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Malcolm & Marie 1
Tom and Jerry 1
Endgame (2021) 3
Writer's Odyssey, A 3
Little Things, The (2021) 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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2 Days in New York 3.15
Sleepless Night 4.14
Keep the Lights On 3
Burn 4
Revisionaries, The 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Big Bad Wolves 5
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Rurouni Kenshin 4.14
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Major, The 5
Stranger by the Lake 4
Fake, The 4
Palo Alto 5
Philomena 4.17
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
About Time 2
Immigrant, The 4.23
Jimmy P. 4.14
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Major, The 5
Of Good Report 5
Sacrament, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Swiss Army Man 4
Hollars, The 4
Under the Shadow 5
Cameraperson 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
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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
TITLE RATING
Blade Runner 4.28
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Alienated 2
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
Blinded By the Light 4.31
Greener Grass 2
Fighting with My Family 2
Koko-di Koko-da 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alice (2019) 5
Extra Ordinary 4
Porno 4
Booksmart 4.92
Us 4.16
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ms. Purple 4
You Don't Nomi 3
When Lambs Become Lions 5
Monos 4
Official Secrets 3
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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
Parasite (2019) 4.48
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A 3.63
Joker 2.54
First Love 4
Hidden Life, A 4.88
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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
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
First Love 4
Knives Out 4.32
Tammy and the T-Rex 3
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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
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Dinner in America 2
Run (2020) 4
Come True 4
Pelican Blood 3
Black Bear 3.71
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Minari 5
Wander Darkly 5
Downhill 2
Promising Young Woman 3.07
Kajillionaire 2.5
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Peter Sobczynski says... "If I had to make a list of the films of the new millennium that inexplicably flopped when they first came out but which were most deserving of being rediscovered and properly appreciated, “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” Joe Dante’s delirious and delightful 2003 live-action/animation hybrid that worked both as a tribute to the strongest and most nuanced collection of cartoon characters produced by any one studio and as a welcome riposte to “Space Jam,” the financially successful but artistically and comedically bankrupt 1996 film that brought Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the other characters in the Warner Brothers canon back and then had them literally playing backup to Michael Jordan. I found myself thinking a lot about that film while watching “Tom and Jerry”—pretty much in the same way that a drowning man might idly think of a life raft just before going under for the third time. Hell, this attempt to bring back the hyper violent cat-and-mouse team is so dreadful that there were times when I actually found myself thinking that maybe “Space Jam” wasn’t quite that bad after all." (more)
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"An American Tale"
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NOMADLAND
"Hits a spot that few movies seldom even see."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "For as much good reason as there is not to go to theaters right now, there's some small consolation in how it gives something like "Nomadland" some time on a multiplex's Imax screen that it would not normally be afforded with new blockbusters coming out weekly. It's beautifully shot, yes, but seeing it like that makes it all-enveloping, and seeing it after a month and a half of theaters not being open reminds one how a movie built for immersion can hit differently when not limited to the size of one's TV." (more)
SUPERNOVA (2021)
"Less about the explosion than the contraction that comes before."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The title of "Supernova" gives the game away if you know your astronomy, but this is not a film about surprising you so much as getting you settled in for the inevitable, so that's fine. It's bucolic in its way, contrasting cozy spaces with lovely landscapes, letting the small cast enjoy each other so that the audience can enjoy them as well." (more)
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