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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Look of Silence, The 5
Call Me Lucky 5
Assassination (2015) 5
Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation 4.23
Breakup Buddies 4.14

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Zipper 1
Final Girl 1
Mistress America 1
Hitman: Agent 47 1
She's Funny That Way 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 4
War Witch 4.5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secretly Greatly 3.8
You're Next 3.52
24 Exposures 4
Drug War 5
Horror Stories 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bends 5
Philomena 4.17
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Stranger by the Lake 4
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
12 Years a Slave 3.52
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Missing Picture, The 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
12 Years a Slave 3.52
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Visit, The (2015/I) 4
Spy 4.27
Ava's Possessions 4
Landfill Harmonic 5
He Never Died 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet 4
Wild City 4
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 5
Assassination (2015) 5
Office 4
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2015 Bruce Campbellā€™s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
He Never Died 5
Bunny the Killer Thing 2
Some Kind of Hate 5
Tales of Halloween 4
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tangerine 4
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2015 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Witch, The 4
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2015 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Invitation, The 3
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MEMORIES OF THE SWORD
"An average swordswoman film is still generally worth watching."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was supposed to open on Imax screens this weekend, but that seems to have fallen into some bizarre limbo. As South Korea's "Memories of the Sword" begins, one might naturally think that this Korean film fills the gap rather precisely. Despite the strong surface resemblance, it's not the modern classic that "Crouching Tiger" is, but it knits its melodramatic pieces into something quite enjoyable by the end." (more)
SOME KIND OF HATE
"Does what horror does best, and does it damn well."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Is it wrong to kind of hope that a pretty great horror movie perhaps stalls out at cult favorite? "Some Kind of Hate" is a strong, smart, bloody example of what the genre can do when its aims are greater than just churning out product, and it introduces what could be an iconic horror villain as great as the ones spawned in the 1980s. That's the rub, though - I really, really don't want to see Moira Karp reduced to what the likes of Freddy Kruger, Jason Vorhees, and Michael Myers became in pop culture." (more)
SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY
"No Escape"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Faithful readers will recall that I spent a good deal of time and space excoriating Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America," an attempt to do a modern-day variation of the classic screwball farces of old that was as strident, annoying and desperately unfunny as a film could be without inspiring a class action lawsuit against its distributor for falsely claiming that it was indeed a comedy. Staggering out of that one, I could have hardly believed that another film might come out in the foreseeable future that could possibly further defame the good name of the genre that gave us such effortless masterpieces as "Libeled Lady" and "His Girl Friday." And yet, no more than a week after it was released comes Peter Bogdanovich's "She's Funny That Way," another neo-screwball screw-up that is so awful that while watching it, I felt as if I should apologize to Baumbach for some of the things I said since his film at least flirts with a basic competence in its intriguing opening scenes that this one never manages to approximate. As it turns out, Baumbach actually gets a credit on this film as well for serving as a co-presenter along with occasional collaborator Wes Anderson. The only possible explanation for this is that perhaps he decided to throw what trace amount of weight he has behind the release of this one because its sheer crumminess might force some otherwise right-minded people to look back and decide that maybe his film wasn't that bad after all." (more)
GRANDMA
"Lily In The Valley"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Lily Tomlin is, of course, one of the great comedians of our time, regardless of gender, but she has never quite been able to fully transpose her unparalleled talents from the stage to the screen. Oh sure, she has had great success as a supporting player in films like "I Heart Huckabees" and her collaborations with Robert Altman--including her Oscar-nominated turn in the classic "Nashville"--and she did wonderful work opposite Art Carney in "The Late Show" and Steve Martin in "All of Me," but for the most part, Hollywood just has had no idea of what to do with someone with her undeniably quirky appeal and the few times when she was afforded an unabashed lead role, as was the case with "Moment by Moment" and "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," the results were pretty dire. With her new film, "Grandma," she has finally been given a screenplay that knows how to make use of her gifts and while the film as a whole may have some rough patches here and there, Tomlin more than makes up for it with a spectacular lead performance that is one of the funniest and most surprisingly heartfelt things that she has every done." (more)
ZIPPER
"Needs A Better Hook"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Imagine a cross between a lesser episode of "House of Cards" and one of those semi-tawdry direct-to-video "erotic thrillers" that kept the likes of Tanya Roberts and Shannon Whirry in cigarette money during the early 90s and you might come up with something along the lines of "Zipper," a borderline embarrassing tale of political ambition and sexual addiction that is too tawdry to work as a serious film and way too self-serious to make it as camp." (more)
TURBO KID
"A.K.A. BMX Bandits: Armageddon"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Imagine what "Fury Road" might have been like if the apocalypse had occurred before the characters were old enough to get their drivers licenses. It might have turned out like "Turbo Kid," a cheerfully silly and goofily gory homage to 80's-era cheapo action films whose boxes always promised more than they ever came close to delivering." (more)
HE NEVER DIED
"Never falters as noir, horror, or dark comedy."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Somehow, when I was looking at this movie's description, the idea that it was a deadpan comedy (although the blackest you can imagine) never came through, which made it an extremely pleasant surprise. Or perhaps it's not "a deadpan comedy", but a supernatural noir that happens to be full of the stuff. It's the rare movie that is both what you would and would not expect." (more)
WONDERFUL WORLD END
"If you're like the characters, it may indeed be 'wonderful'."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As soon as I saw this one, I figured that it may need some mulling over, although more for its downright peculiar ending than the occasional sense that as someone who is not a teenage Japanese girl, this film is mostly - and fairly - indifferent to me. "Wonderful World End" gets outright weird in its last act, although I'm sure that a fair number of adults will find it difficult to relate to well before that. It's at least interesting for that and gets the bulk of its ideas across, which isn't always the case." (more)
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