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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Calvary 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
Most Wanted Man, A 4.71
Life Itself 4.63

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
If I Stay 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Into the Storm 1.38
Sex Tape 1.5

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Headshot 4
Keep the Lights On 3
Rubberneck 2.38
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You're Next 3.52
Uzumasa Jacopetti 3
Curse of Chucky 4.11
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.57
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Sacrament, The 3.21
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.56
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 4.89
Immigrant, The 4.11
Wind Rises, The 4.93
Nebraska 3.52
Le Week-End 3.4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Argento's Dracula 4.08
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Motel Life, The 2.86
Sacrament, The 3.21
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 4.56
Most Wanted Man, A 4.71
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Dear White People 3.86
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Housebound 5
Mood Indigo 2
I, Origins 2.43
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Begin Again 3.84
One I Love, The 4
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 3
Dear White People 3.86
Han Gong-ju 5
Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, The 5
Earth to Echo 2.11
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aberdeen (2014) 3
Public Enemy 3.88
From Vegas to Macau 2
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Predestination 5
Reconstruction of William Zero, The 4.86
Mr. Go 3.14
Goal of the Dead 4
Yasmine 3
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2014 Black Harvest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forgotten Kingdom, The 3.29
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Tu dors Nicole 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Cut Bank 5
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SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
"Insert "Naked City" Reference Here"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "To call "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-awaited followup to their groundbreaking 2005 adaptation of Miller's acclaimed series of noir-influenced graphic novels, "lurid" would be like calling fried chicken "tasty," the new Taylor Swift song "catchy" and Eva Green "attractive"--those words may be technically accurate but they hardly begin to scratch the surface in doing justice to the subjects at hand (as I will be demonstrating later on in this review in regards to at least one of those premises). Seemingly containing a higher concentration of sex, violence and ultra-hard-boiled dialogue than any single movie since the original "Sin City," this is a film that seems to have been designed to make audiences cheer with delight or swoon in horror at the excesses that it revels in from the very first frame to the last. Although it may not be the unequivocal knockout that its predecessor was, it still packs enough of a giddily grisly punch to make for a ridiculously entertaining good time, though you might want to make sure that your multiplex is equipped with defibrillators in the even that it proves to be too much for more delicate moviegoers." (more)
IF I STAY
"Not-Quite-Gone Girl"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although it has occasionally been suggested that I am of a cynical, cold-hearted and borderline dyspeptic disposition, especially in reference to any film of a more sentimental nature than "Sin City 2," I have nothing at all in particular against movies that have plenty of emotions to share and are willing to do so at the drop of a hat or an especially poignant music cue. I only ask two things of such films--that they earn those big sentimental moments and that give us characters that are interesting and likable enough so that viewers can legitimately care about what happens to them in the end. The teen romantic tragedy "If I Stay" drops the ball in regards to the first part but if that had been its only major sin, I could have easily just dismissed it with a couple of mildly snarky rebukes while admitting that I am quite obviously not part of its key audience demographic of 14-year-old drama queens equally obsessed with their own mortality and whether or not that cute new boy in study hall likes them or not. Alas, "If I Stay" also whiffs things by offering up as one of its main players a character who, thanks to a combination of shabby writing and painful miscasting, is one of the biggest douchebags to ever grace a movie screen in my lifetime. As a result, his mere presence is enough to throw the whole thing off-balance and set up a bizarre challenge for viewers--how can audiences possibly hope for our star-crossed lovers to get back together again if his very presence is enough to send most of them reeling in distaste?" (more)
EXPENDABLES 3, THE
"Time to retire lads."
1 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Looking back at my archives, it appears I neglected to pen anything on the subject of 2012's “The Expendables 2”, despite a vivid memory of absorbing the picture in my local, endearingly scruffy flea-pit. The sequel was an improvement over the dour 2010 original, a feature that promised jazzy nostalgia and career revivals for the world's most famed beefcakes, but actually delivered little other than an occasional witty line. “The Expendables 2” dispensed with any pretence of earnestness, instead becoming an intentionally ludicrous post-modern jaunt through the annals of late 20th century action cinema. It was a crass effort for sure, but one that generated enough smiles to eke out mild satisfaction. Essentially these films amount to an elaborate practical joke, which leads me to assume “The Expendables 3” is the punchline. The third outing has an expanded cast and even a hot new director (Patrick Hughes, who helmed the exceptional Australian thriller “Red Hill”), but somehow manages to become the most impressively redundant of the series so far. The film attempts to cultivate the sombre essence of part one whilst indulging the cheesy chuckles of its immediate follow-up; yet provides none of the limited pleasures permitted by either. It's an unapologetically dumb feature, but that's forgiveable. The real mortal sin perpetrated is the lack of finesse or energy evident in anything other than a shrill Antonio Banderas." (more)
ZERO THEOREM, THE
"Gilliam's best in a decade an a half."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I wonder if writer Pat Rushin ever thought something along the lines of "this script is so screwed if we don't get Terry Gilliam" when writing "The Zero Theorem". There are other directors who would dive into the weirdness of its world, but the material seems so perfectly matched that Gilliam passing on it or expressing interest and getting bogged down in development hell or the million other things that can seemingly go wrong when Gilliam makes a movie seem like they would have killed any chances to see this." (more)
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"Calm seas, then a whirlpool of historical military action."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Let's be honest about "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" ("Myeongryang - Huiori Bada" in the original Korean, and apparently sometimes only either half of the English title is used): Roughly 95% of why people buy a ticket is for the great big battle sequence at the end, and the intrigues that set it up and put human faces on the combatants really just need to be not-awful. That's about where it lands - good enough for the first hour or so, but coming through with what it promised." (more)
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3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Last week saw the passing of Menahem Golan and while that name may not be immediately familiar to some of you, anyone who grew up watching movies in the 1980's has likely seen some examples of his work both as a filmmaker and as the co-head of the then-omnipresent Cannon Films, especially those with a fondness of the over-the-top action spectacles of the era. Although he would produce high-end art house fare that would include works by the likes of John Cassavetes, Jean-Luc Godard and Barbet Schroeder, not to mention the avant-garde classic "Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo," he also cranked out a huge amount of action films that would feature mucho-macho heroes--sometimes featuring a current star like Chuck Norris and sometimes with one slightly past his prime such as Charles Bronson--lots of explosions and gunfire and, as noted drive-in critic Joe Bob Briggs used to say, absolutely no plot to get in the way of the story. These films were supremely dumb, of course, but they served their purpose and many of them, despite their flaws, possessed a certain goofball style that is generally lacking in most of today's would-be blockbusters" (more)
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2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Not having seen Ajay Devgn's first go-round as Bajirao Singham, I have no idea of this sequel - which stands alone well enough - is an improvement or disappointment relatively speaking. There are elements which suggest it could be either or both; the title character is a cut above most no-nonsense cops, but is stuck in a movie whose high stakes seldom translate into excitement." (more)
EXPENDABLES 3, THE
"Maybe they'll get it right next time."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "Three films into this “Expendables” experiment, you’d expect there to be a scientific law (or at least a law of averages) dictating that they have to get it right sooner or later. Instead, it looks like chaos governs this franchise, as the first sequel’s incremental improvement has been stunted by the latest installment. It’s sort of like watching a baby take its first steps, stumble, and fall backwards, only the baby here is toting a submachine gun and has a live grenade in its mouth. It’s a dangerous situation." (more)
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