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Apollo 11 5
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Dumbo (2019) 2
Triple Threat 2.56
Hellboy (2019) 2.82
Shazam 2.83
Climax 2.88

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Burn 4
Graceland 4
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You're Next 3.56
Saving General Yang 4
Frankenstein's Army 3
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Proxy 2
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Oculus 2.8
Metalhead 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Alan Partridge 4
Stop-Over 4
Nebraska 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Brahman Naman 4
Cameraperson 5
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
Embers 4.14
Blade Runner 4.28
Reconnoiter 3.13
Alienated 2
Dual City 4
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Money 4
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Summer of '84 3.86
Arizona (2018) 2.86
Hereditary 3.21
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
People's Republic of Desire 4
Support The Girls 4
Profile 3
Unfriended: Dark Web 1
Ranger, The 5
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
First Reformed 5
Beast (2018) 3
Searching 3.88
We the Animals 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 5
Heavy Trip 5
Searching 3.88
Li Bo 3
What a Man Wants 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Predator, The 2.73
Transit 4
Public, The 1
Hummingbird Project, The 1
White Boy Rick 3
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 3.7
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
High Life (2019) 3.14
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Widows 3.33
Transit 4
Rafiki 4
Favourite, The 4.75
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 4.57
Halloween (2018) 3.33
Climax 2.88
Donnybrook 1
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Favourite, The 4.75
Ash Is Purest White 4
Cam 4.57
Relaxer 2
Under the Silver Lake 4
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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"Keep your expectations realistic."
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"Without sequels, just an inferior reboot."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's kind of a shame that this relaunch of "Hellboy" didn't light up the box office, not because it's a particularly good movie which deserves success - it isn't - but because the chance of sequels and spin-offs was the best argument for starting fresh rather than having Guillermo del Toro direct another one to complete his trilogy. There's just enough potential here that you could see it getting refined into something better with another bite at the apple, but now it can't help but be seen as anything other than a misguided disappointment." (more)
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5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The year is still relatively young, I suppose, but is hard to think that there will be a more discomfiting cinematic experience this year that “Her Smell,” writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s brutally visceral drama that introduces viewers to a character that most viewers will write off as a spectacularly vain and self-absorbed monster after only a few minutes and then unsparingly observes her in unsparing detail as she goes completely off the rails thanks to a toxic combination of drugs, ego and neediness and then as she struggles to come to terms with everything that she lost along the way. For many viewers, it will all simply be too much—and at 135 minutes, it may strike others as too much of too much—but for those who are able to endure it all, his portrait of a toxic and self-destructive personality crisis writ large is a strangely compelling affair that is anchored by one of the most hellaciously go-for-broke performances that you will likely encounter on the big screen anytime soon." (more)
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"It Follows"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Man, what a difference a year makes. it was just about this time last year that the anticipation level for “Under the Silver Lake,” the mysterious new film from David Robert Mitchell (his first since the release of his indie horror hit “It Follows”), hit a fever pitch when it became one of the two U.S. films to play in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, the word after the premiere was not particularly good and while some critics found some interesting things about it, many dismissed it as a weird and unfocused misfire from a talented filmmaker who had bitten off far more than he could possibly chew. After that, things quickly went downhill as its distributor decided to delay its summer release until Christmastime amidst rumors that Mitchell was working on a reedit. Then it was mysteriously yanked from the Christmas schedule at the last minute and disappeared from view until it was recently announced that the entire release of what was once considered to be a big-ticket item had been reduced to a grand total of two theaters this weekend followed by it hitting VOD this coming Tuesday." (more)
CHAPERONE, THE (2019)
"Slight, but with two very charming performances."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Chaperone" is cheerier and more effervescent than it sometimes seems like it should be; it tells the story of a woman who finds happiness and otherwise makes a less-than-ideal situation better in small, pragmatic ways in a way that's faithful to its 1922 setting despite the modern instinct to want more confrontation and a sharper edge. This movie is pleasant and accommodating even when it seems like it maybe shouldn't be, but that's hardly a mark against it - it's a modestly delightful story that makes a virtue out of finding the best way to look at difficult situations." (more)
MISSING LINK
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4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There were only a handful of people in the theater for a 3D screening of "Missing Link" on a Sunday evening two days after it opened, and while there are potential reasons for sparse attendance in the description, I'm starting to wonder what more Laika has to do to get people to come out for their movies. "Missing Link" is, as is customary with this company's productions, whimsically designed, big-hearted, impeccably voiced, precisely and beautifully filmed one frame at a time, and just generally everything one might wish a movie for the whole family to be. What else do these guys have to do?" (more)
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4 stars
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