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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
John Wick: Chapter Two 5
I Am Not Your Negro 5
Get Out 4.71
LEGO Batman Movie, The 4.43
Master (2016) 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Fifty Shades Darker 1
XX 2
Kung Fu Yoga 2.71
Cook Up a Storm 3
Duckweed 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rubberneck 2.38
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Revisionaries, The 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sweetwater 4
009 Re: Cyborg 4
Thermae Romae 4
Lady Assassin, The 3
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art of the Steal, The 3
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
What If (2014) 1
In Secret 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.85
Omar 4.57
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Contracted 1.5
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Brahman Naman 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Life, Animated 5
Certain Women 4.14
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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
High Treason 4.14
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Reconnoiter 3.08
Alienated 2
400 Days 1
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
White Coffin 2
Bacchus Lady, The 5
If Cats Disappeared from the World 4
Baaghi 3
Five (2016) 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
High-Rise (2015) 1
Five Nights in Maine 4
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
War On Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Found Footage 3D 4.14
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blair Witch 2.67
Elle 4
La La Land 3.35
I Am Not Your Negro 5
Wasted Times, The 2
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Raw 4
Dark Song, A 4
Elle 4
Arrival 3.27
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Certain Women 4.14
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
I, Daniel Blake 1
Paterson 4.86
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Paterson 4.86
I, Daniel Blake 1
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
We Are the Flesh 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Jackie 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Arrival 3.27
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jackie 4
Prevenge 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Patriots Day 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.27
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.86
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
Antibirth 4
Guyana: Cult of the Damned 3
Playground (2016) 3
Windmill Massacre, The 3
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Prevenge 4
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COLLIDE
"A fair-enough smash-up."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Somewhere in Hollywood, the show-business equivalent of actuaries run the vital statistics of each mid-sized genre movie through a formula to determine whether something merits a theatrical release or if it goes straight to the video-on-demand services. In the case of "Collide", it would seem to be less one overwhelming variable than several having values that may not seem that great - you’d have to go a few spaces right of the decimal point to see them - but which, when added up, result in hard drives being sent to theaters rather than cable companies. There’s undeniably some fun in seeing its smash-ups on the big screen, but genre fans will probably be able to rattle off a half-dozen or so movies that deserved the spotlight more." (more)
WAR ON EVERYONE
"Not McDonagh's best, but still pretty darn good."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "John Michael McDonagh has made a couple of downright terrific films in "The Guard" and "Calvary", and "War on Everyone" simply being pretty decent is enough to get one speculating as to whether he was being propped up by Brendan Gleeson or felt lost when the setting moved from Ireland to America. That, I think, is unfair; he’s made a funny movie, even if people don’t necessarily expect this particular sort of sharp wit in an American buddy cop thing." (more)
GET OUT
"I Woke Up Screaming"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "One of the great things about genre filmmaking—especially of the horror variety—is that as long as they remember to work in the requisite amounts of blood or bullets or whatever to satisfy the most basic of requirements, an enterprising director can utilize the familiar narrative tropes to comment and critique on real-world matters, often in more trenchant and insightful ways than a lot of the more overtly serious-minded movies being made at the same time. For example, when Tobe Hooper signed on to make a sequel to his horror classic “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” he and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson took the opportunity to make a film that had all the chainsawing that one could possibly hope for but that also took aim at such targets as the greed-is-good mentality of the Eighties and gun culture in ways far smarter and funnier than anyone might have rightly expected from a movie entitled “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2.” Likewise, Joe Dante’s “Masters of Horror” episode “Homecoming” might have seemed like just another zombie-oriented tale on the surface but it displayed a righteous anger to the war in Iraq and the policymakers that led us smack dab into it that was sorely lacking in most of the straight-faced dramas on the subject. Alas, these days, few films are willing to mix things up in such a way for fear of potentially alienating scores of moviegoers but one that proudly goes against the grain in that respect is “Get Out,” a movie that works very well as a horror film but which works even better as a corrosive social satire that has more to say about many of the key issues regarding race and culture than practically all of the films currently vying for the Best Picture Oscar." (more)
GREAT WALL, THE
"Not quite an event, but surprisingly entertaining."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I had a whole opening paragraph about how even the animation of the studio logo at the start of "The Great Wall" served to illustrate how the current attempts to engineer world-wide hits that played equally well in China and the West was a fool’s errand, but then something unexpected happened: The movie was kind of fun. Sure, in some ways director Zhang Yimou and his pan-Pacific team sometimes stumble into a good time, but it’s mostly a matter of creating an amusing, pulpy adventure story rather than getting caught up in what the producers have riding on their work." (more)
XX
"Y?"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The trouble with a lot of anthology films—especially ones of the horror variety—is that the very way that they are structured means that anyone watching them may get caught up in the frustrating experience of getting invested in a particular story and its characters, only to have them yanked away and replaced by new ones every 20 minutes or so. It also usually means that viewers will inevitably prefer some of the stories to others and spend the time during the latter wishing that they could go back to the ones that they liked. In the case of “XX,” a new horror anthology film with the hook that each of the four stories and the bits linking them together were written and directed by women, the good news is that these inevitable structural hiccups are not as bothersome as they might have been. The bad news is that the reason they aren’t so bothersome is that the tales on display are so uneven and relatively lackluster that few will mind being yanked abruptly from one to the other and that the gap in quality between the highlights and the lowpoints is not that vast." (more)
SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD
"Christmas Eve isn't the only trick this home invasion has up its sleeves."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Talking about something being fun when it comes to horror movies probably strikes non-fans as bizarre even at first glance, with trying to do so in specific terms raising the ante to alarming, and trying to do so without spoiling the surprises marking the speaker as completely insane. So, pardon me if this review of "Safe Neighborhood" makes me sound nuts, because my feeling conflicted on it being fun or not extends right down to the premise at its very core." (more)
MY FATHER DIE
"Well-heated Southern Pulp Gothic."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: The title of "My Father Die" may not be great in terms of English grammar, but in terms of describing the raw rage that drives the characters in this movie, it seems perfectly reasonable: The building blocks of what someone feels without all the formal niceties, ready for action (although I wonder if it’s close to how one might express an idea in American Sign Language). This movie gets overheated at times, but is committed enough to that temperature that it works out pretty well." (more)
FREE FIRE
"Nearly all great action, no filler."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Ben Wheatley has accumulated a cult fanbase by making films that strive to cut out the bits that aren’t in some way special, figuring that most people have seen enough movies to fill in the blanks or just go without if it means not seeing one more bloody scene of a local explaining his town’s weird history to the main character just because it’s going to play out later. At times, this gives his movies a thrill of discovery that they might not otherwise have; at its worst, this impulse can make movies like "High-Rise" seem perplexing and full of weirdos doing things at random. In "Free Fire", it makes for a mainstream action movie that just doesn’t mess around, letting a crazy gunfight expand to fill almost the entire running time without making the audience wait around for the good parts." (more)
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