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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
My Life as a Zucchini 5
John Wick: Chapter Two 5
I Am Not Your Negro 5
LEGO Batman Movie, The 4.43
Kong: Skull Island 4.1

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Fifty Shades Darker 1
Belko Experiment, The 1.89
XX 2
Song to Song 2
Beauty and the Beast (2017) 2.88

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
2 Days in New York 3.15
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Playroom, The 3
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Key of Life 4
After School Midnighters 3
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.88
Omar 4.57
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Philomena 4.17
Metalhead 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Captain Phillips 4.23
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Book Thief, The 3
Despite the Gods 4
Major, The 5
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wiener-Dog 2
Love & Friendship 4.46
Hollars, The 4
Under the Shadow 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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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
Gremlins 4.29
High Treason 4.14
Big Ass Spider! 4
Arrowhead (2016) 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Demon 4
Red Christmas 5
Abattoir 1
Lazy Hazy Crazy 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
High-Rise (2015) 1.5
Kate Plays Christine 2
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
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
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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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
Age of Shadows, The 5
Handmaiden, The 5
I, Daniel Blake 1
I Am Not Your Negro 5
Free Fire 5
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Handmaiden, The 5
Red Turtle, The 5
Arrival 3.2
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
20th Century Women 5
Elle 4
Certain Women 4.14
I, Daniel Blake 1
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Elle 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
La La Land 3
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Arrival 3.2
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Jackie 4
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Arrival 3.2
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Patriots Day 5
Red Turtle, The 5
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.2
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
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
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Psychonauts 4
First Blood 4.38
Safe Neighborhood 3
Windmill Massacre, The 3
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Song to Song 2
Free Fire 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
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Peter Sobczynski says... "Terrence Malick is a filmmaker who has provided me with some of the most stunning and transporting moments that I have ever experienced in a movie theater, both as a critic and as an ordinary audience member. “Badlands” (1973), loosely inspired by the 1958 killing spree of Charles Starkweather, remains one of the most powerful and unforgettable debuts from any director and his 1978 followup “Days of Heaven” found him taking a standard narrative of love, jealousy and betrayal and transforming it into a stunning, one-of-a-kind example of pure visual poetry. After taking a 20-year sabbatical from the world of film that helped to solidify his legend, he returned with his cinematic genius undiminished with a sprawling adaptation of James Jones’ World War II novel “The Thin Red Line” (1998) and “The New World” (2005), his myth-deflating take on the story of Pocahontas and her relationship with the newcomers who settled her lands and helped to destroy her people while making her in a historical symbol in the process before culminating with “The Tree of Life” (2011), an astonishing and deeply personal work in which he combined elements taken from his own life growing up in Texas in the 1950s, themes that had been exploring throughout his entire career (ranging from parent-child conflicts to man’s continued search for grace and deliverance in a world where such things seem to have passed us by) and moments of pure audacity (such as taking a break in the early going to literally travel back to the beginning of time to bear witness to the creation of the universe up to the period when dinosaurs roamed the land) into a work that is not only Malick’s masterpiece to date but one of the finest films to emerge in this new century." (more)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
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3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Once upon a time, back in those long-ago days before cable and the various home video delivery systems, Walt Disney Studios had an ingenious method for maximizing their library of films for maximums profits by rereleasing their classic animated films every seven years or so for new generations of moviegoers to enjoy. This lasted well into the VHS era but by the early 90s, this particular approach had pretty much run its course from a financial standpoint. Never one to leave a corporate asset alone when there is the possibility of squeezing an extra few hundred million dollars or so, Disney Studios has established a cottage industry of late in taking many of the best-known titles from its long legacy of animated film classics and remaking them in live-action with flesh-and-blood actors and elaborate CGI effects being deployed to retrace the originals. So far, we have seen new versions of the likes of “101 Dalmatians,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” (in which we learned the backstory of what made the villain of “Sleeping Beauty” so upset in the first place), “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book” and over the next few years, we will also get to see new takes on the likes of “Mulan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “The Lion King,” a “101 Dalmatians” prequel giving a “Maleficent”-style look at what made Cruella de Ville the monster that she became (which I guess means that it ends with Emma Stone discovering the joy of killing cute animals, which seems a tad bleak for the Happy Meal set) and, perhaps stupidest of all, a new take on “Dumbo” directed by Tim Burton, whose soulless version of “Alice in Wonderland” remains the single worst film of his entire career." (more)
