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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Final Portrait 5
Endless, The 4.86
Quiet Place, A 4.13

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Dear Dictator 1
Wrinkle in Time, A 1
Rampage (2018) 2
Russian Doll (2016) 2
Tomb Raider (2018) 2.22

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Breadwinner, The 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Square, The (2017) 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
Thelma 3.71
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hysteria 3.88
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Rubberneck 2.38
Whole Lotta Sole 4
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Confession of Murder 3
It's Me, It's Me 3
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
Love Eternal 4.8
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.88
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Endless, The 4.86
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Cold Hell 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Green Inferno, The 3.91
Le Week-End 3.71
Afflicted 3.5
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Wind Rises, The 4.62
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
12 Years a Slave 3.62
One Chance 3
Motel Life, The 2.86
Stop-Over 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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
Blade Runner 4.28
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Idiocracy 4.21
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Mother! 3.83
Downsizing 1.89
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Beatriz at Dinner 5
Little Hours, The 5
Marjorie Prime 4
Call Me by Your Name 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Song to Song 2
Free Fire 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Fraud 4.36
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
Hidden Reserves 4
Bitch (2017) 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dealt 4.71
Landline 3
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3.14
Tormenting the Hen 2
Furusato 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
MFA 3
Cold Hell 5
Dead Shack 3
Night Watchmen, The 3
Endless, The 4.86
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Call Me by Your Name 4
Wonderstruck 4.85
BPM (Beats Per Minute) 5
Lady Bird 4.31
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Call Me by Your Name 4
Hostiles 4
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Endless, The 4.86
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 3.08
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lu Over the Wall 4
Death of Stalin, The 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
You Were Never Really Here 4
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Quiet Place, A 4.13
Blockers 3.29
Isle of Dogs 4
Final Portrait 5
Ghost Stories 4
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GHOST STORIES
"Three solidly suspenseful stories."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: "Ghost Stories" is an effective anthology of sorts, the cinematic equivalent of variations on a theme that certainly has room to play. It perhaps puts a little too much effort into giving itself a clever twist in the last stretch so that it can be a feature rather than a set of short stories, but the three episodes that make up the bulk of the film are impressive on their own, combining classic supernatural situations with humans' willingness to scare themselves." (more)
RUSSIAN DOLL (2016)
"The sort of well-intentioned thing one wants to like more."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "It’s probably none of my business, but I have to ask anyway: How must it feel to be a first-time movie actor — a personal trainer by trade — doing a nude same-sex love scene in a movie produced by your mom and brother and directed by your father?" (more)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
"A Supposedly Fun Thing Part I"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although we are currently less than a third of the way through 2018 as I write these words, I doubt that anyone reading this would disagree with the notion that the release of “Black Panther” is going to go down as one of the key cultural events of not just the year but the entire decade. Unlike the vast majority of overstuffed superhero epics that have been dominating multiplexes as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade, it was a film that felt as if it was made because the people behind it had a real and engrossing story that they wanted—needed—to tell and not just because it was another bullet point in a grand business plan that had been hashed out in a corporate boardroom. Yes, it was another superhero film but it was one that didn’t look or feel like others—rather than simply trying to dazzle audiences with one elaborate set piece after another, it elected to do so with such increasingly rarefied elements as a smart and compelling narrative and characters of such surprising depth and complexity that they were just as interesting when they were standing around talking as they were when they were engaging in their heroics. (In fact, the only time it stumbled at all was during the big climactic battle sequence—the one moment on display that could have come from nearly any other film of its type.) Watching that film, you could feel the excitement that comes with being genuinely fresh and exciting practically vibrating off the screen whether you were a hardcore superhero fanatic or someone with no burning interest in watching oddly costumed people whomping the crap out of each other. The result was a real rarity—a box-office behemoth that was just as successful artistically as it was financially." (more)
TOP KNOT DETECTIVE
"Top-notch."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: "Top Knot Detective" is a whole heck of a lot better than the typical "fake pop-culture spoof", for a lot of little reasons. That is generally the way these things work: It's not necessarily easy to come up with a fun idea for a mock-documentary, but it's also not exactly hard, and the gap between the obviously dumb and obviously brilliant ones is thin; enthusiastic improv can spin that into enough material that the filmmakers will need to cut down rather than pad out most of the time. It's the folks who consistently make the silly bits engaging or show that there is an actual plan without seeming to rein themselves in that create something worth a look." (more)
BEIRUT
"Interesting spot and story."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A movie's name just being its location doesn't always mean that the filmmakers had a sense of that but not the story, but it's not a bad way to bet. Certainly, it's not a theory that "Beirut" seems keen to debunk; much of the film's first half is explaining to the audience that Lebanon in general and its capital in particular were nervously cosmopolitan melting pots before the civil war, and then touring the blasted remains afterward. It takes a while for the specific story to really kick into gear." (more)
BIG FISH & BEGONIA
"Colorful enough for kids to go for it."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I wonder, a bit, if I would have enjoyed "Big Fish & Begonia" a bit more if it had played subtitled (as advertised) rather than in an English dub, or if a better handle on Chinese folklore would help. It would have still bumped up against some technical issues, I think, but, likely would have had a lot fewer "wait, why" moments. I don't imagine kids would stop and scratch their heads quite so much, but this movie is just far enough off the beaten path outside of China that kids might have to be led there." (more)
CLAIRE'S CAMERA
"Doesn't entirely point its camera inward, and so finds a bit of life."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Cannes has become so associated with its film festival that just setting a movie there seems to warp perception of it and the people involved; it becomes part of this insular world that means something to filmmakers and influential critics who perhaps don't realize how many people it can leave on the outside. "Claire's Camera" mostly avoids that - it's set in that world and in many ways about it, but not so much so that it loses its basic charm." (more)
LET THE CORPSES TAN
"Prettier than the typical action movie - and louder!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: "Let the Corpses Tan" isn't the same sort of ultra-violence as high art as other films you might describe that way - it's more about the striking image than the impeccable choreography, the sort of thing that you can screen-capture and show to someone who doesn't necessarily go for big action rather than the clips you dissect looking for cuts and doubling. Fortunately, it's in the hands of some of the best in the business at creating striking images and just enough to stitch them together, and they're happy to dispense with subtlety." (more)
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