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24-Oct Low Down
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24-Oct Revenge of the Green Dragons
24-Oct Stonehearst Asylum
24-Oct White Bird in a Blizzard
29-Oct Great Invisible, The
29-Oct Revenge of the Mekons

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21-Oct Earth to Echo  
21-Oct Fluffy Movie, The  
21-Oct Le Chef  
21-Oct Life After Beth  
21-Oct Purge, The: Anarchy  
21-Oct Sex Tape  
21-Oct Snowpiercer  
28-Oct Begin Again  
28-Oct Bound by Flesh  
28-Oct Deliver Us From Evil (2014)  
28-Oct Life of Crime  
28-Oct Moebius  
28-Oct Wish I Was Here  

TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Golden Era, The 5
Housebound 5
Jackpot 5
Camp X-Ray 4.8

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Left Behind 1.29
Judge, The 1.67
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Drop, The 2.14
Dracula Untold 2.22

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
War Witch 4.5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.33
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Conjuring, The 4.13
Library Wars 3
Sweetwater 4
Zero Charisma 3
Tiger Mask, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
Proxy 2
Sacrament, The 3.21
Begin Again 3.84
Ilo Ilo 4.75
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Captain Phillips 4.08
Omar 4.5
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Nebraska 3.54
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Northwest 4
Le Week-End 3.4
Cheap Thrills 3.14
With You, Without You 3
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.56
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
Gone Girl 4.11
'71 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Cub 5
Shrew's Nest 4
Ping Pong Summer 3
Land Ho! 4.5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Guest, The 4
'71 4
Equalizer, The 2.33
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Force Majeure 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Babadook, The 3.71
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Tusk 4
Guest, The 4
Waste Land (2014) 2
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In Order of Disappearance 5
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Goal of the Dead 4
World of Kanako, The 5
1001 Grams 2
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Two Faces of January, The 3.63
Force Majeure 5
Maps to the Stars 5
Other One, The: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir 5
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Faults 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
'71 4
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
Duke of Burgundy, The 5
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2014 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West 4
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2014 San Diego Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Significant Things 4.14
Equalizer, The 2.33
Time Lapse 4.71
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#STUCK
"Stays in place and moves backwards, which mostly works for it."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Given that its name is a hashtag, one might expect "#Stuck" to have social media play some sort of central part of the story, and maybe cringe at the inevitable mishandling. Fortunately, filmmaker Stuart Acher doesn't choose to stack storytelling gimmicks three deep, instead mostly just choosing to let the romantic comedy rest on its actors' performances. It's not a bad plan." (more)
FURY (2014)
"Tanks & testosterone."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "David Ayer seems unlikely to make a romantic comedy any time soon; his films are testosterone baths packed with bloody action and male bonding, an unrepentant couple hours of traditional masculinity with just enough self-awareness that, even if that's not your thing, you can at least acknowledge it as a fair examination of manhood. And if it is your thing, "Fury" is a darn good war movie, no closer examination necessary." (more)
BOOK OF LIFE, THE (2014)
"A 3D theatrical Saturday morning cartoon, which is perfectly fine."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The Saturday morning cartoon block officially became a thing of a past this fall, although every obituary has mentioned that television now has more animation than ever; it just migrated to syndication and then cable. What emerged was a different sort of cartoon, more irreverent and as likely to reflect an individual creator's aesthetic as a company's house style (which, as a side-effect, often makes them more authentically multicultural). "The Book of Life" is that progression making its way to theaters, a high-energy animated adventure with style and a big-screen voice cast." (more)
GOLDEN ERA, THE
"Short life, long movie, both well worth it."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Most of the descriptions of Xiao Hong biography "The Golden Era" spend some time talking about what made her remarkable as a writer, and the film does give those of us not terribly familiar with 1930s Chinese literature a bit of a taste of her words and why they are remembered despite her short career and life. But while the focus is less on what she created and more on how what she wanted - a "quiet place to write" - was elusive, the way in which screenwriter Li Qiang and director Ann Hui tell the story is often what will be the most striking." (more)
MAZE RUNNER, THE
"YA with a dash of genre infliction"
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "The YA fiction boom must now be reaching crisis point, a meltdown is seemingly imminent. In 2014 one cannot take a bus without being reminded of cancer addled heroines, who in their hopeless dystopic futures represent humanity's sole salvation. Such texts are probably regarded as 2014's most prominent handbag accessory. John Green is the new John Grisham. Cinema has been deeply afflicted by the trend, and whilst there have been a handful of oases amid the dreck (last year's “Hunger Games” sequel was a cosy achievement), by and large the going's been tough. “The Maze Runner” is the latest example of this ignoble canon, dragged kicking and screaming to the screen from a 2009 best-seller by author James Dashner. I am tempted to suggest this is much to the chagrin of all, but in truth, Dashner's saga has proven popular and the box-office reception of the picture strong enough to convey a hungry audience. I haven't read the book (it might in fact be very good), but my infuriating need to constantly expose myself to this underwhelming sub-genre has left me bitter, tired and impartial. I no longer fear disappointment, but actively embrace it as inevitable. Perhaps this is why “The Maze Runner” left me moderately satisfied, or maybe it's just that the feature is a capable little thriller on its own terms. Either way, “The Maze Runner” benefits from a handful of well directed action asides and pays some attention to tested literary traditions." (more)
ART AND CRAFT
"Quite well drawn."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "One of the neat things about "Art and Craft" is that it hints at a number of different angles to an already-interesting story, acknowledging that it is all but impossible to fit the entirety of a tale of art forgery and con artistry that spans decades into a ninety-minute documentary produced at the tail end. Faced with this situation, many filmmakers will wind up calling attention to the gaps rather than maintaining a sharp focus that allows them to make a strong movie with the material they can get." (more)
ONE CHANCE
"Has Talent."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Once upon a time, the Weinstein brothers might have been able to make the pleasant-enough "One Chance" a sleeper hit, if not necessarily an awards contender; today they are barely able to get it noticed. And that's not fair either - it's a fine evening's entertainment, delivering exactly the same sort of charming true story that it promises." (more)
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"The Bells Of St. Murray"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I have seen more than my fair share of movies over the years that have blatantly attempted to manipulate audiences to their side but "St. Vincent" not only takes the cake, it pretty much seizes the entire bakery in its efforts to emotionally bludgeon viewers into submission. Though it only runs for about 100 minutes, it nevertheless finds room for such ingredients as a crusty old codger, an adorable kid, an overworked mom reeling from a recent divorce, cute animals, a sickly spouse, a priest, a pregnant stripper, a sudden illness, a local dive filled with quirky regulars, surprise revelations, people coming to terms with things, a tear-jerking testimonial in the final reel and a unique rendition of Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" playing over the end credits--these are just the ones I came up with off the top of my head without consulting my notes. In fact, if this film had been made at any other time starring practically any other actor in the SAG rolls--if Robin Williams had made it about six years ago, for example, I am fairly certain that most critics would be jeering it off the screen because of its sheer shamelessness but because it stars no less of a figure than Bill Murray--one of the most beloved performers of our time, both on screen and off--it has been receiving hosannahs in most quarters. And yet, Murray's singular presence brings so much to the proceedings that I found myself willing to overlook, or at least forgive, most of the mawkishness on display because he somehow makes it work despite itself." (more)
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