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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
In the Heights 5
Luca 4
Black Widow (2021) 3.75
Holler 3
Jungle Cruise 2

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, The 1
Old 1
Jungle Cruise 2
Holler 3
Black Widow (2021) 3.75

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Headshot (2012) 4
Revisionaries, The 4
Jackpot 5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bad Milo 3
Discopathe 3
Bad Film 4
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Gravity 3.77
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Cold Eyes 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Captain Phillips 4.29
Her 4.34
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Immigrant, The 4.23
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Nebraska 3.63
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.67
Love & Friendship 4.46
Sleight 3.14
Under the Shadow 5
Cameraperson 5
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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
Ex Machina 3.97
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Reconnoiter 3.12
Polder 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Monos 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
Shooting the Mafia 4
Lodge, The 3.31
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tread 4
Apollo 11 5
Booksmart 4.86
Us 4
Long Shot 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 4.63
Them That Follow 4
When Lambs Become Lions 5
Pahokee 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
Dolemite Is My Name 4.68
Marriage Story 4.22
Painted Bird, The 4
Blood Quantum 3
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.43
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Death of Dick Long, The 3
You Don't Nomi 3
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
First Love 4
Tammy and the T-Rex 3
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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
Lapsis 4
Pelican Blood 3
Black Bear 3.71
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Was a Simple Man 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
In the Earth 3
Strawberry Mansion 4
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sylvie's Love 4
Coded Bias 3
Downhill 2
Promising Young Woman 3.06
Kajillionaire 2.5
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2021 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
My Zoe 4
Since August 5
This Is Not a War Story 4
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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
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Holler 3
Reckoning in Boston, A 4
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Junk Head 3.57
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kratt 3
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Yakuza Princess 5
Suicide Squad, The 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
PAUL DOOD'S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK
"Too little revenge too slow in coming."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA THE 2021 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There's a weird desperation to the back half of "Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break", like the filmmakers are desperate to make the audience invest in the pursuit and violence of what's going on because they are acutely aware that they squandered the first half-hour of the movie and need to catch up if they're going to make the points they intend. Not that those are particularly interesting or novel points; a story about a delusional social-media addict/would-be entertainer needs to be more interesting than this to stand out." (more)
EVERY SINGLE SOMEONE
"When White Rage Becomes Mildly Perturbed And Dumb"
2 stars
Erik Childress says... "Exploring the root causes of white male rage is going to be a popular theme for some time. The recent documentary about the not-so-controlled demolition that was Woodstock ’99 postulated that one of the root causes of the Trump era was a privilege let loose in an unconsented orgy of anti-establishment lyrics with few consequences for anyone who felt they had a golden ticket to be the masters of their domain and that of two many others. Scaling it down to a single act of violence and the lack of repercussions is a solid starting point for Samuel Marko’s second feature. Unfortunately it is buried in a sub-genre and style that would rather call attention to itself than the story it is telling." (more)
ANNETTE
"Hello Young Lovers"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If you took the typically Hollywood caricature of an auteur from Europe—a cartoonish creature wrapped up in a legend of their own making consisting of grand artistic pronouncements and a singularly bizarre cinematic “vision”—and brought it to life, it would greatly resemble the alternately acclaimed and notorious French filmmaker Leos Carax. Although not the most prolific of filmmakers—he has been working since 1980 but has only done six feature films to date—his films are so overstuffed with images and ideas throughout that both he and his audience pretty much need the regular long breaks between projects in order to recover and recharge. With his very first film, “Boy Meets Girl” (1984), he combined the emotional exuberance and excitement of a new filmmaker putting everything they have into their first (and possibly only) shot behind the camera with the kind of formal beauty and audacity of a veteran working at the peak of their creative powers. He has managed to keep that up over his followup projects—“Mauvais Sang” (1986), “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf” (1992), “Pola X” (1999) and “Holy Motors” (2012)—and while viewers tend to split evenly between those who adore his work and those who find it all to be crazily pretentious nonsense, both groups know that when they go to see one of his movies, they are going to be getting a genuine experience that they will not be shaking anytime soon." (more)
