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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Frank 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Calvary 4.86
God Help the Girl 4.14
Admiral: Roaring Currents, The 4.13

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
Into the Storm 1.38
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
If I Stay 2
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Deadfall (2012) 3
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
It's Me, It's Me 3
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Secretly Greatly 3.8
Imaginaerum 3
Bushido Man 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Railway Man, The 3
Enemy 4
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Trap Street 3.88
We Are the Best! 4.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.82
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Tim's Vermeer 5
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Argento's Dracula 4.08
Voyage 1
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 4.56
All the Beautiful Things 5
One I Love, The 4
God Help the Girl 4.14
Babadook, The 4
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
One I Love, The 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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
Boyhood 4.52
Begin Again 3.84
Ping Pong Summer 3
Break Point 4
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.5
Land Ho! 4.5
Jersey Boys 2.63
Cut Bank 5
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Misconception 5
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Eyes 4
Han Gong-ju 4.5
Public Enemy 3.88
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
White Storm, The 4.14
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Housebound 5
Giovanni's Island 5
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission 3
Rurouni Kenshin - Kyoto Inferno 4.11
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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 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Guest, The 4
Drop, The 2.14
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
Cut Bank 5
Force Majeure 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In Order of Disappearance 5
Closer to God 4
Tusk 4
World of Kanako, The 5
Hardkor Disco 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Babadook, The 4
Creep (2014) 4.88
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, THE
"Sayanora, Takahata-sensei, and thank you for this last masterpiece."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Though Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from directing animated features with "The Wind Rises" deserved all the attention it got last year, there is somewhat less noise being made about Isao Takahata's swan song, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya", though Takahata has made a number of classics at their Studio Ghibli production company that have not gained the same sort of traction in America. As such, is not necessarily a surprise that Takahata says goodbye with a movie that may be a tough sell in the U.S., but is just as brilliant as its companion." (more)
'71
"A better Belfast story"
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Northern Ireland’s internal issues during the latter half of the twentieth century have endured an uneasy relationship with the screen. Alan Clarke’s seminal short “Elephant” and Steve McQueen’s visceral feature debut "Hunger” advocate the conflict’s cinematic potential, but clunkers like last year’s “A Belfast Story” serve only to undermine both local history and good film-making. “’71” definitely belongs in the upper-tier of this limited pantheon, namely due to incredible authenticity. Yann Demange’s feature manages to articulate the aural and visual uneasiness that envelops a City at war with itself, dragging its desperate protagonist through a struggle that is chiefly human, not political. The essence of the Troubles is woven satisfactorily into the narrative, but “’71” is essentially an efficient chase movie with a strikingly believable outer shell." (more)
SHREW'S NEST
"Digs in and won't let you escape."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Shrew's Nest" is designed to stuff a lot of movie into a small space, and on that count it succeeds quite nicely: Even if it's not as constrained to one location as that apartment's agoraphobic resident, it's got a gravitational force that pulls one back during the brief sojourns away, and enough going on inside to keep it interesting." (more)
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
"Take it or leave it. I took it, though."
3 stars
Jaycie says... "Upon learning that Jonathan Tropper's hilarious novel This is Where I Leave You was taking to the big screen, I immediately got worried. This past summer hasn't been a great one for book adaptations (*cough* The Giver *cough*) or stories about middle-aged Jewish men who need a reality check (*cough* Wish I Was Here *cough*). Thankfully, despite the inevitable difficulties of translating an inner monologue-heavy book to celluloid, this film manages to give its highly marketable cast some solid material. The result is a pleasant fall popcorn flick, although you would miss out on little by reading the book and skipping its film version entirely." (more)
BABADOOK, THE
"Raising a kid alone can be scary as hell."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: I love kids, at least from the perspective of being an uncle; I fear that as an actual parent, I would identify far too much with certain parts of "The Babadook" to be much of a good person, let alone parent. There's no mistaking that this is one of those horror movies where the monster is inspired by specific fears and nightmares, but it's also one where the specificity of its metaphor doesn't hurt it being scary at all." (more)
REDEEMER
"Another entertaining hour and a half of broken bones and faces."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Marko Zaror and Ernesto Diaz Espinoza hadn't made a movie together in five years before re-teaming for "Redeemer", and it's kind of nice to see that the formula hasn't really changed: Zaror plays a character that is not just an almost unstoppable force, but colorful besides, and the scenes between him dismantling waves of villains are generally more entertaining and stylish that you might expect from this sort of basic martial-arts action movie coming from an unusual spot like Chile. There's not much rust." (more)
FORCE MAJEURE
"Marriage going downhill."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Danger lurks constantly in "Force Majeure", although it's seldom the life-and-limb variety as opposed to the family-falling-apart one. Impressive, given the sheer volume of explosions being set off to cause controlled avalanches. The obvious reminder that there is no such thing serves as the basic premise of the film, and you're not going to see it presented on screen much better." (more)
CUB
"Fine woodsy horror - scout's honor."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Cub" (or "Welp", as it is called in its native Belgium) initially seems premised on the sort of attitude that makes those who aren't into horror movies rightfully squeamish: That if killing college kids who go out into the woods doesn't get a rise out of the audience any more, maybe killing cub scouts will. The good news in this case is twofold: One, filmmaker Jonas Govaerts does have more on his mind than cheap exploitation when all is said and done; and two, he and co-writer Roel Mondeaers are coming up with great horror movie bits from minute one." (more)
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