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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 5
Last Black Man in San Francisco, The 5
Toy Story 4 5
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Booksmart 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Yesterday 1.38
Dark Phoenix 1.88
Shaft (2019) 1.88
Crawl 2
Dead Don't Die, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Trishna 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Lesson of the Evil 3
24 Exposures 4
Love Eternal 4.8
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.88
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Stranger by the Lake 4
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Sacrament, The 3
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Contracted 1.5
Major, The 5
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Of Good Report 5
Voyage 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
31 3
Hollars, The 4
Operation Avalanche 4
Lure, The 3
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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
Blade Runner 4.28
Ex Machina 3.97
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Einstein's God Model 3
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eighth Grade 4
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
RBG 4
Leave No Trace 4.63
Hearts Beat Loud 2.43
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hereditary 3.21
First Reformed 5
Support The Girls 4
Wild Nights With Emily 3
Ranger, The 5
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Damsel 3
Guilty, The (2018) 4
Leave No Trace 4.63
Searching 3.88
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arizona (2018) 2.86
Bodied 5
Heavy Trip 5
Pledge 3
Li Bo 3
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Climax 2.88
Monsters and Men 3
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
Old Man & the Gun, The 4.63
Ash Is Purest White 4
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ash Is Purest White 4
Cold War (2018) 4
High Life (2019) 3.14
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold War (2018) 4
Rafiki 4
Hate U Give, The 4
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
Overlord (2018) 3.8
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 4.57
Halloween (2018) 3.32
Chained for Life 4
Climax 2.88
Burning 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mary, Queen of Scots (2018) 4.13
Green Book 3
Bird Box 2
Widows 3.33
Everybody Knows 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Apollo 11 5
Late Night 2.33
Mope 3
Fighting with My Family 2
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
Booksmart 4.86
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 5
Her Smell 5
Luce 3
Shadow 5
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "We Are Little Zombies" is the sort of movie that needs four kids for its story but only has enough attention for a couple of them, with most of that going to the one most designed to get on a person's nerves. That's not always ideal, to be honest, but it is something that a person can get used to over a couple hours, especially when the filmmakers are committed to being the right sort of creative and energetic. Director Makoto Nagahisa attacks grief and the increasingly self-aware people trying to deal with it in a way that may be a lot for people multiple times the age of its 13-year-old heroes, but even they will likely wind up impressed." (more)
DARLIN'
"Perhaps not spun far enough off from its predecessors."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Darlin'" is a weird one, strange enough to make me wonder if it would play better or worse if I'd seen the previous films in this somewhat loose series. You don't actually need "Offspring" or "The Woman" to make sense of it, but even so, it's not hard to sense that something isn't quite right here, like it would be a stronger movie if it were more free to be entirely its own thing or a more direct continuation." (more)
ASTRONAUT (2019)
"Richard Dreyfuss still yearns for space."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There are times when I lament modestly-scaled movies being lucky to get a blip of a release in theaters as they head to the small screen, and there are other times when the likely-small theatrical release they will receive alongside their on-demand premieres seems like a nice little bonus. "Astronaut" falls into the latter category, pleasantly intimate but losing little when played for a crowd." (more)
WHITE STORM 2: DRUG LORDS, THE
"Worth sitting through to get to the insane car chase."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "As much as I liked "The White Storm" when I saw it in 2014, I didn't know it was successful enough to become a crime-movie brand, in that apparently any movie about former allies turned enemies in the drug trade could wind up released under that banner. That's what this film is - a similar outline with new characters that has to work to reach the same melodramatic highs, although there's no arguing against the action when the gloves come completely off." (more)
ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, THE
"A comedy with the subtlety and technique of a well-executed karate chop."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: From the big desktop computers in the offices to the jokes built around answering machines rather than mobile phones, it seems likely that Riley Stearns's "The Art of Self-Defense" takes place too early for the phrase "toxic masculinity" to have been in common use, so he has to address that sort of issue even more plainly. The result is a delightfully weird deadpan comedy that is laser-focused on how something can be both awful and absurd, filled with laughs for those who enjoy dark, screwy humor. It's got no place for subtlety but that's far from the only way to land a good joke." (more)
CRAWL
"Plenty Of Gators But A Total Crock."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "At the time that I am writing this, the Chicago area has been focused for the last few days on the Humboldt Park area where an alligator approximately five feet in length has turned up in a local lagoon. Although the creature, dubbed Chance the Snapper has largely been in hiding and there have only been a few glimpses to prove to that it is actually there, crowds have been flocking to the lagoon to stand out in the heat staring at nothing for hours on end in the hopes of getting a look at it. They may not actually get to see the thing for themselves but my guess is that they are almost certainly having more fun than anyone going out this weekend to plunk down money to go see the lousy alligator attack movie “Crawl.” At least at the lagoon, there is the slight possibility that something interesting or exciting might occur, which is not the case with this bargain basement (literally) rip-off that too often looks and feels like a SyFy Channel thriller with a slightly higher budget but even less point or purpose." (more)
LUCE
"Wins the debate but may not be convincing."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2019: "Luce" is a clever film that often leans a bit too hard on its cleverness, especially in the first half. The filmmakers seemingly love to show a small facet of something and make it very clear that there's more to be seen and maybe they'll get to it later, or to lay out facts and perspectives in debate-team style, pointing out that it's working with semantics rather than being straightforward or even playing at being straightforward." (more)
LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, THE
"Beautiful film about a beautiful city that sometimes doesn't love you back."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Last Black Man in San Francisco" may be the year's best tale of unrequited love; it's certainly the one where the camera most clearly adores its subjects. That the object of that adoration is a house or a city hardly matters." (more)
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