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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Godzilla vs. Kong 4
Cliff Walkers 4
Nobody (2021) 3.33
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Mortal Kombat (2021) 1.5
Home Sweet Home 3
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Nobody (2021) 3.33
Cliff Walkers 4

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Marvel's The Avengers 4.26
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secretly Greatly 3.8
Bad Milo 3
Thermae Romae 4
Bushido Man 4
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bends 5
Labor Day (2013) 1
Missing Picture, The 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Fading Gigolo 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Jimmy P. 4.14
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Nebraska 3.63
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 5
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Sleight 3
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Certain Women 4.14
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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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
Big Ass Spider! 4
Native (2016) 5
Projet-M 3
Dual City 4
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Apollo 11 5
Blinded By the Light 4.31
Greener Grass 2
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Booksmart 4.92
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
Ms. Purple 4
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
We Are Not Princesses 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Official Secrets 3
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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
Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.86
First Love 4
Vast of Night, The 4.71
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
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Swallow 5
First Love 4
Knives Out 4.2
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
Bleed with Me 3
Jumbo 4
Pelican Blood 3
Doorman, The (2020) 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
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
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
TITLE RATING
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dinner in America 2
Sylvie's Love 4
Wander Darkly 5
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
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2021 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
Dry, The 4
Holler 3
I Was a Simple Man 4
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
OXY KINGPINS, THE
"How you get to a crisis."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: Though many people are touched directly enough by what is often called "the opioid crisis" or "the opioid epidemic" for it not to be abstract, some are lucky enough for it to not be directly affected and others, quite naturally, are concerned enough about the immediate ill effects that they don't tend to think about the other end of the supply chain. "The Oxy Kingpins" does a fair job of remedying that; it may not have a proper ending, but the filmmakers do yeoman's work explaining how so many pills got into the wrong hands, and maybe what can be done about it." (more)
DRY, THE
"The town's ready to ignite."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: Early on in "The Dry", there's a subtitle specifying that it's been 324 days since the last rain in the town of Kiewarra, and I wonder whether that was the inspiration for the story or just something the filmmakers couldn't avoid, given how bad the drought and heat waves have been in Australia in recent years. Either way, it's a way to add some color to a somewhat dour mystery." (more)
WATER MAN, THE
"Basic, quality kids' fare."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Water Man" is a movie of charmingly modest ambitions, an adventure for kids that doesn't slip in anything that's just for the parents or aim to be the start of a larger series. It's pretty good little movie that will hopefully get a few people to come to matinees before disappearing into the vague "family" category online." (more)
WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA
"Likely won't change opinions, but may intensify them in the right direction"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2021: There's a segment early on in "Who We Are" when Jeffery Robinson tries to have a conversation with a man standing in front of a Confederate statue with a matching flag, and it goes about as well as it can: There's no profanity or violence, but also no visible movement. It's not exactly the film in miniature, but it does make one worry about how much two hours of even the most earnest, well- crafted talk on the subject can be." (more)
ABOUT ENDLESSNESS
"Quiet wonderment."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... ""It is the common fatigue." That’s what my ears thought they heard during a scene in Roy Andersson’s typically deadpan "About Endlessness."" (more)
I WAS A SIMPLE MAN
"At and after the end."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: Point a camera in any random direction in Hawaii, and odds are that you're going to get a great-looking movie, and though that is not entirely the direction Christopher Makoto Yogi takes with "I Was a Simple Man", it is a major part of what makes the film work. Not so much the scenery, but the star, who often seems to embody his character to the point where everything more than taking him in is (entirely welcome) elaboration on a theme." (more)
WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR
"An okay proof-of-concept for the movie that eventually does it right."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: There's a great movie to be made about the ground that this one covers, but I'm pretty sure that "We're All Going to the World's Fair" isn't it. It may be closer than I thought - for as much as I've dabbled in the sort of social-media storytelling that filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun is playing with, I've never been that engrossed. It's a younger person's game, after all. Still, I found myself remembering the feeling of watching "The Collingswood Story" back in 2005 - a prototype for the later "screen life" movies that hadn't quite figured out how to make it work yet - and wondering what the next movie that plays with this hook would do." (more)
HOLLER
"We could do with a few more movies set in these parts of the country."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: I wouldn't necessarily have guessed that "Holler" is filmmaker Nicole Riegel's second go at the material, but it makes sense in retrospect - the story at the center is straightforward, but with a lot more room to explore the world around it, even if she doesn't make things that much more intricate and complicated than you might find in a ten-minute short. It kind of lives right on the line where one might want her to explore certain things further but are also glad they aren't forced, winding up a familiar tale but still fairly satisfying." (more)
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