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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Wolfwalkers 5
Minari 5
Wild Mountain Thyme 4
Sylvie's Love 4
Luxor 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Very Excellent Mr. Dundee, The 1
Prom, The 1
Love, Weddings & Other Disasters 1.57
Midnight Sky, The 2
Monster Hunter 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Trishna 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Revisionaries, The 4
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Saving General Yang 4
Bad Film 4
Grand Heist, The 4
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.77
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Bends 5
Metalhead 4
Mystery Road 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Jimmy P. 4.14
Alan Partridge 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Missing Picture, The 4
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Sacrament, The 3
Philomena 4.17
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Captain Fantastic 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
Life, Animated 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
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Embers 4.14
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Idiocracy 4.21
Pitch Black 3.56
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Monos 4
Greener Grass 2
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Souvenir, The 2
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
Them That Follow 4
Greener Grass 2
Long Shot 4.14
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Luce 3
Pollinators, The 3.29
For the Birds (2019) 3
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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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
Judy 2.9
Motherless Brooklyn 2.67
Marriage Story 4.22
Blood Quantum 3
Whistlers, The 3
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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
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Swallow 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
Run (2020) 4
Come True 4
Hunted (2020) 4
Pelican Blood 3
Doorman, The (2020) 2
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LOCKED DOWN
"West End Promises"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The last couple of months have seen the first trickles of what is sure to be a deluge of films inspired by or dealing explicitly with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including the surprise “Borat” sequel, the gross exploitation exercise “Songbird” and such instant documentaries as “Totally Under Control” and “76 Days.” Now comes “Locked Down,” a project which was filmed in a couple of weeks in secrecy, and which boasts a number of familiar names on both sides of he camera and the intriguing premise of the pandemic restrictions being used as the catalyst for a high-stakes heist. The project may have been conceived in haste and may not necessarily stand the test of time but the end result is an offbeat comedy-drama that may understandably lack the visceral thrills that one might expect from a heist-related film but which does a surprisingly effective job of capturing the strange rhythms of life and love in the time of Covid." (more)
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"Making The Illogical Logical"
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SYLVIE'S LOVE
"There’s Always Tomorrow."
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Even in a cinematic period made topsy-turvy by the global pandemic, the last few weeks have offered up such a glut of titles jockeying for the various end-of-year awards and whatnot that some perfectly good movies run the risk of falling through the cracks. One such film is “Sylvie’s Love,” writer-director Eugene Ashe’s period drama charting the on-and-off relationship between a pair of star-crossed lovers that is admittedly uneven, awkward and oftentimes contrived beyond belief but which contains enough other moments of sheer cinematic bliss to let viewers—at least the more romantic ones—forgive most of its flaws." (more)
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