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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Her Smell 5
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Hustle, The 1.25
Detective Pikachu 1.78
Dumbo (2019) 2
Miss You Always 2
Hellboy (2019) 2.75

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot (2012) 4
Hysteria 3.88
Keep the Lights On 3
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
Conjuring, The 4.12
Battery, The 3
Grand Heist, The 4
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Metallica Through The Never 3.29
One Chance 3
What Is Cinema? 4
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her 4.36
Omar 4.57
Stranger by the Lake 4
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Le Week-End 3.71
August: Osage County 1.78
Fifth Estate, The 2
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
Antibirth 4
Certain Women 4.14
Lure, 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
Blade Runner 4.28
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Idiocracy 4.21
Big Ass Spider! 4
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eighth Grade 4
Rider, The 5
Colette 4
You Were Never Really Here 4.5
Wildlife 3
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Damsel 3
People's Republic of Desire 4
Brothers' Nest 4
Heavy Trip 5
Relaxer 2
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
First Reformed 5
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Damsel 3
On Chesil Beach 3
Beast (2018) 3
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana 3
Amiko 4
Dark, The 5
Penguin Highway 4
True Fiction 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wildlife 3
Predator, The 2.73
Hate U Give, The 4
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
Ash Is Purest White 4
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 3.7
Burning 5
Asako I & II 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Widows 3.33
Peterloo 1
Shoplifters 3.88
Favourite, The 4.75
Road Not Taken, The 4
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 4.57
Chained for Life 4
Climax 2.88
Donnybrook 1
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Widows 3.33
Favourite, The 4.75
Cam 4.57
Roma (2018) 3.7
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Shadow 5
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ANIARA
"An unusual but fascinating outer-space epic."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The opening credits describe "Aniara" as based on a "space epos" and a line or two at the end seem to call back to the old Viking Sagas, although it is very pointedly not a tale of thrilling adventure. It doesn't quite revel in mundanity or despair, but instead plugs away with a combination of practicality and despair, eventually finding a balance between the two that is much better than one might expect." (more)
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM
"More of the same, but the same is pretty good."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you've enjoyed the first two "John Wick" movies, you'll almost certainly enjoy the third - this series still brings the stylish, astonishingly-staged violence better than most anybody else has since the last time John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat got together. It's definitely starting to get a little stretched, though, like the makers are a bit too aware of the franchise's status as an unlikely hit and developing a tendency to wink at themselves. "Parabellum" still plays its world of assassins just seriously enough to work as both intriguing and an excuse to enjoy the mayhem, but it's right on the edge of implosion, and may not be able to pull it off much longer." (more)
SHADOW
"Beautiful and bloody."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" is probably the most visually striking wuxia film since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", so striking that when it gets off to a bit of a halting start, one might be tempted to consider that an acceptable trade-off for just being able to look at the thing for a couple hours. That it would quickly becomes more was not guaranteed, but it does, offering up palace intrigue an spurts of action that make it one of the best films that the genre has produced in recent years." (more)
HUSTLE, THE
"Bunco Flop!"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Once upon a time—1964 to be exact—there emerged a film by the name of “Bedroom Story,” a comedy starring David Niven and Marlon Brando as a couple of con artists in the French Riviera—one suave and decidedly posh in his targets and the other cruder and more low-rent (take a wild guess as to who played who)—competing against each other to swindle an American heiress (Shirley Jones) to prove which of them was the best at their rarefied position. To be frank, it was not especially amusing—the humor too often leaned heavier on crudity than sophistication—and the only thing keeping it from falling into complete obscurity is the decidedly bizarre spectacle of Marlon Brando—one of the greatest actors of all time but one not exactly famous, especially at that time, for his light comedic touch—trying and largely failing to prove himself as a farceur. Nearly a quarter-century later, “Bedtime Story” was dusted off and remade as the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Michael Caine in the David Niven part and Steve Martin following in Brando’s footsteps. Although the screenplay was virtually identical to the extremely uneven original, the resulting film proved to be better than it had any right to be thanks to the slick staging of the material by director Frank Oz and the expert byplay between Caine, Martin and the late Glenne Headly as their winsome target. Now, thirty years after that, the same plot, plus a gender flip for the main characters, has been revived for the screen for a third time with “The Hustle” and after watching this iteration, students of the various versions will find themselves longing for the comparative dignity of the original “Bedroom Story.” Although the notion of doing a female-centric take on this material sounds like a promising idea in theory, it turns out that other than the change in pronouns, most everything else has remained basically the same and the whole thing winds up having all the wit, energy and fizz of a not-incredibly-funny joke being told for a third time." (more)
DETECTIVE PIKACHU
"One Guy, A Girl And A Pikachu"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In one of the many hilarious bits in the 1933 Marx Brothers classic “Duck Soup,” wacky dictator Rufus T. Firefly is handed a Treasury report and announces “Clear Why a four-year-old child could understand this report” before turning to his aide and remarking “Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can’t make head or tail out of it.” I found myself thinking about that line a lot while watching “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” for a couple of reasons. For one thing, as someone whose exposure to the entire Pokemon phenomenon over the years has been limited at best (someone tried to explain it to me once and got grumpy when I mentioned that it sounded a little too close to slavery for its own good), i concede that there are no doubt numerous aspects to the proceedings that would be best appreciated or at least understood by those with a greater working knowledge of the subject at hand. For another, since the film at hand was doing absolutely nothing to entertain or amuse me with its slapdash antics, why not let the mind drift to an authentically entertaining film in the way that a drowning man might yearn for a life vest? Alas, even that was not enough to help pass the time with this strenuously annoying film, a hard-sell spectacle that clearly yearns to be the next “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” but only winds up being the next “Space Jam” and just so that there is no confusion in the matter, that is most decidedly NOT a compliment." (more)
TONE-DEAF
"Fun mayhem around what might be Robert Patrick's best role."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 21: Richard Bates Jr. makes a valiant effort to frame "Tone-Deaf" in a way where its black comedy is about something bigger than just the funny murder, although I'm not sure that it's that deep: There's more there than "get a load of those Boomers/Millennials and their messed-up priorities!", but maybe not that much. It is, at least, pretty consistently funny, with an especially entertaining turn from a guy who seldom seems to get a role this good." (more)
LONG SHOT
"Bedfellows Make Strange Politics"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Whether you like “Long Shot” or not will depend to a large degree on exactly how much thought you are planning to give it, either while watching it or afterwards. On the one hand, it is a breezy and brash romantic comedy and look at it simply on that level, it does work thanks to a number of very funny scenes and the offbeat chemistry generated by its two leads. On the other hand, if one sits down and analyzes the politics driving the narrative—sexual and otherwise—to any degree, large parts of it begin to come across as either willfully inane or borderline creepy. The end result is a work that contains enough charm and wit to sort of warrant a recommendation but only with the caveat that some of the elements on display are really not going to play well with some audience members." (more)
ASAKO I & II
"Some people are always looking to recapture first love."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "From what was said after the screening of "Asako I & II" that I attended, the film Ryusuke Hamaguchi made is rather different from Tomoka Shibasaki's novel, maintaining the basic concept but apparently giving the title character a more sympathetic characterization and otherwise moving things around. To whatever extent that's true, it seems to work out well; the movie version may occasionally be frustrating but only when meant to be, and it uses its concept of two apparently identical lovers to cover a lot of romantic ground without losing a sense of intimacy." (more)
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