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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Fantastic Woman, A 5
November (2018) 5
Annihilation 4.43
Black Panther 4.2
Till the End of the World 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Cloverfield Paradox, The 1
15:17 to Paris, The 1
Fifty Shades Freed 1.33
Commuter, The 1.63
All the Money in the World 1.88

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Suburbicon 2.22
Hostiles 4
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.77
Shape of Water, The 3.69
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 3.08
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fairhaven 3.5
Burn 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Machi Action 4
Missionary (2013) 4
Rooftop, The 4
Zombie Hunter 2
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Endless, The 4.86
Jailbreak 4
Cold Hell 5
Super Dark Times 4
Top Knot Detective 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fifth Estate, The 2
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Philomena 4.17
August: Osage County 1.78
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Omar 4.57
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Missing Picture, The 4
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Fifth Estate, The 2
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Voyage 1
Nebraska 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
31 3
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
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
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
400 Days 1
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.69
Mother! 3.83
Suburbicon 2.22
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.77
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lady Macbeth 3.54
Get Out 4.18
Columbus 4
Berlin Syndrome 2
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Free Fire 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Lucky (2017) 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Southland Tales 4.03
Dark Song, A 4
She's Allergic to Cats 3
Hidden Reserves 4
Bitch (2017) 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Band Aid 4
Trip to Spain, The 4
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3.14
Columbus 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Money's Money 3
Cold Hell 5
Shin Godzilla 4.43
Taxi Driver, A 4.13
Poor Agnes 5
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3.86
BPM (Beats Per Minute) 5
Square, The (2017) 4
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hostiles 4
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 3.57
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 3.08
In the Fade 5
Spoor 5
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lu Over the Wall 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
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ANNIHILATION
"From The Studio That Brought You “mother!”"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Having already established himself as a novelist with the cult classic “The Beach” and as a screenwriter by penning the likes of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and adaptations of “Never Let Me Go” and “Dredd,” Alex Garland made his directorial debut with 2015’s “Ex Machina,” a story set in the not-too-distant future about a programmer (Domnhall Gleeson) sent by his technological genius boss (Oscar Isaac) to administer the Turing test to a new and advanced form of artificial intelligence, a beautiful humanoid robot (Alicia Vikander). With its combination of startlingly effective visual effects, a trippy screenplay that served both as a enormously effective genre narrative a mind-bending meditation of what it means to be human and strong performances from the three leads, the film was celebrated as one of the best of the year and it even went on to become a modest commercial success as well. More importantly, it immediately established Garland as a filmmaker to watch and made one curious as to see what kind of provocation he might offer up next." (more)
MONSTER HUNT 2
"Less plot, but more and better monsters."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There are many sorts of sequels, all with their various merits - the serialized story, the shifting genres, the attempt to recapture the same magic but with more resources. "Monster Hunt 2" definitely falls into the "more of the first" category of sequel, with a story that is often vague enough that it like some combination of treading water until a climactic third part or only having time for a loose outline before shooting because the filmmakers knew they'd have to leave time for visual effects in order to hit a Chinese New Year release date. That's okay; that first was pretty good and this doesn't throw much of it away to get Wuba and his human foster parents together again." (more)
MONKEY KING 3, THE
"Less Monkey King, best entry."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Sometimes, the third time apparently is the charm - despite a pair of less-than-impressive predecessors, director Cheang Pou-soi's third "Monkey King" film winds up being pretty darn decent. It's been a heck of a troubled path to get there, as the producers basically scrapped everything and started over at one point, and there have been at least two better takes on the same material while this series of movies has been a going concern, but on its own, this particular flick isn't a bad way to spend a couple hours if your local theater has booked it for Chinese New Year." (more)
GATEWAY, THE
"There's probably a slightly (but crucially) better version in another world"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: "The Gateway" (also called "Alpha Gateway" because there's a good chance your cable company lists its pay-per-view options alphabetically) is a reasonably capable parallel-worlds bit of science fiction that relies an awful lot on security procedures being terribly lax in all versions of Australia, even the paranoid violent one. It's the kind of thriller that simultaneously hopes you'll be impressed by its twists and not notice the really questionable things necessary to get to them, but at least it's got a decent-enough cast to make the good bits work." (more)
BLACK PANTHER
"98% Of The Time, It Works 100% Of The Time"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Despite what some less informed commentators have stated elsewhere, “Black Panther” is not the first major motion picture to feature an African-American superhero at its center—films ranging from comedies like “The Meteor Man” and “Blankman” to the Shaquille O’Neal vehicle “Steel” to the “Blade” trilogy beat it to the punch decades earlier and I am sure that I am forgetting a few here and there. However, none of these films were especially memorable or good—Guillermo del Toro’s “Blade II” was the best of the bunch and that is by far his weakest movie to date—and one of the key problems is that while watching them, you always got the sense that the filmmakers were hedging their bets by dialing down that very aspect that made them unique on the assumption that doing so would help broaden their appeal to people who might otherwise be put off with the notion of a superhero saga with African-Americans in the lead roles. There are many great things on display in “Black Panther” but perhaps the best and certainly the most significant is its attitude. This is a superhero film that focuses exclusively on black characters and concerns and clearly does not give a flying fuck about tempering that down to attract a wider audience—in many ways (and I mean this in the best possible way), it looks and feels like the biggest and most elaborate blaxploitation film ever made. To do this was no doubt a gamble—albeit one that Marvel Studios could presumedly cover—but it is one that has paid off beautifully and while it may not be the unblemished masterpiece that some have suggested, it is a superior example of the superhero genre that should prove to be as much of a commercial and creative game-changer as “Wonder Woman” (which demonstrated a similar attitude towards its presentation of a female superhero) was last year. (Although I will try not to delve too deeply into plot specifics, those of you who are more sensitive towards plot spoilers may want to exercise caution before proceeding.)" (more)
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
"Aging can put us in a lonely place."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's only reasonable to be somewhat skeptical about "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool"; present-day Annette Bening doesn't quite recall the image of Gloria Grahame in one's head, and that is potentially a huge hurdle for the movie to get over, especially since a large part of the audience is people who do have an image of her in her 1940s-1950s heyday in their heads (as opposed to the later years of smaller roles and TV work). It works in large part because the filmmakers are able to use and subvert that dissonance, creating an oft-intriguing story of fighting and accepting the march of time out of it." (more)
FANTASTIC WOMAN, A
"A keeper, and Vega is a find."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The low-key but affecting Chilean drama "A Fantastic Woman," one of 2017’s Best Foreign Language Film nominees, restores the smooth melancholic power of the Alan Parsons Project’s “Time,” long a staple of easy-listening radio. Here it feels like a deep bruise of loss." (more)
WINCHESTER: THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT
"A decent ghost story that could have been as unique as its setting."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Winchester" is one of those movies that is just good enough that one can understand why it attracted a fair amount of talent while also falling well short of its potential. It's full of enough good performances, solid ideas, and capable work that it's especially disappointing when it eventually shows a lack of ambition, or at the very least, the inability to deliver on its earlier potential." (more)
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"Every year that I write one of these wrap-ups, I point out that it's an awful shame that this collection of Oscar-nominated short films is the best chance many will get to see this kind of production which isn't expanded to a commercially-viable length and can be tremendously focused as a result. It can be tough to talk oneself into the short programs at a festival, if that's even an option, and traditional means of exhibition don't exactly have room for these subjects, especially now. It's a tremendous boost to them to get this nomination, and if the Oscar Shorts programs are playing near you or are on your cable system's On-Demand menu, these five films are a heck of a package." (more)
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