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TITLE RATING
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Keep the Lights On 3
Playroom, The 3
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Am Divine 4
Thermae Romae 4
V/H/S/2 4
Horror Stories 3
Zombie Hunter 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art of the Steal, The 3
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
What If (2014) 1
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Blue Ruin 4.56
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Captain Phillips 4.08
Her 4.08
Wind Rises, The 4.93
Nebraska 3.54
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Le Week-End 3.4
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nordstrand 5
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Ernest & Celestine 4.86
Blue Ruin 4.56
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Guest, The 4
Babadook, The 3.71
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Copenhagen 5
Mood Indigo 2.29
One I Love, The 4
Housebound 5
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 4.5
I, Origins 2.43
Ping Pong Summer 3
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
Break Point 4
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.5
Land Ho! 4.5
Snowpiercer 3.91
Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, The 5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 4
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Life Itself 4.63
Misconception 5
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Han Gong-ju 4.5
Aberdeen (2014) 3
Naked Ambition 3D 4
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Butter on the Latch 2.29
White Storm, The 4.14
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974) 4.26
From Vegas to Macau 2
Steel Cold Winter 3.86
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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
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
Duke of Burgundy, The 5
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Equalizer, The 2.19
Shrew's Nest 4
Waste Land (2014) 2
Cut Bank 5
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 3.86
Treatment, The 4
Shrew's Nest 4
When Animals Dream 3.86
Duke of Burgundy, The 5
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4
Force Majeure 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
Goal of the Dead 4
Dear White People 3.5
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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
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1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In "Leaving Las Vegas," the film that earned him a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar, Nicolas Cage played an alcoholic whose self-destructive tendencies caused him to deliberately attempt to destroy himself through one self-induced degradation after another. In hindsight, it appears that he was never quite able to fully shake that particular character because since then, he has inexplicably been trying to do the very same thing to himself in real life via a series of career choices that have gone beyond the merely baffling into the real of the completely inexplicable. "Con Air." "Gone in 60 Seconds." Both "National Treasure" movies. Both "Ghost Rider" movies." The remake of "The Wicker Man." "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." "Season of the Witch." "Seeking Justice." "Trespass." "Rage." (Bear in mind, these are the ones that received some form of general theatrical distribution--I have left out such barely released titles as "Stolen" and "The Frozen Ground.") Yes, there have been the occasional worthwhile efforts--films like "Bringing Out the Dead," "Adaptation," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and this year's wonderful "Joe"--that serve as reminders of his undeniable gifts as an actor and to be fair, I also have a soft sport for a couple of the above titles as well (I persist in my belief that the generally scorned "Wicker Man" remake is genuinely underrated and I continue to stand in awe at the over-the-top lunacy of "Drive Angry"). However, for the last couple of decades, Cage has coasted from one deeply dubious project to the next and while his well-publicized financial woes presumably played some part in his decision-making process, it almost feels as if he has been deliberately choosing the most ridiculous screenplays imaginable in a bizarre effort to destroy both his career and his reputation as one of the best and most inventive American actors of our age." (more)
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"Gone Baby Gone"
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Some may choose to disagree, but for me, Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestseller “Gone Girl” isn’t a cinematic text. Filled with interior voices, unreliable narration and characters incessantly explaining themselves, the book is a craftily woven examination of marital disharmony, society’s relationship to gender and the sensationalist depravity of modern media. Flynn’s prose are indebted to high-quality airline fodder, but her articulation of character and theme ascend the norm. “Gone Girl” is a riveting and cleverly assembled work, but again, not one I’d immediately have pegged for film. Nobody is going to argue that David Fincher isn’t a cinematic director. Even his Netflix series “House of Cards” feels too big for laptop monitors or TV sets, bustling with the same rich visual storytelling motifs that govern his more reputable work. With 1995’s “Se7en” Fincher turned a procedural into a morality tale of nightmarish beauty and to an even grander extent, with 2010’s “The Social Network” (clearly his best film) he wove the tabloid-worthy narrative of Facebook’s mischievous inception into a powerful odyssey of brotherhood undone by pride, greed and pitiful insecurity. In “The Social Network” modern Trojan wars erupt through a relationship status, and Helen isn’t a physical beauty, but a small, squared digital image tucked beside the tempting option of requesting her friendship. On paper the story of Mark Zuckerberg isn’t that ripe for movie treatment, but with a skilled visualist and master storyteller at the helm, it became one of 2010’s most satisfactorily epic pictures. This brings us back to “Gone Girl”." (more)
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4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Film festivals, or the other ways that film lovers cram more movies than their friends watch in a month into a much shorter span of time, can really warp one's perception of a given picture via context. On its own, I might consider "The Treatment" to be a dark, pessimistic movie about especially horrible crimes; after three screenings that plunged me into that sort of dark water without any sort of lifeline, this movie's police procedural approach made it seem much more an exciting thriller." (more)
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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"Not trash, but certainly not pleasant."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Just jerk off when your brother tells you to" isn't quite the first line of "I Am Trash", but it's close and gets the audience's attention. It also turns out to be one of the less horrific moments in this movie about a family of sex offenders. If that description puts you off, you're probably well-served trusting those instincts." (more)
EQUALIZER, THE
"Deja vu."
3 stars
Brett Gallman says... "In its relentless pursuit to reboot everything with a grim and gritty sensibility, Hollywood has come around to resurrecting “The Equalizer,” a relatively short-lived but popular television series centered on a man’s quest for vigilante justice. Such an approach feels passé and exhausting at this point, yet that’s really the least of the film’s problems. More disconcerting is its refusal to actually commit to this mode, as it instead wears it like an accessory that adds a sense of faux-profundity to a film that’s mostly about one guy’s quest to just kill and blow up everything in his path." (more)
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"An impressive look at serious instability."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "I Am Here" is heart-and-gut-wrenching in its first act, taking horrific events and making them hurt more with things that would at first glance have the opposite effect. It's not quite so sure-handed when it starts to actually tell a story around the situation it has set up, but is built on such a strong base that this hardly matters." (more)
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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