SUICIDE SQUAD, THE
"Just Look For The "The""
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When I sit down to write a review of a big, effects-heavy epic based on a comic book, I almost always kick things off with a reminder that I am not a particularly big fan of such thing, largely to allow readers who do enjoy such things to properly handicap what I have to say about them. In hindsight, it would seem that in the case of “Suicide Squad” (2016), I probably needn’t have bothered since even those who generally enjoyed such things largely found it to be unwatchable swill as well. Pitched as a wild antidote to the straightforward heroics of its corporate brethren, this low-level DC title, based on the premise of a group of imprisoned super villains put together as part of a top secret government program in which they would save the world in exchange for reduced prison sentences, was arguably the biggest fuckup of such a potentially interesting comic book-inspired idea since the infamous “Howard the Duck”—it was far too stupid, ugly and hateful to work as the mass-market blockbuster it was promoted as, way too restrained, timid and bloodless to succeed as the edgy anti-blockbuster that it presumably wanted to be and was little more than a haphazard assemblage of messy set pieces that were sometimes briefly enlivened by Margot Robbie’s inspired turn as the kooky-crazy Harley Quinn (a role she would find a better vehicle for in “Birds of Prey” (2020)) and dragged down to Mariana Trench-like depths during the blessedly brief moments when Jared Leto wandered on to deliver his absurdly overhyped and genuinely awful performance as Joker, a turn so bad that one suspects that the inexplicable veneration that Joaquin Phoenix received for his portrayal of the character in “Joker” was borne mostly out of a desire to ensure that Leto never tried it again." (more)
WEREWOLVES WITHIN
"Tepid at best."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Something about "Werewolves Within" doesn’t sit right with me. It’s a horror-comedy, which often means that people and even dogs die and you’re not asked to care much, but even so, this is a glib and breezy affair. We may find ourselves asking why we care if the characters live, either. The script, by memoirist Mishna Wolff, based on a video game, hands the actors lumpy mouthfuls of dialogue that they mostly turn into sentences that sound like real people might say them." (more)
ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN
"Lots of questions. No answers."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The suicide asks the world, “Why?”" (more)
JUNGLE CRUISE
"River Of Diminishing Returns"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“The Jungle Cruise” is one of those films that is so obviously constructed of ideas borrowed from other movies that some may be tempted to make a game out of it with their fellow audience members by seeing who can come up with the most titles of obvious inspirations—mine ran the gamut from the expected likes of “The African Queen,” “Romancing the Stone” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” to such comparative curve balls as “Medicine Man” and Werner Herzog masterpiece “Aguirre, the Wrath of God.” Unfortunately, it never quite lives up to the standards set by its inspirations and if you are a movie cannot manage to equal the accomplishments of the likes of “Medicine Man,” you know that you are in trouble." (more)
GREEN KNIGHT, THE
"What Becomes A Legend Most?"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There have been any number of movies over the years inspired by the legends of King Arthur and/or the various Knights of the Round Table and while many of them have been quite silly and forgettable (remember that one directest by Guy Ritchie that had Jude Law controlling what can only be described as a giant sex squid?), I can think of three (well, four, but “Knightriders,” George Romero’s magnificent modern-day take doesn’t quite count as a true Arthurian saga) that I would describe as great. There is “Lancelot du Lac,” an arrestingly austere take that remains my favorite film from the late Robert Bresson. There is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which is not only one of the funniest films ever made but quite possibly the most accurate in terms of depicting what life was really like back then (not counting the coconuts). Lastly, there is John Boorman’s classic “Excalibur,” a film truly worthy of being described as visionary and one that remains as visually extraordinary and emotionally devastating as it was when it came out 40 years ago. In all three cases, the films succeeded because, at least in part, because they were put in the hands of strong and distinct filmmakers who presented the familiar stories in new ways that made them striking and unique, even if you otherwise had no particular burning interest in the subject." (more)
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