wit in an American buddy cop thing." (more)
GET OUT
"I Woke Up Screaming"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "One of the great things about genre filmmaking—especially of the horror variety—is that as long as they remember to work in the requisite amounts of blood or bullets or whatever to satisfy the most basic of requirements, an enterprising director can utilize the familiar narrative tropes to comment and critique on real-world matters, often in more trenchant and insightful ways than a lot of the more overtly serious-minded movies being made at the same time. For example, when Tobe Hooper signed on to make a sequel to his horror classic “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” he and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson took the opportunity to make a film that had all the chainsawing that one could possibly hope for but that also took aim at such targets as the greed-is-good mentality of the Eighties and gun culture in ways far smarter and funnier than anyone might have rightly expected from a movie entitled “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2.” Likewise, Joe Dante’s “Masters of Horror” episode “Homecoming” might have seemed like just another zombie-oriented tale on the surface but it displayed a righteous anger to the war in Iraq and the policymakers that led us smack dab into it that was sorely lacking in most of the straight-faced dramas on the subject. Alas, these days, few films are willing to mix things up in such a way for fear of potentially alienating scores of moviegoers but one that proudly goes against the grain in that respect is “Get Out,” a movie that works very well as a horror film but which works even better as a corrosive social satire that has more to say about many of the key issues regarding race and culture than practically all of the films currently vying for the Best Picture Oscar." (more)
SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD
"Christmas Eve isn't the only trick this home invasion has up its sleeves."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Talking about something being fun when it comes to horror movies probably strikes non-fans as bizarre even at first glance, with trying to do so in specific terms raising the ante to alarming, and trying to do so without spoiling the surprises marking the speaker as completely insane. So, pardon me if this review of "Safe Neighborhood" makes me sound nuts, because my feeling conflicted on it being fun or not extends right down to the premise at its very core." (more)
MY FATHER DIE
"Well-heated Southern Pulp Gothic."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: The title of "My Father Die" may not be great in terms of English grammar, but in terms of describing the raw rage that drives the characters in this movie, it seems perfectly reasonable: The building blocks of what someone feels without all the formal niceties, ready for action (although I wonder if it’s close to how one might express an idea in American Sign Language). This movie gets overheated at times, but is committed enough to that temperature that it works out pretty well." (more)
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