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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Dear Evan Hansen 1
Venom: Let There Be Carnage 1.86
Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
Many Saints of Newark, The 2.71

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Burn 4
Revisionaries, The 4
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Shield of Straw 5
Curse of Chucky 4
Vessel (2013) 3.14
Halley 4
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Jodorowsky's Dune 4
One Chance 3
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Tim's Vermeer 5
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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All Is Lost 4.31
Omar 4.57
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Nebraska 3.63
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Raze 2.43
Motel Life, The 2.86
Sacrament, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Hollars, The 4
Sleight 3.14
Operation Avalanche 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
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2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
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Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
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High Treason 4.14
Ex Machina 3.97
Idiocracy 4.21
Native (2016) 5
Projet-M 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Hole in the Ground, The 3
Monos 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Honeyland 5
Death of Dick Long, The 3
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Extra Ordinary 4
Saint Frances 3
Apollo 11 4.88
Greener Grass 2
Long Shot 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Shadow 5
Her Smell 5
Not for Resale 4
Greener Grass 2
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
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Knives Out 4.2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Censor 3
Cryptozoo 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
In the Earth 3
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Introducing, Selma Blair 4
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Dinner in America 2
Minari 4.9
Sylvie's Love 4
Wander Darkly 5
Promising Young Woman 3.18
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2021 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
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My Zoe 4
Since August 5
This Is Not a War Story 4
Bitter Sugar 5
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2021 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
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Strawberry Mansion 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
Censor 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2021 MOVIES
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We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Holler 3
I Was a Simple Man 4
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
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2021 Toronto Film Festival MOVIES
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Dear Evan Hansen 1
Dune (2021) 3
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
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Junk Head 3.57
Hold Me Back 4
Escape from Mogadishu 4
Joint 3
Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? 5
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
Indemnity 2
Tin Can 4
Strawberry Mansion 4
All About Lily Chou-Chou 3.21
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2021 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
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Dune (2021) 3
Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
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2021 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Dune (2021) 3
French Dispatch, The 4
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2021 London Film Festival MOVIES
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French Dispatch, The 4
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2021 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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Dune (2021) 3
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
French Dispatch, The 4
Last Duel, The 2
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FRENCH DISPATCH, THE
"It’s An Institution"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Remember that scene in “Being John Malkovich” where the actual Malkovich takes the trip inside of his own head and finds himself in an existence that is literally all Malkovich all the time? (If you haven’t seen the film, I promise you that the previous sentence will actually make sense once you do.) I couldn’t help but think of that moment while watching “The French Dispatch,” the latest vehicle for the always-idiosyncratic Wes Anderson to indulge in his personal cinematic whims and obsessions on ever-increasing canvases. Normally I do not like to use the phrase “self-indulgent” when discussing any artistic endeavor—after all, almost all art is an exercise in self-indulgence to some extent—but I cannot readily think of a better way to describe this effort. Mind you, this is not to suggest that it is a bad film—it is practically bursting with delights in every scene and I enjoyed it pretty much from the first frame to the last. Then again, I have pretty much been on the Anderson bandwagon ever since coming out of a screening of his debut, “Bottle Rocket,” and realizing that I had seen the work of a true original, a notion that was confirmed with his very next film, the coming-of-age masterpiece “Rushmore,” so I am clearly down for what has become his increasingly insular cinematic approach. That said, I must admit that those who are not already avowed fans of his work may well find it to be either baffling beyond belief, annoying beyond measure or some combination of both." (more)
HALLOWEEN KILLS
"A swing and a miss."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "It’s difficult to judge 'Halloween Kills,' since it’s the middle film in what’s going to be a trilogy (the capper, 'Halloween Ends,' starts filming in January for release next October). What’s more, this trilogy, under the stewardship of director David Gordon Green and his writing-producing partner Danny McBride, looks as if it’s going to be all about fear and its destructive or self-destructive variations." (more)
DUNE (2021)
