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

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
Into the Storm 1.38
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
But Always 2
Get On Up 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Fairhaven 3.5
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Revisionaries, The 4
Marvel's The Avengers 4.32
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
24 Exposures 4
Son of Sardaar 4
Tiger Mask, The 3
Halley 4
Night That Panicked America, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.57
Railway Man, The 3
Palo Alto 5
Starred Up 3.33
Cold Eyes 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Alan Partridge 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.54
Le Week-End 3.4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 4.38
Northwest 4
Despite the Gods 4
Argento's Dracula 4.08
With You, Without You 3
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 4.56
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
Land Ho! 4.5
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Frank 5
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3.33
Obvious Child 4.86
Willow Creek 5
Copenhagen 5
Housebound 5
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Art and Craft 5
Begin Again 3.84
Ping Pong Summer 3
Rich Hill 1
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Frank 5
Starred Up 3.33
Jersey Boys 2.63
Han Gong-ju 4.5
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Newburgh Sting, The 1
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
Cold Eyes 4
Public Enemy 3.88
From Vegas to Macau 2
Monsterz 2
White Storm, The 4.14
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Monsterz 2
Let Us Prey 2.75
Bayonetta: Bloody Fate 1
Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission 3
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
Guest, The 4
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Cub 5
World of Kanako, The 5
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In Order of Disappearance 5
Alleluia 5
Man From Reno 5
Guest, The 4
When Animals Dream 3.86
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4
Alleluia 5
Creep (2014) 4.88
Young Kieslowski, The 4
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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CUB
"Fine woodsy horror - scout's honor."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Cub" (or "Welp", as it is called in its native Belgium) initially seems premised on the sort of attitude that makes those who aren't into horror movies rightfully squeamish: That if killing college kids who go out into the woods doesn't get a rise out of the audience any more, maybe killing cub scouts will. The good news in this case is twofold: One, filmmaker Jonas Govaerts does have more on his mind than cheap exploitation when all is said and done; and two, he and co-writer Roel Mondeaers are coming up with great horror movie bits from minute one." (more)
ZERO THEOREM, THE
"Enough Is Never Enough"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although Terry Gilliam is still one of the most divisive filmmakers working today--depending on who you talk to, he is either a visionary genius of a singularly uncompromising nature or a muddled storyteller who jam-packs his films with elaborate visual flourishes to compensate for his inability to present a coherent narrative--it is generally accepted that the high-water mark of his career to date was "Brazil," his mind-blowing 1985 epic of an ordinary man trying to find love, freedom and meaning to his existence in a grimly dystopian near-future in which the only true escape is into his imagination that would go on to become a cult favorite and an influence on any number of filmmakers over the years. As it turns out, Gilliam himself seems to have been one of those influenced by it because his latest effort, "The Zero Theorem," is another sci-fi freakout that owes more than a slight debt to the earlier film. While the end result may lack the bold originality of the director's best work, there is still much to be astonished by here as Gilliam demonstrates once again that even a second-tier effort of his features more creativity, style, ambition and energy than the top-shelf works of most other filmmakers that you or I could name." (more)
TUSK
"It's Not That Funny, Is It?"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It was just about exactly twenty years to the day that I write these words that I first met Kevin Smith and encountered his 1994 filmmaking debut "Clerks" when both appeared at the Chicago International Film Festival. If I were to have told him then that he would conclude his first score of years as a director with a project like his latest effort, "Tusk," he would have no doubt thought that I was insane. Then again, if he were to have told me that very same thing, I would have likely had the same reaction to this ultra-bizarre horror-comedy that attempts to messily fuse his highly verbose and beyond scatological dialogue with a premise so gruesomely outrageous that it pretty much defies any sort of rational explanation. The end result is a film that is generally grotesque, oftentimes ridiculous and almost inevitably uneven but at the same time, it does contain moments of grim horror and inspired comedy and two unexpectedly strong performances that help to keep things moving along evan as it threatens to crumble under the weight of its own craziness." (more)
MAZE RUNNER, THE
"A young adult adventure minus all motivation."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There have been action movie more aggressively stripped of the basic building blocks of story - like character background and motivation - than "The Maze Runner", but the better ones are either trying to make some point about basic human nature or engage in some criticism of their genre. Here, it's the generic anonymity of a video game, with player proxies, tasks to accomplish, and the promise of information as a reward. That's all good for as far as it goes; it just doesn't go very far." (more)
WELCOME TO NEW YORK
"Art house arrest."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: That "Welcome to New York" is a long, rambling movie is not in and of itself a bad thing. There are times early on where it's a definite plus as the audience is kind of assaulted with the excesses of M. Devereaux (Gerard Depardieu), and compacting either that our what comes later might change the impact. Ultimately, I wonder what it's about. Who is never in doubt: The movie is based closely enough on the Dominique Strauss-Khan case closely enough to have three screens worth of disclaimers at the front, but pointedly fictionalized in a way that causes it to lose a bit of weight." (more)
METALHEAD
"Death. Metal."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Metalhead" doesn't exactly sneak up on an audience - it's clear from the start that writer/director Ragnar Bragason has some pretty good ideas for his story about grief and mourning, especially when he trains his camera on the parents of the title character. And yet, is still never quite what the viewer might expect, especially if he or she comes in expecting a simple story of a young woman out of sync with her small town (although that's in there and also done well)." (more)
DESERT, THE
"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)
FINDING FANNY
"Fanny's fairly funny, if kind of weird."
4 stars
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)
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