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Encanto 4
Last Night in Soho 3.38
Battle at Lake Changjin, The 3
Dune (2021) 3
Anita 3

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
Eternals 3
Anita 3
Dune (2021) 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fairhaven 3.5
Revisionaries, The 4
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.26
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saving General Yang 4
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
After School Midnighters 3
Battery, The 3
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dallas Buyers Club 4.36
Joe 4.5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Begin Again 3.95
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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All Is Lost 4.31
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.6
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Alan Partridge 4
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Alan Partridge 4
Fifth Estate, The 2
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Raze 2.43
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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31 3
Wiener-Dog 2
Under the Shadow 5
Certain Women 4.14
Lure, The 3
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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
They Live 3.6
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Alienated 2
400 Days 1
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Them That Follow 4
Aquarela 5
Hole in the Ground, The 3
Pahokee 4
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Saint Frances 3
Yes, God, Yes 4
Them That Follow 4
Greener Grass 2
Villains 2
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Shadow 5
In Fabric 3.71
Ms. Purple 4
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Not for Resale 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Was a Simple Man 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
In the Earth 3
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Spine of Night, The 3
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Dinner in America 2
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
Bitter Sugar 5
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2021 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Strawberry Mansion 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
Censor 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2021 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Holler 3
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Reckoning in Boston, A 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2021 Toronto Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear Evan Hansen 1
Violet (2021) 4
Last Night in Soho 3.38
Rescue, The (2021) 4
Belfast 3
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hold Me Back 4
Escape from Mogadishu 4
Asian Angel, The 4
Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? 5
Raging Fire 4
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Not Quite Dead Yet 4
Strawberry Mansion 4
Hotel Poseidon 2
Pompo: The Cinephile 4
Satoshi Kon, l'illusionniste 4
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2021 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3
Last Night in Soho 3.38
Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
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2021 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3
French Dispatch, The 4
Benedetta 4
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2021 London Film Festival MOVIES
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Belfast 3
French Dispatch, The 4
Last Night in Soho 3.38
King Richard 4
Benedetta 4
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2021 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belfast 3
King Richard 4
Rescue, The (2021) 4
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2021 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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Dune (2021) 3
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
Belfast 3
Last Duel, The 2
King Richard 4
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BENEDETTA
"Sinema Paradiso"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Paul Verhoeven is, of course, best known for directing such controversial films as “Robocop,” “Basic Instinct,” “Starship Troopers” and “Elle,” works that have brought together sex, violence, lurid storytelling and dark satire into cinematic stews that tend to amuse and outrage viewers in equal numbers. At the same time, he has also spent many years pursuing a side gig as a Biblical scholar that would lead to him publishing the 2007 book “Jesus of Nazareth,” a serious inquiry into the life and teachings of Christ that was borne out of research he had done for a movie he intended to make at one point entitled “Jesus: The Man.” In the past, he has allowed these two interests to commingle in interesting ways—his films have always been filled with religious imagery—but never to the degree that they do in his latest effort, “Benedetta,” a deliberate provocation that takes the real-life story chronicled in Judith C. Brown’s 1986 nonfiction book “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy” and transforms it into a meditation of sex, power and greed within the Church via a framework that shares a number of uncanny parallels with, of all things, his still-notorious “Showgirls,” all just in time for Christmas, no less." (more)
ENCANTO
"All over the place, but once it locks in..."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's been some time since Disney's last traditionally-animated feature, and while "Encanto" wouldn't necessarily be better that way - the filmmakers would have made a lot of different choices - there's a looseness to the film that occasionally feels at odds with CGI precision. It feels like the result of doodling, riffing, and batting ideas across a room, and as a result the ways in which it shines can almost sneak up on a viewer: All these bits of story that don't quite fit together wind up forming a pattern that may just get to its viewers more than they expected." (more)
BATTLE AT LAKE CHANGJIN, THE
"A-List Propaganda"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A few years back, someone wrote the amusing line that China was making a lot of "'Call of Duty' movies", referring to the popular series of military-action games even if it also clearly applies to the films' themes. Both fit; Dante Lam, in particular, has become known for these blockbuster productions that are clearly propaganda but also so capably made with fairly universal themes that one can enjoy them somewhat as an American fan of the genre even knowing that the faceless enemy forces would be the heroes in a Hollywood production. "The Battle at Lake Changjin" is the biggest and most jingoistic yet to make it to American shores, with Lam joined by fellow A-list directors Chen Kaige and Tsui Hark, an all-star cast, a massive budget and three-hour running time, along with very little approaching nuance." (more)
BELFAST
"Not especially moving or effective."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "In his autobiographical film "Belfast," writer-director Kenneth Branagh has a lot to say about the transporting power of movies, "Star Trek," and the loveliness of a smart girl in one’s classroom." (more)
KING RICHARD
"Will power."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "You may be forgiven, watching "King Richard," for wondering what exactly Richard Williams’ deal was. Was he a prophet or a damned lucky delusional?" (more)
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
"Honestly not even that great as nostalgia."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a line, somewhere around 1978 or so, where folks on one side experienced the original "Ghostbusters" as a great, kind of crude big-budget comedy with a disappointing sequel in the same vein (maybe the first adult-skewing comedy their parents let them watch); on the other side, people who watched "The Real Ghostbusters" on Saturday mornings, had toys, games, comics, all sorts of stuff that goes with a light adventure franchise, even though most would circle back around to the original movie. "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is a movie very much for the latter audience, and that's fine - they buy more movie tickets, after all - but once the filmmakers went that route, they could have made a much better movie." (more)
ETERNALS
"Adventure almost as big as its ideas."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Jack Kirby's comic book series "The Eternals" was published by Marvel Comics but only retrofitted into the shared universe later, and not always well (one gets the idea later writers would have more use for the grand mythology than the individual characters), and one often gets the sense that the movie adaptation would be better off outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. Though not perfect, Chloe Zhao's film is grand fantasy with its own big ideas, and is at its best when one doesn't have to worry about it fitting into another framework as this month's apocalypse." (more)
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME
"So it goes."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "In 1941, an 18-year-old Kurt Vonnegut Jr. inscribed a book to his high-school girlfriend, who would later become his wife. He wrote, “To be shown to our children when they begin to wonder what things are most important in this world that some fools call hell.”" (more)
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