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Hidden Life, A 4.88
Little Women (2019) 4.57
Knives Out 4.41
Sheep Without a Shepherd 4
Wild Goose Lake, The 4

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Bad Boys for Life 1
Cats 1.3
Black Christmas (2019) 1.86
Frozen 2 1.86
Liberation 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Headshot (2012) 4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Am Divine 4
Big Bad Wolves 5
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
Drug War 5
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Palo Alto 5
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Trap Street 4.14
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Stranger by the Lake 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Le Week-End 3.71
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Motel Life, The 2.86
Stop-Over 4
Philomena 4.17
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Wiener-Dog 2
Sleight 3
Cameraperson 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
Pitch Black 3.56
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Dual City 4
Polder 3
Displacement 3.14
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Blinded By the Light 4.31
Farewell, The (2019) 4.71
Official Secrets 3
Fighting with My Family 2
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Us 4.16
Good Boys 4.14
Beach Bum, The 1
Villains 2
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her Smell 5
Luce 3
Them That Follow 4
Pollinators, The 3
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.41
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Motherless Brooklyn 2.5
Goldfinch, The 1
Lighthouse, The 5
Lucy in the Sky 1
Waves (2019) 3
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.53
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Lodge, The 5
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Swallow 5
First Love 4
Tammy and the T-Rex 3
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"Lots Of Bloody Fools, None Of Them Cool"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Originally conceived as a vehicle for, of all people, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey, the 1995 buddy comedy/action thriller hybrid “Bad Boys” was a big hit at the box office and helped to establish both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as movie stars. That said, other than the fact that Tea Leoni turned up in the cast as well, I must confess that I don’t really recall much about it other than the fact that it was big and loud and made a lot of money. I do have stronger memories of 2003’s “Bad Boys II” but they are all of the kind that one spends years in therapy trying to come to terms with—to this day, that lazy, stupid, super-violent, racist, xenophobic and wildly misogynistic piece of shit remains the second-worst film that I have seen in all my years of moviegoing. Put it this way—if I had to choose between seeing it or a sing-a-long screening of “Cats,” I would go with “Cats” in a heartbeat, if only because its crimes against cinema did not involve leering over naked corpses or third-act invasions of Cuba. Now, for reasons that probably must have seemed like a good idea over at Sony before the dismal returns of their recent attempts to revive the “Men in Black” and “Charlie’s Angels” franchises, “Bad Boys for Life” is upon us and to give it some vague degree of credit, it is at least a little better than its predecessor—admittedly not the most astonishing of accomplishments—and even contains a potentially interesting concept early on in the proceedings. Don’t worry, that idea is quickly abandoned and the film quickly devolves into another smugly self-satisfied mess distinguished by lazy writing, indifferent direction and an orgy of brutality that seems slightly questionable for a film opening on the weekend devoted to celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, whose non-violent approach actually turns up in one of the many lame punchlines on display here." (more)
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"Modern Dance 101 in 3D."
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Jay Seaver says... "I wonder what sort of a minority I am in coming to see "Cunningham" for the 3D photography as much as the dance, and how many people who came for the dance were hoping for something a little more in-depth. It's the sort of documentary about an artist and his career that relies heavily on demonstration, and as such seems like a good introduction with an intriguing hook, albeit one whose gimmick will only be briefly available." (more)
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"Not even well-made propaganda."
2 stars
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"May the new year bring you lots of good dogs, cats, and pigs."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Adoring" is pretty much exactly the carefully-manufactured crowd-pleaser it looks like, a couple hours of very loyal and smart pets and their owners who dote on each other nearly as much as on them. It is built to have something for everybody and leans hard on its animal co-stars, and is easy enough to dismiss for all that. It's also pretty darn earnest and sometimes just odd enough to catch one by surprise." (more)
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"Half for the bees, half for us."
5 stars
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