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

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

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Hysteria 3.88
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.26
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Library Wars 3
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
Halley 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
One Chance 3
Afflicted 3.5
Tim's Vermeer 5
Begin Again 3.95
In Secret 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Jimmy P. 4.14
Her 4.34
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Book Thief, The 3
Fifth Estate, The 2
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Voyage 1
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Hollars, The 4
Captain Fantastic 1
Life, Animated 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
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Native (2016) 5
Skyquake 1.86
Arrowhead (2017) 3
400 Days 1
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hail Satan? 3.86
Official Secrets 3
Death of Dick Long, The 3
We Are Little Zombies 4
Lodge, The 3.31
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Porno 4
Us 4.16
Good Boys 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
Rusalka (aka The Siren), The 4
Pollinators, The 3.29
Greener Grass 2
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
Pain and Glory 4.71
Goldfinch, The 1.43
Marriage Story 4.22
Pelican Blood 3
First Love 4
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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
Lodge, The 3.31
Happy Face 4
You Don't Nomi 3
Knives Out 4.2
Vast of Night, The 4.71
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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
Come True 4
Detention (2019) 5
Pelican Blood 3
Breaking Surface 2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
In the Earth 3
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Save Yourselves! 4
Sylvie's Love 4
Wander Darkly 5
Coded Bias 3
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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Independent Film Festival Boston 2021 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Reckoning in Boston, A 4
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DOG WHO WOULDN'T BE QUIET, THE
"There are some things you really, really can't predict."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet" has maybe the strangest mid-film detour I can recall, surprising me as I watched it although I'll bet that two-weeks-ago me put this film on the schedule because the description hinted at it. Even before that, it's a movie that's as amiably eccentric as its title, well worth a look before it finds the most peculiar way it can to tell what could be a fairly conventional story." (more)
HERE ALONE
"Sometimes Alone Is Better"
2 stars
Erik Childress says... "When Rod Blackhurst’s Here Alone premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, it was probably deemed as just another apocalyptic survival tale. Films of the type are prime fodder for independent filmmakers who only need a few actors and an unpopulated location. Given the events of 2020 to the publishing of this review and beyond, there is a whole new appreciation for survival instincts after a viral pandemic, or at least one for wearing masks. COVID-19 spawned a feverish lockdown revisit of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and maybe that was as far as people wanted to take it despite some really harrowing films awaiting their own re-appreciation. Here Alone starts with promise and ended by winning the fest’s Audience Award. However, as the film actually ends with a near-silent scream, I finished with an even louder one which reverberated over its many flaws." (more)
SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
"An experience worth remembering."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: "Summer of Soul" isn't quite a concert film, but it's hard to blame director Ahmir-Khalib "Questlove" Thompson for never wanting to stop the music: The raw material is a treasure trove of great performances not seen in fifty years, and more often than not, they say just as much on their own as anybody talking about them later might. The trick, which Questlove, editor Joshua L. Pearson, and the rest of the crew pull off nicely, is to insert just enough present-day reminiscences to give a little bit of context without slowing the party down." (more)
CLIFF WALKERS
"Tough to tell whether this is a disappointing or extra-clever spy movie."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Cliff Walkers" at times feels less like a movie and more like a TV series that has gone on a year too long, to the point where it has needed to switch in new cast members for departing stars, given audience favorites in small roles more to do, and kind of lost the main plot, all in just over two hours. That it's not actually stretched over two years keeps it from truly being a drag, at least, especially since filmmaker Zhang Yimou seldom puts in less than a full effort, even when you suspect he's doing a movie to get back in the good graces of the powers that be after doing something a little too controversial, to the point where it's easy to second-guess any disappointment." (more)
WRATH OF MAN
"Vengeance is Mine"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "Guy Ritchie is one those directors that I am hot and cold about. Like many, I was blown away by his hyper clever, hyper violent feature debut “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998), even though I couldn’t make sense of at least 40% of the dialogue (it’s those damn cockney accents, you know). And then came “Snatch” (2000), which tried to be twice as clever and incomprehensible as his first feature (mumbling Brad Pitt in full Irish brogue included) and “Swept Away” (2002), his failed (and I am being nice here) remake of the Lina Wertmuller classic starring his then-companion Madonna. With just three films, Ritchie managed to jump the shark in an epic way. I pretty much skipped the work that followed until the release of the first of the two Sherlock Holmes movies he directed for Robert Downey, Jr. The less said about its take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s character the better, although I did like the second one: it was much closer to the spirit of the classic novels and stories, and it had in Jared Harris one of the best Moriarty’s to ever grace the bog and small screens. But then Ritchie decided to trample all over my childhood memories of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” by turning his remake into a damn origin story with no sense of what made the pairing of agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin so unique and charming and cool and fun. That was my last Guy Ritchie movie until today." (more)
HOME SWEET HOME
"Mean, then messy."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The sheer amount of "wait, what?" at the back end of [I]Home Sweet Home[/I] isn't quite enough to fritter away all the nasty vibes and tension it starts with, but there's a short stretch where it seems to be trying its best. It winds up a case of twist overload, a movie whose makers don't seem to recognize that what's going on up front is far more exciting and resonant than what's hiding behind it as they pull the rug out from under the audience." (more)
TOUCH (2021)
"Don't Forget To Drink Lots Of Water"
2 stars
Erik Childress says... "American films, particularly remakes, often fall into the trap of trying to one-up its originals by providing more generic thrills or happy endings. The nuance of a more enriching study of culture or character falling victim to the more palatable devices of a screenwriter with no imagination – or too much. Well, sometimes that happens abroad too. Case in point – Aleksandra Szczepanowska’s Touch which she wrote, directed and stars in opens with the promise of something deeper, illuminating and even sensual and then falls down a wormhole into the days when Fatal Attraction reduxes were all the rage. Touch is all the more ironic in that the film begins with an exploration of identity and then has so much trouble finding one itself." (more)
MORTAL KOMBAT (2021)
"Finish him."
2 stars
Lybarger says... "Twenty-four years ago, I had to sit through the follow up to one of the few successful movies based on a video game. Like its predecessor, it lacked the grisly violence of the game, but it had nothing to offer that could replace it." (more)
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"Enjoy short reviews of "The Country," "Here are the Young Men," "Limbo," "The Mitchells vs. the Machines," "Separation," "Things Heard and Seen" and "Without Remorse."" (more)
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