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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 1
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lesson of the Evil 3
Discopathe 3
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
After School Midnighters 3
Rurouni Kenshin 4.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Omar 4.57
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
In Secret 2
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Captain Phillips 4.25
Stranger by the Lake 4
Alan Partridge 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Le Week-End 3.71
August: Osage County 1.78
Despite the Gods 4
Contracted 1.5
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Arbalest, The 1
Alive and Kicking (2016) 5
And Punching the Clown 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Brahman Naman 4
Hollars, The 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Eyes of My Mother, 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
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Native (2016) 5
Polder 3
House of Time 3
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.7
Where to Invade Next 3.57
Genius 1.14
Sairat (Wild) 5
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Rupture 4
White Coffin 2
Parasyte: Part 2 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hollars, The 4
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Lure, The 3
Antibirth 4
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
In A Valley of Violence 5
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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NERVE
"Not very daring."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "There’s a cruel irony to the internet: while it’s arguably mankind’s greatest achievement—a tool that has theoretically unified much of the world—it’s been the quickest, most efficient platform for people to just be completely awful to each other. Whatever useful, neat, or even revolutionary thing that’s emerged from it, chances are it’s been corrupted or coopted in some way, especially when it comes to social media, where everyone has a voice. It’s just too bad that so many of those voices belong to total assholes. Anyway, that’s the (very vague) threat behind the premise of “Nerve,” a breezy bit of techno-paranoia that really only cares about how all of this applies to high school drama. It’s maybe a few steps away from being a PSA for cyberbullying when it could be so much more." (more)
FOR A FEW BULLETS
"Raiders of the Lost Stamp."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "When "For a Few Bullets" ends and the main titles come up, the first one displayed is "A Film by Peter Pan", and it's okay to chuckle. Pan Anzi could have maybe chosen a Western name that didn't have it's own built-in punchline, but it fits in this case. He's made the sort of big, swashbuckling action/adventure that someone who pledged to never grow up might make, full of frantic action and plot twists that could really use some dialing back." (more)
LURE, THE
"A couple cute Polish mermaids gets me in the theater for something weird."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "The Lure" includes what is thus far one of my favorite moments of the festival, when a mermaid who is starting to follow the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" fairly closely rolls her eyes at her sister's worries about where that leads, saying it's "just a superstition". The movie's at its best when it's able to be as untethered from expectations as something described as a Polish period horror musical should be; it's less exciting when it opts to follow the template." (more)
LIGHTS OUT
"Fast, fun, and a little bit frightening."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The more horror movies I see, the more I appreciate the ones that do not mess around with unnecessary complications but which can still use their high concept to create nifty moments. That is "Lights Out" in a nutshell - it's got a reason to be scared of the dark, some clever uses of the concept, and a quick pace that doesn't leave room for contrived conflicts when there's enough genuine suspense." (more)
THRONE, THE
"The travails of dealing with a father who is demanding, even for a king."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There is a line in "The Throne" about how royal families are unique in that one must think of one's children as enemies far sooner than one would like. That's probably true in other circumstances as well, but it's far from the essential tragedy of this (South Korea's submission for consideration as "Best Foreign Language Film" at the last Academy Awards), where the Crown Prince's greatest weakness may be that he is incapable of being that sort of enemy." (more)
CAFE SOCIETY
"Midnight In Manhattan"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Having been writing and directing an average of a film a year for nearly a half-century, Woody Allen has reached a point in his career where his more recent efforts tend to fall into one of two categories. There are the films where it is clear that he had an interesting and compelling idea that truly sparked his creative juices in some way and led to both critical and commercial success—in the last decade or so, this group would include the likes of “Match Point,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Blue Jasmine” (though I must admit to finding the last one somewhat overrated). Then there are the films that seem to have been compiled out of various ideas that he dealt with more successfully in other films and put before the cameras simply as a way of continuing his long-standing work cycle. This is not to say that these films do not have any merit to them—I have enjoyed such admittedly minor efforts as “Whatever Works,” “To Rome with Love” and “Irrational Man” to some degree—but if these films, not to mention such decidedly lesser entries as “Scoop,” “Cassandra’s Dream” and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” were to suddenly be completely stricken from his filmography, few people would overly mourn the loss. His latest effort, the wistful period romantic comedy-drama “Cafe Society,” is a work that falls into the latter camp. It has its charms and contains a few nice performances but the whole thing has a whiff of the familiar to it that cannot be overlooked—even when it does work, those with a working knowledge of his oeuvre are likely to find themselves comparing it to the similar material covered in earlier films and find it somewhat wanting by comparison." (more)
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE
"Well, Sort Of Fabulous"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I should probably preface this review of “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” the long-gestating screen version of the beloved 90s British television comedy, by stating that I went into the screening with a basic knowledge and understanding of the series—i have seen, and for the most part liked, some of the episodes from its initial 1992-96 run when it played in the U.S. on Comedy Central and definitely remember the commercials that played incessantly during “Mystery Science Theater 3000”—but with nowhere near the level of devotion that its ardent fanbase on both sides of the pond have lavished on it over the years. However, when I went into that screening, I was most definitely in the mood for a laugh or two and while the resulting film may leave the uninitiated baffled, its cult will certainly love it despite its flaws and even the more casual fans will find themselves laughing at the sheer fizzy nonsense of it all." (more)
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
"Go, West, and make a fine shoot-em-up."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: At some point in Ti West's new film, I wondered if this was an early sign that Ethan Hawke was going to follow the Kevin Costner aging curve, getting lean and squinty and without time for young people's foolishness even if he doesn't exactly look old. That may yet happen, but for the time being, Hawke doesn't really seem like he should be playing the parts that Costner and Clint Eastwood aged into yet, and that's part of what makes "In a Valley of Violence" kind of an off-kilter kick rather than another dreary, too-somber take on the western." (more)
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