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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Early Man 5
Mohawk 5
Endless, The 4.86
Quiet Place, A 4.13
You Were Never Really Here 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Wrinkle in Time, A 1
Dear Dictator 1
Rampage (2018) 2
Tomb Raider (2018) 2.22
Pacific Rim: Uprising 2.58

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.83
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers 4
Shape of Water, The 3.58
I, Tonya 2.67
Death of Stalin, The 4
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Resolution 4
Burn 4
Revisionaries, The 4
Graceland 4
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Discopathe 3
009 Re: Cyborg 4
Antisocial 4
Garden of Words, The 5
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Endless, The 4.86
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The 3.13
Cold Hell 5
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.5
Parkland 3
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Metalhead 4
Belle 4.25
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.79
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Of Good Report 5
Heli 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Uncle Howard 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Antibirth 4
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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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
Gremlins 4.29
High Treason 4.14
They Live 3.6
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Survivalist, The 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Mother! 3.83
Downsizing 1.89
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Band Aid 4
XX 2
Beatriz at Dinner 5
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thoroughbreds 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
MFA 3
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Baby Driver 3.83
Gemini 3
Honor Farm, The 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Southland Tales 4.03
Dark Song, A 4
Hidden Reserves 4
Buster's Mal Heart 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Landline 3
Trip to Spain, The 4
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3.14
Tormenting the Hen 2
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Night Is Short, Walk On Girl 5
Extraordinary Mission 3
Suspiria 3.92
DRIB 4
Broken Sword Hero 3
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Call Me by Your Name 4
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3.88
Lady Bird 4.31
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
Hostiles 4
Endless, The 4.86
Claire's Camera 4
Thelma 3.71
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lu Over the Wall 4
Death of Stalin, The 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
You Were Never Really Here 4
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Quiet Place, A 4.13
Blockers 3.29
Isle of Dogs 4
Final Portrait 5
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"Top-notch."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: "Top Knot Detective" is a whole heck of a lot better than the typical "fake pop-culture spoof", for a lot of little reasons. That is generally the way these things work: It's not necessarily easy to come up with a fun idea for a mock-documentary, but it's also not exactly hard, and the gap between the obviously dumb and obviously brilliant ones is thin; enthusiastic improv can spin that into enough material that the filmmakers will need to cut down rather than pad out most of the time. It's the folks who consistently make the silly bits engaging or show that there is an actual plan without seeming to rein themselves in that create something worth a look." (more)
CLAIRE'S CAMERA
"Doesn't entirely point its camera inward, and so finds a bit of life."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Cannes has become so associated with its film festival that just setting a movie there seems to warp perception of it and the people involved; it becomes part of this insular world that means something to filmmakers and influential critics who perhaps don't realize how many people it can leave on the outside. "Claire's Camera" mostly avoids that - it's set in that world and in many ways about it, but not so much so that it loses its basic charm." (more)
LET THE CORPSES TAN
"Prettier than the typical action movie - and louder!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: "Let the Corpses Tan" isn't the same sort of ultra-violence as high art as other films you might describe that way - it's more about the striking image than the impeccable choreography, the sort of thing that you can screen-capture and show to someone who doesn't necessarily go for big action rather than the clips you dissect looking for cuts and doubling. Fortunately, it's in the hands of some of the best in the business at creating striking images and just enough to stitch them together, and they're happy to dispense with subtlety." (more)
RAMPAGE (2018)
