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Calvary 5
Jackpot 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Most Wanted Man, A 4.71

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Into the Storm 1.38
Sex Tape 1.5
Giver, The 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Hysteria 3.11
Resolution 4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Discopathe 3
Key of Life 4
Zombie Hunter 2
Halley 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rush 3.63
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Philomena 4.1
Begin Again 3.84
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Captain Phillips 4.08
Her 4.08
Alan Partridge 4.14
Le Week-End 3.4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Book Thief, The 3
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 4.56
Cold in July 4.86
Killers (2014) 4
Ping Pong Summer 3
Dear White People 3.86
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Housebound 5
Calvary 5
Copenhagen 5
Mood Indigo 2
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Ping Pong Summer 3
Calvary 5
We'll Never Have Paris 2
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 3
Dear White People 3.86
Han Gong-ju 5
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
Earth to Echo 2.11
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aberdeen (2014) 3
From Vegas to Macau 2
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ghost in the Shell 4.32
One I Love, The 4
At the Devil's Door 4
Creep Behind the Camera, The 2.29
Zombie TV 1
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2014 Black Harvest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forgotten Kingdom, The 3.29
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Tu dors Nicole 5
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
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"Time to retire lads."
1 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Looking back at my archives, it appears I neglected to pen anything on the subject of 2012's “The Expendables 2”, despite a vivid memory of absorbing the picture in my local, endearingly scruffy flea-pit. The sequel was an improvement over the dour 2010 original, a feature that promised jazzy nostalgia and career revivals for the world's most famed beefcakes, but actually delivered little other than an occasional witty line. “The Expendables 2” dispensed with any pretence of earnestness, instead becoming an intentionally ludicrous post-modern jaunt through the annals of late 20th century action cinema. It was a crass effort for sure, but one that generated enough smiles to eke out mild satisfaction. Essentially these films amount to an elaborate practical joke, which leads me to assume “The Expendables 3” is the punchline. The third outing has an expanded cast and even a hot new director (Patrick Hughes, who helmed the exceptional Australian thriller “Red Hill”), but somehow manages to become the most impressively redundant of the series so far. The film attempts to cultivate the sombre essence of part one whilst indulging the cheesy chuckles of its immediate follow-up; yet provides none of the limited pleasures permitted by either. It's an unapologetically dumb feature, but that's forgiveable. The real mortal sin perpetrated is the lack of finesse or energy evident in anything other than a shrill Antonio Banderas." (more)
ZERO THEOREM, THE
"Gilliam's best in a decade an a half."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I wonder if writer Pat Rushin ever thought something along the lines of "this script is so screwed if we don't get Terry Gilliam" when writing "The Zero Theorem". There are other directors who would dive into the weirdness of its world, but the material seems so perfectly matched that Gilliam passing on it or expressing interest and getting bogged down in development hell or the million other things that can seemingly go wrong when Gilliam makes a movie seem like they would have killed any chances to see this." (more)
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"Calm seas, then a whirlpool of historical military action."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Let's be honest about "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" ("Myeongryang - Huiori Bada" in the original Korean, and apparently sometimes only either half of the English title is used): Roughly 95% of why people buy a ticket is for the great big battle sequence at the end, and the intrigues that set it up and put human faces on the combatants really just need to be not-awful. That's about where it lands - good enough for the first hour or so, but coming through with what it promised." (more)
EXPENDABLES 3, THE
"Meatheads Is Murder"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Last week saw the passing of Menahem Golan and while that name may not be immediately familiar to some of you, anyone who grew up watching movies in the 1980's has likely seen some examples of his work both as a filmmaker and as the co-head of the then-omnipresent Cannon Films, especially those with a fondness of the over-the-top action spectacles of the era. Although he would produce high-end art house fare that would include works by the likes of John Cassavetes, Jean-Luc Godard and Barbet Schroeder, not to mention the avant-garde classic "Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo," he also cranked out a huge amount of action films that would feature mucho-macho heroes--sometimes featuring a current star like Chuck Norris and sometimes with one slightly past his prime such as Charles Bronson--lots of explosions and gunfire and, as noted drive-in critic Joe Bob Briggs used to say, absolutely no plot to get in the way of the story. These films were supremely dumb, of course, but they served their purpose and many of them, despite their flaws, possessed a certain goofball style that is generally lacking in most of today's would-be blockbusters" (more)
SINGHAM RETURNS
"A simple police action movie bloated to Bollywood size."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Not having seen Ajay Devgn's first go-round as Bajirao Singham, I have no idea of this sequel - which stands alone well enough - is an improvement or disappointment relatively speaking. There are elements which suggest it could be either or both; the title character is a cut above most no-nonsense cops, but is stuck in a movie whose high stakes seldom translate into excitement." (more)
EXPENDABLES 3, THE
"Maybe they'll get it right next time."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "Three films into this “Expendables” experiment, you’d expect there to be a scientific law (or at least a law of averages) dictating that they have to get it right sooner or later. Instead, it looks like chaos governs this franchise, as the first sequel’s incremental improvement has been stunted by the latest installment. It’s sort of like watching a baby take its first steps, stumble, and fall backwards, only the baby here is toting a submachine gun and has a live grenade in its mouth. It’s a dangerous situation." (more)
HAN GONG-JU
"A great movie about a terrible situation."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: It is almost never difficult to figure out where "Han Gong-ju" is heading, and that's okay. It may, in fact, be part of the point. Surprise is not the only way a movie can punch the audience in the guy, and between the excellent performance of Chun Woo-hee as the title character and the precision filmmaking by writer/director Lee Su-jin, this is one of the most quietly devastating teen-focused movies you'll see." (more)
LATE PHASES
"Waning but still shining."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As soon as he or she sees Nick Damici in this movie, blind but still a gruff former soldier, about to be placed in a retirement community, even the jaded moviegoer may smile a bit. It's not the usual hero or setting for this type of film, but horror movies about old folks are often kind of great - old guys know stuff but are often shoved aside to be forgotten - and this one is no exception." (more)
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