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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Letter to Momo, A 5
Frank 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Calvary 4.86
Most Wanted Man, A 4.56

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
Into the Storm 1.38
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
Get On Up 2
Drop, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Keep the Lights On 3
Deadfall (2012) 3
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Marvel's The Avengers 4.32
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Complex, The 3
Curse of Chucky 4.11
Apology King, The 5
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
Gravity 3.89
Joe 4.57
Bends 5
Fading Gigolo 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Captain Phillips 4.08
Alan Partridge 4.14
Nebraska 3.54
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Le Week-End 3.4
Alan Partridge 4.14
Argento's Dracula 4.08
Raze 2.43
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Imperial Dreams 5
Killers (2014) 3.75
To Be Takei 3
Trip to Italy, The 4
Land Ho! 4.56
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3.33
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
Mood Indigo 2.29
One I Love, The 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Life Itself 4.63
Creep (2014) 4.86
Calvary 4.86
We'll Never Have Paris 2
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cut Bank 5
Man From Reno 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
Two Faces of January, The 4
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
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Eyes 4
Public Enemy 3.88
From Vegas to Macau 2
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
Ghost in the Shell 4.32
Creeping Garden, The 4
One I Love, The 4
Kabisera 3
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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
From Above 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Tu dors Nicole 5
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Closer to God 4
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 3.86
Bros Before Hos 4
Housebound 5
Let Us Prey 2.75
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.5
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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PIRATES, THE (2014)
"A thoroughly entertaining Korean swashbuckler."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That they can be given names as generic as "Pirates of the Caribbean" or, in this case, just "The Pirates", without fear of confusion means just one thing: There are not enough pirate movies being made these days. This one is occasionally on the silly side, but it's packed full of quality swashbuckling, and not nearly enough trips to the theater deliver that." (more)
TIME LAPSE
"Neat idea and fine execution makes for a great picture."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Time Lapse" is a standout even for one of the best sci-fi years I can remember Fantasia having, and while those are rankings that may not mean much to non-attendees, it is meant as high praise. There's always room for an enjoyably devilish effect-before-cause story that, as many of the best do, fits together like an exceptionally well-constructed puzzle." (more)
DROP, THE
"Neighborhood Bullies"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""The Drop" is one of those films that has so much going for it--promising source material, an interesting director and a gifted cast--that when it appears to be going off the rails early on, some viewers may find themselves inclined to believe that the problem is with them and that it will all become clear in a little while as long as they pay attention. I know that was the feeling that I had while watching it--long after the point I might have otherwise written it off under other circumstances, I was still hanging in there in the hopes that it would eventually pull itself together. Alas, that moment never happens and that viewers are left with is a bunch of good actors stuck in the middle of a middling crime story in which muddled drama is mixed together with "shocking" surprises that prove to be anything but." (more)
INNOCENCE (2014)
"Welcome to the Bathory school."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The concept that "Innocence" plays with is an old one, but that's the way it is with a lot of movies: Whether you're talking about vampires, possession, or any of the other great horror concepts, they can be re-used because there's plenty of room to continue examining them; they're descended from something primal. Such is the case here; the filmmakers are doing a slick update of a horror story that doesn't get as much play as it used to." (more)
BROS BEFORE HOS
"Crude, rude, and pretty damn funny."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I wasn't really looking forward to this one, having kind of hated the first "New Kids" movie enough to skip the second, but it was the only English-friendly thing playing and I wanted to see what came after, so I stuck around. I'm glad I did; it's a fun romantic comedy even if its sweetness can sometimes be buried deep underneath quite the crude exterior." (more)
MARY KOM
"Scores points, even if it seldom wins by knockout."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Mary Kom" opens with the title character going into labor in the middle of an armed rebellion in 2007, and that's the sort of thing that one might think would have been a bit of a bigger factor in a story which does come back to regional tensions later. It doesn't quite fit the inspirational sports narrative, which may be why it's pushed off to the side until it can fit that structure, albeit oddly. It's a good sports movie, although moments like that certainly highlight just how much it's playing from the standard playbook." (more)
DOCTOR PROCTOR'S FART POWDER
"An adventure that (apologies in advance) doesn't come close to stinking."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: All things considered, "Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder" has got to be one of the least likely kids' film imaginable, and I can't help but imagine a scenario where I'm recommending it to friends and family members with young children and digging myself a bigger hole with everything I say about it. After all, it comes from the director of the earnest but kind of harsh (and crude) "Fatso" and is based on a series of books by Jo Nesbø, the writer of some blackly funny, but very adult, crime stories. It's also delightfully silly and high-spirited; the kids will love it." (more)
GUEST, THE
"Let him in."
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Stranger danger. We tell children never to talk to them, to avoid getting in unfamiliar cars and to reject each and every offer of mysteriously sourced confectionery. Yet, with the passing of youth, fear of the unknown still never subsides, even when it comes in the form of an impeccably groomed, rigorously polite Adonis like David (Dan Stevens). I was fortunate enough to travel through childhood sans any direct contact with alien menace, but I do recall a chill when stories of local children being harassed by men behind blacked out windows emerged. It put everyone on red alert, and for weeks incurred fifty warnings before you so much as went out to kick a football. Even now, when the news blares out stories of abduction, I can't help but shudder. Not just because of the inherent tragedy or suffering it forces upon the victim's loved ones, but rather to mourn the nightmarish sentiment that they've vanished into nothingness. Adam Wingard's “The Guest” takes our mistrust of the interloper, and uses it to different effect. Like Hitchcock with “Shadow of a Doubt”, Wingard forces the unwanted presence into that safest of domains, the domestic, upsetting the protection which falsely defines this space in our minds. Powered by a clinical 9/11 subtext, “The Guest” isn't afraid to make us laugh, and Stevens certainly ranks as one of the modern cinema's more enigmatic creeps, but that doesn't override the foundation of fright endorsed by the feature's premise." (more)
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