"Where Is Bert I. Gordon When You Need Him?"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although the credits for “Rampage” remind you that the film is at least technically based on the popular arcade game that ate up many a loose quarter back in the Eighties, any film fan with a basic working knowledge of films involving giant monsters stomping familiar cities into rubble while square-jawed heroes try to figure out a way to save the day in the ta-daa nick of time will recognize it as being more of an antecedent of the 1957 schlock movie classic, for lack of a better word, “Beginning of the End.” In that film, for those of you whose childhoods were filled with fresh air and the like, scientific experiments into making things really big have the detrimental side effect of making a swarm of grasshoppers grow to enormous size and inspire a wave of destruction that eventually culminates with them attacking Chicago. In terms of quality, let it be said that it more than earned its placement in the pantheon of B movies that found themselves being skewered on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”—the story was preposterous, the dialogue more so, the acting was more wooden than the sets and the visual effects were not so much “special” as “deeply dubious.” (The aforementioned attack on Chicago, for example, was staged by getting some regular-sized grasshoppers and filming them walking on top of photos of notable landmarks like the Wrigley Building—a gimmick that might have worked were it not for the moment when a grasshopper steps off the building and seems to hang there in thin air.) However, for all of its faults, the film does still have a certain junky charm to it, especially for anyone living in Chicago, and as bad as it is, people still remember it more than 60 years after its first release while so many other titles from that era have slipped from the cultural consciousness. “Rampage” essentially takes the formula established by that film, adds untold millions to the production budget and comes up with something that matches “Beginning of the End” in virtually all the particulars I cited above—except, alas, for the stuff about the junky charm and being memorable." (more)
MY NAME IS MYEISHA
"Tries to stretch a few minutes into a movie, and can you blame it?"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: It's a challenge to build a feature-length film around a specific, brief incident; the options generally seem to be providing enough background to lead up to it (and risk swallowing the important moment) and pointedly attacking it from different perspectives in a way that risks making the audience numb to the moment. "My Name Is Myeisha" tries to do a little of both, and there's no doubt that, by the end, the audience can feel the filmmakers stretching, although many will find themselves not exactly begrudging it that extension." (more)
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING
"All of the Robots and Monsters, None of the Fun"
1 stars
alejandroariera says... "I think I owe Guillermo del Toro an apology after having seen "Pacific Rim: Uprising." Yes, Guillermo, I was way too harsh on my original review of "Pacific Rim." Yes, I found the dialogue in "Pacific Rim" goofy and dumb and I missed the lyrical touches of your best films. But, man, your film was still fun! Today, whenever I stumble upon it while flipping through channels at home, I can’t help but stop and watch it for at least ten minutes regardless of the scene I stumble into, whether it’s that glorious shot of the Jaeger dragging a cargo ship to later use it as baseball bat on one of your Lovecraftian Kaijus or that equally beautiful shot of the very young Mako Kori standing alone, in the debris-filled streets of her city, staring upwards at the Jaeger piloted by Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). You may be the producer of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" but what director Steven S. De Knight (better known for his work on the Starz series "Spartacus") and his three co-writers –Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin– have done to your original vision is more than shameful." (more)
WRINKLE IN TIME, A
"A Literary Wrinkle Flattened By The Blockbuster Iron."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I suppose that I should confess upfront before getting into the eagerly awaited film version of “A Wrinkle in Time” that I have never read the award-winning 1962 science-fantasy book by Madeline L’Engle on which it was based. This is not meant to be a slam on the book by any means—fantasy fiction has never been one of my favorite literary areas and when I was 10, which is probably the optimum age for reading it, and reading way beyond my years, I was too busy trying to puzzle out exactly what happened during the driveway scene in “The World According the Garp”—and I know plenty of people who have themselves read and cherished it over the years. Therefore, I cannot really answer the question of how the film is in comparison to the book in any way. However, I can tell you what the film is like judged strictly on its own terms and merits and in that regard, it is an unmitigated disaster of such epic proportions that it almost—almost—begins to exert a strange sort of fasciation as you ponder whether it is just a massive botch of an adaptation or if generations of readers have been wrong all along and the story was crap right from the get-go." (more)
GATEWAY, THE
"There's probably a slightly (but crucially) better version in another world"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: "The Gateway" (also called "Alpha Gateway" because there's a good chance your cable company lists its pay-per-view options alphabetically) is a reasonably capable parallel-worlds bit of science fiction that relies an awful lot on security procedures being terribly lax in all versions of Australia, even the paranoid violent one. It's the kind of thriller that simultaneously hopes you'll be impressed by its twists and not notice the really questionable things necessary to get to them, but at least it's got a decent-enough cast to make the good bits work." (more)
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