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Encanto 4
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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355, The 1
Matrix Resurrections, The 2.44
Battle at Lake Changjin, The 3
King's Man, The 3
G Storm 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Headshot (2012) 4
Keep the Lights On 3
Resolution 3.86
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 5
Saving General Yang 4
Thermae Romae 4
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Palo Alto 5
Metallica Through The Never 3.29
Bends 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Jimmy P. 4.14
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.26
Alan Partridge 4
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Fifth Estate, The 2
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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31 3
Lobster, The 3.67
Love & Friendship 4.46
Operation Avalanche 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
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Projet-M 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Alienated 2
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 4.88
Farewell, The (2019) 4.63
Hole in the Ground, The 3
Pahokee 4
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alice (2019) 5
Yes, God, Yes 4
Apollo 11 4.88
Us 4
Good Boys 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
For the Birds (2019) 3
Monos 4
Official Secrets 3
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Was a Simple Man 4
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
In the Earth 3
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Strawberry Mansion 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Spine of Night, The 3
Violet (2021) 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dinner in America 2
Save Yourselves! 4
Promising Young Woman 3.18
Kajillionaire 2.5
Night House, The 4.13
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2021 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
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
TITLE RATING
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
TITLE RATING
Strawberry Mansion 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 Toronto Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Violet (2021) 4
Last Night in Soho 3.44
Dune (2021) 3.13
Rescue, The (2021) 4
Drive My Car 2
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Junk Head 3.57
Hold Me Back 4
Escape from Mogadishu 4
Asian Angel, The 4
Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? 5
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
Not Quite Dead Yet 4
Tin Can 4
Pompo: The Cinephile 4
Raging Fire 4
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2021 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3.13
Last Night in Soho 3.44
Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
Card Counter, The 5
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2021 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Drive My Car 2
Dune (2021) 3.13
Tragedy of Macbeth, The 4
Red Rocket 4
French Dispatch, The 4
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2021 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Drive My Car 2
French Dispatch, The 4
Tragedy of Macbeth, The 4
King Richard 4
Benedetta 4
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2021 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Poupelle of Chimney Town 4
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2021 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belfast 3
King Richard 4
Red Rocket 4
Rescue, The (2021) 4
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2021 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3.13
Belfast 3
French Dispatch, The 4
Last Duel, The 2
King Richard 4
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KING'S MAN, THE
"Does a couple things fairly well, but they work against each other."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Between the release date shuffles due to Disney's purchase of Twentieth Century Fox and Covid-19, "The King's Man" has been delayed long enough for that to be the story around it, rather than why it exists at all. The first "Kingsman" sequel did okay at the box office but still dropped off fairly notably from the previous film, and as near as I can tell there's not a particularly dedicated fanbase hungry for details on the backstory. Most likely, co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn just had an idea he couldn't shake. He's good enough at this to make a fair movie, though not one worth a wait that has pushed the property toward the back of people's minds." (more)
NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021)
"Del Toro triumphs."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Despite its darkness and pessimism, Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel "Nightmare Alley" is a shapely piece of entertainment that may cheer you up." (more)
MATRIX RESURRECTIONS, THE
"Once more unto the breach..."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "There’s a whole bunch of plot jibber-jabber in "The Matrix Resurrections," as there was in the previous three films in the series, but at least this one is a bit more emotionally readable." (more)
TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, THE
"A noble attempt."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Stripped down for action, shot in black-and-white in the boxy old Academy ratio, Joel Coen’s "The Tragedy of Macbeth" couldn’t be much more a hat-tip to film noir — the mode of narrative that has been so good to Coen and his brother Ethan (who sat this one out), from "Blood Simple" to "No Country for Old Men."" (more)
355, THE
"Parallel Bummers"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "January is traditionally a period that movie studios use as a clearinghouse for films in which they have virtually no faith in the hopes that they might still make a few quick bucks from moviegoers who have already seen all the current Oscar bait releases and who are hankering for something new to watch. These films tend to be as terrible as they look and in most cases, the best thing that one can say about them is that they will have pretty much faded from most memories by the time spring officially comes around. In the case of “The 355,” I suspect that it will linger on the minds of those who see it for much longer than that and this is not because of its cinematic brilliance. No, my guess is that it will be remembered for being the film featuring the most scandalous and complete waste of talent of anything released in 2022. Yes, I realize that the year is less than a week old as I write these words but unless someone plans on putting out a documentary featuring the slow and methodical burning of the missing reels of “The Magnificent Ambersons,” I cannot easily imagine a greater and more pointless squandering than this." (more)
LICORICE PIZZA
"The Soggy Bottom Boys, Girls And Things"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I don’t think that there is anyone out there who would disagree too strenuously if I were to assert that 2021 has pretty much been a king-hell bummer from its very first days to its waning moments. Not surprisingly, that darkness has managed to manifest itself in the films that have come out during that time as well. I recently published my list of the 10 best films of the year and, for the most part, they happen to be a fairly bleak collection of titles—my list included examples of two of the most normally heedless types of movies, the musical (“Annette”) and the screwball comedy (“Shiva Baby”), and even they were particularly grim takes on those genres. Therefore, I suppose it only makes sense that just as 2021 is finally coming to a blessed close and with the theatrical experience once again being threatened by the ongoing pandemic, the most utterly beguiling American film of the year is only now arriving in the form of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza.” Anderson has, of course, been responsible for some of the most astonishing films of recent years—“Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Inherent Vice” and “Phantom Thread” among them—and this one deserves consideration as one of his best." (more)
MATRIX RESURRECTIONS, THE
"Ignorance Is Bliss"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "After bringing the “Matrix” saga that they began with the groundbreaking original 1999 film to a conclusion in 2003 with the sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” the writer-director duo The Wachowskis used the clout that they amassed from their enormous commercial success to put forth a number of equally elaborate projects, such as “Speed Racer” (2008), “Cloud Atlas” (2012), “Jupiter Ascending” (2015) and the TV series “Sense8.” With the exception of the vastly underrated “Jupiter Ascending,” these efforts were not entirely successful—to this day, the only concrete memory I have of “Speed Racer” is of the brutal migraine I was left with after watching it—but they were undeniably ambitious works that suggested that the Wachowskis had more on their minds than simply trying to redo their biggest hit over and over. Alas, none of those subsequent efforts have come close to having the same kind of financial or cultural impact that “The Matrix” did and so it is perhaps inevitable that, in an era in which one long-dormant intellectual property after another is being revived, it would also return despite having come to a seemingly definitive conclusion nearly two decades ago." (more)
RED ROCKET
"Coming Home"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "My guess is that as soon as I begin to describe the plot of “Red Rocket,” the latest from Sean Baker, his first film since the acclaimed “The Florida Project,” a number of you will dismiss it entirely with some combination of anger and disgust. Trust me, I get it and I will admit that when I first heard the premise, I had difficulty seeing how it could possibly work as anything other as a calculated bit of outrage—the sort of thing that John Waters did early on in his career as a way of garnering attention for his no-budget opuses. However, those who are determined to bail on it run the risk of missing one of the year’s more audacious comedies—a quietly scathing social satire that introduces us to one of the more appalling characters to be found at the center of any recent film and somehow figures out how to make him—you had to guess it was a him—compelling enough to spend two hours watching in a theater when you would not only step out of the ordering line at a coffee shop if he stood behind you in real life, you would be tempted to give the drink up for good just to make sure that such an encounter would never happen again." (more)
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