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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Spring 5
It Follows 4.79
Zombeavers 4.57
Inherent Vice 4.53

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
DUFF, The 1
Lazarus Effect, The 1.57
Fifty Shades of Grey 1.85
Shadows on the Wall 2
Girl Like Her, A 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Sleepless Night 4.14
Resolution 4
Playroom, The 3
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I'll Follow You Down 3
Shield of Straw 5
24 Exposures 4
Bad Film 4
Zombie Hunter 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Omar 4.5
August: Osage County 1.91
Tim's Vermeer 5
Begin Again 3.85
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.08
Jimmy P. 3.91
Her 4.08
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Book Thief, The 3
Nordstrand 5
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
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2015 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2014) 5
'71 4
Witch, The 4
It Follows 4.79
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tu dors Nicole 5
Equalizer, The 2.33
Maps to the Stars 3.71
Rosewater 3
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 4.38
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Two Days, One Night 4
Imitation Game, The 4
Fort Tilden 2.43
Timbuktu 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Homesman, The 3.44
Wild Tales 4.25
Imitation Game, The 4
Leviathan (2014) 5
Birdman 3.95
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Two Days, One Night 4
Wild 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Foxcatcher 4.86
Killers (2015) 3.75
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
What We Do in the Shadows 5
Mommy 2
Over Your Dead Body 2.86
Tu dors Nicole 5
Selma 5
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2014 Polish Film Festival in America MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ida 4.78
Immigrant, The 4.11
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2015 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Asco 5
I Am Thor 5
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2015 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Selma 5
Cinderella (2015) 3.44
Fifty Shades of Grey 1.85
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2015 Palm Springs Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2014) 5
Ida 4.78
'71 4
Citizenfour 3
Helicopter Mom 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Deep Time 5
Naz & Maalik 4
Landfill Harmonic 5
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2015 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Trouble in Little China 4.22
Them! 4.32
Uncanny (2015) 3
Blessid 3
Noah, The 4
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2015 European Union Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Li'l Quinquin 5
Soul Boys of the Western World 3
Waste Land (2014) 2
Tip Top 4
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2015 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Astraea 5
Eadweard 5
Dirty Beautiful 5
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2015 Sun Valley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Swim, The 3
Imperial Dreams 5
Cut Bank 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ladies Of The House, The 1
Tribe, The (2014) 5
Alleluia 5
Midnight Swim, The 3
Runoff 5
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"The Rhymes-With-Witch Project"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""A Girl Like Her" is a film that is as bad as it is well-meaning and, sad to say, it is incredibly well-meaning. It has a provocative topic and a game cast but no real idea of what to do with them except to squander them on a gimmicky conceit that overly complicates matters and which gives the film a tacky and borderline exploitative feel that only serves to distract from the honest points that it presumably wanted to make in the first place." (more)
HONEST LIAR, AN
"Telling the truth is a good but difficult thing."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "James "The Amazing" Randi has been best-known his efforts on debunking psychics, faith healers and other frauds for so long that many associate him with that alone. Even remembering that it was his qualifications as a magician that led him to become America's most famous skeptic doesn't necessarily imply he was a great escape artist. This movie won't necessarily do much more than remind a viewer of that fact but it will fill that person in on a couple things he or she might find pretty interesting." (more)
LOST AND LOVE
"Squeezes some hope from hopelessness."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There is an unabashed simplicity to "Lost and Love" that might often be called deceptive by those who might want to praise the film, especially if its early stumbling didn't quite click with those viewers. That may not be the case; it's quite possible that this movie about a man who has long strove to be reunited with his abducted son is just what it appears to be, and works because the emotions involved are easy to grasp." (more)
DIVERGENT SERIES, THE: INSURGENT
