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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Willow Creek 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
Jackpot 5
Calvary 5
Obvious Child 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Sex Tape 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Third Person 1.14
Purge, The: Anarchy 1.5
Holiday 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Hysteria 3.11
Keep the Lights On 3
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Side by Side 3.86
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You're Next 3.52
Bad Milo 3
Dead Experiment, The 3
Frankenstein's Army 3
Son of Sardaar 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dallas Buyers Club 4.4
Joe 4.57
Of Good Report 5
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Wind Rises, The 4.93
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Captain Phillips 4.08
Wind Rises, The 4.93
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Missing Picture, The 4
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Nordstrand 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raid 2, The 4.88
Signal, The (2014) 2
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
God's Pocket 2.86
Boyhood 4.54
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.18
One I Love, The 4
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Land Ho! 3
Ping Pong Summer 3
Rich Hill 1
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 3
Dear White People 3.86
Echo Park (2014) 4.5
Man From Reno 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.83
God Help the Girl 4.14
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Aberdeen (2014) 3
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I, Origins 2.43
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974) 4.26
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
Starry Eyes 4
Yasmine 3
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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
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
"Super."
5 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Guardians of the Galaxy” is the tenth entry in the Marvel franchise, a milestone few series manage to reach, and, when they do so, even fewer (if any) are hitting their stride. With “Guardians,” the cinematic House of Ideas isn’t just hitting it—they’re strutting right into it. Calling it a victory lap implies that this brand has already peaked (and I don’t think it has), but this is a film that has all the swagger and confidence of one." (more)
ONE I LOVE, THE
"Very clever, if a little fuzzy."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There are filmmakers that like to explain all the details of how their plot devices work, there are those who like to keep a little mystery, and then there are the makers of "The One I Love", who seem extremely fuzzy on the whole concept. Fortunately, their concept if a good one, yielding plenty of laughs and maybe a little bit of thought, even if by the end the audience has no idea how it works." (more)
GET ON UP
"Not Super, Just Bad"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Throughout his long and illustrious career, the late, great James Brown developed a unique style of music that would go on to sell millions of records, serve as the inspiration for countless performers in the rock, soul and rap genres and serve as the ideal shorthand for people putting together movie trailers who need to quickly establish that the characters are indeed feeling good. He also took charge of his own career at a time when that was practically unheard of for an artist and took an interest in many of the key social issues of the day. On the other hand, he was hot-tempered, a perfectionist who would fine members of his group for a flubbed note or missed dance step, an abusive husband, a drug addict and did a couple of stretches in prison, most infamously for a 1988 incident in which he shot up an insurance seminar before leading police on an extended chase. Oh yeah, he was also the Rev. Cleophus James in "The Blues Brothers," a move that endeared him to a whole new generation of fans who were presumably just as agog over the man, his moves and his voice as earlier generations were when he first burst upon the scene." (more)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
"Space Oddities"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "My general state of antipathy regarding the glut of movies inspired by comic books that has inundated multiplexes in the last few years is not due to some form of snobbery over a lesser art form. My problem is that too many of them rely on the same storytelling formulas and after a while, they all tend to blend into each other as one giant, noisy and increasingly tiresome mass of oddly costumed people beating the stuffing out of each other while the CGI scenery explodes around them. When one of them tries to break the mold by offering viewers something different and does it well--as was the case with the first two "Superman" movies," the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan Batman epics, "Spider-Man 2," "The Avengers," "X-Men: First Class" and Ang Lee's gloriously odd and arty "Hulk"--I respond to them with as much delight and excitement as a fanboy who has been counting down the hours until the first show." (more)
AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR
"Surprisingly, much more than haunted real estate."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: A common issue I have with horror movies is that their scary events seldom seem to be parts of the same story, but just a collection of things that the filmmakers will get a jump. That is not an issue with "At the Devil's Door", which is impressively focused on connecting its supernatural and human stories, although it could do with playing them out a little more." (more)
TO BE TAKEI
"An actor whose best role turns out to be himself."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: For a while, I found George Takei's twenty-first century career little more than tacky, an old man who was one a minor part of a pop culture phenomenon becoming a parody of himself in an effort to hang on to what fan he had. I'm still probably going to think that when I see him doing some of his broader bits, but this documentary should at least give some perspective of why being able to be that larger-than-life figure must be wonderful for him." (more)
HERCULES (2014)
"The strongest man alive. Excepting Brett Ratner's agent."
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "“Hercules” is the sort of film in which arrow supplies never diminish, a man tosses a horse and the hero spends a large portion of the final act topless. Directed by Brett Ratner, but delivering little of the pain usually inherent to such a statement, “Hercules” is a harmless, occasionally endearing hunk of steroidal cheese. The film-maker still has no discernable visual identity, but he allows this nonsense to propel at quite a clip, filling out the progressively more ridiculous set-pieces with a game cast. If you’re going to make blatant rubbish for the mass market, that’s just about the best way to do it." (more)
I, ORIGINS
"If you're searching for an epiphany,keep looking..."
2 stars
Greg Ursic says... "According to science, matter can neither created nor destroyed, so the belief that we continue in another form when we die is true. Religious adherents however presume that our consciousness also continues on and dedicate themselves to achieving the best possible post-life scenario." (more)
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