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Judas and the Black Messiah 5
MLK/FBI 4
Supernova (2021) 4
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
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
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
2 Days in New York 3.15
Resolution 3.86
Deadfall (2012) 2
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shield of Straw 5
24 Exposures 4
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Thermae Romae 4
After School Midnighters 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 5
Proxy 2
Last of Robin Hood, The 1
Belle 4.25
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.29
Immigrant, The 4.23
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Alan Partridge 4
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Love & Friendship 4.46
Innocents, The 4
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
TITLE RATING
Ex Machina 3.97
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Dual City 4
Polder 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Pahokee 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Nightingale, The (2019) 5
Judy & Punch 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alice (2019) 5
Porno 4
Tread 4
Greener Grass 2
Day Shall Come, The 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ms. Purple 4
You Don't Nomi 3
Pollinators, The 3.29
Not for Resale 4
For the Birds (2019) 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
Joker 2.54
Lighthouse, The 5
Hidden Life, A 4.88
Waves (2019) 3
Whistlers, The 3
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Koko-di Koko-da 4
You Don't Nomi 3
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Swallow 5
Vast of Night, The 4.71
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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
Dinner in America 2
Come True 4
Detention (2019) 5
Pelican Blood 3
Black Bear 3.71
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shirley 4.08
Save Yourselves! 4
Sylvie's Love 4
Coded Bias 3
Downhill 2
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TOM AND JERRY
"Mouse In Manhattan"
1 stars
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)
SAINT MAUD
"Another art-house horror calling card."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Every couple of years, a little oddity emerges from the indie-cinema beat and gets lionized as the next great thing to happen to horror. Generally these films are scrupulously calibrated and express the drive and obsession that a young filmmaker — in this case, Rose Glass, a British writer-director about thirty — feels about a story or a theme. What they don’t express is true fear." (more)
TENET
"Ride, captain, ride..."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "There’s a guy, brave and smart. We’ll call him the good guy. Watch now as we point him in the direction of the bad guy. The bad guy wants to make everything die. Why? Because he’s the bad guy. The good guy, being the good guy, must stop the bad guy." (more)
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
"An American Tale"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In the late 1960s, Fred Hampton was, in the eyes of the F.B.I., one of the most dangerous men in America. With his galvanizing combination of righteous anger and fierce rhetoric, he spoke out against racism, poverty and other social ills and preached a form of social revolution that inspired and united groups of people that would never have otherwise come together and challenged the existing power structure and those ruled over it. Hampton’s rise and the increasingly elaborate efforts by the government to bring him down by any means necessary are at the center of “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Shaka King’s mesmerizing docudrama that not only expertly brings to life an almost unbelievable sliver of recent American history but makes it relevant to the turbulent times that we currently live in as well." (more)
NOMADLAND
"An American Tale"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that I was not particularly eager to sit down and watch “Nomadland” when the opportunity first presented itself last fall. This, I should point out, was not meant as a slight towards either writer-director Chloe Zhao, whose “The Rider” was justifiably celebrated when it came out a couple of years ago, or star Frances McDormand, whose bona fides hopefully require no further explanation. No, it was the film’s premise that set me off a bit. To hear reduced to a couple of sentences, it sounds like one of those films about people trying to come to terms with things that are as noble as can be but which ultimately prove to be a bit of a chore to sit through—the kind of film that one admires more than actually enjoys. Of course, the combination of professional obligation and its early status as a potential leader in the current award season ensured that I would put my misgivings aside and finally sit sown and watch it. I am glad that I did because rather than the well-meaning stiff that I feared it might be, it proved to be one of the year’s most engrossing and thought-provoking films featuring one of the very best performances to boot." (more)
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)
MALCOLM & MARIE
"Contempt"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The ads for “Malcolm & Marie” present it as being “from visionary director Sam Levinson,” a declaration that seems a little bold considering that a.) he has only two other films to his name and b.) the last one, “Assassination Nation” was as embarrassingly bad as anything that has hit movie screens in recent memory. Under normal circumstances, such a claim would send me scurrying for the hills but since Levinson’s project in between the two films, the controversial HBO series “Euphoria,” has proven to be undeniably fascinating and since this new film reunites him with that show’s star, Zendaya, and pairs her up with the equally electrifying John David Washington, to boot, I found myself eager to what the three conjured up in virtual secrecy under pandemic conditions. Unfortunately, whatever anticipation I may have had was pretty much completely stripped away within the first ten minutes or so and replaced by the steadily mounting fear that I was watching a work so dramatically inert and self-absorbed that it might leave me thinking that perhaps “Assassination Nation” was not that bad after all. While it doesn’t quite get that dire, my guess is that few people will be willing to stick it out to the very end unless they are absolute masochists or simply enjoy watching Zendaya lounge around in her underwear." (more)
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