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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Amy 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Trainwreck 4.8
Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation 4.27
Breakup Buddies 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Strangerland 1
L.A. Slasher 1
Ted 2 1.63
Vacation 1.64
Butter on the Latch 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 4
Side by Side 3.86
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Imaginaerum 3
Uzumasa Jacopetti 3
Bad Film 4
Hatchet III 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 5
Omar 4.57
Metalhead 4
We Are the Best! 4.86
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Jimmy P. 4.14
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Omar 4.57
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Of Good Report 5
Nebraska 3.55
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maggie 3
Slow West 4
Good Kill 3.29
Cartel Land 5
Sunrise (2015) 4
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
Trainwreck 4.8
Spy 4.27
Unfriended 4.25
Landfill Harmonic 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Love & Mercy 5
Eadweard 5
Goodbye to Language 2
Li'l Quinquin 5
Runoff 5
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keeping Room, The 4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Call Me Lucky 5
Slow West 4
Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet 4
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
Gone with the Pope 1
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bag Boy Lover Boy 3
Der Samurai 4.57
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Results 4
Love & Mercy 5
Jauja 4
Welcome to Me 5
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
(T)ERROR 4
Wolfpack, The 3
Look of Silence, The 5
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shrew's Nest 4
Hallow, The 5
Let Us Prey 3
Treatment, The 4
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.38
Amy 5
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
Office 4
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
End of the Tour, The 3
Wolfpack, The 3
Slow West 4
Angkor's Children 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Love & Mercy 5
H. 3
Good Ol' Boy 5
Blue Hour , The 4
Angkor's Children 4
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2015 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Infinitely Polar Bear 4
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
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2015 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wolfpack, The 3
Cartel Land 5
Chinese Mayor, The 4
Look of Silence, The 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Am Thor 5
Singham Returns 2
Cash Only 4
Nowhere Girl 4
Real Miyagi, The 3.5
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2015 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landfill Harmonic 5
Eadweard 5
Wave I Ride, The 5
Love & Mercy 5
Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet 4
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2015 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Stanford Prison Experiment, The 4
Keeping Room, The 4
Wolfpack, The 3
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tangerine 4
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KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET
"A decent frame around some amazing pictures."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Khlail Gibran's The Prophet" is a labor of love for producer Salma Hayek, and like a fair number of those projects, it's got some rough edges as the desire to realize a complicated project within a window of opportunity may have taken priority over waiting until it could be perfect. Or maybe not; the production may have been perfectly smooth, and some spots are certainly excellent enough to justify the enthusiasm for the film." (more)
TURBO KID
"One of the finest 1980s action movies made in the twenty-first century."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Turbo Kid" seemed to be on the fast track to being a cult hit well before its release; folks seemed keen on the short film produced as part of a contest connected to "ABCs of Death" and it seemed to get plenty of early buzz looking for funding and production partners as part of the Fantasia Festival's Frontières co-production market and had people looking forward to it for a year or two. A hero's welcome for the Quebec production was not unexpected at its Montreal premiere; but tat the movie actually is the sort of cheerfully gory retro-sci-fi blast intended is kind of a pleasant surprise." (more)
AVA'S POSSESSIONS
"A highly entertaining take on picking up the pieces after being possessed."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Three years ago at this festival, I raved about Jordan Galland's superhero comedy "Alter Egos" in part out of surprise; it worked its alternate Earth scenario better than a lot of films of its sort and built a remarkably solid cast of characters for a sort of spoof movie. With "Ava's Possessions", he does the same thing with the demonic possession genre and turns another high concept into a pretty charming comedy." (more)
DARK PLACES
"Theron & Hendricks are anything but cold cases."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I'm mildly curious how big a part a secondary character had in the original book; after an amusing introduction (and fairly high billing), he gets streamlined right in the background. It's the right choice - this is a story about people involved in a crime rather than those investigating it, and while that material can be a bit uneven, but when it hits, the results are fairly impressive." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"In which Tom Cruise renews his commitment to doing anything to entertain."
5 stars
Brett Gallman says... "When “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation” opens with Tom Cruise clinging to a plane as it lifts off, it’s staggering on multiple levels." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"Accepted"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There have only been a handful of film franchises that have been lucky enough to earn a fifth go-around in theaters and in nearly every one of those cases, a certain degree of artistic ennui has inevitably set in as the filmmakers, more often than not, are merely rejiggering things that have worked in the past instead of taking the time to come up with something fresh and entertaining. The results have, for the most part, been fairly dire--"A Good Day to Die Hard," "Star Trek V" and any number of horror titles one could mention to name just a few. (Hell, even the James Bond series, a franchise as durable as one could possibly hope for, had its first stumble with its official fifth installment, the semi-disappointing "You Only Live Twice.") Oh sure, I am certain that we could come up with a couple of films that buck that particular tide--"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" comes to mind (though anyone calling "The Empire Strikes Back" "Episode V" is going to get [i]such[/i] a pinch)--but such things are pretty much a rarity. Now there are plenty of reasons to love "Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation," the fifth in the incredibly lucrative and surprisingly durable string of films spun off from the popular Sixties-era espionage television series--the smart writing, the good performances and the breathlessly exciting action set-pieces that have been its hallmark since Brian De Palma had Tom Cruise dangling from the ceiling of CIA headquarters in the 1996 original--but the most significant one is that it is that rare late entry in a long-established series that is still acting as if it has something to prove instead of lazily resting on its laurels. Like "Mad Max: Fury Road" from earlier this summer, a lot of care and effort clearly went into making this film and the result is the best franchise film to come along the line since. . . well, since "Fury Road."" (more)
COP CAR
"Stay out of the back seat, kids!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Cop Car" opens by dropping enough swearwords that even parents who missed the R rating might consider pulling their kids out, which is both necessary and a bit of a pity. A family-friendly take on the story could have been fun, although staying true to where writer/director Jon Watts sees the story creates something just as entertaining and probably more thrilling." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"Your mission Mr. McQuarrie, should you accept it, is to improve a franchise"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "“Mission: Impossible” is that rare Hollywood franchise that improves with each entry. The original “Mission: Impossible,” directed by Brian de Palma, built an incomprehensible plot about the theft of a computer file with the names of America’s top secret agents around the film’s massive action set-pieces. Its sequel, directed by John Woo, featured all of the filmmaker’s trademark visual style (balletic slo-mo gunfights, pigeons flapping their wings also in slo-mo before all hell broke loose) without any of the poignancy or dramatic heft of his best Hong Kong-set films." (more)
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