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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Nymphomaniac: Volume II 5
Particle Fever 5
That Demon Within 5
Raid 2, The 4.88
Nymphomaniac: Volume I 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Frankie & Alice 1
Jinn 1.57
Vampire Academy 1.67
Stalingrad 1.69
Oculus 1.7

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Sleepless Night 4.14
Resolution 4
Playroom, The 3
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I'll Follow You Down 3
Complex, The 3
Key of Life 4
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
Night That Panicked America, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Omar 4.5
Enemy 4
12 Years a Slave 3.52
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Sacrament, The 3.14
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 4.89
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Nebraska 3.64
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Philomena 4.11
Argento's Dracula 4.08
Major, The 5
Of Good Report 5
Nordstrand 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 5
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Imperial Dreams 5
Calvary 5
Rich Hill 1
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2014 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.57
Oculus 1.7
Grand Budapest Hotel, The 3.72
Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story 2
Starry Eyes 4
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2014 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Europa Report 3.44
Silent Running 3.94
Children of Men 4.05
World, the Flesh and the Devil, The 5
Dust of War 2
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2014 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 1
Glass Chin 4
Mala Mala 5
Famous Nathan 5
Next Goal Wins 4.14
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Starred Up 1
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.86
Copenhagen 5
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2014 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 5
All Cheerleaders Die 2.38
My Name is Jonah 3.69
Kept 4
American Jesus 3
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2014 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dom Hemingway 3
Calvary 5
Congress, The 4
As It Is In Heaven 4.93
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2014 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sacrament, The 3.14
Lesson of the Evil 3.4
Starry Eyes 4
LFO: The Movie 4.14
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2014 Sarasota Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ernest & Celestine 4.86
Dom Hemingway 3
Heli 4
Rich Hill 1
Congress, The 4
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2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rich Hill 1
Missing Picture, The 4
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Calvary 5
Rich Hill 1
Break Point 4
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Jay Seaver says... "The recently-discovered photography of Vivian Maier is striking, impressive enough that even those of us with no particular expertise in what makes a good picture can look at one and recognize something special without some sort of hook. They've got one, though, and "Finding Vivian Maier" is an intriguing look at the photographer's story." (more)
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"Nothing ruins this."
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Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 16: Say this for "Blue Ruin": It starts from a different place that many movies of its type, and that starting point means that even when it doesn't necessarily go in a unique direction, it still winds up in a new place. Going unexpected places in and of itself is certainly a good thing for a thriller like this, but it still needs some navigation, and writer/director Jeremy Saulnier is an impressively sure hand on the wheel." (more)
THAT DEMON WITHIN
"A packed psychological cops & robbers thriller."
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Jay Seaver says... "You can tell from the opening moments of "That Demon Within" that it's not going to be your standard cops 'n robbers movie, and it's sure not going to stand out for how grounded and realistic it is. This is Hong Kong, and while they may not have invented the operatic crime drama, they do it like no-one else, and nobody is doing it bigger than Dante Lam right now. Like they say, bigger doesn't always mean better, but this is one case where going for it yields something pretty great" (more)
TRANSCENDENCE
"A frustrating but intriguing debut for Wally Pfister."
3 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Transcendence” looks to be hung up on big ideas, but it’s less a ponderous thesis and more of a good keynote address: it’s flashy, attention-grabbing, full of clichés, and is sold on musings and promises, some of which it actually manages to deliver on. Most of them, however, merely serve as a platform for another technophobic vision of the apocalypse, so Wally Pfister’s directorial debut is but one of many prophets shouting in a crowded landscape." (more)
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4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 16: "The Congress" divides fairly naturally into three or four parts, and the Futurological Congress which gives the film is name (and was presumably much more central to Stanislas Lem's original novel) is probably the least interesting despite having the most going on. One almost wonders why filmmaker Ari Folman didn't just make a movie with everything else and cite Lem as an inspiration, because that still leaves a heck of a smart, unusual science fiction film." (more)
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5 stars
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TRANSCENDENCE
"At Last--This Generation's "Lawnmower Man""
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""Transcendence" is a would-be technological thriller that not only utterly fails to achieve its titular state but cannot even work up the necessary oomph to make it to the level of basic competence. It has a potentially promising premise and a strong cast but both are squandered on an end product that wastes both thanks to clumsy screenwriting, listless acting and a fundamental lack of interest and insight into the issues that it raises and then abandons. Put it this way--if you ever wanted to see what a David Cronenberg movie might be like if all of the quirky, icky and genuinely thought-provoking concepts that make his films so distinctive were kicked to the curb in exchange for a jumbo-sized production budget and a star-studded cast, this is your kind of movie. For everyone else, this is one the kind of dopey potboiler that is all the more frustrating because it clearly thinks that it is smarter and more profound than it really is." (more)
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