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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Wonder Woman (2017) 4.47
My Cousin Rachel (2017) 4.14
Band Aid 4
God of War 4
29+1 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Transformers: The Last Knight 1.14
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 1.38
Churchill 1.86
47 Meters Down 2.29
Alien: Covenant 2.71

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Rubberneck 2.38
War Witch 4.5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Drug War 5
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Bounty Killer 4
Lady Assassin, The 3
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Past, The 5
Parkland 3
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Her 4.36
Stranger by the Lake 4
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Despite the Gods 4
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Philomena 4.17
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Swiss Army Man 4
Brahman Naman 4
Life, Animated 5
Antibirth 4
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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
High Treason 4.14
Pitch Black 3.56
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Dual City 4
Displacement 3.14
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In A Valley of Violence 4.43
Aloys 4
Lure, The 3
Kickboxer: Vengeance 3
Tank 432 (aka Belly of the Bulldog) 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Hollars, The 4
High-Rise (2015) 1.5
Under the Shadow 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
War on Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Personal Shopper 3
Handmaiden, The 5
Paterson 4.88
Assignment, The (2017) 2
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raw 4
Void, The 5
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea 4
Red Turtle, The 5
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lost City of Z, The 4.86
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
La La Land 3.06
Paterson 4.88
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 3.86
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Arrival 3.19
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Arrival 3.19
Sully 4.09
Moonlight (2016) 4.82
Wakefield 3
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fraud 4.22
Paterson 4.88
Jackie 4
Moana 3.86
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
First Blood 4.38
Antibirth 4
Safe Neighborhood 3
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Band Aid 4
XX 2
Get Out 4.08
Berlin Syndrome 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Most Beautiful Island 5
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Dealt 5
Hounds of Love 5
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Peter Sobczynski says... "Although this news will probably comes as no surprise to anyone who has taken even a cursory look at my reviews of the various entries in the “Transformers” saga, I must state for the record that I would just as soon lower my dangling bits into a blender than sit through “Transformers: The Last Knight” again in this lifetime. That said, there is one circumstance in which I would cheerfully and happily purchase the Blu-ray of the film when it hits stores and that would be if it took a page from the home video release of the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake and included video of the actors gathered around for the first table read of the screenplay. This, I hasten to add, is not because I want an opportunity to savor the sparkling dialogue on display—of which the most profound statement may be Merlin (yes, Merlin) remarking “God, I’m sozzled”—but because I am curious to see how the actors reacted to the jumbo helping of word salad masquerading as a script that they were charged with making sense of and bringing to life. Did someone like Mark Wahlberg or John Turturro or the celebrated Sir Anthony “Freejack” Hopkins at any point stop the proceedings to ask if any of what they were reading made a lick of sense to anyone or did they simply shut up those thoughts and think instead of the buckets of money that they were presumably given to appear in it? My guess is that such footage will never appear on the Blu-ray but if anyone has access to such a thing and can leak it, it would be most appreciative—not only would it be an invaluable guide to how much silliness a star is willing to swallow in the name of a big paycheck but it would almost certainly prove to be more entertaining—or at least quieter—than the film itself." (more)
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"Good enough not to have to call for substitutes."
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Jay Seaver says... "The story at the center of this film is not bad - a frightened crown prince trying to stay ahead of a Japanese invasion has only a squadron of mercenaries to support him. All must come to recognize a greater purpose, and it turns out that the prince is, in his way, serving the same purpose. It's a solid enough base that basic competence will make it enjoyable enough, although it would be really nice if it had a bit more to offer." (more)
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"Shark Weak."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There are times when it feels like "47 Meters Down" was patched together as best it could be around the days when certain resources were available. Like, the pitch was good and the filmmakers really thought they'd have the script in better order by the time they had the use of the tank needed to shoot it, and then maybe they could cover the gaps with visual effects, or when re-recording the dialogue, but they never had everything they needed, and as a result, they're never able to build enough up around the gem of a decent idea to make a particularly good picture. It likely didn't actually happen that way, but if not, things are worse, and the bits that seem bent out of shape to cover something else are just poorly done." (more)
CARS 3
"The Third Time Isn't Quite The Charm"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Cars 3” is easily the best installment of the insanely popular Pixar film franchise centered around a universe in which automobiles and other vehicles evidently became sentient, rose up and slaughtered all human beings and have taken over the world for themselves. This is largely because, unlike the previous entries, this one actually makes an attempt to include the kind of thoughtful and serious-minded themes that have always been present in the very best Pixar films. That said, proclaiming “Cars 3” to be the best of the “Cars” films says more about the general lousiness of its predecessors than it does about its own accomplishments because even though it is somewhat more ambitious than the previous installments, it still doesn’t come close to reaching the accomplishments of such stone-cold Pixar classics as “Ratatouille,” “Up” and “Inside Out” and still feels more like an extended toy commercial than anything else." (more)
IT COMES AT NIGHT
"Good enough that the missed opportunities hurt."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "This is an impeccably-constructed and presented film, and with a genre-heavy couple of months ahead of me, I shall be actively avoiding seeing things much like it. There's a rot at the base of this sort of post-plague horror that I gave a hard time abiding, an embrace of being paranoid about your neighbors and culling the sick that I'm growing weary of at this point in time." (more)
DEALT
"Richard Turner is not one to play the hand he's dealt at all."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2017: "Dealt" is a frequently-delightful documentary on Richard Turner, an intriguing and entertaining man at the top of his corner of the magic business despite a major handicap to work around. It's a nifty little story that, in addition to featuring some really astounding close-up magic, manages to take a few nifty narrative turns. Indeed, it arguably wouldn't have been half the movie it is if Turner didn't change between the beginning and the end." (more)
WONDER WOMAN (2017)
"Bigger than just a movie."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Towards the middle of 'Wonder Woman,' when the central heroine Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) is running through the no-man’s-land (ha) of a battlefield and deflecting hundreds of German bullets, either you recognize the subtextual power of this image or you find it a typical bit of superhero-movie action." (more)
CITY OF GHOSTS (2017)
"Shining a light on those shining a light."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2017: A solid documentary centered on the founders of the blog "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently", "City of Ghosts" gives a brief introduction to the city in question, allows the citizen journalists to tell their own story, and, while allowing the subjects to be even-tempered, friendly people, never lets up is disdain for Daesh. It will not fully educate one on the causes and effects of what is happening in Syria, but it presents a human face to a crisis that can often seem abstract from the other side of the world." (more)
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