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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
Heavy Trip 5
Old Man & the Gun, The 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Life Itself (2018) 1
211 1
Christopher Robin 1
Race 3 1.86
Catcher Was A Spy, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot (2012) 4
Hysteria 3.88
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Across the River 4
Bad Milo 3
Machine, The 4.38
V/H/S/2 3.85
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Enemy 4.13
Fake, The 4
Philomena 4.17
Blue Ruin 4.44
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Captain Phillips 4.23
Her 4.36
Stranger by the Lake 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Stranger by the Lake 4
Northwest 4
Le Week-End 3.71
12 Years a Slave 3.62
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Lobster, The 3.63
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
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
Gremlins 4.29
Survivalist, The 3
Native (2016) 5
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Dual City 4
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Revenge (2018) 3.71
Beast (2018) 3
Tully (2018) 4
Searching 4
Madeline's Madeline 3.5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Isle of Dogs 4.5
First Reformed 5
Unfriended: Dark Web 1
Ranger, The 5
Hearts Beat Loud 2.43
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Jurassic Park 4.24
Revenge (2018) 3.71
Support The Girls 4
We the Animals 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Microhabitat 4
Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana 3
Buffalo Boys 4
Cold Skin 4
True Fiction 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Assassination Nation 5
Predator, The 3.11
Star is Born, A (2018) 3.86
Colette 4
Old Man & the Gun, The 5
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Piercing 3
Road Not Taken, The 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
FIRST MAN
"One Shot"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Anyone planning on making a film about the life and achievements of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has to acknowledge two potential hurdles large enough to send even the most ambitious filmmakers scurrying away. For one thing, there is the fact that pretty much every potential ticket buyer knows the particulars of the story, or at least the particular of how it turns out. For another, there is the knowledge that the so-called space race that America took part in during the Fifties and Sixties has already spawned a number of exemplary films running the gamut from narrative features like Phillip Kaufman’s genuine epic “The Right Stuff” (1983) and Ron Howard’s exemplary “Apollo 13” (1995) to documentaries like Al Reinart’s “For All Mankind” (1989) and that any new film on the subject would inevitably be compared to them. In other words, Damien Chazzelle probably could have found a slightly easier project to do for his first film since the Oscar-winning musical hit “La La Land” (2016) and no one would have given him any static about it. Instead, has given us “First Man,” an Armstrong biopic based on James R. Hansen’s best-selling biography “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” and not only does he overcome those obstacles, he soars above them as Armstrong himself once did, with a thrilling, surprising and sometimes deeply moving look at the person at the center of one of mankind’s most widely-known and celebrated accomplishments." (more)
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
"Things to Do In California/Nevada When You’re Dead"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When Drew Goddard’s directorial debut, the meta-meta horror-comedy cult favorite “Cabin in the Woods,” arrived in theaters in 2012, it was after having spent more than two years sitting on the shelf as the result of delays caused by the financial collapse of its original distributor. For his long-awaited follow-up, “Bad Times at the El Royale,” Goddard seems to have deliberately chosen to one-up himself, at least symbolically, with a film that feels at times as if it had been sitting on its own shelf for at least 22 years, right around the time when the vogue for films aping “Pulp Fiction” was at its apex and one could hardly go to a multiplex without encountering at least one twisty tale involving talkative criminals, ironic violence, unusual time structures and colorful dialogue chock-full of pop culture references galore. If it had actually come out around them, it probably would have gone down as one of the better examples of that particular mini-genre. The problem is that, despite its occasional virtues, it eventually reveals itself to be a film that is simply too long, too overblown and not nearly as witty or clever as it clearly thinks itself to be." (more)
MONSTERS AND MEN
"A worthy notion."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I'm trying to get better about not judging movies exclusively on how effectively they tell a story, since the medium can do more, as well as just trying to absorb when shown things outside my own experience, no matter what the medium. It's a hard habit to break, or even bend, because "Monsters and Men" still had me fidgeting, like there's not much to it. It feels well-intentioned but unfocused, like the filmmakers had an idea but not a hook for the audience." (more)
PROJECT GUTENBERG
