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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Jackpot 5
Force Majeure 5
Birdman 5
Golden Era, The 5
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5

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
Take this Waltz 3.19
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fairhaven 3.5
Fourth Dimension, The 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
24 Exposures 4
Bad Film 4
Machine, The 5
Apology King, The 5
Zombie Hunter 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Prisoners 2.2
Parkland 3
Omar 4.5
Under the Skin (2014) 4.45
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.29
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.82
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Alan Partridge 4.14
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Le Week-End 3.4
Alan Partridge 4.14
Despite the Gods 4
Contracted 1.5
Blue Ruin 4.56
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
Blue Room, The 4
Birdman 5
Gone Girl 4.11
'71 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fury (2014) 3.56
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
1001 Grams 2
Butter on the Latch 2.29
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tu dors Nicole 5
Mary Kom 2.88
Waste Land (2014) 2
Alleluia 5
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Babadook, The 3.71
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Closer to God 4
Waste Land (2014) 2
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.89
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
Creep (2014) 4.88
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Goal of the Dead 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birdman 5
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Finding Fela 1
Force Majeure 5
In Order of Disappearance 5
Revivre 4
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Duke of Burgundy, The 5
Over Your Dead Body 3
Tu dors Nicole 5
Alleluia 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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LATEST REVIEWS
BIRDMAN
"Bird On The Highwire"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Every once in a while, a movie comes around that contains some element--an intriguing premise, a unique visual approach, an attention-grabbing performance or two--that manages to genuinely electrify critics and audiences alike. The big question, of course, is whether the film can continue to stand on its own two feet after the initial rush of excitement has passed (as was the case of things likes "Pulp Fiction" or "Being John Malkovich") or if a second viewing reveals a certain hollowness that wasn't quite as evident the first time around ("American Beauty" is a prime example of a film whose essential shallowness became gaspingly apparent upon a repeat viewing). The latest cinematic cock-of-the-walk to grab the attention of all who encounter it is "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," a surreal dark comedy that contains, among other things, the aforementioned intriguing premise, unique visual approach and any number of attention-grabbing performances, including one that is already being penciled in by many observers as a sure shot for not just an Oscar nomination but the award itself. On first glance, it deserves all the accolades that it has been receiving and then some because it is some of the most undeniably bold, stylish and enormously entertaining filmmaking to hit the screens this year. Since I have not yet had a chance to see it a second time at this point, I cannot say as to whether or not the giddy sense of excitement can still be felt upon multiple viewings but I can say that it is one of the few films to come out this year where the notion of seeing it a second time sounds more like a pleasure than a chore." (more)
JOHN WICK
"PERKINS or (Alfie, Please Use Your Brain)"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Those of you who have been reading my reviews for a while will no doubt know that I apparently have a soft spot in my heart (not to mention head) for super-stylish and wildly executed action extravaganzas--this is the guy, after all, who put "Bullet to the Head" on his 10 Best list for last year and who more or less revers Luc Besson as a saint of the cinema. And yet, even I am somewhat in awe of "John Wick," a film so cheerfully excessive that it is at the over-the-top stage right at the start and only proceeds to push things further and further as things progress until I wasn't sure whether I was seeing the dumbest movie ever made or some kind of cockeyed masterpiece even after the end credits were unrolling. Now that I have had a couple of weeks to mull it over, I think that I am finally leaning toward the latter. Yes, it is incredibly dumb and its excesses are so pronounced that anyone attempting a straightforward critical analysis may well go completely mad in the process. However, it displays the kind of craziness that is so profound and serenely self-confident in its lunacy that I have to bow to it--this is easily the most demented action extravaganza to hit theaters since "Lucy" and by far the most entertaining to boot." (more)
BLUE ROOM, THE
"Adultery & murder. You know, the basics."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Georges Simenon wrote "La Chambre Bleue" ("The Blue Room" in English) about sixty years ago, and it appears to be the sort of elemental crime story where only small details need be changed to bring it into the present day. Mathieu Amalric's adaptation is tight in almost every way it can be, just what you want from this sort of elemental story." (more)
#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)
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