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Divergent Series, The: Insurgent 1.89
Shadows on the Wall 2
Girl Like Her, A 2
1915 2
Longest Ride, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Side by Side 3.86
War Witch 4.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Confession of Murder 3
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
Horror Stories 3
Night That Panicked America, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Prisoners 2.2
Field in England, A 5
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
August: Osage County 1.78
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Jimmy P. 4.14
Her 4.36
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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Northwest 4
Book Thief, The 3
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Go Goa Gone 2.71
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Cartel Land 5
Slow West 4
(T)ERROR 4
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Thank You for Playing 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Ex Machina 4.12
Get Hard 5
Unfriended 4.25
Naz & Maalik 4
Landfill Harmonic 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
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H. 3
Stray Dog 3
Li'l Quinquin 5
Midnight Swim, The 3
Naz & Maalik 4
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
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End of the Tour, The 3
Slow West 4
Raiders! 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
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Gone with the Pope 1
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bloody Knuckles 4
Bag Boy Lover Boy 3
Editor, The 4
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
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When Animals Dream 4
End of the Tour, The 3
Tribe, The (2015) 5
H. 3
World of Kanako, The 4
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
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(T)ERROR 4
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
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Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
Shrew's Nest 4
We Are Still Here 5
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
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Tribe, The (2015) 5
Stray Dog 3
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Angkor's Children 4
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Rob Gonsalves says... "Some artists seem to have popped in from another dimension to show us what life looks like over there. They don’t appear to have any readily identifiable influences; one looks at their work and wonders where the hell it came from, how someone could start with a blank space and come up with … that." (more)
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Brett Gallman says... "With “Age of Ultron,” Joss Whedon further solidifies his place as the ideal candidate to oversee the daunting task of shepherding the Marvel Universe to the screen because he operates with a keen awareness of escalation: sensing that the world-breaking stakes of “The Avengers” can’t truly be heightened, he instead looks inwards towards his characters. “Age of Ultron” is simultaneously bigger and more intimate than its predecessor, and it works because Whedon realizes these characters have endured for decades with good reason. He’s a director who values the small panels as much as he does the huge splash pages." (more)
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Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: Movies like "H.", with its deliberately un-evocative title, unexplained strange events, and ostentatiously non-standard structure, can bring out my least favorite reaction to a movie - the urge to shoot that the emperor has no clothes and the audience is being played for suckers who don't want to admit that they can't see what's going on. Most of the time, I can see that there's some idea at play, even if I can't get at it because it's poorly thought out or expressed. That's where I stand with "H."; it's too well-executed to dismiss but far too messy to praise." (more)
STRAY DOG
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3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: You may have heard of director Debra Granik's previous film, a great backwoods number called "Winter's Bone" that got a bunch of praise and is arguably the foundation for Jennifer Lawrence being as big a star as she is, so it's a bit surprising to see her next feature be this very small-scale documentary; in a lot of cases, one would think, she'd get a chance at something bigger. On the other hand, since she met the subject(s) of this movie on the set of that one, maybe making this her next project felt like a more natural next step than trying to grab some studio job." (more)
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
"The light's are on, I don't know who's home."
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "As the credits rolled at my screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” an odd mood set in. It's wasn't one of disdain, or even disappointment, but rather the sort of ceremonial resignation usually reserved for Christmas mass. Avenging wrought, we awaited an after credits titbit, our own slice of Gold, Myrrh and Frankincense. People hung by the door, shuffling - wanting to depart - but unable, lest they missed the sight of an evil dude fiddling with a regal looking glove for 12 seconds. It came. It went. We left." (more)
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
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Greg Ursic says... "The Avengers was a guaranteed blockbuster before the first scene was shot, so it would have been easy to play it safe. Thankfully, writer director Joss Whedon doesn't do mediocre: a well-written story with fully realized characters, it bore his quirky sense of humour, was thrilling, dramatic and it connected with audiences on every level and made buckets of cash. So what do you do for the encore? Go bigger of course." (more)
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"A.K.A. Less Than Zero: Apocalypse"
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Peter Sobczynski says... "Although I have tried to resist it for as long as possible, I have finally begun to come to terms with the inescapable fact that for at least the next several years, hardly a month will go by without encountering at least one new movie based on a comic book--I believe Spider-Man will be involved with roughly 37% of those all by himself. I cannot say in all honesty that I am particularly thrilled with this turn of events but I am willing to at least tolerate it for the foreseeable future as long as the people cranking them out take care to at least include a smidgen of genuine personality amidst the inevitable scenes of oddly costumed goofs pounding the crap out of each other while the entire universe appears to be collapsing around them. Take "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the eagerly awaited sequel to the 2012 superhero mashup that is slipping quietly into a few theaters this weekend. As a combination superhero epic, sequel and presumed blockbuster, it contains many of the flaws common to each of those particular schools of filmmaking--it is too long, there are too many characters and subplots for its own good, most of the action set-pieces are too elaborately drawn-out for their own good and the entire enterprise lacks the freshness that made the first film so surprisingly appealing. At the same time, nestled in amongst all the elaborate spectacle are just enough moments of genuine wit and personality to make the whole thing at least reasonably palatable, even to those who could honestly care less if they ever see another superhero film as long as they live." (more)
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