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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Housebound 5
Birdman 5
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Golden Era, The 5
Force Majeure 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Left Behind 1.29
Judge, The 1.67
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
But Always 2
Drop, The 2.14

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
2 Days in New York 3.15
Keep the Lights On 3
Burn 4
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
Bounty Killer 4
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
Night That Panicked America, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Fading Gigolo 3
Le Week-End 3.4
Dom Hemingway 3.5
Third Person 1.14
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Captain Phillips 4.08
Her 4.08
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Northwest 4
Of Good Report 5
Stop-Over 4
Nebraska 3.54
Life Feels Good 5
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
Blue Room, The 4
Birdman 5
Gone Girl 4.11
'71 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Drop, The 2.14
Shrew's Nest 4
World of Kanako, The 5
Blue Room, The 4
In Darkness We Fall 3
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Equalizer, The 2.33
Judge, The 1.67
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Golden Era, The 5
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 5
Bros Before Hos 3.71
Tusk 4
Man From Reno 3.29
Automata 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
St. Vincent 3.86
Creep (2014) 4.88
Goal of the Dead 4
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
1001 Grams 2
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Birdman 5
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Art and Craft 4.14
God Help the Girl 4.14
In Order of Disappearance 5
Other One, The: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir 5
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Faults 4
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Duke of Burgundy, The 5
Midnight Swim, The 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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"Good, if not great, grindhouse."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Don't let some of the pedigree that "Revenge of the Green Dragons" can whip out fool you - executive producer/"presenter" Martin Scorsese and co-director Andrew Lau have made some transcendent gangster movies, but this one is more or less the sort of lurid fare its name suggests. This is not an argument against it, mind you; what better way is there to tell the story of an Asian-American street gang than by bringing some Hong Kong style to old-school grindhouse?" (more)
BIRDMAN
"Bird On The Highwire"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Every once in a while, a movie comes around that contains some element--an intriguing premise, a unique visual approach, an attention-grabbing performance or two--that manages to genuinely electrify critics and audiences alike. The big question, of course, is whether the film can continue to stand on its own two feet after the initial rush of excitement has passed (as was the case of things likes "Pulp Fiction" or "Being John Malkovich") or if a second viewing reveals a certain hollowness that wasn't quite as evident the first time around ("American Beauty" is a prime example of a film whose essential shallowness became gaspingly apparent upon a repeat viewing). The latest cinematic cock-of-the-walk to grab the attention of all who encounter it is "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," a surreal dark comedy that contains, among other things, the aforementioned intriguing premise, unique visual approach and any number of attention-grabbing performances, including one that is already being penciled in by many observers as a sure shot for not just an Oscar nomination but the award itself. On first glance, it deserves all the accolades that it has been receiving and then some because it is some of the most undeniably bold, stylish and enormously entertaining filmmaking to hit the screens this year. Since I have not yet had a chance to see it a second time at this point, I cannot say as to whether or not the giddy sense of excitement can still be felt upon multiple viewings but I can say that it is one of the few films to come out this year where the notion of seeing it a second time sounds more like a pleasure than a chore." (more)
JOHN WICK
"PERKINS or (Alfie, Please Use Your Brain)"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Those of you who have been reading my reviews for a while will no doubt know that I apparently have a soft spot in my heart (not to mention head) for super-stylish and wildly executed action extravaganzas--this is the guy, after all, who put "Bullet to the Head" on his 10 Best list for last year and who more or less revers Luc Besson as a saint of the cinema. And yet, even I am somewhat in awe of "John Wick," a film so cheerfully excessive that it is at the over-the-top stage right at the start and only proceeds to push things further and further as things progress until I wasn't sure whether I was seeing the dumbest movie ever made or some kind of cockeyed masterpiece even after the end credits were unrolling. Now that I have had a couple of weeks to mull it over, I think that I am finally leaning toward the latter. Yes, it is incredibly dumb and its excesses are so pronounced that anyone attempting a straightforward critical analysis may well go completely mad in the process. However, it displays the kind of craziness that is so profound and serenely self-confident in its lunacy that I have to bow to it--this is easily the most demented action extravaganza to hit theaters since "Lucy" and by far the most entertaining to boot." (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)
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"Zombies are the living dead - and rocket fuel."
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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)
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