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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
When Marnie Was There 5
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
Inside Out (2015) 4.71
Spy 4.3

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Entourage 1
L.A. Slasher 1
Ted 2 1.43
Ark of Mr. Chow, The 2
Butter on the Latch 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Revenge for Jolly! 1
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
It's Me, It's Me 3
Animals (2013) 4
Saving General Yang 4
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
One Chance 3
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
Begin Again 3.94
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Contracted 1.5
Go Goa Gone 2.71
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maggie 3
Slow West 4
(T)ERROR 4
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM 5
Bad Hurt 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Look of Silence, The 5
Lost River 5
Ned Rifle 4
Landfill Harmonic 5
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manglehorn 4
Stray Dog 3
Horsehead 5
Midnight Swim, The 3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keeping Room, The 4
Results 4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Batkid Begins 5
Raiders! 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 4
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bloody Knuckles 4
Bag Boy Lover Boy 3
Der Samurai 5
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Look of Silence, The 5
Wolfpack, The 3
H. 3
Results 4
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Wolfpack, The 3
(T)ERROR 4
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are Still Here 5
Let Us Prey 3
Over Your Dead Body 3
Treatment, The 4
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.37
Inside Out (2015) 4.71
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wolfpack, The 3
(T)ERROR 4
Tribe, The (2015) 4.86
Keeping Room, The 4
Angkor's Children 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Look of Silence, The 5
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Angkor's Children 4
Cub 5
Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, The 3
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2015 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Out (2015) 4.71
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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
Shrew's Nest 4
H. 3
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landfill Harmonic 5
Eadweard 5
Wave I Ride, The 5
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MAGIC MIKE XXL
"The term climax applies in more ways than one."
4 stars
Brett Gallman says... "For better and for worse, “Magic Mike XXL” is the film most people likely expected its predecessor to be." (more)
MAGIC MIKE XXL
"They're Playing Our Thong"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When it arrived in theaters in the summer of 2012, many observers assumed that "Magic Mike" was going to be little more than a salacious romp about male strippers designed to do nothing more than to show off the abs and dance moves of such hunks as Channing Tatum (who helped to devise the story that was inspired by his own experiences before becoming a movie star), Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer. Others wondered why director Steven Soderbergh would attach himself to a project that, at least on the surface, made "Ocean's 13" look like "Che" by comparison. As it turned out, the film turned out to be one of the more pleasant surprises of that summer because while it more than satisfied viewers who were lured in by the sexy ad campaign promising gyrating pelvises a-plenty, it also gave them a surprisingly strong screenplay that examined the plight of someone who had excelled in a rarefied field but who was getting to that scary point where it was time to move on to something new (after all, there are relatively few old-timers days at strip clubs), a stylish presentation of the material by Soderbergh and enormously winning and charismatic performances by Tatum, once again showing off his often-underrated acting talents alongside his chest, and McConaughey, who practically stole the show in his supporting turn." (more)
L.A. SLASHER
"Worthless."
1 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The horror/satire "L.A. Slasher" is the kind of film that has no character names, just generic labels: The Actress, The Reality Star, etc. They don’t matter as people, just as abstract concepts symbolizing how TV is ruining culture and society. Well, not if you don’t watch it, but never mind." (more)
TED 2
"A.K.A. Does A Bear S--- In A Multiplex?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The original "Ted," you will recall, told the story of an ordinary teddy bear that came to life thanks to the wish of John, the little boy that received him as a Christmas present, and developed into a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking horndog who was still hanging out with his now-grown buddy nearly 30 years later. Essentially a exceptionally perverse riff on what might have otherwise been a mid-level Amblin Entertainment production of the mid-Eighties (landing somewhere between "Harry and the Hendersons" and "batteries not included" on the qualitative scale), the film had a few funny bits here and there but was essentially a one-joke proposition that was shakily buttressed by the shock humor and pop cultural references that have long been the stock-in-trade of creator Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the likes of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and countless impersonations by drunken frat boys every Saturday night. I admit that I laughed a few times--so many jokes were thrown at the screen that a few of them eventually had to hit--but as someone who has never found MacFarlane and his output to be that amusing, I found the whole enterprise to be more tedious than anything else." (more)
JURASSIC WORLD
"Dinosaurs may no longer amaze, but bonkers plotting always will."
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Homer: Well, he’s got all the money in the world, but there’s one thing he can’t buy. Marge: What’s that? Beat Homer: A dinosaur." (more)
LIE WITH ME
"PWP: The Movie."
2 stars
Jaycie says... "Utter the phrase “Canadian porn” and you’ll probably hear jokes about, say, a lumberjack and a maple syrup trucker getting it on while snowbound inside a Tim Hortons on the eve of the Grey Cup finals (working title: Always Getting His Man). While Lie with Me spares us that particular cliché dump, it may be even more pointless." (more)
INSIDE OUT (2015)
"These feelings can’t stop fighting anymore"
5 stars
Greg Ursic says... "With a stable of films like Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo it is little surprise that Pixar earned a reputation as the animation studio to beat which no doubt prompted Disney’s decision to drop off a truck load of cash and purchase them in 2006. Four more successful films followed, but they hit their first road bump with 2011’s Cars 2 a poorly received and reviewed sequel, followed by the paint by numbers Brave, and the yawn-worthy sequel Monsters University. People were rightly beginning to question whether Pixar still knew how to make an entertaining film. The answer is hell yeah!" (more)
ARK OF MR. CHOW, THE
"Not exactly the work of a boy genius."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The likely-studio-supplied boilerplate that has shown up in a lot of listings about "The Ark of Mr. Chow" describes it as a satirical look at the Chinese "Youth Class" system, and if it's what passes for satire in China, well, it's a tremendous disappointment to all of us who ever heard that the Chinese symbol for "satire" is "laughter with knives". That's probably not quite true anyway, but even the loosest definition of satire would seem to demand something more barbed - or at least funnier - than what Yang Xiao comes up with here." (more)
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