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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Letter to Momo, A 5
Frank 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Calvary 4.86
Most Wanted Man, A 4.56

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
Into the Storm 1.38
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
Get On Up 2
If I Stay 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Resolution 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Marvel's The Avengers 4.32
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Conjuring, The 4.13
Library Wars 3
Secretly Greatly 3.8
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
Rurouni Kenshin 4.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art of the Steal, The 3
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
All Cheerleaders Die 2.38
Missing Picture, The 4
Fading Gigolo 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 4.89
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Wind Rises, The 4.93
Alan Partridge 4.14
Nebraska 3.54
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Nordstrand 5
Sacrament, The 3.21
Nebraska 3.54
Life Feels Good 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 4.56
Raid 2, The 4.88
To Be Takei 3
Obvious Child 4.86
Dear White People 3.5
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3.33
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
Mood Indigo 2.29
One I Love, The 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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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
Rich Hill 1
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3.33
Jersey Boys 2.63
Snowpiercer 3.91
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
22 Jump Street 3.6
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
From Vegas to Macau 2
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Seventh Code 4
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
White Storm, The 4.14
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
Reconstruction of William Zero, The 4.86
Goal of the Dead 4
Rurouni Kenshin - Kyoto Inferno 4.11
Suspect, The 4
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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
From Above 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Mary Kom 2.86
Tu dors Nicole 5
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bros Before Hos 3.71
Creeping Garden, The 4
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Housebound 5
When Animals Dream 3.86
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.5
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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"But, no."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Is it cynical of me to start counting shots between a "New York 2001" caption and the first glimpse of the World Trade Center, or of writer/director Snow Zou for putting the audience in that position? That's not the worst thing about "But Always", though; which takes an inoffensive but enjoyable romance and finds ways to make it uncomfortable when a little bit of thought is applied." (more)
FINDING FANNY
"Fanny's fairly funny, if kind of weird."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "After a year or so of going to the Indian movies at the local multiplex, one gets a certain idea of what to expect, generally a musical masala picture that's odd by conventional Hollywood standards. Sometimes, though, you get something like "Finding Fanny", which is an entirely different sort of weird: A quirky indie-style comedy that's okay when cute but better when the claws come out." (more)
PIRATES, THE (2014)
"A thoroughly entertaining Korean swashbuckler."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That they can be given names as generic as "Pirates of the Caribbean" or, in this case, just "The Pirates", without fear of confusion means just one thing: There are not enough pirate movies being made these days. This one is occasionally on the silly side, but it's packed full of quality swashbuckling, and not nearly enough trips to the theater deliver that." (more)
TIME LAPSE
"Neat idea and fine execution makes for a great picture."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Time Lapse" is a standout even for one of the best sci-fi years I can remember Fantasia having, and while those are rankings that may not mean much to non-attendees, it is meant as high praise. There's always room for an enjoyably devilish effect-before-cause story that, as many of the best do, fits together like an exceptionally well-constructed puzzle." (more)
DROP, THE
"Neighborhood Bullies"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""The Drop" is one of those films that has so much going for it--promising source material, an interesting director and a gifted cast--that when it appears to be going off the rails early on, some viewers may find themselves inclined to believe that the problem is with them and that it will all become clear in a little while as long as they pay attention. I know that was the feeling that I had while watching it--long after the point I might have otherwise written it off under other circumstances, I was still hanging in there in the hopes that it would eventually pull itself together. Alas, that moment never happens and that viewers are left with is a bunch of good actors stuck in the middle of a middling crime story in which muddled drama is mixed together with "shocking" surprises that prove to be anything but." (more)
INNOCENCE (2014)
"Welcome to the Bathory school."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The concept that "Innocence" plays with is an old one, but that's the way it is with a lot of movies: Whether you're talking about vampires, possession, or any of the other great horror concepts, they can be re-used because there's plenty of room to continue examining them; they're descended from something primal. Such is the case here; the filmmakers are doing a slick update of a horror story that doesn't get as much play as it used to." (more)
BROS BEFORE HOS
"Crude, rude, and pretty damn funny."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I wasn't really looking forward to this one, having kind of hated the first "New Kids" movie enough to skip the second, but it was the only English-friendly thing playing and I wanted to see what came after, so I stuck around. I'm glad I did; it's a fun romantic comedy even if its sweetness can sometimes be buried deep underneath quite the crude exterior." (more)
MARY KOM
"Scores points, even if it seldom wins by knockout."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Mary Kom" opens with the title character going into labor in the middle of an armed rebellion in 2007, and that's the sort of thing that one might think would have been a bit of a bigger factor in a story which does come back to regional tensions later. It doesn't quite fit the inspirational sports narrative, which may be why it's pushed off to the side until it can fit that structure, albeit oddly. It's a good sports movie, although moments like that certainly highlight just how much it's playing from the standard playbook." (more)
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