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In the Heights 5
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Black Widow (2021) 3.75
Holler 3
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BOTTOM 5
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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, The 1
Old 1
Jungle Cruise 2
Holler 3
Black Widow (2021) 3.75

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Sleepless Night 4.14
Headshot (2012) 4
Hysteria 3.88
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
Key of Life 4
Curse of Chucky 4
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.89
Joe 4.5
Almost Human 3
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Despite the Gods 4
Philomena 4.17
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.78
Sleight 3.14
Cameraperson 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
Certain Women 4.14
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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
Big Ass Spider! 4
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Skyquake 1.86
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hail Satan? 3.86
Monos 4
Pahokee 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Nightingale, The (2019) 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alice (2019) 5
Extra Ordinary 4
Booksmart 4.86
Greener Grass 2
Day Shall Come, The 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Them That Follow 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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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
TITLE RATING
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A 3.63
Goldfinch, The 1.43
Guest of Honour 1
Pelican Blood 3
Weathering With You 3.3
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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
Koko-di Koko-da 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
First Love 4
Color Out of Space 4.44
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
TITLE RATING
Run (2020) 4
Come True 4
Detention (2019) 5
Pelican Blood 3
Doorman, The (2020) 2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Censor 3
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
Minari 4.95
Shirley 4.08
Wander Darkly 5
Kajillionaire 2.5
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
TITLE RATING
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
TITLE RATING
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Holler 3
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Junk Head 3.57
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Strawberry Mansion 4
All About Lily Chou-Chou 3.21
Funky Forest: The First Contact 4
Warped Forest, The 4.14
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JUNGLE CRUISE
"River Of Diminishing Returns"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“The Jungle Cruise” is one of those films that is so obviously constructed of ideas borrowed from other movies that some may be tempted to make a game out of it with their fellow audience members by seeing who can come up with the most titles of obvious inspirations—mine ran the gamut from the expected likes of “The African Queen,” “Romancing the Stone” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” to such comparative curve balls as “Medicine Man” and Werner Herzog masterpiece “Aguirre, the Wrath of God.” Unfortunately, it never quite lives up to the standards set by its inspirations and if you are a movie cannot manage to equal the accomplishments of the likes of “Medicine Man,” you know that you are in trouble." (more)
GREEN KNIGHT, THE
"What Becomes A Legend Most?"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There have been any number of movies over the years inspired by the legends of King Arthur and/or the various Knights of the Round Table and while many of them have been quite silly and forgettable (remember that one directest by Guy Ritchie that had Jude Law controlling what can only be described as a giant sex squid?), I can think of three (well, four, but “Knightriders,” George Romero’s magnificent modern-day take doesn’t quite count as a true Arthurian saga) that I would describe as great. There is “Lancelot du Lac,” an arrestingly austere take that remains my favorite film from the late Robert Bresson. There is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which is not only one of the funniest films ever made but quite possibly the most accurate in terms of depicting what life was really like back then (not counting the coconuts). Lastly, there is John Boorman’s classic “Excalibur,” a film truly worthy of being described as visionary and one that remains as visually extraordinary and emotionally devastating as it was when it came out 40 years ago. In all three cases, the films succeeded because, at least in part, because they were put in the hands of strong and distinct filmmakers who presented the familiar stories in new ways that made them striking and unique, even if you otherwise had no particular burning interest in the subject." (more)
OLD
"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)
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