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

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Hysteria 3.13
Burn 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shield of Straw 5
Antisocial 4
Key of Life 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Tiger Mask, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Enough Said 4
Labor Day (2013) 1
Fading Gigolo 3
Belle 4.25
Double, The (2014) 4.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Jimmy P. 4.14
Nebraska 3.63
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Book Thief, The 3
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arbalest, The 1
Hardcore Henry 2
And Punching the Clown 5
In A Valley of Violence 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.57
Green Room 3
Brahman Naman 4
Hollars, The 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
Ex Machina 3.94
Pitch Black 3.55
They Live 3.64
Einstein's God Model 3
Arrowhead (2016) 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
Aloys 4
Sairat (Wild) 5
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
In A Valley of Violence 5
Lights Out 4
Rupture 4
Bacchus Lady, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Five Nights in Maine 4
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 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
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If it does nothing else—and it doesn’t—at least the would-be techno-thriller “Nerve” should serve as a cautionary tale to whatever viewers it can scrounge up before disappearing from theaters about the importance of reading over the terms and conditions boilerplate of any and all software agreements for red flags hidden in the fine print. Actually, this advice can be carried over to other walks of life as well. For example, if you carefully scour the IMDb page for a movie that you are thinking of seeing—take this one, for example—and you see the names Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman in the credits, you can be pretty much assured that it, like such previous efforts as “Catfish,” the third and fourth “Paranormal Activity” movies and the current VOD disaster “Viral,” will be an aesthetic and dramatic mess filled with uninteresting characters, implausible narratives and increasingly obnoxious stylistic gambits deployed in a desperate attempt to conceal just how silly and hollow the whole thing is." (more)
ALOYS
"The tricky work of discovering yourself in middle age."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Filmmaker Tobias Nölle initially entices viewers with a version of "Aloys" that is not quite so internal, with a mystery to sole and perhaps an unnerving way of things playing out, before settling into something that better matches its withdrawn title character, and it's the mark of how well he handles the film that this never feels like a bait-and-switch; it smoothly moves into more reflective territory while still being more interesting to watch than just a man lost in self-contemplation." (more)
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"Not very daring."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "There’s a cruel irony to the internet: while it’s arguably mankind’s greatest achievement—a tool that has theoretically unified much of the world—it’s been the quickest, most efficient platform for people to just be completely awful to each other. Whatever useful, neat, or even revolutionary thing that’s emerged from it, chances are it’s been corrupted or coopted in some way, especially when it comes to social media, where everyone has a voice. It’s just too bad that so many of those voices belong to total assholes. Anyway, that’s the (very vague) threat behind the premise of “Nerve,” a breezy bit of techno-paranoia that really only cares about how all of this applies to high school drama. It’s maybe a few steps away from being a PSA for cyberbullying when it could be so much more." (more)
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"Raiders of the Lost Stamp."
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LURE, THE
"A couple cute Polish mermaids gets me in the theater for something weird."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "The Lure" includes what is thus far one of my favorite moments of the festival, when a mermaid who is starting to follow the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" fairly closely rolls her eyes at her sister's worries about where that leads, saying it's "just a superstition". The movie's at its best when it's able to be as untethered from expectations as something described as a Polish period horror musical should be; it's less exciting when it opts to follow the template." (more)
LIGHTS OUT
"Fast, fun, and a little bit frightening."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The more horror movies I see, the more I appreciate the ones that do not mess around with unnecessary complications but which can still use their high concept to create nifty moments. That is "Lights Out" in a nutshell - it's got a reason to be scared of the dark, some clever uses of the concept, and a quick pace that doesn't leave room for contrived conflicts when there's enough genuine suspense." (more)
THRONE, THE
"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
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