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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Golden Era, The 5
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Housebound 5
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Walk Among the Tombstones, A 4.4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Judge, The 1.25
Left Behind 1.29
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
But Always 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Resolution 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
War Witch 4.5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 4.38
Key of Life 4
Battery, The 3
Zombie Hunter 2
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Field in England, A 4.71
Railway Man, The 3
Bends 5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.56
Oculus 2.65
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Her 4.08
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Alan Partridge 4.14
Le Week-End 3.4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Immigrant, The 4.11
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
One Chance 3
With You, Without You 3
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
'71 4
Gone Girl 4.11
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fury (2014) 2.67
1001 Grams 2
Butter on the Latch 2.29
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, The 3
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cub 5
1001 Grams 2
St. Vincent 3.86
Cut Bank 5
Force Majeure 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Housebound 5
I Am Here (2014/II) 4
Everly 4
Stranger, The (2014) 3
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.89
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Force Majeure 5
St. Vincent 3.86
Young Kieslowski, The 4
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Dear White People 3.5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Finding Fela 1
Golden Era, The 5
Other One, The: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir 5
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Faults 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
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2014 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West 4
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2014 San Diego Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Significant Things 4.14
Equalizer, The 2.33
Time Lapse 4.71
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GOLDEN ERA, THE
"Short life, long movie, both well worth it."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Most of the descriptions of Xiao Hong biography "The Golden Era" spend some time talking about what made her remarkable as a writer, and the film does give those of us not terribly familiar with 1930s Chinese literature a bit of a taste of her words and why they are remembered despite her short career and life. But while the focus is less on what she created and more on how what she wanted - a "quiet place to write" - was elusive, the way in which screenwriter Li Qiang and director Ann Hui tell the story is often what will be the most striking." (more)
ART AND CRAFT
"Quite well drawn."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "One of the neat things about "Art and Craft" is that it hints at a number of different angles to an already-interesting story, acknowledging that it is all but impossible to fit the entirety of a tale of art forgery and con artistry that spans decades into a ninety-minute documentary produced at the tail end. Faced with this situation, many filmmakers will wind up calling attention to the gaps rather than maintaining a sharp focus that allows them to make a strong movie with the material they can get." (more)
ST. VINCENT
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4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I have seen more than my fair share of movies over the years that have blatantly attempted to manipulate audiences to their side but "St. Vincent" not only takes the cake, it pretty much seizes the entire bakery in its efforts to emotionally bludgeon viewers into submission. Though it only runs for about 100 minutes, it nevertheless finds room for such ingredients as a crusty old codger, an adorable kid, an overworked mom reeling from a recent divorce, cute animals, a sickly spouse, a priest, a pregnant stripper, a sudden illness, a local dive filled with quirky regulars, surprise revelations, people coming to terms with things, a tear-jerking testimonial in the final reel and a unique rendition of Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" playing over the end credits--these are just the ones I came up with off the top of my head without consulting my notes. In fact, if this film had been made at any other time starring practically any other actor in the SAG rolls--if Robin Williams had made it about six years ago, for example, I am fairly certain that most critics would be jeering it off the screen because of its sheer shamelessness but because it stars no less of a figure than Bill Murray--one of the most beloved performers of our time, both on screen and off--it has been receiving hosannahs in most quarters. And yet, Murray's singular presence brings so much to the proceedings that I found myself willing to overlook, or at least forgive, most of the mawkishness on display because he somehow makes it work despite itself." (more)
WYRMWOOD
"Zombies are the living dead - and rocket fuel."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: It's no bad thing, I say, that "Wyrmwood" feels like a season's worth of an eventful TV series packed into an hour and a half; it's an exhausting ride at times, but there's not ten or fifteen minutes anywhere in the movie that don't come across as exciting or have at least one really cool thing in them. Though making it over four years surely has brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner ready to take a break for a while, it's one of the rare movies where the audience's inevitable requests for a sequel seems like a great idea." (more)
JUDGE, THE
"Exceptionally Bad Judge"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Upon hearing the title and a brief description of its plot, I suspect that many moviegoers out there may just instantly assume that "The Judge" is an adaptation of one of the many legal thrillers that John Grisham has cranked out over the last couple of decades. Not only does this film have absolutely no connection to Grisham or his work but to suggest otherwise could pave the way for the author to file a suit claiming libel or defamation of character on the basis that even his hackiest efforts have maintained a certain core competence that is utterly lacking here. This is a film that tries to simultaneously be a courtroom drama, a family saga about an estranged father and son coming to terms with their volatile past and a big piece of Oscar bait featuring a number of top actors strutting their stuff in the hopes of snagging a nomination and screws each one up so completely that you'll wonder why someone didn't simply declare a mistrial early in the proceedings and bring the whole thing to a quick and merciful end before it could do too much damage." (more)
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY
"Probably not nearly so good as the classic it piggybacks on."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: In addition to his film work, Takashi Miike has directed a few stage productions, experience that he likely dipped into for "Over Your Dead Body" ("Kuime" in Japanese). At times, I kind of wish that was where the film stayed; it has all the material for an intriguing backstage drama and the diversion into horror is kind of all over the place." (more)
BREAKUP BUDDIES
"A laid-back road trip movie with some clever surprises."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Director Ning Hao has received some attention over the last few months because the Chinese censor board finally allowed the release of "No Man's Land", a movie from 2009 that he is reluctant to discuss, whether for political reasons or because he has been busy with other projects since. But while his latest, "Breakup Buddies", is a much less controversial comedy - one which stands on its own well enough to get laughs from someone who buys a ticket based on the title with no idea that the film is in Mandarin - it's kind of amusing to see the main character also not wanting to be reminded of something from five years ago." (more)
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2 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "I’m doubtful Bram Stoker would have found much to love in “Dracula Untold”, a flashy, pedestrian and sporadically bonkers attempt to decode the Count’s early legend. Helmed by debutant Gary Shore (hailing unsurprisingly from the world of commercials) “Untold” plays like the lovechild of Peter Jackson and Zach Snyder, the latter’s influence immediately evident from a slow-mo monologue recounting the battlefield prowess of Vlad the Impaler (who’ll later “vant to suck your blood!”). The film takes itself pretty seriously, but in the spirit of other recent swashbucklers (I’m looking at you “Hercules” and “47 Ronin”), “Dracula Untold” almost satiates with its brand of over-directed, underwritten hokum. It’s pure junk food, but at least what’s on offer resembles one of those primly arranged, succulent big macs that exist only in advertising, rather than the hastily compiled, mayo-laden slop which inevitably rocks up on a tray after you’ve guiltily lodged an order. Simply put, it’s a bit shit, but looks gorgeous and delivers some Hammer-esque amusement." (more)
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