"Man, Dystopia Just Keeps Getting Lamer"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The last few years have seen a glut of big-screen adaptations of YA sagas launched by producers hoping to repeat the massive box-office success of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises. Some, like the three "Hunger Games" films to date, have been pretty good but for the most part, they have tended to be low-grade junk that are so similar in all the wrong ways that they seem to have all blended together into one grotesque melange of mortal instruments, maze running and whatever the hell that thing was with Meryl Streep going for the Edgar Winter look and Jeff Bridges acting goofier than usual. One of the worst examples of this sub-genre was last year's "Divergent," an adaptation of the first book of Veronica Roth's best-selling teen dystopia trilogy that offered viewers a grab-bag of elements pilfered outright from other, better sources, a number of normally excellent actresses slumming their way through some of the most embarrassingly dull-witted material imaginable and enough dull spots to stretch what might have been a 90-minute-long running time at most in competent hands to a nearly-incomprehensible 140 minutes." (more)
IT FOLLOWS
"Start Using Sex As A Weapon"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It is no secret that the horror film has been in a bit of a creative lull, to put it mildly, for the last few years thanks to a glut of unnecessary and creatively bankrupt sequels, remakes and ripoffs that have reduced a once-proud genre to such dregs as "Annabelle," "Ouija" and the "Paranormal Activity" series entire. However, the last couple of months have seen a sharp upswing in the quality of horror-related offerings on display. First there was "The Babadook," the intense Australian thriller about a harried single mother trying to protect herself and her hyperactive young son from a creature that resides within the pages of a creepy children's book. Next came " A Girl Walks Home at Night," a lovely and lyrical Iranian-American take on the vampire mythos. Just a couple of weeks ago saw the release of "What We Do in the Shadows," a hilariously gory fake documentary following the day-to-day (well, night-to-night) lives of a quartet of vampires living together in a dilapidated New Zealand flat. Now comes the low-budget American-made shocker "It Follows" and as good as the aforementioned titles were, it is an even better film. I would go so far as to say that it is the slyest and smartest take on contemporary horror tropes to come along since "Cabin in the Woods." The difference being that while that one leaned more towards comedy (albeit of an exceptionally black and bloody variety), this one is more concerned with sending chills down your spine and achieves that goal in spectacular fashion" (more)
SHADOWS ON THE WALL
"No 'Primer', but thankfully not 'Sol' either."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: There's a vibe to "Shadows on the Wall" that suggests filmmaker Benjamin Carland is trying to make a "Primer", not just something with big ideas but a small cast and budget, but a tactile feel. Something where all the exposed workings and dense terminology gives the movie credibility, and a feeling of being slightly overwhelmed is something to be pushed through rather than discouraged by. There are moments when he's pointed in the right direction and the audience feels the intended thrill, and if they outnumbered the ones that just didn't make sense, he would have made a fairly impressive bit of low-budget sci-fi." (more)
HISTORY OF TIME TRAVEL, THE
"It's a gimmick, but it's a good one."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: Mock documentaries are inherently gimmick movies; it is a rare one that does not crash hard up against the form's limitations, and when that happens, it doesn't matter whether the disappointment comes from the filmmaker having to cheat or the presentation just fizzling out. "The History of Time Travel" inevitably paints itself into a corner, but unlike most cases, that's where it wants to be." (more)
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"Bland isn't the worst thing a B-movie can be, but it's close."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: I don't miss the days when science fiction films tended to be obviously cheap productions with second-class actors and effects, but it was a lot easier to spot a disposable B-movie then. Now decent effects are maybe not cheap but they're not out of reach, and people who have had some success will sign up rather than see it as beneath them. Thus you get things like "Robot Overlords", more capable than its ancestors but still not much more than filler at best." (more)
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""BRAND: A SECOND COMING is the story of Russell Brand, a genius artist who really took everything he did to the hilt. He bought into all the major myths that we're sold of how drugs, sex, fame, money, and power is the way to happiness, attained them all - yet came up empty. So he started to look inward and wrote a transformative show called the Messiah Complex where he studied the difference between fleeting pop fame and the lasting relevance of his true heroes, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Jesus Christ, and Malcolm X. Through that work, Russell realized he needed to leave Hollywood and dedicate his life to debunking the lies we are all sold. Because he is a brilliant comedian, on and off stage, he is able to articulate what he feels is distracting all of us from engaging in a more active and present way in our lives, in our politics, in our culture. He goes on tour, moves back to England, starts a YouTube channel to expose the truth behind the news: the Trews, and writes a book REVOLUTION. It was a lot to encapsulate in a feature but it sure was an exciting ride!" Director Ondi Timoner on BRAND: A SECOND COMING which is screening as the Opening Night Headliner presentation of the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
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