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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The 4.43
Dragged Across Concrete 4.27
Greta 4.2
Ash Is Purest White 4

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Dumbo (2019) 2
Triple Threat 2.56
Hellboy (2019) 2.67
Shazam 2.83
Climax 2.88

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
2 Days in New York 3.15
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Revisionaries, The 4
Marvel's The Avengers 4.3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You're Next 3.56
Rooftop, The 4
Bounty Killer 4
Doomsdays 5
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Green Inferno, The 3.83
Blue Ruin 4.44
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Omar 4.57
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Alan Partridge 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Raze 2.43
Labor Day (2013) 1
Heli 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Wiener-Dog 2
Hollars, The 4
Operation Avalanche 4
Life, Animated 5
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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
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Native (2016) 5
Einstein's God Model 3
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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
Monsters and Men 3
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Revenge (2018) 3.71
Beast (2018) 3
We the Animals 4
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World Before Your Feet, The 4
Final Portrait 5
Support The Girls 4
Ajin: Demi-Human 4
Ranger, The 5
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eighth Grade 4
First Reformed 5
On Chesil Beach 3
Beast (2018) 3
Leave No Trace 4.63
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Nightmare Cinema 2
Fortress, The (2017) 3
Scythian, The (aka The Last Warrior) 4
Chained for Life 4
What a Man Wants 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fahrenheit 11/9 4
Image Book, The 4
Life Itself (2018) 1
White Boy Rick 3
Widows 3.33
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ash Is Purest White 4
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold War (2018) 4
Border 5
Hate U Give, The 4
Wildlife 3
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 4.57
Halloween (2018) 3.33
Climax 2.88
Donnybrook 1
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mary, Queen of Scots (2018) 4.13
Bird Box 2
Relaxer 2
Her Smell 5
Stan & Ollie 4.5
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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HELLBOY (2019)
"Without sequels, just an inferior reboot."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's kind of a shame that this relaunch of "Hellboy" didn't light up the box office, not because it's a particularly good movie which deserves success - it isn't - but because the chance of sequels and spin-offs was the best argument for starting fresh rather than having Guillermo del Toro direct another one to complete his trilogy. There's just enough potential here that you could see it getting refined into something better with another bite at the apple, but now it can't help but be seen as anything other than a misguided disappointment." (more)
HER SMELL
"How Dirty Girls Get Clean"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The year is still relatively young, I suppose, but is hard to think that there will be a more discomfiting cinematic experience this year that “Her Smell,” writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s brutally visceral drama that introduces viewers to a character that most viewers will write off as a spectacularly vain and self-absorbed monster after only a few minutes and then unsparingly observes her in unsparing detail as she goes completely off the rails thanks to a toxic combination of drugs, ego and neediness and then as she struggles to come to terms with everything that she lost along the way. For many viewers, it will all simply be too much—and at 135 minutes, it may strike others as too much of too much—but for those who are able to endure it all, his portrait of a toxic and self-destructive personality crisis writ large is a strangely compelling affair that is anchored by one of the most hellaciously go-for-broke performances that you will likely encounter on the big screen anytime soon." (more)
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
"It Follows"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Man, what a difference a year makes. it was just about this time last year that the anticipation level for “Under the Silver Lake,” the mysterious new film from David Robert Mitchell (his first since the release of his indie horror hit “It Follows”), hit a fever pitch when it became one of the two U.S. films to play in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, the word after the premiere was not particularly good and while some critics found some interesting things about it, many dismissed it as a weird and unfocused misfire from a talented filmmaker who had bitten off far more than he could possibly chew. After that, things quickly went downhill as its distributor decided to delay its summer release until Christmastime amidst rumors that Mitchell was working on a reedit. Then it was mysteriously yanked from the Christmas schedule at the last minute and disappeared from view until it was recently announced that the entire release of what was once considered to be a big-ticket item had been reduced to a grand total of two theaters this weekend followed by it hitting VOD this coming Tuesday." (more)
CHAPERONE, THE (2019)
"Slight, but with two very charming performances."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Chaperone" is cheerier and more effervescent than it sometimes seems like it should be; it tells the story of a woman who finds happiness and otherwise makes a less-than-ideal situation better in small, pragmatic ways in a way that's faithful to its 1922 setting despite the modern instinct to want more confrontation and a sharper edge. This movie is pleasant and accommodating even when it seems like it maybe shouldn't be, but that's hardly a mark against it - it's a modestly delightful story that makes a virtue out of finding the best way to look at difficult situations." (more)
MISSING LINK
"Charming, beautiful, just generally well-done."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There were only a handful of people in the theater for a 3D screening of "Missing Link" on a Sunday evening two days after it opened, and while there are potential reasons for sparse attendance in the description, I'm starting to wonder what more Laika has to do to get people to come out for their movies. "Missing Link" is, as is customary with this company's productions, whimsically designed, big-hearted, impeccably voiced, precisely and beautifully filmed one frame at a time, and just generally everything one might wish a movie for the whole family to be. What else do these guys have to do?" (more)
HAIL SATAN?