"Saint Muad'Dib"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Before getting into any discussion of “Dune,” the long-awaited new screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel that has been tantalizing readers and frustrating potential adaptors ever since it was first published in 1965, I suppose I should first offer up my own prior interactions with it over the years. Although science-fiction is a literary genre that I have never really gone for in a big way, I have made it a point to read at least some of the key works and therefore sat down and plowed my way through it when I was about 12 or so. Truth be told, I wasn’t especially overwhelmed by it. While Herbert certainly knew how to conjure up fascinating new worlds and creatures, he didn’t seem to have much of an idea of how to populate them or tell a story that didn’t bog down into pseudo-mystical gobbledygook at least once every couple of pages—Harlan Ellison once described it as being nothing more than “King of Kings” with giant worms and that pretty much sums it up perfectly in my book. The other reason I read the book then was because, after a number of false starts, it was coming to the big screen in a hugely expensive and highly anticipated screen adaptation from David Lynch, then hot off his Oscar-nominated hit “The Elephant Man,” that magazines like “Starlog” and “Twilight Zone” assured me would result in an epic cinematic event whose size and scope would make even the “Star Wars” films look puny by comparison." (more)
HALLOWEEN KILLS
"Boo Too"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Like so many other film fans, I consider John Carpenter’s 1978 breakthrough hit “Halloween” to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made—a decidedly grim fairy tale about a group of teenagers being stalked by the boogeyman told with such skill, precision and expert manipulation on Carpenter’s part that it still holds the ability to send chills down the spine of viewers, no matter how many times they’ve seen it, more than 40 years after it first appeared. Since that original release, the film has gone on to inspire a cottage industry of sequels and remakes but with the single exception of “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” the delightfully deranged red-headed stepchild of the franchise that had no real connection with any of the other films and which has gone on to become a cult favorite after angering fans during its initial 1982 release, they have all been pretty awful. Okay, maybe a couple of them—say “Halloween II” (1981) and “Halloween H20” (1998)—have been marginally better than the likes of “Halloween Resurrection” (2002) or the garbage Rob Zombie remakes “Halloween” (2007) and “Halloween II” (2009) but they have all been pretty bad to some degree. In fact, with the possible exception of the “Jaws” films, I cannot readily think of another film franchise—at least one that has remained a viable theatrical prospect over the years—where there has been such a gap in quality between the original film and the various continuations. (Yes, the various “Friday the 13th” sequels have all been pretty shitty but since the original wasn’t a good film by even the loosest definition of the word, the drop in quality wasn’t particularly noticeable.)" (more)
LAST DUEL, THE
"The Outrage"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If I had to make a list of the most accomplished filmmakers of the last half-century or so, Ridley Scott’s name would definitely hold a place of prominence. A director who generally favors bold and ambitious works and who has generally strived to avoid repeating himself, even when doing sequels to his own films, he has amassed a list of credits that is practically bursting with the kind of critical and commercial successes that most of his peers rarely attain even once in their careers—“Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Legend,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Hannibal,” the full-length version of “Kingdom of Heaven,” “American Gangster,” the “Alien” sequels “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant” and “All the Money in the World” immediately leap to mind. At the same time, he has also shown himself over the years to be more than capable of turning out subpar junk as well when working with material that is either subpar or that he just does not seem to connect with on some fundamental level. When he does one of these lesser items—“A Good Year,” “Robin Hood,” “Exodus,” to name a few, the results feel as if they hurt a little more than the usual run-of-the-mill stinker because we know that Scott is capable of so much more. Unfortunately, his latest effort, “The Last Duel,” is not one that is going to go down as one of his great works. A handsomely mounted but dramatically inert work, it offers up a story from the pages of history that is nevertheless meant to resonate with those paying attention to current events but fails to do anything especially interesting with it over the course of its two-and-a-half-hour running time." (more)
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE
"Lightning seldom strikes twice (if you can call the first Venom lightning)"
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The first "Venom" movie was not, I suspect, what anybody involved wanted it to be; I'd love to know who thought they were making a sort of sci-fi horror movie, who was making a comedy, who wanted straight-ahead superhero action, and who saw a weird queer-ish romance underneath it all and decided to play that up. Somehow, don't ask me how, the movie worked better than it had any right to, even if it was not what one would call above-average. The sequel is clearly the result of Sony trying to reverse-engineer what happened and do it again, and deliberately replicating chaos doesn't come easy." (more)
BLUE BAYOU
"Trapped in between."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "As a fan of Justin Chon's previous two films as a writer/director, I find myself a little disappointed by the slightly bigger, more ambitious Blue Bayou, even though he seems to be following the same path: Create a character and setting of the sort that he would like to play as an actor even if he doesn't often get the opportunity, hang just enough of a story on it for the movie to have a starting and ending point, and let his cast do their work. "Blue Bayou" can get by with that for decent stretches, but sometimes it needs a little more." (more)
INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR
"Ready for her close-up."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "As a young actress, Selma Blair developed something of a reputation for being willing to do just about any awkward or potentially thorny thing onscreen." (more)
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