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Timbuktu 5
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Vice 1
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Running Man 1.63
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
2 Days in New York 3.15
Headshot 4
Hysteria 3.11
Revisionaries, The 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Raze 2.43
Secretly Greatly 3.8
Discopathe 3
Drug War 5
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Fake, The 3.71
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Belle 4.25
Ilo Ilo 4.75
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Square, The (2013) 4.89
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Nebraska 3.64
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Voyage 1
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
Sacrament, The 3.21
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2015 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Tribe, The (2014) 5
Witch, The 4
Wild Tales 2
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Foxcatcher 4.86
This is Where I Leave You 2.67
Nightcrawler 3.11
Spring 5
World of Kanako, The 4.14
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Babadook, The 3.78
Force Majeure 4.86
Imitation Game, The 3.91
Wild 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
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Wild Tales 2
Imitation Game, The 3.91
Foxcatcher 4.86
Rosewater 3
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
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Midnight Swim, The 3
Two Days, One Night 4
'71 4
Alleluia 5
Foxcatcher 4.86
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
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Sea Fog (Haemoo) 4.38
Wild Tales 2
Inherent Vice 4.53
Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga, The 5
Foxcatcher 4.86
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2014 Polish Film Festival in America MOVIES
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Ida 4.78
Immigrant, The 4.11
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2015 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
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Asco 5
I Am Thor 5
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2015 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
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Selma 5
Fifty Shades of Grey 1.88
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2015 Palm Springs Film Festival MOVIES
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Song One 3
Two Days, One Night 4
'71 4
Citizenfour 3
Selma 5
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2015 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
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Big Trouble in Little China 4.22
Snowpiercer 4.2
This Island Earth 3
Them! 4.32
Mythica: A Quest for Heroes 3
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2015 European Union Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Soul Boys of the Western World 3
Waste Land (2014) 2
Tip Top 4
Li'l Quinquin 5
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2015 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
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Astraea 5
Eadweard 5
Dirty Beautiful 5
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2015 Sun Valley Film Festival MOVIES
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Imperial Dreams 5
Cut Bank 5
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MAPS TO THE STARS
"Should have stayed off the map."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Hollywood stories can be self-indulgent or snide, depending on what sort of axes the people making them have to grind, rarely managing to hit the sweet spot in the middle. What they seldom are, though, is extraneous, but that's what happens with "Maps to the Stars" - there's one track that's a nifty little story with some potential. Whenever it gets into stuff that's specifically about the movie business, on the other hand, one can't help but be reminded that David Cronenberg used to make things far more original than this." (more)
SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL
"I'm not sure what's going on here, but it looks great."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Maybe the best way to describe "Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal" (to give it the full name that appears on-screen) is to imagine if Ray Harryhausen had been born in China, making the sort of weird fantasies that were popular in Hong Kong in the 1970s, only he had access to twenty-first century CGI and performance capture. It's rough and all over the place, but also a fair amount of fun." (more)
LA MALA, A
"Cute, not cruel."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There are a lot of romantic comedies that start from from premises as ludicrous as that of "A la Mala", but few of them do as well in selling that starting point. It's a goofy little thing, but it's got a cute couple at the center and makes enough nimble steps along the way to be a great deal of fun." (more)
FOCUS (2015)
"No "Maudlin's Eleven""
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""Focus" is a film in which Will Smith plays an ultra-slick con man who embarks on an elaborate scheme to relieve someone with more money than common sense of millions of dollars utilizing charm, bluster and a story that even the most gullible of individuals might find themselves questioning at times if it was put forth to them. (No, there is no truth to the rumor that it was originally intended to be titled "The Making of After Earth.") In theory, this sounds like it might have the makings for a reasonably diverting night at the movies but somewhere along the lines between conception and execution, something clearly went horribly wrong because the end result is a smug, soulless and deeply annoying contraption that spends too much time trying to throw its increasingly implausible narrative curveballs at the audience and not nearly enough time giving them a story or characters that they can invest enough interest in so that they can at least be somewhat surprised by the relentless rug-pulling on display." (more)
TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES
"Well, at least break-even in the skies."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a shiny new Shaw Brothers logo among the vanity cards before "Triumph in the Skies", likely because it's a spinoff of a TV show that ran on Hong Kong's TVB network, which was also founded by the late Sir Run Run Shaw, about ten years ago. It's the furthest thing from the grindhouse action that the name conjures for Western audiences, a slick modern-day drama that plays well enough for those who haven't seen the series and probably a bit better for those who have." (more)
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2
"Louper."
3 stars
Brett Gallman says... "Confession: I’ve seen “Hot Tub Time Machine” an absurd number of times during the past five years. Let's just say I've watched it more than I've watched anything else released during that time span. This is an important caveat to keep in mind when I say its follow-up is pretty funny in spite of itself." (more)
DUFF, THE
"a.k.a. Her?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""The Duff" is a film that wants to be two very different things--it wants to be a smart and super-snarky teen comedy in mode of "Heathers," "Mean Girls" and "Easy A" and it wants to be a super-sincere story dedicated to exposing the cruelties of cyber-bullying, the importance of being yourself and other sentiments more suited for a public service announcement than a night at the multiplex. Mind you, there two approaches are not inherently impossible to merge into one but to pull them both off would require some especially nimble and nuanced storytelling to navigate that exceedingly thin line between satire and sincerity without making a mess of things. Give the makers of "The Duff" some credit for not keeping viewers in suspense for too long because it pretty much trips over that line and makes a spectacular and spectacularly bad embarrassment of itself long before the running time as crossed over into double digits. Although it clearly wants to be seen as a corrective to the usual cynically contrived teen trash nonsense, this is a film that feels as if it was made by and for that infamous focus group that decided that Andie should go off with the loathsome-but-handsome Blaine instead of the slightly-less-loathsome-but-geeky Ducky at the end of "Pretty in Pink."" (more)
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"It's a gimmick, but it's a good one."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: Mock documentaries are inherently gimmick movies; it is a rare one that does not crash hard up against the form's limitations, and when that happens, it doesn't matter whether the disappointment comes from the filmmaker having to cheat or the presentation just fizzling out. "The History of Time Travel" inevitably paints itself into a corner, but unlike most cases, that's where it wants to be." (more)
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