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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Force Majeure 5
Golden Era, The 5
Housebound 5
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 4.86
Camp X-Ray 4.8

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Laggies 1
Left Behind 1.4
Before I Go to Sleep 1.44
Dumb and Dumber To 1.87
Judge, The 1.9

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Revenge for Jolly! 1
War Witch 4.5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.33
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dirties, The 4
Thermae Romae 4
Apology King, The 5
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 4.08
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Omar 4.5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Bends 5
Third Person 1.14
Cold Eyes 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Captain Phillips 4.08
Jimmy P. 3.91
Wind Rises, The 4.95
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Major, The 5
Nordstrand 5
Voyage 1
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
Birdman 4.5
Gone Girl 3.32
Goodbye to Language 2
'71 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Cub 5
Shrew's Nest 4
Björk: Biophilia Live 4
Duke of Burgundy, The 4.71
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mary Kom 2.88
Beyond the Lights 2.71
Force Majeure 5
My Old Lady 4
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Housebound 5
Closer to God 4
Creeping Garden, The 3.88
Stranger, The (2014) 3
When Animals Dream 3.88
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birdman 4.5
St. Vincent 3.86
Creep (2014) 4.88
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wild Tales 2
'71 4
Birdman 4.5
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
Golden Era, The 5
Wild Tales 2
God Help the Girl 4.14
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Swim, The 3
'71 4
Alleluia 5
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Killers (2014) 3.75
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
Faults 4
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Wild Tales 2
Midnight Swim, The 3
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2014 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Hero 6 3.5
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West 4
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2014 San Diego Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Significant Things 4.14
Equalizer, The 2.33
Laggies 1
Time Lapse 4.71
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2014 Hawaii International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Hero 6 3.5
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Housebound 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
World of Kanako, The 5
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DUMB AND DUMBER TO
"Just when you thought they couldn't possibly be any dumber..."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Dumb and Dumber To” feels like a cruel joke not unlike the one Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) springs on buddy Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) at the beginning of this belated sequel. When we catch up with the dimwitted duo, we learn that Lloyd’s been faking catatonia for the past twenty years as a gag, which is met with great enthusiasm from his friend, who still can’t help but point out that the ruse robbed Lloyd of his prime years. You can’t help but feel the same about the gang behind this film—they really waited two decades to unleash this?" (more)
THEORY OF EVERYTHING, THE (2014)
"Honestly, we don't admire Stephen Hawking enough."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Stephen Hawking's life story is extraordinary, but not necessarily cinematic - its milestones are often losing the ability to do things, and his accomplishments can be difficult for laymen to understand. So what do you do? In this case, try and let the audience know a guy whose public face is often inscrutable, as well as hs wife." (more)
DUMB AND DUMBER TO
"Carrey On The Wayward Dumb"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that the original "Dumb and Dumber," the high-grossing gross-out 1994 hit that solidified Jim Carrey as the biggest new comedic force of the day, allowed the generally serious-minded Jeff Daniels to let it all hang out and introduced the cinematic world to the Farrelly Brothers, only made me laugh out loud twice. That said, I should also mention that those two moments (the bit involving the dead parakeet and the one with Jim Carrey running through the airplane terminal) made me laugh longer and louder than the entirety of many other ostensibly more successful comedies that you or I could mention. Now, after twenty years of rumors, false starts and a misbegotten prequel that the producers no doubt hope you have forgotten about by now, "Dumb and Dumber To" has finally arrived and lo and behold, there are still only two moments in it that made me laugh out loud. The difference is that those two bits aren't nearly as convulsive as the ones I enjoyed the first time around and the project as a whole is a mess that arrives in theaters at least a decade too late for its own good and practically drenching viewers in the flopsweat that it generates in its desperate effort to generate laughs." (more)
DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2
"Manages to live up to its predecessor and then, wow."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2" repeats quite a bit from part one, from rescuing a weird pet to flirting through facing windows; one character even wryly asks another if she thinks her life is a "to be continued". You might be tempted to deride that as unoriginal, but the idea of a sequel is often to recapture what people liked before, and that's what director Johnnie To and his cast & crew do here - they give us more "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", in a way that doesn't have to undercut the original." (more)
BEYOND THE LIGHTS
"Keep Reaching For The Stars"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""Beyond the Lights" is a big, soapy show-biz melodrama involving the age-old chestnut of the glamorous world-famous superstar who falls in love with an ordinary civilian type, albeit one who just happens to be extraordinarily good-looking as well. On this level, it is nonsense but relatively agreeable nonsense for viewers who are not particularly  demanding. At the same time, it is also under the impression that it is a penetrating look behind the scenes of the contemporary star making machine and how talented people are reduced to mere commodities that are ruthlessly exploited for every possible buck by family and "friends" as well as the industry at large despite the emotional harm that they may be suffering amidst the relentless pursuit of celebrity. The trouble is that the insights that it has to offer are as shallow and vapid as the world that it thinks it is exposing and the end result is a bit of a mess that has a few bright spots here and there but which is never quite as smart and knowing about the world it depicts than it clearly thinks itself to be." (more)
SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL
"Puck this noise."
1 stars
Jaycie says... "Remember when people were inspired to write musicals set against the backdrops of war, poverty, prostitution and murder? Those were good times. My plucky little nation of Canada decided to make its own contribution to the genre in 2010, and its theme was . . . hockey. What. A. Surprise." (more)
LOOKALIKE, THE
"Looks like things could have gone better."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "To say that "The Lookalike" starts out kind of charming overlooks what happens in the first few minutes to set things in motion, but it still does well enough in introducing its cast of characters that it looks like the rare crime movie that makes quirky work despite being built a core of bad people doing bad things. That's hard to sustain for the full length of a movie, though, and this one starts losing steam early enough to be a real drag by the end." (more)
MERRY FRIGGIN' CHRISTMAS, A
"Unfunny on various levels."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The broad black comedy "A Merry Friggin’ Christmas" was one of the last movies Robin Williams completed before his suicide in August, and it’s difficult to watch it with this in mind." (more)
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by Dan Kelly
"On Thursday a full trailer for Paramount's remake of The Gambler went live, following on from the potty-mouthed teaser. With a cast including Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson, the film, like the original (which featured James Caan) has a high calibre cast, but more excitedly marks director Rupert Wyatt's first film since 2011's impressive Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt walked from the equally excellent sequel (this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) back in 2012, for reasons that were never entirely clear, lining up The Gambler as his next project. Despite reservations from original scribe James Toback, the film trundled into production late last year, and wrapped in the first quarter of 2014. Things went quiet for a few months, then came trailers, posters and crucially, release announcements. Like Wahlberg's Lone Survivor the film will undergo a small December exhibition (to qualify for awards consideration) before expanding on New Year's Day. All fine, and more than a little promising. As a fan of the creatives and marketing materials,I was eager to find out when UK audiences might sample the film, presuming that sometime around January/February was probable. The UK release calendar works a little differently than the US, in that we tend to get the big awards contenders a month or two after Christmas, as opposed to 6 weeks before. As a result, I was perfectly willing to accept that there might be some delay with The Gambler. It's an outsider, and Paramount will like any sensible studio, want the film to perform in a comfortable window, without having to worry about an assortment of higher profile pedigree horses. Heck, even March 2015 would be fairly pragmatic. This morning I flicked open the IMDB to confirm it's international release pattern, and was shocked. 1st May 2015. That's almost 5 whole months after it débuts in the States. A full 135 days by my calculation." (more)
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