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Roma (2018) 5
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TITLE RATING
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Robin Hood (2018) 1.86
Vox Lux 2
Bird Box 2
Airpocalypse 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Trishna 3.71
Resolution 4
Fairhaven 3.5
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Imaginaerum 3
Antisocial 4
Thermae Romae 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Proxy 2
12 Years a Slave 3.62
One Chance 3
All Cheerleaders Die 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Her 4.36
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Alan Partridge 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Motel Life, The 2.86
Voyage 1
Philomena 4.17
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Cameraperson 5
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
Ex Machina 3.97
Big Ass Spider! 4
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Reconnoiter 3.13
Mafia: Survival Game 1
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Catcher Was A Spy, The 2
Guilty, The (2018) 4
Death of Stalin, The 4
We the Animals 4
Madeline's Madeline 3.5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
People's Republic of Desire 4
Hereditary 3.3
Support The Girls 4
Unfriended: Dark Web 1
Hearts Beat Loud 2.43
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
On Chesil Beach 3
Guilty, The (2018) 4
Revenge (2018) 3.71
We the Animals 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arizona (2018) 2.86
Blonde Fury 3
Aragne: Sign of Vermillion 2
Under the Silver Lake 4
Hanagatami 3
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wildlife 3
Star is Born, A (2018) 3.9
Colette 4
Burning 5
Vox Lux 2
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 5
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.86
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 5
Rafiki 4
Favourite, The 4.86
Hate U Give, The 4
Front Runner, The 1
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 5
Halloween (2018) 3.4
Climax 4
Burning 5
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Book 4
Destroyer 3
Cold War (2018) 4
Relaxer 2
Roma (2018) 5
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"Not even a bad copy of an interesting original."
1 stars
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"A capable if seldom-surprising little thriller."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "For a movie opening in the early-January dumping ground, "Escape Room" is surprisingly competent. That is, obviously, a bit of damning with faint praise, especially since it's only a few months before people find it on streaming services and have no expectations based upon award-season and holiday cycles. They'll just see a thriller that chews up a hundred minutes without misstepping often enough to spoil anything." (more)
MOJIN: THE WORM VALLEY
"Something of a budget sequel, but still kind of fun."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a certain look to the actors who replace stars when a series goes from theaters to video or television (or, in this case, gets a budget cut): A little smaller, a little more blandly good-looking, wearing someone else's costumes and hairstyles, neither of which quite suits them. Every single person in "The Worm Valley" has this look, as does the film itself, and it probably doesn't matter whether you've seen the previous "Mojin" movie or not; this one's going to feel like a lesser copy of something." (more)
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
"Barry Jenkins continues to make extraordinary movies."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""If Beale Street Could Talk" is the sort of film that announces in the first couple of minutes that it's got a chance to be special and then never lets the audience down. Writer/director Barry Jenkins builds a warm cocoon of love around the viewers and characters, enough to make the less perfect examples shock, a bit, as well as remind one that sometimes you need that powerful love to counter pervasive hate. A character all but says as much at one point, and while that moment is not quite so polished as the rest of the film, you can't exactly fault it for having a character see what's going on." (more)
NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
"Miyazaki turns flipping papgers into alchemy."
4 stars
Lybarger says... "Much of the reason Hayao Miyazaki’s movies have been so rewarding is that they reflect their creator. They are a type of funhouse mirror of his own life. It’s certainly helpful that he’s a fascinating guy." (more)
WELCOME TO MARWEN
"Zemeckis's whole career has been leading to this, for better or worse."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I swear, this movie is Robert Zemeckis trolling every one of us who has grumbled about the latter portion of his career and how we wish he'd do more of the sort of comedic fantasy that made him his name. Instead, "Welcome to Marwen" not only seems to be a compilation of every questionable choice he's made since "Contact", but the climax practically taunts you with the reminder that, back in the 1980s, he made a damn near perfect movie. This doesn't get close to that high-water mark, but it may also be the most memorable thing Zemeckis has done in a good long time." (more)
BUMBLEBEE
"'Best Transformers Movie' may not be a high bar, but it's better than not."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Having bailed on the live-action "Transformers" movies after the first because it was just not my thing despite my 1980s fandom a few neat sequences, I can't describe "Bumblebee" as the best of the lot with particular authority, but I wouldn't be surprised: It scores more direct hits on its nostalgia targets while just being generally less of a mess and friendlier than Michael Bay's work, and it probably doesn't hurt to step back and do something simpler rather than trying to go bigger every few years. It's maybe not the best possible movie you could get from a studio trying to squeeze a little more out of a series based upon a 30-odd-year-old line of toys, but it's impressively competent and charming, which is not a bad way for a franchise with impressive box office but a bad reputation looking for a new direction to go." (more)
I AM A HERO
"A decent bit of zombie action that could have been even more."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I kind of expected the title if this to be a bit more ironic, both from what I've heard of the manga and the way the opening act played; my increasing unease with zombies and the rules that go with them becoming mainstream certainly had me hoping that the filmmakers would be doing something subversive. They don't, but the pretty much standard but well-done zombie action at least makes it one of the bigger and better takes on the material." (more)
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