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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Frank 5
Calvary 4.86
Most Wanted Man, A 4.4
God Help the Girl 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
Into the Storm 1.38
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
But Always 2
If I Stay 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Burn 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
War Witch 4.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lesson of the Evil 3.4
Big Ass Spider! 4
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
Lady Assassin, The 3
Halley 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Of Good Report 5
Bends 5
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.82
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Alan Partridge 4.14
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Cheap Thrills 3.14
Raze 2.43
Philomena 4.1
Blue Ruin 4.56
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Most Wanted Man, A 4.4
Trip to Italy, The 4
Dear White People 3.5
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Calvary 4.86
Copenhagen 5
Mood Indigo 2.29
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
I, Origins 2.43
Rich Hill 1
We'll Never Have Paris 2
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Frank 5
Dear White People 3.5
Starred Up 3.33
Han Gong-ju 4.71
22 Jump Street 3.6
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Begin Again 3.84
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Public Enemy 3.88
Naked Ambition 3D 4
Monsterz 2
Seventh Code 4
White Storm, The 4.14
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
Zero Theorem, The 4
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4
WolfCop 4
Steel Cold Winter 3.86
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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
From Above 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Drop, The 2.14
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
They Have Escaped 3
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In Order of Disappearance 5
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.88
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
When Animals Dream 3.86
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Creep (2014) 4.88
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Fort Tilden 2.43
In Order of Disappearance 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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"If you were the last man on Earth... Well, it would be less complicated."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There's a lot to like about Christoph Behl's post-apocalyptic love triangle, and the fact that it can be described as such without coming across as an annoying genre mismatch is just the start. It's a neat little entry into the canon of small stories that take place during the end of the world, albeit one that sacrifices most of the immediate physical damage to do it." (more)
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"Fanny's fairly funny, if kind of weird."
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Jay Seaver says... "After a year or so of going to the Indian movies at the local multiplex, one gets a certain idea of what to expect, generally a musical masala picture that's odd by conventional Hollywood standards. Sometimes, though, you get something like "Finding Fanny", which is an entirely different sort of weird: A quirky indie-style comedy that's okay when cute but better when the claws come out." (more)
PIRATES, THE (2014)
"A thoroughly entertaining Korean swashbuckler."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That they can be given names as generic as "Pirates of the Caribbean" or, in this case, just "The Pirates", without fear of confusion means just one thing: There are not enough pirate movies being made these days. This one is occasionally on the silly side, but it's packed full of quality swashbuckling, and not nearly enough trips to the theater deliver that." (more)
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"Neat idea and fine execution makes for a great picture."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Time Lapse" is a standout even for one of the best sci-fi years I can remember Fantasia having, and while those are rankings that may not mean much to non-attendees, it is meant as high praise. There's always room for an enjoyably devilish effect-before-cause story that, as many of the best do, fits together like an exceptionally well-constructed puzzle." (more)
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2 stars
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INNOCENCE (2014)
"Welcome to the Bathory school."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The concept that "Innocence" plays with is an old one, but that's the way it is with a lot of movies: Whether you're talking about vampires, possession, or any of the other great horror concepts, they can be re-used because there's plenty of room to continue examining them; they're descended from something primal. Such is the case here; the filmmakers are doing a slick update of a horror story that doesn't get as much play as it used to." (more)
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"Crude, rude, and pretty damn funny."
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"Scores points, even if it seldom wins by knockout."
3 stars
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