BELKO EXPERIMENT, THE
"Office Face-Off"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There will almost certainly be worse movies released in 2017 than “The Belko Experiment”—there are new installments in the “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises on the way, after all—but they would be hard-pressed to fill me with as much sheer dislike as it has. A brainless bloodbath that is all the worse because it seems to think that it is far smarter and cleverer than it actually is, the ghastly blend of spurting gore, half-assed stabs at social satire, characters that would require at least a dozen page one rewrites to eventually reach the status of paper-thin and a dim worldview of anyplace not located within the continental United States, this film seems to exist only to answer the unasked question “What would “Office Space” have been like in the hands of Eli Roth?”" (more)
WAR ON EVERYONE
"Not McDonagh's best, but still pretty darn good."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "John Michael McDonagh has made a couple of downright terrific films in "The Guard" and "Calvary", and "War on Everyone" simply being pretty decent is enough to get one speculating as to whether he was being propped up by Brendan Gleeson or felt lost when the setting moved from Ireland to America. That, I think, is unfair; he’s made a funny movie, even if people don’t necessarily expect this particular sort of sharp wit in an American buddy cop thing." (more)
GET OUT
"I Woke Up Screaming"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "One of the great things about genre filmmaking—especially of the horror variety—is that as long as they remember to work in the requisite amounts of blood or bullets or whatever to satisfy the most basic of requirements, an enterprising director can utilize the familiar narrative tropes to comment and critique on real-world matters, often in more trenchant and insightful ways than a lot of the more overtly serious-minded movies being made at the same time. For example, when Tobe Hooper signed on to make a sequel to his horror classic “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” he and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson took the opportunity to make a film that had all the chainsawing that one could possibly hope for but that also took aim at such targets as the greed-is-good mentality of the Eighties and gun culture in ways far smarter and funnier than anyone might have rightly expected from a movie entitled “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2.” Likewise, Joe Dante’s “Masters of Horror” episode “Homecoming” might have seemed like just another zombie-oriented tale on the surface but it displayed a righteous anger to the war in Iraq and the policymakers that led us smack dab into it that was sorely lacking in most of the straight-faced dramas on the subject. Alas, these days, few films are willing to mix things up in such a way for fear of potentially alienating scores of moviegoers but one that proudly goes against the grain in that respect is “Get Out,” a movie that works very well as a horror film but which works even better as a corrosive social satire that has more to say about many of the key issues regarding race and culture than practically all of the films currently vying for the Best Picture Oscar." (more)
SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD
"Christmas Eve isn't the only trick this home invasion has up its sleeves."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Talking about something being fun when it comes to horror movies probably strikes non-fans as bizarre even at first glance, with trying to do so in specific terms raising the ante to alarming, and trying to do so without spoiling the surprises marking the speaker as completely insane. So, pardon me if this review of "Safe Neighborhood" makes me sound nuts, because my feeling conflicted on it being fun or not extends right down to the premise at its very core." (more)
MY FATHER DIE
"Well-heated Southern Pulp Gothic."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: The title of "My Father Die" may not be great in terms of English grammar, but in terms of describing the raw rage that drives the characters in this movie, it seems perfectly reasonable: The building blocks of what someone feels without all the formal niceties, ready for action (although I wonder if it’s close to how one might express an idea in American Sign Language). This movie gets overheated at times, but is committed enough to that temperature that it works out pretty well." (more)
FREE FIRE
"Nearly all great action, no filler."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Ben Wheatley has accumulated a cult fanbase by making films that strive to cut out the bits that aren’t in some way special, figuring that most people have seen enough movies to fill in the blanks or just go without if it means not seeing one more bloody scene of a local explaining his town’s weird history to the main character just because it’s going to play out later. At times, this gives his movies a thrill of discovery that they might not otherwise have; at its worst, this impulse can make movies like "High-Rise" seem perplexing and full of weirdos doing things at random. In "Free Fire", it makes for a mainstream action movie that just doesn’t mess around, letting a crazy gunfight expand to fill almost the entire running time without making the audience wait around for the good parts." (more)
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