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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
Trishna 3.71
Resolution 3.86
Playroom, The 3
Revisionaries, The 4
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You're Next 3.56
Bad Milo 3
Imaginaerum 3
Antisocial 4
Missionary (2013) 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Major, The 5
Enemy 4.13
Labor Day (2013) 1
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Begin Again 3.95
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.29
Omar 4.57
Stranger by the Lake 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missing Picture, The 4
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Raze 2.43
Motel Life, The 2.86
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Green Room 3.67
Wiener-Dog 2
Certain Women 4.14
Eyes of My Mother, 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
Big Ass Spider! 4
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Phoenix Incident, The 3
400 Days 1
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hole in the Ground, The 3
Honeyland 5
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Sweetheart 4
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
Us 4.16
Long Shot 4.14
Day Shall Come, The 3
Teen Spirit 1
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 4.63
Not for Resale 4
For the Birds (2019) 3
Monos 4
Greener Grass 2
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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
Knives Out 4.32
Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.86
Pelican Blood 3
First Love 4
Waves (2019) 3
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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
Koko-di Koko-da 4
Happy Face 4
You Don't Nomi 3
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
Bleed with Me 3
Detention (2019) 5
Dinner in America 2
Lapsis 4
Pelican Blood 3
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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)
SPONTANEOUS
"Combustion Junction"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "As a rule, I try to cover as many of the new movies coming out each week as possible but even with my best efforts, I cannot always get to every single one. I make a point to tackle all the major releases, of course, but when it comes to the smaller and less heralded titles, I sometimes find myself needing to pick and choose what I am going to cover and what I am going to put aside. If the film in question has a premise that sounds vaguely intriguing, I am usually willing to give it a chance. Likewise, if any of the people who are connected with it are those whose work I have admired in the past, that is oftentimes enough to lure me in. And, of course, there are those films that look so utterly ridiculous (“Money Plane” anyone?) that wild horses could not keep me away. Granted, this is not a flawless system by any means—I have wound up seeing any number of terrible movies this way and I suspect that just as many fine ones have eluded me as well—but for the most part, it seems to work out reasonably well." (more)
KAJILLIONAIRE
"Insipid to the Point of Inertia"
1 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Both mainstream and art-house viewers will be highly displeased by this unsatisfying nonsense." (more)
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