"Not quite classic Hong Kong action, but not a counterfeit."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Movie stars don't exactly age just like the rest of us - even the ones who don't go in for surgery have personal trainers and agents and paparazzi and on-screen persona who in some way give them a harder push one way or another than those of us who only gradually realize that we're not quite the way we see ourselves in our heads anymore. Some go gray and bulk up to become on-screen dads, some defy the aging process and keep doing what they're doing, and some, like one-time international superstar Chow Yun-fat, lose the soft features that made them baby-faced anti-heroes and become lean, weathered villains. It's a transformation that suits him for most of "Project Gutenberg", although the rest of the film doesn't catch up to his comfort level until it's almost too late." (more)
HELLO, MRS. MONEY
"Does a bit more than dress old material up in new clothes."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Hello, Mrs. Money" is a classic cross-dressing farce, but it comes by that pedigree honestly - it's adapted from Brandon Thomas's stage comedy "Charley's Aunt" first performed in London back in 1892 and Broadway soon after. That its translation and adaptation from British play to Chinese play to Chinese movie to subtitling for worldwide release means that "Cha Li" gets referred to as "Richard" throughout the film is an amusing bit of extra trivia, but it's kind of fitting - the movie tends to find something funny even when it makes weird or screwy choices." (more)
HEAVY TRIP
"Heavy Metal Hilarity"
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Though the "trip" part of the movie only includes a fiercely funny last act, that's no disappointment; this Finnish heavy-metal comedy is pretty much a delight throughout, mostly because our never feels like its characters being both big metalheads and lovable dorks is any sort of conflict that has to be resolved. The filmmakers are well aware that some parts of this type of music (and almost any hobby) are kind of ridiculous even if very serious, but doesn't disrespect it for that." (more)
OLD MAN & THE GUN, THE
"The Natural"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When Robert Redford began doing press for his latest film, “The Old Man & the Gun,” a couple of months ago, he caused quite a stir by suggesting that it would mark the conclusion of his acting career. Whether or not this proves to be true or not (and Redford himself seemed to be backtracking on the suggestion a few days after the news broke), he could not have picked a more appropriate vehicle to mark his departure from screen superstardom. While acting legends like Sean Connery and Gene Hackman have apparently decided to go out on such haphazard dross as “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “Welcome to Mooseport,” Redford could not have found a project with a more overtly valedictory feel to it if he deliberately went out in search of just such a thing in the first place. At the same time, this is not just an excuse to watch one of the most durable movie stars of our time take a final cinematic victory lap while viewers once again bask in the golden boy charms that made him such a star in the first place. In fact, this is a quirky and undeniably entertaining film that works both as a meditation on mortality and as a pleasantly screwy caper saga, confirms that writer-director David Lowery is one of the most intriguing new American filmmakers around and gives its star the chance to knock it out of the park one more time with one of the best and most endearing performances of his entire career." (more)
VENOM (2018)
"Someone Needs To Rescue Michelle Williams."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Years from now, when Michelle Williams is fully ensconced in her position as one of the most gifted American actresses of her generation, future film scholars will look back on her body of work and no doubt ask the same question that I have been asking for the last couple of months—what in the hell is she doing in the likes of “Venom?” Face it, as an actress, she tends to gravitate towards more serious-minded fare (though she is equally adept at comedy, as her hilarious turn in the underrated “Dick” will confirm) that is not aiming for blockbuster success and when she does turn up in a film that becomes a big hit, as she did last year with “The Great Showman,” it is more of a fluke than anything else. I mean, I know why she presumably signed on—she probably got paid enough money to finance three or four Kelly Reichardt films all by herself with plenty left over—and I certainly don’t fault her for that. My question is, of all the would-be franchise projects out there that presumably had roles to offer her, what was it about the utterly nondescript part she plays in “Venom” that made the producers think of her for the role and what was it about it that caused her to finally sign on for her tent pole debut. Actually, most viewers will probably find themselves contemplating this question since the film, an adaptation of the Marvel comic book (and not a remake of the weird 1982 thriller of the same name in which Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski put on a scenery-chewing clinic for the ages) is such a complete garbage fire of a movie that they will want to distract themselves with something while waiting for it to come to its merciful end." (more)
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