"Come for shenanigans, stay for principle (or vice versa)."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 21: The question mark in the title of "Hail Satan?" does not truly indicate any sort of uncertainty; it is never unclear what sort of conclusions director Penny Lane wants the audience to draw where the Satanic Temple is concerned. Instead, it serves as the same sort of rhetorical device as the Temple itself - a quick, visible way to at least attempt reorienting one's perspective on something that can easily be taken for granted because it's so entrenched. It's a successful gambit, a good initial indication of how good both the film and its subject are at getting attention and making a point." (more)
MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, THE
"The Windmills Of His Mind"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Whatever else one might have to say about the current state of contemporary cinema, one has to feel some small degree of excitement at the recent appearance of legendary titles that many observers figured that they would never actually see in their lifetime. Last fall saw the release of Orson Welles’s infamous “The Other Side of the Wind,” a work that had gone unseen for decades for numerous complicated reasons. Last week saw the kickoff of the release of “Amazing Grace,” a stunning concert film featuring Aretha Franklin that was shot in 1972 and shelved, first for technical reasons and then, once those were finally deal with, because Franklin inexplicably refused to sign off on its release. At this point, if the announcement of this year’s Cannes lineup included the world premiere of “The Day the Clown Cried,” I wouldn’t be half-surprised. The latest infamous title to finally arrive in theaters (however briefly, as we shall see) is “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a passion project that Terry Gilliam, whose difficulties in getting his films made over the years have been so pronounced that even those who don’t believe in curses may find themselves wondering if there is a voodoo doll out there with his name on it." (more)
SHAZAM
"Captain Marvel-Less"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Shazam!,” the latest superhero epic to spring forth from the pages of DC Comics in the hopes of challenging the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe for supremacy at the box-office, is trying to do two things at once—it is trying to be a cheerfully goofball entertainment that will stand in blessed relief to such dour recent DC efforts as “Batman vs. Superman,” “Justice League” and the abysmal “Suicide Squad” and it is trying to be an action spectacular for those who are either unfamiliar with the central character or know just enough of his backstory to look upon him as some kind of joke in comparison to the more well-established superhero characters out there. This is roughly the same position that they found themselves in a few months ago with the undersea epic “Aquaman” and while I did not care for the end result very much, I will grudgingly accept the fact that it did work for a lot of people and the sheer weirdness of the entire enterprise perhaps warrants a second look at some point down the road. In the case of “Shazam!,” however, I suspect that additional viewings will not be necessary because while “Aquaman” was strange enough to stick in the mind, there is precious little to this one that will do the same. For a film like this to work, it needs to find the right tone and stick with it throughout and while there are sporadic moments when it does just that, there are far too many other moments when it just flits about aimlessly without demonstrating any particular reason for its existence." (more)
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