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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Heavy Trip 5
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Hustle, The 1.25
Detective Pikachu 1.78
Race 3 1.86
Catcher Was A Spy, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Resolution 4
Deadfall (2012) 2
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
I Am Divine 4
I'll Follow You Down 3
Library Wars 3
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Bends 5
What Is Cinema? 4
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Trap Street 4.14
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Her 4.36
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.6
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Le Week-End 3.71
Alan Partridge 4
One Chance 3
Voyage 1
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Love & Friendship 4.46
Sleight 3
Kate Plays Christine 2
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
Big Ass Spider! 4
Reconnoiter 3.13
Alienated 2
Skyquake 2
400 Days 1
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Juliet, Naked 5
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
You Were Never Really Here 4.5
Searching 3.88
Piercing 3
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World Before Your Feet, The 4
Brothers' Nest 4
Unfriended: Dark Web 1
Ranger, The 5
Heavy Trip 5
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Damsel 3
Revenge (2018) 3.71
Beast (2018) 3
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Scythian, The (aka The Last Warrior) 4
Buffalo Boys 4
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms 4
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich 1
Vanished, The 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fahrenheit 11/9 4
Peterloo 1
Shadow 5
Burning 5
Roma (2018) 3.7
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ash Is Purest White 4
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
High Life (2019) 3.14
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Book 3
Widows 3.33
Cold War (2018) 4
Wildlife 3
Front Runner, The 1
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 4.57
Halloween (2018) 3.33
Climax 2.88
Donnybrook 1
Burning 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bird Box 2
Widows 3.33
Piercing 3
Cam 4.57
Under the Silver Lake 4
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Her Smell 5
Shadow 5
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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM
"More of the same, but the same is pretty good."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you've enjoyed the first two "John Wick" movies, you'll almost certainly enjoy the third - this series still brings the stylish, astonishingly-staged violence better than most anybody else has since the last time John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat got together. It's definitely starting to get a little stretched, though, like the makers are a bit too aware of the franchise's status as an unlikely hit and developing a tendency to wink at themselves. "Parabellum" still plays its world of assassins just seriously enough to work as both intriguing and an excuse to enjoy the mayhem, but it's right on the edge of implosion, and may not be able to pull it off much longer." (more)
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (2018)
"Maybe not what you expect, but certainly something to see."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's a tough competition to be seen for movies outside the mainstream these days, but "Long Day's Journey into Night" has certainly racked up ways to pique one's curiosity by the time it reached America: For some, just being the new film by the maker of "Kaili Blues" was going to be enough, although the good reviews on the festival circuit and the fact that it included a 59-minute tracking shot in non-post-converted 3D didn't hurt. Then, on New Year's Eve, it had the biggest-ever opening of an art-house movie in China - and on New Year's Day, one of the harshest popular backlashes! Even if you get beyond all that, you've got a film that is unlikely to be forgotten, generally for the best of reasons." (more)
SHADOW
"Beautiful and bloody."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" is probably the most visually striking wuxia film since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", so striking that when it gets off to a bit of a halting start, one might be tempted to consider that an acceptable trade-off for just being able to look at the thing for a couple hours. That it would quickly becomes more was not guaranteed, but it does, offering up palace intrigue an spurts of action that make it one of the best films that the genre has produced in recent years." (more)
BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHé
"Impressive from the start."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a montage in this movie where a bunch of filmmakers confess that they hadn't heard of Alice Guy-Blaché before (with one notable exception because of course Ava DuVernay knows who has been overlooked), and I must admit that I'd only heard her name a few times before, as one of a number of examples in a different documentary about how women's contribution to cinema was historically underrepresented. And while "Be Natural" would be useful even if it was just about drilling down into something known generally, it's also an intriguing look at early cinema and how we've been unable to shake issues from a century ago." (more)
HUSTLE, THE
"Bunco Flop!"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Once upon a time—1964 to be exact—there emerged a film by the name of “Bedroom Story,” a comedy starring David Niven and Marlon Brando as a couple of con artists in the French Riviera—one suave and decidedly posh in his targets and the other cruder and more low-rent (take a wild guess as to who played who)—competing against each other to swindle an American heiress (Shirley Jones) to prove which of them was the best at their rarefied position. To be frank, it was not especially amusing—the humor too often leaned heavier on crudity than sophistication—and the only thing keeping it from falling into complete obscurity is the decidedly bizarre spectacle of Marlon Brando—one of the greatest actors of all time but one not exactly famous, especially at that time, for his light comedic touch—trying and largely failing to prove himself as a farceur. Nearly a quarter-century later, “Bedtime Story” was dusted off and remade as the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Michael Caine in the David Niven part and Steve Martin following in Brando’s footsteps. Although the screenplay was virtually identical to the extremely uneven original, the resulting film proved to be better than it had any right to be thanks to the slick staging of the material by director Frank Oz and the expert byplay between Caine, Martin and the late Glenne Headly as their winsome target. Now, thirty years after that, the same plot, plus a gender flip for the main characters, has been revived for the screen for a third time with “The Hustle” and after watching this iteration, students of the various versions will find themselves longing for the comparative dignity of the original “Bedroom Story.” Although the notion of doing a female-centric take on this material sounds like a promising idea in theory, it turns out that other than the change in pronouns, most everything else has remained basically the same and the whole thing winds up having all the wit, energy and fizz of a not-incredibly-funny joke being told for a third time." (more)
DETECTIVE PIKACHU
"One Guy, A Girl And A Pikachu"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In one of the many hilarious bits in the 1933 Marx Brothers classic “Duck Soup,” wacky dictator Rufus T. Firefly is handed a Treasury report and announces “Clear Why a four-year-old child could understand this report” before turning to his aide and remarking “Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can’t make head or tail out of it.” I found myself thinking about that line a lot while watching “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” for a couple of reasons. For one thing, as someone whose exposure to the entire Pokemon phenomenon over the years has been limited at best (someone tried to explain it to me once and got grumpy when I mentioned that it sounded a little too close to slavery for its own good), i concede that there are no doubt numerous aspects to the proceedings that would be best appreciated or at least understood by those with a greater working knowledge of the subject at hand. For another, since the film at hand was doing absolutely nothing to entertain or amuse me with its slapdash antics, why not let the mind drift to an authentically entertaining film in the way that a drowning man might yearn for a life vest? Alas, even that was not enough to help pass the time with this strenuously annoying film, a hard-sell spectacle that clearly yearns to be the next “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” but only winds up being the next “Space Jam” and just so that there is no confusion in the matter, that is most decidedly NOT a compliment." (more)
TONE-DEAF
"Fun mayhem around what might be Robert Patrick's best role."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 21: Richard Bates Jr. makes a valiant effort to frame "Tone-Deaf" in a way where its black comedy is about something bigger than just the funny murder, although I'm not sure that it's that deep: There's more there than "get a load of those Boomers/Millennials and their messed-up priorities!", but maybe not that much. It is, at least, pretty consistently funny, with an especially entertaining turn from a guy who seldom seems to get a role this good." (more)
BOLDEN
"You probably don't know Buddy Bolden's story, and maybe you can't."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "We don't know much about Buddy Bolden; it's generally accepted that he played a crucial part in the development of jazz, arguably inventing it, but spent the latter half of his relatively short life in a mental institution. One photograph survives, and none of the actual music. It's thin material for a biography, and that filmmaker Dan Pritzker makes acknowledging this a core part of the film is both the great strength of "Bolden" and what often makes it frustrating: The audience comes in wanting to know his story, but much of what follows involves being told that it can't." (more)
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