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Antebellum 1
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Craft, The: Legacy 1
Tenet 2
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 3.86
Fairhaven 3.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
Son of Sardaar 4
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
Halley 4
Night That Panicked America, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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One Chance 3
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Tim's Vermeer 5
Starred Up 3.33
Mystery Road 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Jimmy P. 4.14
Stranger by the Lake 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Argento's Dracula 4.14
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Green Room 3.67
Captain Fantastic 1
Operation Avalanche 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
Antibirth 4
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2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
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Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
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Blade Runner 4.28
High Treason 4.14
Projet-M 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
400 Days 1
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Late Night 2.4
Monos 4
Honeyland 5
Mustang, The (2019) 1
Lodge, The 3.31
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Porno 4
Us 4.16
Good Boys 4.14
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Day Shall Come, The 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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You Don't Nomi 3
We Are Not Princesses 4
Not for Resale 4
Monos 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
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Knives Out 4.32
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Judy 2.9
Ford v Ferrari 4.44
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band 3.57
Dolemite Is My Name 4.68
First Love 4
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Irishman, The 4.4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Lodge, The 3.31
Koko-di Koko-da 4
First Love 4
Knives Out 4.32
Vast of Night, The 5
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2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
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Saint Frances 3
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2020 Nightstream Virtual Film Festival MOVIES
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Run (2020) 4
Bleed with Me 3
Dinner in America 2
Pelican Blood 3
Doorman, The (2020) 2
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"a.k.a. The Craft: Bore"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Last year’s remake of “Black Christmas” offered viewers the conceit of female filmmakers taking a familiar horror movie—a genre not exactly famous for its delicate handling of gender issues—and giving the material a more feminist-leaning overhaul that would tap into the concerns of the MeToo era. This was not necessarily a bad idea for a film in theory but in this particular case, it was an odd choice since the 1974 original was actually pretty progressive in terms of its take on female empowerment, especially considering both its genre and the era when it was made, and while the remake did score a couple of points here and there in regards to the sexual politics, it more or less abandoned them in order to proceed with some extraordinarily silly plot developments that transformed the entire enterprise into an absurdity. Now comes “The Craft: Legacy,” a new take on the 1996 teen witch cult favorite that follows almost exactly in the footsteps of “Black Christmas” with one key exception—it doesn’t even bother with presenting any good ideas or even a vaguely compelling rationale for its existence before devolving into the silly stuff." (more)
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"He's baaaack."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "“I was tucking in my shirt” might just be the movie critique of the year. Then again, look at the year." (more)
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"Good enough."
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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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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)
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