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Wailing, The 5
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Love & Friendship 4.46
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TITLE RATING
Warcraft 1
High-Rise (2015) 1
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 1
Genius 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Hysteria 3.13
Rubberneck 2.38
Side by Side 3.86
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
24 Exposures 4
Discopathe 3
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
Garden of Words, The 5
Lady Assassin, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Enemy 4.14
12 Years a Slave 3.57
Green Inferno, The 3.91
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
About Time 2
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
12 Years a Slave 3.57
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Stranger by the Lake 4
Big Bad Wolves 5
Motel Life, The 2.86
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Midnight Special 3.7
Arbalest, The 1
And Punching the Clown 5
Keanu 4.14
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Room 3
Brahman Naman 4
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Love & Friendship 4.46
Eyes of My Mother, The 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
Blade Runner 4.29
Ex Machina 3.94
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
They Live 3.64
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.7
Where to Invade Next 3.57
Genius 1
Sairat (Wild) 5
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Embers 4.14
Wailing, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Hollars, The 4
High-Rise (2015) 1
Embers 4.14
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
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Life, Animated 5
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INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
"Or As Mae Whitman Might Say, "Phew!""
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Truth be told, the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day” was not a particularly great movie by any stretch of the imagination and while it has been years since I have revisited it, I have a sneaky suspicion that it probably has not exactly withstood the test of time either. That said, the alien invasion/disaster movie hybrid did strike a chord with audiences around the world back in the day thanks to the quirky performances from Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum as two of humanity’s more unlikely saviors, elaborate action sequences that saw such familiar locales as the White House being destroyed in an orgy of noisy visual effects and an undeniably effective ad campaign that made it the must-see film of that summer. However, I can’t say that there was anything about the film that suggested the need for a sequel (I would have much preferred a continuation of “Mars Attacks,” the wildly underrated Tim Burton alien invasion goof that came out a few months later and served as an unintentional spoof of everything that the earlier film held sacred) to anyone other than NewsCorp stockholders. Of course, a little thing like being patently unnecessary has never stopped most sequels from being made but upon seeing “Independence Day: Resurgence,” even the loyal fans of the original are liable to be outraged by the sheer shoddiness of the goods that they have been served this time around. Hell, there are SyFy Channel movies that have been put together with more care and concern than this one even tries to muster." (more)
NEON DEMON, THE
"Squad Ghouls"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Over the first decade or so of his directorial career, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn slowly established himself on the international movie scene with such works as the violent crime drama “Pusher” and its two sequels, the violent biopic “Bronson” and the violent Viking saga “Valhalla Rising” before having his big breakthrough with 2011’s “Drive.” Although the film owed more than a little bit to the works of such noted genre auteurs as Michael Mann and Walter Hill, it enough things going for it—a slick visual style, a soulful turn from Ryan Gosling as an antihero willing to jeopardize his life for the sake of a woman he barely knows and a standout performance from Albert Brooks, cast way against type as an alternating hilarious and terrifying crime boss—to become a moderate hit and to greatly expand Refn’s fanbase, who were now eager to see what he would come up with next. That, alas, turned out to be “Only God Forgives” (2013), a savagely violent and staggeringly pretentious Bangkok-set drama about a drug smuggler (Gosling) pressed by his monstrous mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) to avenge the murder of his brother—a guy whose own depravations included the grisly slaughter of a 13-year-old prostitute, mind you. This was the kind of disaster that was so wrong in so many ways that it almost confirmed the belief among Refn’s more ardent fans that he was actually some kind of genius—after all, an ordinary hack would never have dared to dream up something like that film in the first place, let alone convince people to put up the money to shoot it and appear in it. It was such a commercial and critical disaster—even his proponents had difficulties justifying its existence—that it seemed to serve as a kind of deck clearer that would help set the stage for his next film without laboring under the expectations of his previous works." (more)
FINDING DORY
