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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Frank 5
God Help the Girl 4.14
As Above, So Below 4.13
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
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
But Always 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Keep the Lights On 3
Rubberneck 2.38
Burn 4
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Plus One 3
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Key of Life 4
V/H/S/2 4
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.88
Proxy 2
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
Dom Hemingway 3.5
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Wind Rises, The 4.93
Alan Partridge 4.14
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Alan Partridge 4.14
With You, Without You 3
Nordstrand 5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.56
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All the Beautiful Things 5
Imperial Dreams 5
Finding Fela 1
Rich Hill 1
Boyhood 4.52
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
Copenhagen 5
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
Housebound 5
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Creep (2014) 4.88
Boyhood 4.52
Calvary 4.86
Break Point 4
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cut Bank 5
Han Gong-ju 4.5
Echo Park (2014) 4.5
Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, The 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
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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
Breath of Life 5
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Life Itself 4.63
Glen CampbellI'll Be Me 3
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Public Enemy 3.88
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Monsterz 2
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974) 4.26
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
No Tears for the Dead 4.43
Prom Night (1980) 2.15
Zombie TV 1
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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 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Boxtrolls, The 3
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
'71 4
Gone Girl 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Dear White People 3.5
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
1001 Grams 2
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
My Old Lady 4
Mary Kom 2.88
1001 Grams 2
Maps to the Stars 5
Force Majeure 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.89
Redeemer 3
I Am Here (2014/II) 4
Guest, The 4
When Animals Dream 3.86
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Creep (2014) 4.88
In Order of Disappearance 5
Dear White People 3.5
1001 Grams 2
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Art and Craft 5
Clownwise 3
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WASTE LAND (2014)
"The case of the missing mystery."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: One of the best sorts of mysteries plunges its detective into a world not his own, such that figuring out how this other culture works is an important part of finding the killer. Some sort of personal growth is nice too. The trouble with "Waste Land" is that it never offers much more than the plunge, and that never with the sort of depth that makes the lack of a compelling mystery or fleshed-out character arc less keenly felt." (more)
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3 stars
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"Deja vu."
3 stars
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4 stars
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EQUALIZER, THE
"And Still, No "Strike Force" Movie. . ."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Despite my relatively pacifistic nature, I am usually up for a solidly-made vigilante drama in which a seemingly ordinary citizen is finally pushed too far and wreaks brutal vengeance upon those careless enough to wake the sleeping tiger within--kidnappers, murderers, newspaper delivery boys who somehow contrive to drop the Sunday edition in the one small puddle in an otherwise expansive driveway. All I ask from such a movie is that they do one of two things--either deal with the moral, legal and ethical implications of taking the law into one's hands in a plausible and thoughtful manner (as was the case with the original "Death Wish," a far more thoughtful film that it is usually given credit for being thanks to its increasingly squalid sequels) or tell the story in such a stylish and viscerally exciting manner that it is possibly to at least temporarily overlook the absence of those moral, legal and ethical implications (such as the original "Taken," a film that is borderline fascist, to be true, but done in such a shamelessly entertaining manner that one doesn't notice its more troubling aspects until long after it has ended). The hyper-violent and hyper-idiotic "The Equalizer" does neither of those things, nor much of anything else for that matter, and the whole thing is simply a brutal and brutally overblown exercise in cinematic sadism that has clearly deluded itself into thinking that it is much more thoughtful and dramatic than it actually is." (more)
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"Not Particularly Laikable"
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