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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
Amy 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Love & Mercy 5
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
L.A. Slasher 1
Strangerland 1
Entourage 1
Ted 2 1.63
Ark of Mr. Chow, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Burn 4
Deadfall (2012) 3
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Plus One 3
Hatchet III 2
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
After School Midnighters 3
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Fake, The 4
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Last of Robin Hood, The 1
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Captain Phillips 4.27
Wind Rises, The 4.62
12 Years a Slave 3.52
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Missing Picture, The 4
Alan Partridge 4
Of Good Report 5
Life Feels Good 5
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Good Kill 3.29
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Thank You for Playing 5
Wolfpack, The 3
Cartel Land 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ex Machina 3.89
Get Hard 5
Love & Mercy 5
Deep Time 5
Excess Flesh 3
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
I'll See You in My Dreams 4
Horsehead 4.86
Naz & Maalik 4
Runoff 5
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keeping Room, The 4
Results 4
Call Me Lucky 5
Slow West 4
End of the Tour, The 3
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Excess Flesh 3
Editor, The 4
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bloody Knuckles 4
Der Samurai 4.57
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
H. 3
Results 4
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
Jauja 4
World of Kanako, The 4
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
(T)ERROR 4
Wolfpack, The 3
Look of Silence, The 5
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hallow, The 5
We Are Still Here 5
Over Your Dead Body 3
Treatment, The 4
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.38
Amy 5
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
Office 4
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brilliant Young Mind (aka X+Y), A 3
Keeping Room, The 4
(T)ERROR 4
Look of Silence, The 5
Lost Conquest 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 5
Tangerine 4
Fourth Man Out 5
Waterline (Jeziorak) 4
Manglehorn 4
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2015 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Infinitely Polar Bear 4
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
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2015 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wolfpack, The 3
Cartel Land 5
Chinese Mayor, The 4
Look of Silence, The 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Office 4
Singham Returns 2
Arti: The Adventure Begins, The 4
Gangnam Blues 4
Nowhere Girl 4
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2015 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landfill Harmonic 5
Eadweard 5
Wave I Ride, The 5
Love & Mercy 5
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2015 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Stanford Prison Experiment, The 4
Cartel Land 5
Keeping Room, The 4
(T)ERROR 4
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tangerine 4
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"Catch this one, but watch it closely."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Catch Me Daddy" opens with a poem/folk tale about its Yorkshire setting, fitting enough but a bit surprising, as the story is driven by people and traditions that arrived in the UK from elsewhere. On the other hand, it's a movie where the heroine is at least second-generation and fairly well-assimilated, probably feeling that present location is more important that old customs herself." (more)
VISIT, THE (2015/I)
"An alien documentary experience, as is appropriate."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "The Visit" is apparently meant to be the second in a thematic trilogy of documentaries by Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen, and I'm curious what grand-scaled idea will round them out. I hope it's something a little more like "Into Eternity", where the consideration of long-term storage of nuclear waste felt practical as well as too big to truly understand, as this film's topic of first contact with alien life, while fascinating, winds up both too specific and too vague." (more)
VACATION
"Should Have Stayed In Vegas"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The original "National Lampoon's Vacation" is a film that may not quite be the comedy classic that some of its proponents deem it to be--it is awfully uneven at times, the ending (which was a last-second replacement when the original finale tested badly with preview audiences--this ending was later repurposed into the climax of "Christmas Vacation") is curiously unsatisfying and some of the bad taste humor has not exactly stood the test of time. (Even director Harold Ramis admitted that the absurdly racist detour to East St. Louis was too much and that he might have reworked or deleted it entirely if he had the opportunity to do it again.) However, it is still a very funny film--certainly better than such dire followups as the execrable "European Vacation" and the all-but-forgotten "Vegas Vacation" (I am not that much of a fan of "Christmas Vacation either but since it has been duly enshrined as a holiday classic, I am willing to give it a pass)--and there are any number of reasons why it is so beloved. For one it marked one of the few times during his reign as one of Hollywood's top stars where Chevy Chase actually committed to playing a character (as he also did in "Fletch" and the sadly little-seen "Funny Farm") instead of just coasting through as a quip machine. For another, the sight of Christie Brinkley in her underwear--although not exactly essential to the narrative--was certainly a memorable sight for any and all 12-year-old boys at the time." (more)
BLUE HOUR , THE
"Beautifully, if sedately, blue."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: When making a film meant to be eerie and still, greatness is almost the baseline requirement for the cinematography. Fortunately, Thailand seems to be unusually well-stocked with both great shooters and things for them to point a camera at, so "The Blue Hour" is off to a good start, and builds into something unnerving as well." (more)
VACATION
"Holiday mold."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Vacation” is the latest Hollywood resurrection to arrive with a winking attempt at excusing itself with an entire meta routine concerning reboots. This vacation won’t just be a redo of the old one, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) says, insisting it can stand alone as his bewildered kids remind him that they’ve never even heard of the original. At a certain point, you begin to wonder if the film is trying to convince the audience or itself." (more)
WILD CITY
"That title has always described Ringo Lam's Hong Kong; still does in 2015."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Welcome back Ringo Lam, a director who has been absent from the Hong Kong movie scene for too long, but who doesn't really seem to have missed a beat with this neon-noir. In many ways, Hong Kong cinemas is a new world since he made his last feature in 2003, from digital shooting to having a close eye on the Mainland audience, but he's still capable of coming out with crime and action that is smart even as it's operatic." (more)
ANT-MAN
"Good Things Come in Small Packages"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "I must confess I had my serious doubts about “Ant-Man,” especially after director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “The World’s End”) left the project due to the traditional “creative differences.” An Edgar Wright-directed “Ant Man” would have been quirky, original; it would have stood out in the Marvel Universe. As a character and a concept, Ant-Man is not one that would make me run to the nearest comic book store to buy every single collected adventure or even back issue. So, the chances of my seeing a movie based on this character NOT directed by somebody as talented as Wright would have been pretty nil." (more)
OFFICE
"Corporate life is murder."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I don't know if "Office" ever really gets back around to the question that kicks it off in a definitive way, or if where it winds up going instead is really as fascinating as the filmmakers would have us think. Its corporate pressure-cooker environment certainly does a nice job of building into a potentially cutthroat situation." (more)
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