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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Tigers Are Not Afraid 5
Luz 5
Farewell, The (2019) 4.71
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood 4.39

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Crawl 2
Hobbs & Shaw 2.43
Bravest, The 3
Luce 3
Divine Fury, The 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Resolution 4
Deadfall (2012) 2
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dirties, The 4
Plus One 3
Machi Action 3.57
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Lady Assassin, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dallas Buyers Club 4.36
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Parkland 3
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Sacrament, The 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Captain Phillips 4.23
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Le Week-End 3.71
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Fifth Estate, The 2
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Voyage 1
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
31 3
Swiss Army Man 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Certain Women 4.14
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
Embers 4.14
Pitch Black 3.56
Einstein's God Model 3
House of Time 3
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Last Black Man in San Francisco, The 5
Them That Follow 4
Late Night 2.33
Hole in the Ground, The 3
Mustang, The (2019) 1
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Booksmart 4.86
Us 4.16
Long Shot 4.14
Beach Bum, The 1
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 4.71
Her Smell 5
Them That Follow 4
Pollinators, The 3
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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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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Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2019: In "Cold Case Hammarskjöld", satirical documentarian Mads Brügger does a convincing imitation of a dog who has finally caught the tail he's been chasing and realizes he's got no idea of what comes next. It doesn't quite become a repudiation of Brügger's life's work, and that of the thriving industry that uses comedy to help people process what is often an insane world, but it runs hard into the limits of that approach. I half-suspect that the film still has the form it does both because reshaping it would have felt less honest and because hitting those limits wound up fascinating him." (more)
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"No pity allowed."
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Peter Sobczynski says... "The history of cinema is filled with weddings that have not gone exactly to plan but I cannot immediate recall one that has gone as gruesomely sideways as the one that kicks off “Ready or Not.” If you can imagine a combination of “Clue,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Get Out” that has been further spiced up with equal amounts of grisly violence and jet-black humor, you will have at least some idea of what to expect from this wild and frequently entertaining horror-comedy. Those going into it expecting something along the lines of an typical romantic fairy tale will no doubt be appalled by it all (though at least it won’t take too long for them to discover their mistake) but those in the mood for some late-summer weirdo fun of the bloodiest kind after three months dominated by retreads, remakes and sequels are likely to kick a kick out f it." (more)
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"Keenly honed rage lifts it above the usual revenge thriller."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The nine-screen multiplex where I saw "The Nightingale" had a sign warning potential customers about the violence by the box office, and I spent a few moments wondering why it was the sole film to get this treatment recently. It's not a bad thing for the theater to have done that - it's a harsh film that could certainly dredge up traumatic experiences - it's curiosity at the application. Writer/director Jennifer Kent appears to have crossed a line that others tend to shy away from, but I don't know that I'd have it otherwise." (more)
DEATH OF DICK LONG, THE
"More clever than its title and eventually even cruder."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2019: Just enough time passed between my seeing "The Death of Dick Long" and getting around to fleshing my notes out into a full review that it took me a while moment to remember exactly what about it made it stand out among "dumb person crime" movies, and I'm not entirely sure whether that speaks well of it or not. One the one hand, it's an entertaining dark comedy even without the twist, but on the other, I've got to wonder what it says that the filmmakers couldn't get THAT image lodged in my brain. Of course, maybe it says something about me." (more)
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