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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
In the Fade 5
Phantom Thread 4.77
Paddington 2 4.5
Explosion 4
Oro (Gold) 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Commuter, The 1.29
Wonder Wheel 1.43
Downsizing 1.75
Ex Files 3: The Return of the Exes 2
Thousand Faces of Dunjia, The 2

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
Downsizing 1.75
Square, The (2017) 4
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House 1.86
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2.29
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Side by Side 3.86
Whole Lotta Sole 4
War Witch 4.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
009 Re: Cyborg 4
Zero Charisma 3
Bounty Killer 4
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
Rurouni Kenshin 4.14
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.85
Jailbreak 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Super Dark Times 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
Oculus 2.8
Dom Hemingway 3.29
Tim's Vermeer 5
Grand Seduction, The 2.43
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.79
Stranger by the Lake 4
12 Years a Slave 3.62
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
With You, Without You 3
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
Nebraska 3.63
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Lobster, The 3.63
Hollars, The 4
Life, Animated 5
Certain Women 4.14
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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
Blade Runner 4.28
Reconnoiter 3.07
Projet-M 3
Alienated 2
Polder 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.67
Mother! 3.78
Suburbicon 2.13
Downsizing 1.75
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Little Hours, The 5
Get Out 4.18
Berlin Syndrome 2
Marjorie Prime 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Signature Move 4
Song to Song 2
Hounds of Love 5
Honor Farm, The 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Southland Tales 4.03
Hounds of Love 5
Dark Song, A 4.14
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Band Aid 4
Trip to Spain, The 4
Street Fighting Men 4
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3.14
Gook 5
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
It's Alive! (1974) 2.5
You Only Live Once 3
Thousand Cuts 4
Shinjuku Swan II 2
Senior Class, The 3
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thelma 3.71
Wonderstruck 4.85
Square, The (2017) 4
Lady Bird 4.67
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
Shape of Water, The 3.67
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Endless, The 4.86
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2.29
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lu Over the Wall 4
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"A sedate prequel to 'All the President's Men.'"
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "It seems unlikely, but "The Post" marks the first time Steven Spielberg has put the Vietnam War on the screen." (more)
COMMUTER, THE
"Take the next train."
1 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I've long repeated the adage that you can make any thriller something like 20% better by setting it on a train, but "The Commuter" challenges that rule in the strongest manner possible. Maybe it doesn't apply to stories that can only take place on a train, or maybe this story would be even worse transplanted to a stationary location, but either way, it's a remarkably stupid movie that wastes a lot of time before it even has a chance to become the entertaining sort of silly." (more)
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"Keeps on turning well enough."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Proud Mary" is not a terrific movie even by the blaxploitation throwback standards it's clearly striving for; though it sets the situation up with laudable efficiency on the way to a trim 85-minute running time, it still gets bogged down with boring gangster stuff and jettisons large chunks of that when it's not needed any more. It would be a bit of a drag if it didn't embrace being a pulpy B-movie both in size and willingness to dive straight into action; the sometimes-sluggish scenes where guns aren't being fired don't bury how well it works when it gets down to business." (more)
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"The Master"
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Peter Sobczynski says... "Now that it has finally and mercifully come to an end, one can look back on 2017 and realize that while it may have been little more than an extended garbage fire in most respects, it was actually a pretty good year from a cinematic standpoint. However, if I was asked to name only one film from the last 12 months that I thought would go down as a true classic, the kind of movie that will continued to be viewed, studied and adored for as long as people continue to do such things, my instant answer would be “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s utterly unique and absolutely mesmerizing period drama. It has been roughly six weeks or so since I first saw it and I do not think that a single day has gone by since then when I haven’t found myself thinking about it and the mysteries contained within it. At once a throwback to a classical style of big screen storytelling and at the same time completely unclassifiable, this is the first film in recent memory that I would have no problem in referring to as a work of genius and it offers yet another confirmation—not that one is really needed at this point—that Anderson is not just one of the best and most audacious filmmakers of his time but one of the all-time greats to boot." (more)
PHANTOM THREAD
"The Unbearable Lightness of Perfection"
5 stars
alejandroariera says... ""Phantom Thread," Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth film and second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis, is, as the saying goes, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. It doesn’t give its secrets away upon a first viewing and it still proves elusive after a second viewing. It is mesmerizing and confounding, as elaborately and delicately crafted as the dresses designed by its protagonist Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis). It refuses to be pinned down. You are never quite sure where the story is headed. By the end of the film, you leave the theater feeling elated, with the knowledge that what you have just seen is so unique, so unlike anything you’ve ever seen that you have no choice but to revisit it again and again." (more)
HOSTILES
"The West is harsh and cruel, and you've got to choose otherwise."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Scott Cooper's new film is the latest film to de-mythologize the Western, shining a light on the ugly underpinnings of a genre once synonymous with simply morality and violence that provides a definitive resolution. This period and format has been so thoroughly deconstructed that one can watch "Hostiles" and not be entirely sure whether it is mean enough, despite it being quite brutal when it decides to dispatch a character or three, leaving little doubt that is not particularly interested in heroes from its beginning. It's the kind of movie where "going soft" is probably the best thing that could happen, and the big question is whether the movie earns it." (more)
HANSON AND THE BEAST
"If nothing else, she's a real fox."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "World-building and character-based fantasy can be a trap, and "Hanson and the Beast" accidentally shows how this can be: For much of its running time, it's an enjoyably goofy "mythological creatures/were-people live in our midst" thing more likely to go full screwball than make one worry too much about how it all works, and that's when is at its best. Start worrying too much about how all the piece fit together, and it threatens to become no fun at all, though the filmmakers put up a good fight when that danger rears its ugly head." (more)
POST, THE
"Traditional, valuable."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Traditional narratives can be undervalued because it's easy to get more obviously excited about the thing that does something one has never seen or does something familiar in a new way, and it can make one undervalue movies like Steven Spielberg's latest. "The Post" doesn't break new ground, and it doesn't necessarily reveal a hidden story, although its real-life plot would in many ways be usurped by events that happened later. It hits certain things with a heavier touch than it might, although that directness is arguably both part of the setting and part of the point. But execution is nearly flawless, and a good story well told is always welcome." (more)
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WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: MEET THE TEAM BEHIND ORDINARY DAYS!
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""ORDINARY DAYS is a thriller that falls on the backdrop of the disappearance of a college girl, told from three different perspectives. Act I is from the parent's POV and how they deal with the disappearance of their daughter, ACT II is from the POV of the detective put on the case, and ACT III is from the girl's POV and what happened to her. Each act is directed by a different director and the whole is cut together to make one complete story." Director Kris Booth speaking on behalf of the film ORDINARY DAYS which screens at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. The film is directed by Kris, Renuka Jeyapalan and Jordan Canning. Renuka also joins us on this interview!" (more)
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