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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
I'm Thinking of Ending Things 4
Words on Bathroom Walls 4
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula 4
Bill & Ted Face the Music 3.77
Alone (2020) 3.5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Unhinged 1.46
Tenet 2
Secret Garden, The (2020) 2
Devil All the Time, The 2
She Dies Tomorrow 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Fairhaven 3.5
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Across the River 4
Frankenstein's Army 3
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.77
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Tim's Vermeer 5
Begin Again 3.95
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Her 4.34
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missing Picture, The 4
August: Osage County 1.78
Despite the Gods 4
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Heli 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Hollars, The 4
Operation Avalanche 4
Under the Shadow 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
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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
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Survivalist, The 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blinded By the Light 4.31
Monos 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
Paradise Hills 4
Lodge, The 3.31
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
Booksmart 4.92
Us 4.16
Good Boys 4.14
Villains 2
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Them That Follow 4
You Don't Nomi 3
Pizza, A Love Story 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
Knives Out 4.32
Guest of Honour 1
Marriage Story 4.22
Blood Quantum 3
Deerskin 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
Happy Face 4
Swallow 5
First Love 4
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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ALONE (2020)
"Driven To Fears"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It was the great Jean-Luc Godard who once famously “In order to criticize a movie, you have to make another movie.” Even though it is based on a 2011 Swedish film and had to have been in production at least several months ago, it is extremely tempting to look upon “Alone” as a film made as a response to and a critique of the recent Russell Crowe road rage nonsense “Unhinged.” Both films have somewhat similar initial concepts and share such stylistic conceits as an extremely limited cast of characters. However, in practical every imaginable area, it beats its predecessor with a lean and effective thriller that takes a familiar premise and breathes new life and no small amount of genuine dread into it." (more)
ANTEBELLUM
"Zip-A-Dee-Dubious"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With the massive critical and commercial success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (2017) and “US” (2019), it should probably not come as a surprise to lean that other filmmakers would also attempt to start a conversation and make a killing at the box office (not necessarily in that order) their own films in which they utilized a horror movie framework as a way of examining America’s undeniable racist past and how those sins of the past have continued to seep into and even flourish today. However, if Peele had any idea a few years ago that his efforts would serve as the presumable inspiration for a garbage fire of a film like “Antebellum,” he might have seriously considered erasing them permanently from his hard drive and begun work on something set in the extended “Keanu” Cinematic Universe. This is a dumb, cruel, repellent and idiotic work that is all the worse because of the inescapable and delusional sense that the writer-director duo of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz think that they are offering up something profound. If you are currently thinking that “The Hunt” is the stupidest movie to emerge this year to attempt to combine social issues and genre tropes, here is a film that would like you to hold its mint julep for 105 minutes." (more)
DEVIL ALL THE TIME, THE
"A Good Man is Hard To Find"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With its sprawling narrative that covers two states, two generations and multiple storylines suffused with sex, violence, murder, suicide, the sins of the past and present and a wide array of seemingly disparate characters who all wind up tying together in some way or another, “The Devil All the Time,” Antonio Campos’s adaptation of the Donald Ray Pollack novel resembles nothing so much as a low-rent and increasingly ludicrous southern-fried take on Fifties-era soap operas like “Peyton Place,” though it is unimaginable that it could have gotten away with even a fraction of the lurid miseries that it unleashes on viewers over the course of its extended and ultimately punishing 138-minute running time." (more)
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
"They're baaaack."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Before watching 'Bill & Ted Face the Music,' I was assured I didn’t have to rewatch 'Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure' (1989) and 'Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey' (1991) — it’s true, you don’t — which was good, because I didn’t especially feel like rewatching them. (I last saw them both in ’91.) Having now seen the third installment, I do feel like going back and revisiting the younger Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves)." (more)
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
"Kaufman does it again."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "One question we’re left with by Charlie Kaufman’s "I’m Thinking of Ending Things": did Kaufman mean to cast two actors with almost the same first name except the I, or was that just a freakishly apropos accident?" (more)
SHE DIES TOMORROW
"Okay, but it demands patience."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "A single concept — that you are going to die tomorrow — lodges like a tick in the psyche of whoever hears it. Whoever hears it then passes it to more people, so it spreads like a lethal virus." (more)
LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD
"Nowhere near a perfect crime and that may just be the point."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA THE 2020 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Steve Yuen Kim-Wai's "Legally Declared Dead" is one of those thrillers that is chock-full of ridiculous things and occasionally looks like there Kwai could have put in more, if he'd felt like it, but he's got just enough sense to recognize where the point of diminishing returns is. It's a nutty movie, and probably a B-movie under most conditions, but it got to hit screens in Hong Kong and the genre festival circuit when neither China nor the West was releasing much of anything. It's more than enough fun for those circumstances and will probably hold up well enough afterward." (more)
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS
"Plummer is Quite the Plum"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "In an unfortunate day and age of impersonal big-budget superhero movies, this is a welcome surprise." (more)
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