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In the Heights 5
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Black Widow (2021) 3.75
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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Holler 3
Black Widow (2021) 3.75
Luca 4

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Headshot (2012) 4
Hysteria 3.88
Resolution 3.86
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Library Wars 3
You're Next 3.56
Saving General Yang 4
Complex, The 3
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bends 5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
Le Week-End 3.71
Double, The (2014) 4.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.31
Captain Phillips 4.29
Omar 4.57
Wind Rises, The 4.62
12 Years a Slave 3.62
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
One Chance 3
Sacrament, The 3
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.78
Wiener-Dog 2
Love & Friendship 4.46
Cameraperson 5
Eyes of My Mother, 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
Blade Runner 4.28
They Live 3.6
Survivalist, The 3
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Dual City 4
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ms. Purple 4
Last Black Man in San Francisco, The 5
Judy & Punch 4
We Are Little Zombies 4
Lodge, The 3.31
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Yes, God, Yes 4
Apollo 11 5
Greener Grass 2
Us 4
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shadow 5
Ms. Purple 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Pizza, A Love Story 4
Official Secrets 3
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.86
Pelican Blood 3
Blood Quantum 3
Kingmaker, The 4
Color Out of Space 4.44
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.43
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
You Don't Nomi 3
Swallow 5
First Love 4
Knives Out 4.2
Color Out of Space 4.44
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2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
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Saint Frances 3
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2020 Nightstream Virtual Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dinner in America 2
Run (2020) 4
Hunted (2020) 4
Lapsis 4
Doorman, The (2020) 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
Strawberry Mansion 4
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dinner in America 2
Sylvie's Love 4
Wander Darkly 5
Downhill 2
Father, The 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
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2021 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
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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
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We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Dry, The 4
Reckoning in Boston, A 4
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
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Junk Head 3.57
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Strawberry Mansion 4
Junk Head 3.57
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LATEST REVIEWS
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"The Night Is No Longer Young"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "After a period of dormancy that allowed some to think that it had gone away forever and that we would be spared from its horrors, that most terrifying of entities once again returned a few days ago to infect otherwise sensible souls in a manner that made them seem as if they had gone well and truly mad. I am, of course, speaking of The Discourse—specifically, the thing that pops up on the Internet every once in a while where some mad soul attempts to convince others that the films of M. Night Shyamalan are not only not utter gibberish but are actually—I kid you not—good. Now I am not an unreasonable person and so when The Discourse sticks to the likes of “The Sixth Sense” (a film that I didn’t much care for but which I will concede is well-made and worked for most people more than it did for me), “Unbreakable” (to my mind, the one film of his that comes closest to greatness) or “Signs” (which is undeniably spellbinding until those damned last ten minutes), I am willing to allow it. However, when the rot sets in so deeply that The Discourse turns to offering up defenses of such lunacies as “The Village,” “The Happening” or “After Earth,” that is where I have to draw the line. On the bright side, at least the discourse has not, to my knowledge, tried to make a case for the likes of “The Lady in the Water” or “The Last Airbender” as of yet—a lucky thing because such a thing would be the auteurist equivalent of a “Do Not Resuscitate” order in the minds of most sane people. Although The Discourse can be cruel and insidious in the way that it forces once-dignified people attempt to explain just how truly powerful and moving “The Village” really is, the bright side to it is that it usually only crops up when Shyamalan has a new movie coming out and tends to peter out soon after it hits theaters and moviegoers discover that they have been ripped off by his nonsense once again." (more)
SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
"Another Terrible Decision From LeBron"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Even though I have been a passionate fan of the old Warner Brothers cartoons for as long as I have been watching movies (my earliest conscious memory involves my very first movie screening, led off by a Road Runner cartoon) and lived in Chicago during the era when Michael Jordan ascended from basketball phenom to global superstar, I absolutely hated “Space Jam” when it came out in 1996 and my view of it has not mellowed with time. I found it to be a lazy and soulless piece of corporate greed run amok that demonstrated that no one at the studio at that point evidently had any interest in the history or legacy of their animated creations—as the great Chuck Jones himself pointed out at the time, the classic Bugs Bunny would not have required the services of Michael Jordan in order to triumph at anything, even a basketball game—and the nostalgic attitude that people have developed towards it in the quarter-century since its debut only serves as yet another argument backing up the notion that people are idiots. Therefore, when it turned out that I was unable to attend the press screening for the long-gestating semi-sequel “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” I must confess that I was not exactly devastated over the notion of missing it. However, when the early reviews began coming out that seemed to suggest that it was somehow louder, dumber cruder and more contemptuous of its own legacy than the original, the sad and twisted part of my soul that is not only willing to sit through overwhelmingly terrible movies but makes a point of seeking them out (you know anyone else who has pre-ordered the Blu-Ray of “Moment by Moment”?) became more than a little curious. Was it possible that the makers of this film took one of the abominations of contemporary American cinema and somehow made it worse?" (more)
OUT OF DEATH
"The Willis In The Woods (Occasionally)"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "At this point, it seems that every few weeks brings along yet another cheaply crapfest in which Bruce Willis inexplicably squanders what remains of his still-considerable star power as he tuns up for a few lazily performed scenes in exchange for what I can only presume to be a substantial percentage of the film’s budget. With his latest effort (if that is the word), “Out of Death,” it appears that he has finally hit the career nadir that he has been heading towards—an astonishingly lethargic and empty-headed action-thriller (if those are the words) in which he not only shot his entire role in a single day (the whole production evidently took only nine days) but, based on the on-screen evidence, apparently managed to squeeze in a brief round of embalming that morning before arriving on the set." (more)
PIG (2021)
"That'll Do, Nic."
