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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Color Out of Space 4.5
Adoring 4
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Grudge, The (2020) 4
Lodge, The 3.5

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Bad Boys for Life 1
Gentlemen, The 1.88
Downhill 2
Underwater 2
Liberation 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Burn 4
Side by Side 3.86
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dirties, The 4
24 Exposures 4
Frankenstein's Army 3
Grand Heist, The 4
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.88
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Major, The 5
Square, The (2013) 5
Philomena 4.17
Trap Street 4.14
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Omar 4.57
Alan Partridge 4
Le Week-End 3.71
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Despite the Gods 4
Go Goa Gone 2.71
One Chance 3
With You, Without You 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Hollars, The 4
Under the Shadow 5
Lure, The 3
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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
Idiocracy 4.21
Dual City 4
Skyquake 1.86
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hail Satan? 3.86
Greener Grass 2
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
Mustang, The (2019) 1
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Porno 4
Good Boys 4.14
Long Shot 4.14
Beach Bum, The 1
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shadow 5
Her Smell 5
Rusalka (aka The Siren), The 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
We Are Not Princesses 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.33
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joker 2.59
Harriet 3
Weathering With You 4.14
Kingmaker, The 4
Color Out of Space 4.5
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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
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Swallow 5
First Love 4
Color Out of Space 4.5
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"Brings both fire and flow."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As Masaki Yuasa's output increases, he seems to be moving away from the strange and trippy films that gained him attention and toward the conventional, though if the result is something like this sweet animated romance, that's not a bad thing. It's still distinctive and occasionally eccentric, and winds up being something fairly unique once the bits of fantasy there are kick in." (more)
ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (2020)
"Donnie doesn't really need the fat suit to punch and kick a bunch of yakuza"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "This colorful, fast-paced bit of kung fu silliness works well enough that I'm not sure why they bothered to put Donnie Yen in a fat suit. It really doesn't affect how he moves or the story at all, and there aren't even that many jokes at the expense of his character's weight. Did someone just have the remake rights to Sammo Hung's film and figure it would add 5% to the take or something?" (more)
SYNCHRONIC
"The Moorhead & Benson team is 4-for-4."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL 45: The three previous feature films by the directing team of Aaron Moorehead and Justin Benson have earned them a great reputation in sci-fi/horror circles and been the sort of movies that fans build a festival schedule around, but their particular combination of meticulous construction, genre awareness, and emotional tensions has seemingly conspired to keep them from playing to a larger audience. "Synchronic" seems like a movie that could go wider; it's smart and witty and occasionally exciting without seeming quite so clearly focused on its own intricacy." (more)
DOWNHILL
"Vad Ar Poängen?"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "How one feels about “Downhill” will depend to a large degree on whether or not they have seen “Force Majeure,” the celebrated 2014 comedy/drama from Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund that it is based on. Granted, this is not the most startling observation to make about a remake, especially of a film of a relatively recent vintage, but in this particular case, there is a slight difference. Those who have not yet seen that original film are likely to dismiss it as just an odd and ultimately missed opportunity that contains a couple of good ideas and a couple of good performances but doesn’t have any clear idea of what it wants to do with them. Those who have seen the original, and who have therefore seen just how effective this particular material can be when in the right hands, are more like to be straight-up outraged with how thoroughly the writer/director team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have botched things up here in just about every possible way by transforming a wry, subtle and penetrating dark comedy about a seemingly ideal family unit whose hidden fissures are inadvertently exposed for all to see into a bigger, dumber and more crashingly obvious work that is notable only by its resounding pointlessness." (more)
MAN STANDING NEXT, THE
"The President's Last Game"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Man Standing Next" is a pretty fair example of a movie that takes the known facts of recent history and stitches them together in the way that most resembles a thriller. The suspense comes as much from the craft as the pieces of that history where one doesn't know the exact details, meaning the most exciting set piece is in the middle rather than the climax. There's no mystery for many watching the film in South Korea, but at least some tension." (more)
PROXIMA
"Parents in different cities is tough on kids. A mom in space..."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL 45: Among the many things that intrigue about Proxima is how the standard narrative of movies like this seem built to push the story, and the audience, in a specific direction. Lots of movies that didn't live up to their potential have made it as easy to joke about them being about "discovering what's REALLY important" as "friends we made along the way" or the like. And yet that construction works, because what counters it? [I]Proxima[/I] is at its best when it makes you wonder." (more)
LODGE, THE
"Baby It's Cold Inside"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With their acclaimed 2015 narrative feature debut, “Goodnight Mommy,” the writer-director team of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz took a story that could charitably be called implausible and presented it with such style and precision, not to mention a flair for truly squirm-inducing imagery, for the duration of its running time that it was only long after it ended that it began to dawn on viewers that it didn’t make a hell of a lot of sense in hindsight. With their long-awaited follow-up, “The Lodge,” they have once again offered up a grim and horrific tale involving children, isolation and people who may not be exactly who they appear to be—this time in English and with a couple of familiar faces in the cast—but the whole thing is so preposterous practically from the get-go that it never manages to work up the feeling of quiet dread that it is clearly trying to achieve." (more)
BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
"Contains Several Cups Of Meat"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn,” the latest entry in the DC Comics cinematic universe, is a film that has been made with an abundance of style and energy, a certain degree of wit and an undeniably charismatic performance from Margot Robbie at its center. That is good since those elements have to pick up the slack for the items that haven’t quite made the scene here, such as a coherent and compelling storyline or a compelling bad guy. The end result is a film that is not nearly and transgressive or anarchistic as it clearly thinks it is but which still packs enough charm and gleefully brutal go-girl insouciance to make for a reasonably winning entertainment, especially in comparison to the painfully self-serious bullshit of the absurdly overblown" (more)
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