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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
Calvary 4.86
God Help the Girl 4.14
As Above, So Below 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
But Always 2
If I Stay 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Keep the Lights On 3
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You're Next 3.52
Last Tycoon, The 4
Bounty Killer 4
Garden of Words, The 5
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 4.08
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.89
Art of the Steal, The 3
Bends 5
Philomena 4.1
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Alan Partridge 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missing Picture, The 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Fifth Estate, The 2
Philomena 4.1
Life Feels Good 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ernest & Celestine 4.86
To Be Takei 3
Ida 5
Land Ho! 4.5
Obvious Child 4.86
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Calvary 4.86
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
Mood Indigo 2.29
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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
Art and Craft 5
Begin Again 3.84
Ping Pong Summer 3
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3.33
Jersey Boys 2.63
Two Faces of January, The 4
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3.13
Earth to Echo 2.11
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Misconception 5
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
Aberdeen (2014) 3
From Vegas to Macau 2
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Predestination 5
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
Late Phases 3.71
One I Love, The 4
Preservation (2014) 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
From Above 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Cub 5
World of Kanako, The 5
Tu dors Nicole 5
Force Majeure 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Babadook, The 4
Alleluia 5
Let Us Prey 2.75
When Animals Dream 3.86
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Fort Tilden 2.43
In Order of Disappearance 5
Goal of the Dead 4
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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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)
ZERO THEOREM, THE
"Enough Is Never Enough"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although Terry Gilliam is still one of the most divisive filmmakers working today--depending on who you talk to, he is either a visionary genius of a singularly uncompromising nature or a muddled storyteller who jam-packs his films with elaborate visual flourishes to compensate for his inability to present a coherent narrative--it is generally accepted that the high-water mark of his career to date was "Brazil," his mind-blowing 1985 epic of an ordinary man trying to find love, freedom and meaning to his existence in a grimly dystopian near-future in which the only true escape is into his imagination that would go on to become a cult favorite and an influence on any number of filmmakers over the years. As it turns out, Gilliam himself seems to have been one of those influenced by it because his latest effort, "The Zero Theorem," is another sci-fi freakout that owes more than a slight debt to the earlier film. While the end result may lack the bold originality of the director's best work, there is still much to be astonished by here as Gilliam demonstrates once again that even a second-tier effort of his features more creativity, style, ambition and energy than the top-shelf works of most other filmmakers that you or I could name." (more)
TUSK
"It's Not That Funny, Is It?"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It was just about exactly twenty years to the day that I write these words that I first met Kevin Smith and encountered his 1994 filmmaking debut "Clerks" when both appeared at the Chicago International Film Festival. If I were to have told him then that he would conclude his first score of years as a director with a project like his latest effort, "Tusk," he would have no doubt thought that I was insane. Then again, if he were to have told me that very same thing, I would have likely had the same reaction to this ultra-bizarre horror-comedy that attempts to messily fuse his highly verbose and beyond scatological dialogue with a premise so gruesomely outrageous that it pretty much defies any sort of rational explanation. The end result is a film that is generally grotesque, oftentimes ridiculous and almost inevitably uneven but at the same time, it does contain moments of grim horror and inspired comedy and two unexpectedly strong performances that help to keep things moving along evan as it threatens to crumble under the weight of its own craziness." (more)
MAZE RUNNER, THE
"A young adult adventure minus all motivation."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There have been action movie more aggressively stripped of the basic building blocks of story - like character background and motivation - than "The Maze Runner", but the better ones are either trying to make some point about basic human nature or engage in some criticism of their genre. Here, it's the generic anonymity of a video game, with player proxies, tasks to accomplish, and the promise of information as a reward. That's all good for as far as it goes; it just doesn't go very far." (more)
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