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TOP 5
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TITLE RATING
Nightingale, The 5
Tigers Are Not Afraid 5
Depraved 5
Blinded By the Light 4.31
Good Boys 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Goldfinch, The 1
Fanatic, The 1
47 Meters Down: Uncaged 2
Hobbs & Shaw 2.43
It: Chapter 2 2.7

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Revisionaries, The 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lesson of the Evil 3
World's End, The 4.43
Machine, The 4.38
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prisoners 2.32
What If (2014) 1
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
About Time 2
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Alan Partridge 4
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Major, The 5
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Of Good Report 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Brahman Naman 4
Operation Avalanche 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
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
Embers 4.14
Never Let Me Go 4.38
They Live 3.6
Reconnoiter 3.12
House of Time 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blinded By the Light 4.31
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
Fighting with My Family 2
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Nightingale, The 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Booksmart 4.92
Good Boys 4.14
Long Shot 4.14
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Them That Follow 4
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
For the Birds (2019) 3
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Goldfinch, The 1
Hustlers 3.14
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Happy Face 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Swallow 5
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HUSTLERS
"Far more interested in the players than the game."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Hustlers" is a pretty darn decent movie based upon a true story in the "and then this happened" mold, the sort that doesn't necessarily reveal some greater truth or fit together like an intricate puzzle, but has enough of the messy reality that a viewer can identify with its criminal subjects. There's clearly more to the story than this movie gives the audience, but it delivers what's advertised, and is probably especially satisfying for those more interested camaraderie than crime." (more)
BOOKSMART
"Pure of heart. Let's see more like it."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The good-hearted, often hilarious coming-of-age comedy 'Booksmart' deserves to be to Gen-Z girls what 'Clueless' was and is to millennials." (more)
DEAD DON'T DIE, THE
"Jarmusch + zombies = something most peculiar."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "“The dead just don’t wanna die today,” growls Hermit Bob (Tom Waits, of course) near the end of Jim Jarmusch’s deadpan zombie doodle 'The Dead Don’t Die.' The movie may seem like lightweight, lesser Jarmusch, but I have a feeling it’ll grow in stature in memory." (more)
FAGARA
"A tasty stew made with ingredients from around the East."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Fagara" is the sort of small family drama whose story has been told more than a few times - who hasn't discovered their father had a secret life after he passed away - but is just better enough at it on most counts that it actually winds up fairly impressive. It's so well put together that director Heiward Mak Hei-Yan can dispense with much of what other movies would use to prop it up." (more)
DEPRAVED
"Frankenstein & Fessenden make a great match."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Depraved" is "Larry Fessenden's "Frankenstein"" and he knows it, announcing his intentions from the start, when artsy colors and a do-it-yourself laboratory are punctuated by a bolt of lightning. That may not necessarily appeal to a large audience - as both producer and director of fright flicks, Fessenden has always leaned toward New York art-house stuff rather than buying blood by the barrel or Jason Blum's canny commercial instincts - but it makes even his take on one of the genre's foundational tales feel like something new." (more)
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
"Feels Like Home"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Seen from a purely cinematic perspective, the new documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” is not that big of a deal. It does not exactly reinvent the wheel from a formal perspective, it doesn’t offer any big reveals or especially profound insights and it oddly shies away from some elements to the story that practically cry out for further exploration. Now if a film about a musical performer that I personally did not have much interest in going into it had these flaws, I would right a review that would note the stumbling blocks and then mot likely wrap things up with a shrug and a mention that it is a film best enjoyed by those who are already fans of the subject at hand. And yet, while watching the film, I recognized all these problems but found myself ignoring virtually all of them because I was too busy relishing the opportunity to watch a big-screen celebration of an artist that I have been a passionate fan of since childhood. In other words, I adored practically every frame of the film but considering that I would cheerfully get behind virtually anything arguing for the greatness of Ronstadt, I might suggest that many of you may want to take this particular review with a few more grains of salt than usual." (more)
GOLDFINCH, THE
"Extra-Ordinary People"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I suppose I should begin this piece with a point of order—actually a point of mild embarrassment for the longest time—that I need to get off of my chest. I have to confess that I never read Donna Tartt’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch.” Now this admission in itself may not be that astounding—there are many books out there that I have not read and the fact that I didn’t crack this one before it made it to the big screen is not that extraordinary (I was not exactly brushing up on the “Twilight” books before sitting through those films.) The reason that I am making any note of this at all is the fact that I have been planning to read it for years now but something has always kept me from doing so. This is unusual because I loved Tartt’s 1994 best-selling debut “The Secret History”—one of those rare books that turned out to be both a cultural phenomenon and a startlingly well-written work—and when “The Goldfinch” was published, i downloaded it onto my iPad with the full intention of getting to it before too long. And yet, despite the rave reviews it received in some (though famously not all) quarters and the Pulitzer and the best-seller status, something about it just seemed so oppressive and ponderously literary that every time I tried to get into it, I found myself putting it aside in favor of something else, though always with the intention of getting back to it one day and completing the task at hand." (more)
FREAKS (2019)
"Best seen cold (what movie isn't?), but still a nifty sci-fi thriller."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as I do like previews even beyond the way that they give one a heads-up that certain movies even exist, there's a real delight to be found in going into certain movies cold. The one for "Freaks", for instance, probably needs to show as much as it does in order to draw its potential audience in, especially in an environment when similar-sounding but much larger things have huge studios behind them to suck up all of the oxygen in the room, but I'm glad I didn't see it until after I saw the movie. I kind of figured it eventually had to go a certain way, but it was thrilling to never be sure which way the movie would jump." (more)
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