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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Wailing, The 5
Therapy for a Vampire 5
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Three (2016) 4
Central Intelligence 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Me Before You 1
Warcraft 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 1
Purge, The: Election Year 1
Genius 1.14

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hysteria 3.13
Side by Side 3.86
Revenge for Jolly! 1
Graceland 4
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Conjuring, The 4.13
Plus One 3
Animals (2013) 4
Bushido Man 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Under the Skin (2014) 4.21
Enemy 4.14
Enough Said 4
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Omar 4.57
Stranger by the Lake 4
12 Years a Slave 3.57
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Immigrant, The 4.23
Northwest 4
12 Years a Slave 3.57
Major, The 5
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Alive and Kicking (2016) 5
And Punching the Clown 5
Keanu 4.14
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Green Room 3
Brahman Naman 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Antibirth 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
Idiocracy 4.21
Pitch Black 3.55
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Native (2016) 5
Displacement 3
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.7
Where to Invade Next 3.57
Genius 1.14
Sairat (Wild) 5
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In A Valley of Violence 5
Embers 4.14
Rupture 4
Three (2016) 4
Arbalest, The 1
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Hollars, The 4
High-Rise (2015) 1
Five Nights in Maine 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
Antibirth 4
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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 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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"The travails of dealing with a father who is demanding, even for a king."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There is a line in "The Throne" about how royal families are unique in that one must think of one's children as enemies far sooner than one would like. That's probably true in other circumstances as well, but it's far from the essential tragedy of this (South Korea's submission for consideration as "Best Foreign Language Film" at the last Academy Awards), where the Crown Prince's greatest weakness may be that he is incapable of being that sort of enemy." (more)
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"Midnight In Manhattan"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Having been writing and directing an average of a film a year for nearly a half-century, Woody Allen has reached a point in his career where his more recent efforts tend to fall into one of two categories. There are the films where it is clear that he had an interesting and compelling idea that truly sparked his creative juices in some way and led to both critical and commercial success—in the last decade or so, this group would include the likes of “Match Point,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Blue Jasmine” (though I must admit to finding the last one somewhat overrated). Then there are the films that seem to have been compiled out of various ideas that he dealt with more successfully in other films and put before the cameras simply as a way of continuing his long-standing work cycle. This is not to say that these films do not have any merit to them—I have enjoyed such admittedly minor efforts as “Whatever Works,” “To Rome with Love” and “Irrational Man” to some degree—but if these films, not to mention such decidedly lesser entries as “Scoop,” “Cassandra’s Dream” and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” were to suddenly be completely stricken from his filmography, few people would overly mourn the loss. His latest effort, the wistful period romantic comedy-drama “Cafe Society,” is a work that falls into the latter camp. It has its charms and contains a few nice performances but the whole thing has a whiff of the familiar to it that cannot be overlooked—even when it does work, those with a working knowledge of his oeuvre are likely to find themselves comparing it to the similar material covered in earlier films and find it somewhat wanting by comparison." (more)
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE
"Well, Sort Of Fabulous"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I should probably preface this review of “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” the long-gestating screen version of the beloved 90s British television comedy, by stating that I went into the screening with a basic knowledge and understanding of the series—i have seen, and for the most part liked, some of the episodes from its initial 1992-96 run when it played in the U.S. on Comedy Central and definitely remember the commercials that played incessantly during “Mystery Science Theater 3000”—but with nowhere near the level of devotion that its ardent fanbase on both sides of the pond have lavished on it over the years. However, when I went into that screening, I was most definitely in the mood for a laugh or two and while the resulting film may leave the uninitiated baffled, its cult will certainly love it despite its flaws and even the more casual fans will find themselves laughing at the sheer fizzy nonsense of it all." (more)
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
"Go, West, and make a fine shoot-em-up."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: At some point in Ti West's new film, I wondered if this was an early sign that Ethan Hawke was going to follow the Kevin Costner aging curve, getting lean and squinty and without time for young people's foolishness even if he doesn't exactly look old. That may yet happen, but for the time being, Hawke doesn't really seem like he should be playing the parts that Costner and Clint Eastwood aged into yet, and that's part of what makes "In a Valley of Violence" kind of an off-kilter kick rather than another dreary, too-somber take on the western." (more)
OUTLAWS AND ANGELS
"No angels here, but a fine spaghetti western/giallo fusion."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: JT Mollner's "Outlaws and Angels" is a blood-soaked Western that may be a little too much for some, and even those who are fond of such things may think it's a bit much, albeit for different reasons. Even if the often-ugly story gives one reservations, it's still worth checking out, especially if you're lucky enough to see it on the big screen: It's gorgeous to look at, and has a great Eastwood performance to boot (although not the guy who leaps immediately to mind when one says "western")." (more)
GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)
"I Went! I Saw! It Kicks Ass!"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "About a year ago, I found myself interviewing filmmaker Paul Feig just before he set off to make his next movie, a long-gestating remake of the 1984 comedy smash “Ghostbusters” that he had the audacity to conceive as a vehicle driven by a predominantly female cast. Shockingly, this approach raised a few hackles among people who were worried that men were being dangerously underrepresented on the big screen and convinced that the film was already the worst thing made in the history of Hollywood despite the fact that nary a frame had been shot at that point. I asked him what he made of all the hubbub and he seemed a bit bewildered by the controversy but confident over his plans for the film. I, of course, helpfully reminded him that he didn’t have to worry about outdoing the original film—all he had to do was make something that was better than the generally dire and largely unnecessary “Ghostbusters 2” and anything beyond that was gravy. It seems he clearly took my advice to heart because his “Ghostbusters” reboot is infinitely better than “Ghostbusters 2” and then some. In fact, all of the premature haters who have castigated the film sight unseen—not because of sexism as much as because of their concerns for ethics in remakes and, oh yeah, sexism—can pretty much suck it because it is actually a frequently hilarious take on the property that is one of the few of the big-ticket items of the season to actually live up to expectations (or, in this case, exceed them)." (more)
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
"New Zealand’s Most Wanted"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "I will not begin this review by complaining about the paint-by-numbers nature of many of the unnecessary sequels hitting the screen this summer or the dismal quality of much of the fare currently playing at the local chain-driven “specialty” houses that serve as counter-programming. Been there, done that, would be a movie review cliché. Instead, I would like to celebrate a jewel found amongst the detritus, a film that is charming and unpretentious, a film that feels like a breath of fresh air and renews your love for the movies: Taika Waititi’s odd-couple, New Zealand-set tale “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”" (more)
ANTIBIRTH
"Some folks really shouldn't get pregnant."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 18TH ANNUAL BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL: Danny Perez's "Antibirth" is shaggy as all heck, and probably shouldn't really work because of it. And yet, it's a fun, enjoyably slobbish movie that doesn't quite bury a decent horror story underneath a lot of goofy comedy." (more)
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