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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Silence (2016) 5
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 4.19
Master (2016) 4.14
Sword Master 4
Jackie 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Collateral Beauty 1
Assassin's Creed 1
Wasted Times, The 2
Live By Night 2
Founder, The 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Sleepless Night 4.14
Hysteria 3.13
Playroom, The 3
Revisionaries, The 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shield of Straw 5
Machi Action 4
Complex, The 3
Drug War 5
Hatchet III 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Sacrament, The 3
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.85
Alan Partridge 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Big Bad Wolves 5
Missing Picture, The 4
Fifth Estate, The 2
Sacrament, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Kate Plays Christine 2
Life, Animated 5
Manchester by the Sea 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
Gremlins 4.29
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Skyquake 2
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Bad Cat 3
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Kickboxer: Vengeance 3
Conspiracy of Faith, A 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
High-Rise (2015) 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
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
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
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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) 3.63
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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
Monster Calls, A 3.14
Snowden 3
La La Land 3.89
Raw 4
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
Raw 4
Aloys 4
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Arrival 2.94
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
I, Daniel Blake 1
La La Land 3.89
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Handmaiden, The 5
We Are the Flesh 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.94
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.64
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Nocturnal Animals 1.46
Jackie 4
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
Arrival 2.94
Manchester by the Sea 3
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
Jackie 4
Prevenge 4
Moana 3.86
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.94
La La Land 3.89
Jackie 4
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
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 3.89
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Prevenge 4
Playground (2016) 3
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"Get them long before they get you."
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"Another Kore-eda family under intriguing strain."
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"Light satire with something stronger possibly hidden beneath."
3 stars
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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 trend, 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
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"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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