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2-Sep Skiptrace (2016)
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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Kubo and the Two Strings 5
Train to Busan 5
Our Little Sister 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
Outlaws and Angels 4.88

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Me Before You 1
Purge, The: Election Year 1
War Dogs 1.57
BFG, The 1.88
Time Raiders 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
2 Days in New York 3.15
Hysteria 3.13
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
After School Midnighters 3
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Lady Assassin, The 3
Tiger Mask, The 3
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 5
Under the Skin (2014) 4.21
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Belle 4.25
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.85
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missing Picture, The 4
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Voyage 1
Life Feels Good 5
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Brahman Naman 4
Love & Friendship 4.46
Hollars, The 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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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
Blade Runner 4.29
Pitch Black 3.55
Never Let Me Go 4.38
House of Time 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Throne, The 4
Shelley 3
Phantom Detective 3
Five (2016) 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
High-Rise (2015) 1
Five Nights in Maine 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Cash Only 4
Antibirth 4
Chasing Banksy 3
Lure, The 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
In A Valley of Violence 5
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aloys 4
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PETE'S DRAGON (2016)
"Fantastic things in these woods."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A few years ago, a friend argued that a certain movie was not as good as it could be because it let the audience see its creatures right away rather than hiding them for a big reveal later, even though it wasn't about discovery. I was reminded of that when this new version of "Pete's Dragon" showed the dragon in the second or third scene, thinking that the kids that this movie was made for wouldn't have internalized those expectations based upon what used to be prohibitively expensive. That thought soon fled my mind, though - while the modern ability to put something fantastic on screen with relatively little restriction is a big part of what makes this film a delight, its big heart and the filmmakers' steady hands do even more to make this one of the best family films to come out in a year that has had plenty." (more)
LINE WALKER
"Ah, looks like there was one more undercover agent."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's not exactly fair, but you say "Hong Kong crime movie with lost undercover cops", and my head's going to go to "Infernal Affairs", which, as an all-time classic, is setting the bar pretty high, when it's probably enough just to be a decent enough cops and crooks movie. "Line Walker: The Movie", is no "Infernal Affairs"; for all I know, it's not even up to the standard of the TV series that launched it. On the other hand, there ain't no shootout like a Hong Kong shootout, and this does deliver the crime-movie goods quite nicely when it gets down to it." (more)
SPACEMAN (2016)
"Southpaws are odd ones, though that's not always enough."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Say this for writer/director Brett Rapkin - not a lot of folks have made a documentary feature and then been able to return to the subject for a narrative one. Off the top of my head, that puts him on a short list with Werner Herzog and a few others. Not at the top of the list or anywhere near it, since this year's "Spaceman", at least, is just an average sports bio, but there's a little something to be said for both practice and for doing movies about things that hold one's attention over a long period." (more)
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
"Forget The Cute Quote--Go And See This"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "As has been noted before, this past summer was not exactly a particularly robust one for moviegoers, especially those looking for something that might entertain the entire family. Sure, “Finding Dory” was quite good but it inevitably lacked the uniqueness of the original. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s wildly overhyped “The BFG” was a tonal mess that never quite came together while the likes of “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Ice Age 5” were dispiriting drags that failed to work on any level, though the box office failure of the latter suggests that even little kids starved for entertainment have their limits. And yet, in the dog days of August—a time when families are more focused on returning to school than in hitting the multiplex—two of the very best family films in recent years have appeared in as many weeks. Last week, you will recall, saw the release of “Pete’s Dragon,” a remake of the lumbering 1977 Disney behemoth that turned out to be a funny, touching and exciting work that was everything that “The BFG” wished that it was. As good as that film is, this week’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” might actually be even better—a visually stunning and dramatically exciting fantasy epic for all ages that puts most of the bombastic would-be blockbusters of the last few months to shame." (more)
WAR DOGS
"Bros In Arms"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When a filmmaker has a string of enormous box-office hits, they eventually get to that rarefied position where they can pretty much take on any project that they want, regardless of their suitability for it, and the studios will pony up tons of cash to let them do it in the hopes that lightning will strike once again. In the case of Todd Pihillips, the success of such films as “Old School,” “Due Date” and, of course, the inexplicably popular “Hangover” trilogy gave him an enormous amount of capital within the industry and he has chosen to invest much of it in “War Dogs,” a dark comedy that deals with subjects that most viewers would hardly view as amusing and most studios would hardly consider to be much of a audience lure—arms dealing, the war in Iraq, corruption and the complexities of the military-industrial complex among them. This is the kind of exceptionally tricky material that requires an exceedingly deft directorial touch if it is to have any chance of working and if there are three words that one could use to describe Phillips and his oeuvre, “deft directorial touch” would probably not rank very high on anyone’s list. As a result, “War Dogs” is a bloated and lumbering misfire that is neither especially funny nor edifying and seems to have nothing on its mind except to demonstrate that Phillips has indeed seen the films of Martin Scorsese, though he apparently failed to absorb what it was that made them work." (more)
OPERATION CHROMITE
"Tries for global appeal, falls short."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's no secret that South Korean entertainment companies have been looking to access the American market directly the same way that China and India do, even if they are more trying to translate their industry's great reputation into an audience the size that they feel it deserves than serve a large expatriate and emigrant population. Inserting a familiar western face into a movie is one way to get it a higher American profile, although audiences going to "Operation Chromite" under the impression that it stars Liam Neeson will likely be disappointed, though in a different way than folks looking for a truly great Korean War movie." (more)
TRAIN TO BUSAN
"Romeropiercer."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Releasing "Train to Busan" in the United States just two days after its opening in South Korea is an incredible show of confidence, considering that for all the praise Korean genre film gets from critics, they don't have quite the same base that rapidly-released Chinese and Indian films do. It is, however, warranted confidence - director Yeon Sang-ho has made one of the most exhilarating action-horror films in years, a smart zombie movie that combines the scale of something like "World War Z" with the tight focus of the genre's classics." (more)
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"The tricky work of discovering yourself in middle age."
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