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When it was announced that Nicolas Cage was planning to star in a film that would have him playing a reclusive truffle hunter who leaves his cabin in the Oregon wilderness for the streets of Portland to track down his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped, Twitter practically exploded with delight at the possibility of another bizarro Cage film along the lines of—well, approximately 85% of all the films that he has done over the last couple of decades. When the trailer came out several weeks ago, you could practically hear film geeks salivating over the memes, gifs and YouTube highlight reels that they would soon be putting together. You cannot really blame them for anticipating that it was going to be yet another one of those seemingly inexplicable cinematic endeavors that Cage tends to select for reasons that perhaps not even he could adequately explain to anyone’s satisfaction. Hell, compared to likes of something like “Willy’s Wonderland,” in which he played a silent drifter dragooned into working overnight as a janitor in a condemned amusement park who ends up doing battle with an army of demonically possessed animatronic creatures, a movie in which he goes off in dogged pursuit of his beloved truffle pig sounds positively staid." (more)
LANSKY
"See it for Keitel."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Harvey Keitel has still got it. The 82-year-old actor reigns over the biopic "Lansky" despite not being in most of it." (more)
SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
"A must."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "If you’ve been on the fence, for whatever reason, about catching Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s "Summer of Soul," I urge you to fall on the side of seeing it. It’s a guaranteed mood-lifter." (more)
BLACK WIDOW (2021)
"Widow’s Pique"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Of all the characters who have been a part of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, the one that I have long wanted to see given a solo film of their own (not counting Howard the Duck, who admittedly had his shot but could use another) is Natasha Romanoff, the one-time Russian assassin turned Avenger. Yes, I will admit that part of this is because I am a big fan of Scarlet Johansson and, as “Lucy” definitively proved, the idea of watching her kick ass for a couple of hours has an undeniable appeal to it. Beyond that, that particular character—one of the few who possess neither superpowers nor elaborate gadgetry to help them defeat the various bad guys—is one that has too often gotten lost in the shuffle in films that have been jam-packed with other superheroes fighting for screen time and a solo venture might be just the thing to flesh her and her intriguing backstory out further. And yet, despite the obvious popularity of the character and countless rumors that one was on the horizon, Marvel seemed oddly reluctant to put one in motion." (more)
FOREVER PURGE, THE
"America On The Purge Of A Nervous Breakdown"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Lord knows that the “Purge” movies have never exactly been famous for their subtlety or nuanced thought but “The Forever Purge,” the fifth installment in the franchise that began with the 2013 surprise hit and which also encompasses a briefly lived television series, goes after viewers with the same kind of brutish intensity that the Purgers—those who participate in the yearly ritual in which all crime (“including murder”) is made legal for a 12-hour period as part of an elaborate plot by government factions to get rid of undesirables by making them targets in the name of making America great again—take towards their hapless victims. At least the Purgers employ some invention when it comes to carrying out their particular tasks (at least one of the kills on display here utilizes the kind of elaborate construction normally reserved for a “Saw” movie. “The Forever Purge,” despite a few minor changes to the now-familiar formula, is more or less the same thing as its predecessors—what I once described as “a mixture of political rhetoric and Marquise de Sade-style violence made by and for people who never passed PolSci 101 and who pronounce “de Sade” in the same manner as the “Smooth Operator” singer.” (Hey, if the filmmakers are going to keep doing the same thing over and over, I should be able to repeat a line or two from my previous critiques as well.)" (more)
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