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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
On the Rocks 5
Spontaneous 5
Trial of the Chicago 7, The 4
Save Yourselves! 4
I'm Thinking of Ending Things 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Antebellum 1
Possessor 1
Devil All the Time, The 2
Tenet 2
Kajillionaire 2.5

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Headshot (2012) 4
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Rubberneck 2.38
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 5
Dirties, The 4
Rooftop, The 4
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Field in England, A 5
Railway Man, The 3
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Oculus 2.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Her 4.34
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Book Thief, The 3
Major, The 5
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Sleight 3
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
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
Pitch Black 3.56
They Live 3.6
Reconnoiter 3.12
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Phoenix Incident, The 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
Last Black Man in San Francisco, The 5
Hail Satan? 3.86
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
Mustang, The (2019) 1
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
Tread 4
Beach Bum, The 1
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Villains 2
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ms. Purple 4
When Lambs Become Lions 5
Not for Resale 4
Greener Grass 2
Official Secrets 3
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.32
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Pain and Glory 4.71
Ford v Ferrari 4.44
First Love 4
Lucy in the Sky 1
Hidden Life, A 4.88
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Happy Face 4
You Don't Nomi 3
First Love 4
Vast of Night, The 5
Color Out of Space 4.44
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2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
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2020 Nightstream Virtual Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Run (2020) 4
Detention (2019) 5
Dinner in America 2
Hunted (2020) 4
Pelican Blood 3
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TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, THE
"Good enough."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "If the titular trial of the Chicago 7 hadn’t happened, writer-director Aaron Sorkin would’ve had to invent it." (more)
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"Tutar And The Monkey Man"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The problem with a number of movie comedies these days is that they start off amusingly enough (well, some of them do) and then tend to run out of steam after a while to the point where they are practically dragging themselves to the end credits. In the case of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make benefit Once glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (which will be referred to from here on in by only the first three words of that title), the unexpected and shot-in-secret sequel to the wildly popular 2006 shock comedy hit from Sacha Baron Cohen, it is perhaps only fitting that the formulation here is backwards. It starts off rather unpromisingly, spends the next hour going through a series of scenes that combine a few huge laughs with a good amount of aimlessness and then concludes with a final half-hour filled with sharp humor and genuinely outrageous moments, including one jaw-dropper that could well mark the final nail in the coffin for at least one particularly public and normally shameless public figure of note. (I will not go into this moment in any detail but, suffice it to say, if you want to experience it completely unawares, you should try to watch the film as soon as it drops on Amazon Prime this Friday because it will become the subject of much conversation once people experience it for themselves.)" (more)
RUN (2020)
"Puts familiar thriller pieces into clever new places."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA THE 2020 NIGHTSTREAM FESTIVAL: A couple years ago, director Aneesh Chaganty and co-writer Sev Ohanian made what is probably the best of the recent group of movies presented entirely as what appears on various characters's screens in "Searching", and for their follow-up, they don't necessarily entirely go the opposite way, but one of the more suspenseful scenes in "Run" is built around its heroine trying to do some pre-internet-style search. It's a nifty bit in a film that's got a few of them, packed into a tight little package." (more)
PELICAN BLOOD
"Impressive when indie; less so when creepy."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you live in the Boston area (and maybe others), "Pelican Blood" is available for streaming via two separate routes: The Nightstream streaming film festival, a cooperative effort between local genre-oriented fests canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre's partnership with Goethe-Institut to present noteworthy German-language films, which is generally material perceived as classier than that. I'm curious as to which group finds it more satisfying; it is by turns exceptionally earnest and deeply weird, and does a better job of moving between the two than being both at once." (more)
SAVE YOURSELVES!
"It doesn't get much more randomly silly than an alien invasion."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Save Yourselves!" is an enjoyable-enough bit of sci-fi-slash-millennial self parody that starts to run out of steam well before it hits the 90-minute "real feature" mark, but makes it there because of the on-screen pair being pretty likable despite being thin and basic types. A good high concept and a good idea of where one's target audience and the targets of one's jokes intersect can get a movie fairly far." (more)
DEVIL ALL THE TIME, THE
"Lighten up, Francis."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Netflix’s synopsis line for 'The Devil All the Time' tells us the movie unfolds in a “backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality,” and boy, ain’t that the godforsaken truth." (more)
NEW MUTANTS, THE
"All the right pieces but none of the luck."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The New Mutants" has been a punchline or running gag for the past couple of years as it got pushed down the schedule as much as a result of things well outside filmmakers Josh Boone's control as the movie's own faults, from another movie being delayed to one studio consuming another and pushing the whole slate out months until, finally, the new studio decided this was an appropriate bone to throw theaters in the middle of the pandemic (after deciding not to do the sort of reshoots that probably would have helped because the young cast members could no longer pass for teenagers). It is, by and large, much better than its cursed path would indicate, but one can certainly see why it was always the thing that got pushed back while other movies were given priority." (more)
ON THE ROCKS
"Occasional Accidents"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Not counting brief appearances in a handful of films throughout the Eighties, Sofia Coppola’s first major film credit came at the age on 18 when she collaborated with her father, Francis, on the screenplay for “Life Without Zoe,” his contribution to “New York Stories” (1989), his contribution to “New York Stories,” an anthology movie that also included works by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. While Scorsese did a driving drama on art and obsession and Allen came up with an inspired farce about a middle-aged man whose domination by his elderly mother takes on an insane new dimension following a mystical mishap, the Coppolas came up with a whimsical fantasy, one clearly inspired by the old “Eloise” stories (and presumably their own relationship to some degree), about a rich-but-sweet 12-year-old girl who lives at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and, left mostly alone by her famous and glamorous parents, gets involved in a number of misadventures. The end result was pretty dire—even their much-maligned collaboration the next year on “The Godfather III” offered greater artistic dividends—and as Coppola unexpectedly made her transformation from the poster child for nepotism to one of the most exciting American filmmakers at work today with such films as “The Virgin Suicides” (2000), “Lost in Translation” (2003), “Marie Antoinette” (2006) and her remake of “The Beguiled” (2017), that short has pretty much been forgotten by all." (more)
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