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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5
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Stronger 5
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) 1
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Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2
Suburbicon 2.13
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2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5
Square, The (2017) 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
Thelma 4
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Take this Waltz 3.19
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Burn 4
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Big Bad Wolves 5
Discopathe 3
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Hell 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Top Knot Detective 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Rush 3.53
Almost Human 3
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
Grand Seduction, The 2.43
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Omar 4.57
Tim's Vermeer 5
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Stop-Over 4
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Captain Fantastic 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Antibirth 4
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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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
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Survivalist, The 3
Einstein's God Model 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.76
Suburbicon 2.13
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
Gook 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
XX 2
Lady Macbeth 3.54
Little Hours, The 5
Get Out 4.15
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Prevenge 4
Song to Song 2
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Dealt 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Prevenge 4
Hounds of Love 5
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
Buster's Mal Heart 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Little Hours, The 5
Tormenting the Hen 2
Furusato 4
Stumped 4
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2017 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold War 2 4
Japanese Girls Never Die (Haruko Azumi Is Missing) 5
Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio, The 4
Bad Genius 5
Gangster's Daughter, The 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bitch (2017) 3
MFA 3
Friendly Beast 4
Pork Pie 4
Almost Coming, Almost Dying 4
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3
Square, The (2017) 4
Lady Bird 4.86
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2
In the Fade 5
Spoor 5
Thelma 4
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COCO (2017)
"Good Bones"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With a storyline that is set mostly in the land of the dead and deals with a young boy who accidentally crosses over and struggles to make his way back to the world of the living before he becomes a permanent resident of a world where everyone is a skeleton and one’s worth is measured by how much they are remembered in the real world, “Coco,” despite having been produced under the aegis of Pixar, may strike some as sounding a little on the dark and morbid side for a film ostensibly aimed at younger audiences. As it turns out, the film, despite its ostensibly creepy trappings, is a good, if not great, run through the standard Pixar formula that is bolstered by its distinct visual style, the long-overdue expansion of its cultural palette and a storyline that deftly charts the challenges of maintaining family traditions while at the same time striking out to follow the beat of their own drummer." (more)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
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5 stars
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"The Signs, They Aren't A-Changing"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While watching “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the latest film from audacious British writer-director Martin McDonagh, whose previous efforts were “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths,” I experienced a sensation that I rarely experience at the movies these days—I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen next. Most movies made today, even the good ones, tend to fall into comfortable patterns and once a viewer detects them, they can pretty much figure out, at least in the broad strokes, everything that is about to happen. With this film, however, even though I knew the basics of its plot, I spent most of the running time never knowing where it was headed—and on the rare instances when I was willing to hazard a guess, I was usually wrong—and that sensation only added to what was already a tremendous work. This is a darkly funny, deeply moving and always audacious high wire act of a film that, much like its unforgettable heroine, obeys none of the rules or niceties and is all the more memorable and exciting because of it." (more)
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2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While I cannot say that I am an especially huge fan of the superhero sub-genre that has been flooding multiplexes in recent years, I have to say that 2017 has actually been a pretty good year, quality-wise, for such films. “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2” built on the cheerfully goofy tone of the original without merely rehashing what had come before. “Wonder Woman” came about as close to hitting the top tier for such films as any of them in recent years, missing the mark only by the lack of a truly impressive villain. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” managed to find a fresh approach to what was Sony’s third separate take on the character in about 15 years. Hell, even “Thor: Raganork” managed to take one of the dullest of all the comic book heroes and finally give him an entertaining vehicle by presenting him with a welcome sense of humor and offering up Jeff Goldblum in a hilarious out-of-left-field supporting turn. This run had to end sometime, I suppose, and with the arrival of “Justice League,” DC Comics’ attempt to replicate the success of Marvel’s multi-hero “Avengers” films, it has come to a screeching halt. To be fair, the film is not nearly as bad as the advance word (which included word of massive reshoots and the departure of original director Zack Snyder following a family tragedy) might have suggest and indeed, it is better than such disasters as its immediate predecessor, “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the monstrous “Suicide Squad.” On the other hand, that isn’t exactly saying much and it doesn’t change the fact that the film is a leaden, lugubrious mess that has a few engaging moments and performances that are often overwhelmed by noisy setpieces, a screenplay that only flirts with coherence and one of the least interesting villains ever seen in a film of this sort." (more)
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2 stars
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"Let the Midnight Special shine a light on Branagh…"
1 stars
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