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

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Left Behind 1.29
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
Judge, The 1.67
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
But Always 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Keep the Lights On 3
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.33
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Library Wars 3
Hatchet III 2
Curse of Chucky 4.11
Berserk Golden Age Arc 2: The Battle for Doldrey 3
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Bends 5
Blue Ruin 4.56
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Jimmy P. 3.91
Alan Partridge 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Despite the Gods 4
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Voyage 1
Heli 4
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
Gone Girl 4.11
'71 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.5
Fury (2014) 3.56
Cub 5
World of Kanako, The 5
Björk: Biophilia Live 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Equalizer, The 2.33
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
1001 Grams 2
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Housebound 5
Man From Reno 3.29
Guest, The 4
Let Us Prey 2.75
Waste Land (2014) 2
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Babadook, The 3.71
Creep (2014) 4.88
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
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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
Two Faces of January, The 3.63
Alleluia 5
Art and Craft 4.14
Force Majeure 5
God Help the Girl 4.14
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Duke of Burgundy, The 5
Over Your Dead Body 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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"Stays in place and moves backwards, which mostly works for it."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Given that its name is a hashtag, one might expect "#Stuck" to have social media play some sort of central part of the story, and maybe cringe at the inevitable mishandling. Fortunately, filmmaker Stuart Acher doesn't choose to stack storytelling gimmicks three deep, instead mostly just choosing to let the romantic comedy rest on its actors' performances. It's not a bad plan." (more)
FURY (2014)
"Tanks & testosterone."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "David Ayer seems unlikely to make a romantic comedy any time soon; his films are testosterone baths packed with bloody action and male bonding, an unrepentant couple hours of traditional masculinity with just enough self-awareness that, even if that's not your thing, you can at least acknowledge it as a fair examination of manhood. And if it is your thing, "Fury" is a darn good war movie, no closer examination necessary." (more)
BOOK OF LIFE, THE (2014)
"A 3D theatrical Saturday morning cartoon, which is perfectly fine."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The Saturday morning cartoon block officially became a thing of a past this fall, although every obituary has mentioned that television now has more animation than ever; it just migrated to syndication and then cable. What emerged was a different sort of cartoon, more irreverent and as likely to reflect an individual creator's aesthetic as a company's house style (which, as a side-effect, often makes them more authentically multicultural). "The Book of Life" is that progression making its way to theaters, a high-energy animated adventure with style and a big-screen voice cast." (more)
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
"The Bells Of St. Murray"
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)
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