"Happy we’ll be…beyond the aquatic park"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "Outside “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3” —which I really don’t consider sequels at all as they are part of a much larger story about growing up and away from childhood— the Pixar studios have pretty much struck out when it comes to sequels. “Cars 2” was pretty much an excuse for Disney and Pixar to launch a new line of merchandise and tie-in items; and “Monsters University” may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but its story of how Mike and Sulley met in college turned out to be an obnoxious, unfunny and unnecessary prequel to the far superior and heartfelt “Monsters, Inc.” So, as a critic and as a fan of Pixar, I proceeded with caution as I put on my 3D glasses and let the first images of “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” wash over me. And even though “Finding Dory” follows the same narrative template of its predecessor and lacks its sense of wonder, its treatment of a subject matter rarely explored in commercial animation is handled sensibly and with a lot of heart: how to raise a child with a learning disability and how, as an adult, that child learns to live with that disability." (more)
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"Searching For The Blue Tang Clan"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Over the years, Pixar Animation has excelled at any number of things but when it comes to making sequels to their films, the results have been uneven at best. Yes, the two followups to “Toy Story” proved to be just as good, if not better, than the 1995 original but others like “Cars 2” and “Monsters University” felt like ripoffs that were made for no other reason than to sell a half-billion or so each in tickets without putting much effort into doing so. “Finding Dory,” the sequel to their beloved 2003 hit “Finding Nemo,” winds up landing somewhere in between those two extremes. On the one hand, it is bright, funny and exciting and even contains a few moments of genuinely touching emotional power to boot. On the other hand, it is a film that is being asked to continue a story that ended on such a perfectly satisfying note 13 years ago that any further continuation would seem superfluous at best. In essence, it is a perfectly decent film that is undermined only by the inescapable fact that it never quite justifies its own existence as anything other than a much-needed boon to Disney stockholders in the wake of the critical and commercial disaster of Pixar’s previous effort, “The Good Dinosaur.”" (more)
ME BEFORE YOU
"Million Dollar Baby, Three Dollar Script"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Me Before You” is a film that is almost certainly destined to go down as this generation’s equivalent of “Pretty Woman.” If that quote seems slightly more blurb-happy that usual from me, it should be noted that this is a sentiment that cuts both ways. I suspect that as one of the few full-on screen romances in a summer filled with superhero extravaganzas and other such spectacles, it may well attract otherwise underserved audiences looking for something relatively free of explosions or origin stories and the incredibly charming and winning central performance from Emilia Clarke should see her transcend from her cult status as the bold and fearless Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones” to that of a full-on movie star in much the same way that Julia Roberts did when she strapped on those thigh-high boots once upon a time. She makes for such a delightful presence here that, like Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” she almost manages to distract from the fact that her performance is in the service of a story that is a cheesy and cliche-driven soap opera at its best moments and a morally and ethically challenged monstrosity that tries to take potentially troubling material and sugar coat it as a way to avoid dealing with the real world issues that it inevitably raises as a result." (more)
AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIME$ OF DJ AM
"This. Movie. Is. ALIVE."
5 stars
Jason Whyte says... "It is rare for a documentary to completely capture the spirit of not only the music but the era around it, but here we are with the documentary AS I AM: THE LIFE & TIMES OF D.J . AM, a stunning piece of work from filmmaker Kevin Kerslake that perfectly captures an era of music through the eyes of a spirited and legendary individual that is forever immortalized in a fascinating visual and aural design." (more)
MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS, A
"Getting decent health care is a battle."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "As a strong proponent of the seventy-five minute thriller, I would likely approve of "A Monster with a Thousand Heads" even if it didn't turn out to be a quietly twisty film that is not just admirably compact, but which also uses that efficiency to keep a familiar story feeling new." (more)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
"Good in both past, present, and future."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The future is just as much a part of our lives as the past, but it often makes storytellers wary. Who wants to remembered for guessing wrong on details, let alone major happenings? Is risky, but sometimes your story has to extend that far in order to fully express what is teller is getting at, the way "Mountains May Depart" ("Shan he gu ren" in Mandarin) does. Its unconventional third act is not all that makes it an intriguing and noteworthy drama, though it is an essential part of the story." (more)
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