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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Handmaiden, The 5
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
In A Valley of Violence 4.5
Shin Godzilla 4.43
Creepy 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Bad Santa 2 1.29
Nocturnal Animals 1.5
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
Arrival 2.93
Love Witch, The 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Resolution 4
Burn 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Revenge for Jolly! 1
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Confession of Murder 3
V/H/S/2 4
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
Vessel (2013) 3.14
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Past, The 5
Art of the Steal, The 3
Joe 4.5
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Her 4.38
12 Years a Slave 3.57
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Le Week-End 3.71
Missing Picture, The 4
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Argento's Dracula 4.14
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Love & Friendship 4.46
Under the Shadow 5
Life, Animated 5
Certain Women 4.14
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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
Embers 4.14
High Treason 4.14
Idiocracy 4.21
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Reconnoiter 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Creepy 4.14
Red Christmas 5
Kidnap Capital 5
Wailing, The 5
Skiptrace (2016) 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
High-Rise (2015) 1
Under the Shadow 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
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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
In A Valley of Violence 4.5
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.63
I Am Not A Serial Killer 5
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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
Deepwater Horizon 3
Loving (2016) 4
Blair Witch 2.7
Land of the Gods (Dev Bhoomi) 4
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raw 4
Dark Song, A 4
Handmaiden, The 5
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Arrival 2.93
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
Certain Women 4.14
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
Raw 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Handmaiden, The 5
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.93
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Hacksaw Ridge 4
Jackie 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.93
Sully 4.22
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jackie 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.93
Jackie 4
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raw 4
First Blood 4.38
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
Antibirth 4
Split Image 2
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4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Tales of the supernatural naturally tend to rely on a lot of hand-waving when it comes to details, both because their audiences often kind of want things to be able to come out of nowhere and because more detail will inevitably bump up against the audience's basic suspension of disbelief, because this stuff isn't real and each bit of explanation is a potential spot where the viewer no longer buys it. It's especially tricky when the movie needs an expert who can't really show his or her expertise beyond results, at least most of the time. That "A Dark Song" attempts to buck that tend, building a whole movie around the process and logic of working with the supernatural, would make it interesting even if it wasn't also a tense drama." (more)
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"Plenty gross, but also plenty interesting."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTERFEST 2016: There's a last-scene reveal to "Raw" that, as well-done as it is, seems to run counter to the way the rest of the film works: If this is meant to shock and surprise, then why has everything else been so casual, so willing to play the horror as something that is simply not spoken about between the characters? It's an indecisiveness that often frustrates, because writer/director Julia Ducournau often seems to be onto something great with her horrific twist on the coming-of-age story." (more)
BAD SANTA 2
"Ho-Ho-Horrible. . ."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "This year, holiday depression has a name—and a running time—and that name is “Bad Santa 2,” the patently unnecessary and desperately unfunny sequel to the hilariously vulgar 2003 comedy that went on to become a cult favorite among those who rather stick their nether regions in a box fan than sit through “White Christmas” again. Sadly, even that would doubtlessly prove to have more entertainment value than this bummer." (more)
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
"Uncomfortable truths impressively presented."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "No matter the size or seriousness of a topic, if it is something to which its chronicler has a personal connection, then that account will almost inevitably reveal as much about the author as the subject itself; the personal is hard to escape. Had James Baldwin finished "Remember This House", his book on the Civil Rights movement and the three assassinations that punctuated it in the 1960s during his lifetime, that almost certainly would have been the case, and part of what makes "I Am Not Your Negro" so good is that director Raoul Peck runs with this rather than trying to stick with what Baldwin originally tried to create, a decision that retains his distinctive voice even while reminding the viewer that this was and is a people's struggle for a ideal rather than the string of individual triumphs and tragedies to which it is often reduced." (more)
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"Scratch, scratch, scratch."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "We get it by now: Rob Zombie loves the grotesque excesses of the grindhouse flicks of his youth, and he has dedicated his filmmaking career (and a good portion of his music career) to genuflecting to the disreputable gore, T&A, and general nastiness of those films." (more)
FOUND FOOTAGE 3D
"Pokes at horror conventions well enough to get some good blood and guts."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 BOSTON TERRORTHON: Half the joke with "Found Footage 3D" is that if one half of the title doesn't represent what you think is wrong with horror movies today, the other probably does, and combining them should make a film that pleases nobody. Of course, doing so indicates a self-aware spoof, which is kind of another thing horror doesn't need more of, and while this may all seem to indicate that pulling it all together is a bad, inherently doomed idea, it's also opportunity for a clever filmmaker to pull what works from all of this together into a fun project." (more)
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
""Peculiar" is not the same as "interesting"."
2 stars
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