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Her Smell 5
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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Hustle, The 1.25
Detective Pikachu 1.78
Miss You Always 2
Hellboy (2019) 2.75
Shazam 2.83

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Headshot (2012) 4
War Witch 4.5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Frankenstein's Army 3
Rooftop, The 4
Grand Heist, The 4
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story 3
Night That Panicked America, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.79
Missing Picture, The 4
Fading Gigolo 3
Third Person 1
Cold Eyes 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Major, The 5
With You, Without You 3
Nordstrand 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Green Room 3.5
Operation Avalanche 4
Antibirth 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
Embers 4.14
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Native (2016) 5
Alienated 2
400 Days 1
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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
Arizona (2018) 2.86
RBG 4
Juliet, Naked 5
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
Wildlife 3
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
People's Republic of Desire 4
Brothers' Nest 4
Support The Girls 4
Ajin: Demi-Human 4
Number 37 3
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Jurassic Park 4.24
On Chesil Beach 3
We the Animals 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tremble All You Want 4.14
Gremlins 4.29
Microhabitat 4
Dark, The 5
Summer of '84 3.86
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Predator, The 2.73
Image Book, The 4
Cold War (2018) 4
Widows 3.33
Green Book 3
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ash Is Purest White 4
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Asako I & II 4
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Piercing 3
Peterloo 1
Favourite, The 4.75
Ash Is Purest White 4
Wildlife 3
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Halloween (2018) 3.33
Chained for Life 4
Climax 2.88
Donnybrook 1
Burning 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Book 3
Destroyer 3.14
Piercing 3
Relaxer 2
Roma (2018) 3.7
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Shadow 5
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ALADDIN (2019)
"It's not bad, but won't displace its predecessor."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A remake of "Aladdin"? Sure, why not. It's been a generation, and even if the point of these movies is for Disney to continue to exploit their catalog in an era where re-releases and home video don't bring in close to what they used to, sometimes it becomes interesting. It's not so much the case here; like most of these live-action cover versions, I'll probably never watch this again while the original is also on my shelf, but it's not exactly a waste of time even if it's not the only family-friendly option at the local theater." (more)
ALL IS TRUE
"Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespeare film is a bit different from the rest."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It is unlikely that any actor or director working today is as broadly associated with the works of William Shakespeare as Kenneth Branagh, and as a result it is both natural and kind of weird for him to make a movie where he plays the Bard himself - there are horror stories about obsessed fans that start this way! For better or worse, the most off-putting thing about "All Is True" is that, for someone who has consistently found ways to defy the popular idea that Shakespeare's plays are stodgy and archaic, it's almost shocking how dull this movie is. Neither he nor anybody else involved manages to find an angle that brings this story to life." (more)
ANIARA
"An unusual but fascinating outer-space epic."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The opening credits describe "Aniara" as based on a "space epos" and a line or two at the end seem to call back to the old Viking Sagas, although it is very pointedly not a tale of thrilling adventure. It doesn't quite revel in mundanity or despair, but instead plugs away with a combination of practicality and despair, eventually finding a balance between the two that is much better than one might expect." (more)
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM
"More of the same, but the same is pretty good."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you've enjoyed the first two "John Wick" movies, you'll almost certainly enjoy the third - this series still brings the stylish, astonishingly-staged violence better than most anybody else has since the last time John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat got together. It's definitely starting to get a little stretched, though, like the makers are a bit too aware of the franchise's status as an unlikely hit and developing a tendency to wink at themselves. "Parabellum" still plays its world of assassins just seriously enough to work as both intriguing and an excuse to enjoy the mayhem, but it's right on the edge of implosion, and may not be able to pull it off much longer." (more)
SHADOW
"Beautiful and bloody."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" is probably the most visually striking wuxia film since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", so striking that when it gets off to a bit of a halting start, one might be tempted to consider that an acceptable trade-off for just being able to look at the thing for a couple hours. That it would quickly becomes more was not guaranteed, but it does, offering up palace intrigue an spurts of action that make it one of the best films that the genre has produced in recent years." (more)
DETECTIVE PIKACHU
"One Guy, A Girl And A Pikachu"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In one of the many hilarious bits in the 1933 Marx Brothers classic “Duck Soup,” wacky dictator Rufus T. Firefly is handed a Treasury report and announces “Clear Why a four-year-old child could understand this report” before turning to his aide and remarking “Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can’t make head or tail out of it.” I found myself thinking about that line a lot while watching “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” for a couple of reasons. For one thing, as someone whose exposure to the entire Pokemon phenomenon over the years has been limited at best (someone tried to explain it to me once and got grumpy when I mentioned that it sounded a little too close to slavery for its own good), i concede that there are no doubt numerous aspects to the proceedings that would be best appreciated or at least understood by those with a greater working knowledge of the subject at hand. For another, since the film at hand was doing absolutely nothing to entertain or amuse me with its slapdash antics, why not let the mind drift to an authentically entertaining film in the way that a drowning man might yearn for a life vest? Alas, even that was not enough to help pass the time with this strenuously annoying film, a hard-sell spectacle that clearly yearns to be the next “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” but only winds up being the next “Space Jam” and just so that there is no confusion in the matter, that is most decidedly NOT a compliment." (more)
TONE-DEAF
"Fun mayhem around what might be Robert Patrick's best role."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 21: Richard Bates Jr. makes a valiant effort to frame "Tone-Deaf" in a way where its black comedy is about something bigger than just the funny murder, although I'm not sure that it's that deep: There's more there than "get a load of those Boomers/Millennials and their messed-up priorities!", but maybe not that much. It is, at least, pretty consistently funny, with an especially entertaining turn from a guy who seldom seems to get a role this good." (more)
LONG SHOT
"Bedfellows Make Strange Politics"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Whether you like “Long Shot” or not will depend to a large degree on exactly how much thought you are planning to give it, either while watching it or afterwards. On the one hand, it is a breezy and brash romantic comedy and look at it simply on that level, it does work thanks to a number of very funny scenes and the offbeat chemistry generated by its two leads. On the other hand, if one sits down and analyzes the politics driving the narrative—sexual and otherwise—to any degree, large parts of it begin to come across as either willfully inane or borderline creepy. The end result is a work that contains enough charm and wit to sort of warrant a recommendation but only with the caveat that some of the elements on display are really not going to play well with some audience members." (more)
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