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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
Dealt 5
Blade Runner 2049 4.4
Happy Death Day 4.14
Super Dark Times 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Hitman's Bodyguard, The 1.82
Simran 2
Sinking City: Capsule Odyssey, The 2
LEGO Ninjago Movie, The 3
Battle of the Sexes 3

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
Battle of the Sexes 3
Mother! 3.7
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Rubberneck 2.38
Fairhaven 3.5
Revisionaries, The 4
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missionary (2013) 4
Key of Life 4
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
Zombie Hunter 2
Love Eternal 4.8
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Hell 5
Endless, The 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Super Dark Times 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 5
Art of the Steal, The 3
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Railway Man, The 3
What Is Cinema? 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.79
Omar 4.57
Alan Partridge 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Alan Partridge 4
Despite the Gods 4
Contracted 1.5
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Swiss Army Man 4
Under the Shadow 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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 4.27
Pitch Black 3.56
They Live 3.6
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.7
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
Gook 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brigsby Bear 5
XX 2
Lady Macbeth 3.54
Wind River 4.75
Berlin Syndrome 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
MFA 3
Baby Driver 3.88
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Hounds of Love 5
Honor Farm, The 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Southland Tales 4.03
Dark Song, A 4
68 Kill 4
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Little Hours, The 5
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3
Tormenting the Hen 2
Stumped 4
Gook 5
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2017 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Battle of Memories 3
Extraordinary Mission 3
Love and Other Cults 4
Villainess, The 4
Mon Mon Mon Monsters 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
God Told Me To 2.91
Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1939) 4
Wild Blood 1
Senior Class, The 3
November (2017) 5
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
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3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Rape-revenge films are kind of nasty things, although this one at least had that it was written and directed by women going for it. That at least makes things a little less creepy and exploitative, if not necessarily different but one can perhaps watch it without second-guessing it so much. It's easier to watch a scene where a woman is painting naked as a sign of reclaiming her own agency where physicality is concerned and feel like that's actual intentions rather than an excuse that way, for sure, although it's still not the most creative way to tell this story." (more)
FOREIGNER, THE (2017)
"Doesn't actually NEED Jackie Chan, but benefits greatly by his presence."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That "The Foreigner" could likely function almost as well without his title character is either its main weakness or what makes it interesting: It's a fine IRA thriller with a potentially game-changing wild card, and though it does not play that card quite as often as it might, that very fact can sometimes keep the audience off-balance as much as it provides expected thrills." (more)
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"A fine if too staid portrait of a porn artist."
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4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's an old-man part of me that is inclined to grumble about how "Happy Death Day" never really spends a whole lot of time on the whys of its time-loop plot, chalking it up to kids raised on video games just taking the idea of multiple lives for granted (at least, until realizing that the people actually making the movie are a generation older and grew up playing the same Atari 2600s I did). That's the part of this particular movie the audience has to just go with, but when you put that aside, there's still a fun scary movie underneath, one that arguably hides its clever construction well enough to come off as enjoyably dumb fun." (more)
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"78 set-ups, 52 cuts, 1 classic scene."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Do we really need an entire 90-minute documentary on the shower scene in "Psycho"? No, but then again, we don't need a lot of things that turn out to be pretty interesting, and "Psycho" was a pivotal moment in film history, with the shower scene one that absolutely everybody who has seen it remembers. You could spend a lot more than this time breaking it down - Hitchcock did take a full week to shoot that minute or so of film, after all, and then there was editing and music and all that, so there was thought put into it, and unpacking what seem like thought processes is usually worth doing." (more)
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"Ouch"
4 stars
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STRONGER
"A Step Above."
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that every time a movie comes along that purports to tell the inspirational true story of someone triumphing over incredible odds, especially if the narrative somehow involves a great tragedy, the hairs on my neck begin to rise. For actors, such films are catnip because there are few things more likely to attract the attention of Oscar voters, especially if some kind of debilitating physical impairment is thrown into the mix as well. That is all well and good for them but I have begun to develop a genuine distaste for such things over the years for a variety of reasons—the stories all tend to be the same in the broad sense, the actors seem more interested in replicating the physical actions of the characters than in inhabiting them emotionally and, perhaps most importantly, the films tend to straddle the line between relatable drama and naked exploitation and more often than not end up leaning towards the latter. However, when such a film is done well and with dignity and intelligence, I am perfectly capable of responding to it in a favorable manner and that is the case with “Stronger.” On the surface, it may look like the usual slice of vaguely nurturing and somewhat enervating Oscar bait but in the hands of the wonderful filmmaker David Gordon Green, it becomes a film that is acutely aware of both the pitfalls and cathartic pleasures inherent in this type of storytelling and does a very good job of largely avoiding the former and arriving at the latter in an honest and entertaining manner." (more)
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