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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Calvary 5
Jackpot 5
Frank 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
And So It Goes 1.14
Into the Storm 1.38
Sex Tape 1.5
Giver, The 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Playroom, The 3
War Witch 4.5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Library Wars 3
Shield of Straw 5
Apology King, The 5
Zombie Hunter 2
Love Eternal 4.55
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fifth Estate, The 2
Night Moves (2014) 4.71
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.56
Ilo Ilo 4.75
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Captain Phillips 4.08
Jimmy P. 4.1
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Contracted 1
Fifth Estate, The 2
Major, The 5
Sacrament, The 3.21
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Most Wanted Man, A 4.56
God's Pocket 2.86
Calvary 5
One I Love, The 4
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
Calvary 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
One I Love, The 4
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 4.5
Boyhood 4.52
Calvary 5
Rich Hill 1
Break Point 4
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jersey Boys 2.63
Han Gong-ju 4.71
Echo Park (2014) 4.5
Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, The 5
22 Jump Street 3.6
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Eyes 4
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
From Vegas to Macau 2
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Giovanni's Island 5
Frank 5
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
Fake, The 3.71
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2014 Black Harvest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forgotten Kingdom, The 3.29
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till 4
From Above 5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
Cut Bank 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Closer to God 4
Alleluia 5
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 3.86
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.86
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LUCY
"The smartest stupid thing I've seen for a while"
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "One might argue that film-maker Luc Besson has only been using 10% of his brain for a number of years now, channelling his once formidable creative energies into action vehicles headed-up by aged stars and hack MTV stylists. I'm not sure “Lucy” and the brain deserve to be discussed in the same sentence, but at least here, Besson is applying serious effort, pummelling his audience with the sort of euro-pop imagery that made him a star in the 90s. It helps to have Scarlett Johansson continuing her strong run of form into a role that requires a performative flexibility few are liable to acknowledge. Owing much to her supremely unsettling work in “Under the Skin”, “Lucy requires Johansson to become a disconnected monster, whilst retaining remnants of a damaged, distant humanity. At a punchy 89 minutes this provocative cocktail proves alluring enough, helping to eradicate the sour idiocy promoted by the picture's incredibly unscientific premise." (more)
LET'S BE COPS
"Needs more junkyard cat"
2 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "In the third season of FX's celebrated “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” there exists an episode during which several of the show's deadbeat leads imitate law enforcement, using the social standing of an Officer's badge in the pursuit of free meals from street vendors. The instalment lasts for about 20 minutes; in that time successfully mining the limited conceit for maximum laughter, and giving Charlie Day the chance to give a remarkably good Al Pacino impression. “Let''s be Cops” is essentially that same TV program dragged out to 104 minutes, almost seven years later and with fewer laughs. Directed by Luke Greenfield (2004's underrated “The Girl Next Door”), “Let's be Cops is broad, sitcomish cinema, only occasionally redeemed by the high octane energy of “New Girl”'s Jake Johnson." (more)
FRANK
"Much more than just the movie where you don't see Fassbender's face."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Not being a drinker, I'm probably appropriating a terrible metaphor here, but this movie strikes me as being like a certain kind of binge: You start out down, but soon the alcohol gets you and everything is crazy and funny and even when somebody clocks you, it doesn't feel like any real damage has been done until the uncomfortable truths start coming out. That's when you realize that the movie you had filled away as "the one where Michael Fassbender wears the papier-maché head" is going to leave you with something to chew on." (more)
DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD
"More of the same, but the same is still Nazi zombies."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as I would tell many that Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkolka's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was an underrated bit of high-concept fun, I was not the biggest fan of his first international hit. That's a bit of a problem by some definitions of what it takes to give a movie a fair shake, as this sequel was definitely made to give those who liked "Dead Snow" more of that thing that they liked. It is that, although I give Tommy Wirkola plenty of credit in pushing it into being a "next step" rather than just a repeat." (more)
ANOTHER ME
"Not scary, and that's not enough."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Another Me" didn't look like much - a young-adult thriller that likely would have gone straight to video-on-demand but for a slow release week and the fact that the other line on star Sophie Turner's filmography is "Game of Thrones" - but Isabel Coixet as the person to adapt it to the screen is a strange enough choice to be interesting. Unfortunately, as much as the gamble of putting an art-house filmmaker in charge of a mainstream horror movie could pay off well, it can also turn out as dull and muddled as this one." (more)
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
"The long bad night, indeed."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "In terms of artists who have managed to wedge themselves up their own ass, I can’t think of a more toxic pairing than Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, a couple of former wunderkinds turned exasperating self-parodies. Considering it took nine years to shepherd it to the screen, you’d assume a “Sin City” sequel would be a prime opportunity for both to return to form, and yet “A Dame to Kill For” feels like the sort of effort you would have expected from a cheap, quick cash-in from hacky imitators with no real feel for what made the original work. That it comes from the exact same creative team is almost astounding." (more)
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
"Insert "Naked City" Reference Here"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "To call "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-awaited followup to their groundbreaking 2005 adaptation of Miller's acclaimed series of noir-influenced graphic novels, "lurid" would be like calling fried chicken "tasty," the new Taylor Swift song "catchy" and Eva Green "attractive"--those words may be technically accurate but they hardly begin to scratch the surface in doing justice to the subjects at hand (as I will be demonstrating later on in this review in regards to at least one of those premises). Seemingly containing a higher concentration of sex, violence and ultra-hard-boiled dialogue than any single movie since the original "Sin City," this is a film that seems to have been designed to make audiences cheer with delight or swoon in horror at the excesses that it revels in from the very first frame to the last. Although it may not be the unequivocal knockout that its predecessor was, it still packs enough of a giddily grisly punch to make for a ridiculously entertaining good time, though you might want to make sure that your multiplex is equipped with defibrillators in the even that it proves to be too much for more delicate moviegoers." (more)
IF I STAY
"Not-Quite-Gone Girl"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although it has occasionally been suggested that I am of a cynical, cold-hearted and borderline dyspeptic disposition, especially in reference to any film of a more sentimental nature than "Sin City 2," I have nothing at all in particular against movies that have plenty of emotions to share and are willing to do so at the drop of a hat or an especially poignant music cue. I only ask two things of such films--that they earn those big sentimental moments and that give us characters that are interesting and likable enough so that viewers can legitimately care about what happens to them in the end. The teen romantic tragedy "If I Stay" drops the ball in regards to the first part but if that had been its only major sin, I could have easily just dismissed it with a couple of mildly snarky rebukes while admitting that I am quite obviously not part of its key audience demographic of 14-year-old drama queens equally obsessed with their own mortality and whether or not that cute new boy in study hall likes them or not. Alas, "If I Stay" also whiffs things by offering up as one of its main players a character who, thanks to a combination of shabby writing and painful miscasting, is one of the biggest douchebags to ever grace a movie screen in my lifetime. As a result, his mere presence is enough to throw the whole thing off-balance and set up a bizarre challenge for viewers--how can audiences possibly hope for our star-crossed lovers to get back together again if his very presence is enough to send most of them reeling in distaste?" (more)
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