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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Frank 5
Calvary 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
Land Ho! 4.56

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Into the Storm 1.38
Sex Tape 1.5
Rage (2014) 1.78

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Resolution 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Playroom, The 3
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Across the River 4
009 Re: Cyborg 4
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.88
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Fading Gigolo 3
Ida 5
Ilo Ilo 4.75
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
All Is Lost 4.53
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Her 4.08
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Fifth Estate, The 2
With You, Without You 3
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
Life Feels Good 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ernest & Celestine 4.86
Signal, The (2014) 1.88
Most Wanted Man, A 4.56
Ida 5
I, Origins 2.43
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Housebound 5
Calvary 5
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 4.56
Creep (2014) 5
Begin Again 3.84
We'll Never Have Paris 2
Break Point 4
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 4.56
Echo Park (2014) 4.5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
22 Jump Street 3.6
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
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
Public Enemy 3.88
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
From Vegas to Macau 2
Uzumasa Limelight 5
White Storm, The 4.14
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ghost in the Shell 4.32
Giovanni's Island 5
Hana-Dama: The Origins 2
Uzumasa Limelight 5
Inserts 1.33
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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
Alleluia 5
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 3.86
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.86
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
In Order of Disappearance 5
Man From Reno 5
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.86
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RAJA NATWARLAL
"For a Bollywood con artist movie, it's not outrageous enough."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you're inclined to see Indian movies as "a Bollywood take on X", then "Raja Natwarlal" is starting in a pretty good place, because "a Bollywood take on 'The Sting'" sounds like a lot of fun. Of course, "The Sting" doesn't exactly have a monopoly on this basic storyline, and this is still a serviceable enough take." (more)
CREEP (2014)
"Fiendishly funny found footage."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: My only issues with "Creep" have nothing whatsoever to do with the movie itself. First, there's the generic title - it's only been ten years since the movie by that name with Franka Potente - and word that two sequels are already planned. I don't know how that works. But look at the movie itself, and it's a work of minimalist near-perfection, tremendously funny and with just enough edge to be a legitimate thriller." (more)
KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT
"Okay once it gets started, but it's almost all getting started."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Sometimes, a movie spends so long introducing itself that it barely has time to do anything, which feels like the case for "Kundo: Age of the Rampant". I think it's because this movie wants so badly to be a Western, but while it takes place in the right era, the place isn't right, and trying to force it means the filmmakers have to explain a lot in a genre that is, at its best, almost instinctive." (more)
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
"The back door into the kingdom of the dead."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A few minutes into "As Above, So Below", I was snickering a bit as the heroine smashed an unspeakably old wall because she thought there might be something behind it, because that is some ridiculous Indiana Jones-style archaeology. This is immediately followed by the thought that mocking a movie for calling to mind some of one's favorites is pretty silly. This movie is kind of silly, too, but with a more enjoyably pulpy sensibility than the typical found-footage movie." (more)
NOVEMBER MAN, THE
"Pierce Brosnan finds the spy role he's meant to play."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The November Man" is, at times, an impressively taut spy thriller, clearly owing a debt to James Bond even if you put star Pierce Brosnan aside, though it plays up the murky, cynical aspects much better. But while it's pretty good, it's also a movie where the title can seem unclear even after someone has a line that starts with "we called you 'the November man' because". The filmmakers tends to use ambiguity for good more often than bad, and that's the line between an enjoyably nasty thriller and a potential classic of the genre." (more)
ME AND YOU
"Non Andare In Catina!"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If "Me and You" had be made by virtually any other filmmaker, I would have most likely written it off as an awkwardly contrived and executed minor-key melodrama and just left it at that. The problem with that is that it was directed and co-written by none other than the legendary Bernardo Bertolucci, the man behind such masterpieces as "The Conformist," "Last Tango in Paris," "1900" and "The Last Emperor," and not only is it his first feature film since 2004's "The Dreamers," it is the first film that he has made in his native Italian in over 30 years. With a pedigree like that, expectations are naturally raised in the heart of any serious moviegoer but the fact of the matter is that this is a disappointingly substandard work from a director whose very name conjures up, if not greatness, a sense of artistic ambition that is mostly lacking here." (more)
DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD
"More of the same, but the same is still Nazi zombies."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as I would tell many that Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkolka's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was an underrated bit of high-concept fun, I was not the biggest fan of his first international hit. That's a bit of a problem by some definitions of what it takes to give a movie a fair shake, as this sequel was definitely made to give those who liked "Dead Snow" more of that thing that they liked. It is that, although I give Tommy Wirkola plenty of credit in pushing it into being a "next step" rather than just a repeat." (more)
ANOTHER ME
"Not scary, and that's not enough."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Another Me" didn't look like much - a young-adult thriller that likely would have gone straight to video-on-demand but for a slow release week and the fact that the other line on star Sophie Turner's filmography is "Game of Thrones" - but Isabel Coixet as the person to adapt it to the screen is a strange enough choice to be interesting. Unfortunately, as much as the gamble of putting an art-house filmmaker in charge of a mainstream horror movie could pay off well, it can also turn out as dull and muddled as this one." (more)
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