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Cliff Walkers 4
Quiet Place, A: Part II 3.14
Home Sweet Home 3
Profile 3
Holler 3

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Spiral (2021) 1
Cruella 1.5
Mortal Kombat (2021) 1.5
Holler 3
Profile 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 3.86
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.26
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Willow Creek 5
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Discopathe 3
Tiger Mask, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.89
Joe 4.5
August: Osage County 1.78
Afflicted 3.5
Third Person 1
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
About Time 2
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Nordstrand 5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
31 3
Swiss Army Man 4
Brahman Naman 4
Lure, 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
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Reconnoiter 3.12
Projet-M 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 4.63
Late Night 2.4
Greener Grass 2
Honeyland 5
Death of Dick Long, The 3
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alice (2019) 5
Saint Frances 3
Tread 4
Booksmart 4.92
Good Boys 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rusalka (aka The Siren), The 4
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Pizza, A Love Story 4
Monos 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
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
Pelican Blood 3
Hidden Life, A 4.88
Deerskin 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
Lodge, The 3.31
Koko-di Koko-da 4
Happy Face 4
Swallow 5
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
Bleed with Me 3
Detention (2019) 5
Lapsis 4
Doorman, The (2020) 2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Was a Simple Man 4
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
In the Earth 3
Strawberry Mansion 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
Save Yourselves! 4
Wander Darkly 5
Promising Young Woman 3.06
Kajillionaire 2.5
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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
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2021 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Holler 3
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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IN THE HEIGHTS
"On The Town"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In recent years, it has become evident that the most important sequence in most movie musicals is almost always the first big production number. While audiences were once perfectly satisfied with characters suddenly bursting into song and dance, the perception these days is that while that may be fine on stage, some viewers are not willing to accept such things in the ostensibly more realistic world of film. Therefore, the first number is key because it not only theoretically sets the tone for what is to follow but it also serves as an indication as to the mindsets of the filmmakers—are they going to play timid and try to conceptually rationalize the singing and dancing in order to satisfy uncertain viewers or are they just going to go for it and embrace those conventions wholeheartedly on the assumption that moviegoers will be willing to join them." (more)
STRAWBERRY MANSION
"An unusual love story under an eccentric satire."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: If "Strawberry Mansion" is not specifically what the average movie with deadpan surrealism and kitchen-table production design is going for, it is nevertheless one of the best recent examples of such things. It's lo-fi sci-fi that takes its silliness seriously, having fun with its clever story but seldom feeling like the filmmakers are amusing themselves at the expense of the audience." (more)
SPIRIT UNTAMED
"Horse Things."
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that my memories of the 2002 film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” are fairly hazy at best but that it at least made an effort to try to do something different from the other animated films of the time—it eschewed the rage for CGI animation by going the traditional route and while the heroic horse at the center was voiced by Matt Damon, that voice was only meant for us to hear his innermost thoughts as this was not a talking animal film. If I didn’t care for it that much, that probably has more to do with my general disinterest in horse-based narratives (with the exceptions of “The Black Stallion” and “A Day at the Races,” of course) that with the film itself (though I could have lived without the Bryan Adams songs on the soundtrack) and if I had to put it up against the other animated output by Dreamworks, I would certainly take it over most to all of the “Shrek” films. The film was not a success in theaters but fifteen years later, Dreamworks elected to reboot it in 2017 with the television series “Spirit: Riding Free” and has now brought that show to the big screen with “Spirit Untamed,” a film that evidently retells the origin story of that show with slightly better animation, more familiar names among the voice cast and little in the way of anything resembling genuine imagination or originality." (more)
ARMY OF THE DEAD
"Dead from the neck up."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "It’d be nice if Athena Perample got a career bump from Zack Snyder’s mediocrity at length "Army of the Dead."" (more)
CRUELLA
"Cruel Intentions"
1 stars
alejandroariera says... "“Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil, if she doesn’t scare you, nothing evil will.” Who would have thought that Mel Leven’s original song would prove to be so prophetic? For “Cruella,” Disney’s latest so-called reimagining of its vast library of characters and stories, defangs the “101 Dalmatians” villainess that was so perfectly voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in the original 1961 animated classic and snarkily brought to life by a fabulously campy Glenn Close in the 1996 live remake and its 2000 sequel, “102 Dalmatians.” Given Cruella’s penchant for skinning puppies and turning them into coats, the character lends itself perfectly for an almost gothic dark comedy. But as directed by Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”) and written by not one but FIVE writers —script by Tom McNamara and Dana Fox from a story by Aline Brosch McKenna, Kelly Marcel and Steve Zissis— “Cruella” is the kind of origin story that literally takes you to the very beginning: the future villainess’ actual birth. It quickly goes downhill from there." (more)
CRUELLA
"Something Wicked-ish This Way Comes"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While watching “Cruella,” any number of questions popped into my mind but the one that seemed the most urgent was also the most seemingly basic—who is this movie supposed to be for in the first place? On the one hand, despite the Disney name, it is not even remotely a film that is suitable for families with younger children, who are quite likely to find themselves alternating between feelings of terror and boredom. (Yes, it is rated PG-13 but my guess is that a lot of people will end up ignoring or overlooking that fact.) On the other hand, it is nowhere near the kind of diabolical creation that it might have been if the filmmakers and the studio had decided to take collective leaves of their senses and produce a version aimed squarely at a more adult-leaning audience. What has resulted is a peculiar little mess (despite the Brobdingnagian size of the production) that has been made with some degree of ambition and energy—though not nearly enough—but which is hobbled by the fact that its entire existence has been predicated not by the burning need to tell a particular story but by the fact that the two “Maleficent” films made hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars around the world and Disney was hoping to get lighting to strike a third time." (more)
QUIET PLACE, A: PART II
"Be Vewy Vewy Quiet--Again. . ."
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When I reviewed “A Quiet Place” when it came out in 2018, I praised it for taking a potentially dubious premise for a horror film and spinning out in a well-made and surprisingly effective manner that contained a number of nicely staged suspense sequences and kept the dumb stuff to a relative minimum. At the end of that review, I also said that it was “also nice to see a pared-to-the-bone genre film that is not interested in creating elaborate backstories or setting up an endless string of sequels.” Well, I guess I spoke too soon—unexpectedly grossing nearly $350 million dollars worldwide on a $17 million dollar budget has a way of changing plans—because now, after being one of the first major films to get bumped off the schedule during the early days of the pandemic, “A Quiet Place Part II” has arrived to serve as the unofficial kickoff blockbuster of this year’s attempt at a summer movie season. As it turns out, its oddball position as the cinematic canary that will hopefully lure wary viewers back into the multiplexes is by far the most interesting aspect of this stylishly executed but ultimately empty work that has nothing else on its mind but giving viewers and Paramount accountants a repeat of the experience that they had and loved three years ago." (more)
IN ACTION
"Where Are The Raiders Kids When You Need Them?"
1 stars
Erik Childress says... "While distribution and profit may still elude artists, movies have never been easier to make. At this point “everyone’s a critic” is being gained on in numbers from the “anyone can be a filmmaker” demographic. Steven Soderbergh is shooting on iPhones. TikTok is quickly becoming a new form of short film. All you need is a camera, time and commitment and you too can create something that you can call a movie. Take Sean Kenealy and Eric Silvera. They are together in nearly every frame of their movie, In Action. There is not a whole lot of motion to this picture and if it is not on screen, the duo will find a way to explain what is happening. But just because it meets the minimal standards for what constitutes a feature-length running time does not mean it satisfies the basic ones for what passes as entertainment." (more)
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