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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Amy 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
Trainwreck 4.8
Inside Out (2015) 4.5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Strangerland 1
L.A. Slasher 1
Ted 2 1.63
Ark of Mr. Chow, The 2
Terminator Genisys 2.2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Jackpot 5
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Am Divine 4
Last Tycoon, The 4
Lady Assassin, The 3
Vessel (2013) 3.14
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Past, The 5
Stranger by the Lake 4
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Double, The (2014) 4.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her 4.36
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Nebraska 3.55
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Life Feels Good 5
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Slow West 4
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Thank You for Playing 5
Bad Hurt 5
Cartel Land 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trainwreck 4.8
Love & Mercy 5
Excess Flesh 3
We Are Still Here 5
Raiders! 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
I'll See You in My Dreams 4
Slow West 4
(T)ERROR 4
Midnight Swim, The 3
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Results 4
Call Me Lucky 5
Slow West 4
End of the Tour, The 3
Batkid Begins 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 4
Gone with the Pope 1
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
When Animals Dream 4
Cop Car 4
Love & Mercy 5
Welcome to Me 5
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
Shrew's Nest 4
We Are Still Here 5
Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
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
(T)ERROR 4
I'll See You in My Dreams 4
Wolfpack, The 3
Angkor's Children 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 5
Cub 5
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
Chinese Mayor, The 4
Waterline (Jeziorak) 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
Visit, The (2015/I) 4
Anguish (2015) 4
Blue Hour , The 4
Manos, The Hands of Fate 1.83
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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
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Stanford Prison Experiment, The 4
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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"Theron & Hendricks are anything but cold cases."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I'm mildly curious how big a part a secondary character had in the original book; after an amusing introduction (and fairly high billing), he gets streamlined right in the background. It's the right choice - this is a story about people involved in a crime rather than those investigating it, and while that material can be a bit uneven, but when it hits, the results are fairly impressive." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"In which Tom Cruise renews his commitment to doing anything to entertain."
5 stars
Brett Gallman says... "When “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation” opens with Tom Cruise clinging to a plane as it lifts off, it’s staggering on multiple levels." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"Accepted"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There have only been a handful of film franchises that have been lucky enough to earn a fifth go-around in theaters and in nearly every one of those cases, a certain degree of artistic ennui has inevitably set in as the filmmakers, more often than not, are merely rejiggering things that have worked in the past instead of taking the time to come up with something fresh and entertaining. The results have, for the most part, been fairly dire--"A Good Day to Die Hard," "Star Trek V" and any number of horror titles one could mention to name just a few. (Hell, even the James Bond series, a franchise as durable as one could possibly hope for, had its first stumble with its official fifth installment, the semi-disappointing "You Only Live Twice.") Oh sure, I am certain that we could come up with a couple of films that buck that particular tide--"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" comes to mind (though anyone calling "The Empire Strikes Back" "Episode V" is going to get [i]such[/i] a pinch)--but such things are pretty much a rarity. Now there are plenty of reasons to love "Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation," the fifth in the incredibly lucrative and surprisingly durable string of films spun off from the popular Sixties-era espionage television series--the smart writing, the good performances and the breathlessly exciting action set-pieces that have been its hallmark since Brian De Palma had Tom Cruise dangling from the ceiling of CIA headquarters in the 1996 original--but the most significant one is that it is that rare late entry in a long-established series that is still acting as if it has something to prove instead of lazily resting on its laurels. Like "Mad Max: Fury Road" from earlier this summer, a lot of care and effort clearly went into making this film and the result is the best franchise film to come along the line since. . . well, since "Fury Road."" (more)
COP CAR
"Stay out of the back seat, kids!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Cop Car" opens by dropping enough swearwords that even parents who missed the R rating might consider pulling their kids out, which is both necessary and a bit of a pity. A family-friendly take on the story could have been fun, although staying true to where writer/director Jon Watts sees the story creates something just as entertaining and probably more thrilling." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"Your mission Mr. McQuarrie, should you accept it, is to improve a franchise"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "“Mission: Impossible” is that rare Hollywood franchise that improves with each entry. The original “Mission: Impossible,” directed by Brian de Palma, built an incomprehensible plot about the theft of a computer file with the names of America’s top secret agents around the film’s massive action set-pieces. Its sequel, directed by John Woo, featured all of the filmmaker’s trademark visual style (balletic slo-mo gunfights, pigeons flapping their wings also in slo-mo before all hell broke loose) without any of the poignancy or dramatic heft of his best Hong Kong-set films." (more)
CATCH ME DADDY
"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)
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