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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Arctic 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Race 3 1.86
More than Blue (2018) 2
Catcher Was A Spy, The 2
Venom (2018) 2.11

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Headshot (2012) 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Side by Side 3.86
Playroom, The 3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Library Wars 3
Sweetwater 4
Bad Milo 3
Missionary (2013) 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.5
Almost Human 3
Enough Said 4
Of Good Report 5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Jimmy P. 4.14
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
August: Osage County 1.78
Contracted 1.5
Stop-Over 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Uncle Howard 4
Brahman Naman 4
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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
Idiocracy 4.21
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
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
Guilty, The (2018) 4
Yardie 1
Rider, The 5
Leave No Trace 4.63
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Damsel 3
Isle of Dogs 4.5
Prospect 4
Field Guide to Evil 3
Hearts Beat Loud 2.43
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Eighth Grade 4
First Reformed 5
Guilty, The (2018) 4
Support The Girls 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Aragne: Sign of Vermillion 2
Summer of '84 3.86
Knuckleball (2018) 4
Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion, The 4.14
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
If Beale Street Could Talk 4.86
Hate U Give, The 4
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
Shoplifters 3.88
Sisters Brothers, The 3.14
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 3.7
Ash Is Purest White 1
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Piercing 3
Widows 3.33
Roma (2018) 3.7
Favourite, The 4.75
Overlord (2018) 3.8
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Halloween (2018) 3.33
Chained for Life 4
Donnybrook 1
Burning 5
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Everybody Knows 3
Cam 5
Relaxer 2
Stan & Ollie 4.5
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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LATEST REVIEWS
TRANSIT
"Sometimes thrilling, sometimes despairing, almost always interesting."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's something kind of fascinating about how, by setting his adaptation of Anna Seghers's 1941 novel in what appears to be the present day, Christian Petzold turns what was at the time a contemporary work into speculative fiction, a more concrete reminder that what had happened before can happen again than making it a period piece or something that pushes the action to some sort of specific future that could possibly be rebutted. It's a brainstorm that takes "Transit" far, and Petzold and his collaborators are good enough to get more out of the film than just the idea." (more)
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE
"Cops On The Edge Of Darkness"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If one wanted to come up with a casting choice for a film that was destined to serve as a deliberate provocation to a large number of moviegoers, slotting Mel Gibson into the role of a violent and racist cop who somehow manages to stumble towards something resembling redemption without ever adjusting his retrograde ways would probably come close to topping that list. That is exactly what his latest film, the epic-length cop drama ''Dragged Across Concrete'' has to offer and while his presence will make the entire film a non-starter with many viewers, they will be missing out on one of the strongest performances that he has ever delivered." (more)
CROSSING, THE (2018)
"One country, two systems, even for kids in high school."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It will be interesting to see where rookie director Xue Bai goes from "The Crossing" in large part because it exists on several different sorts of lines. The story straddles the line between genre movies and coming-of-age tales without tipping too far in either direction and the setting itself is quite deliberately neither here nor there. It's a sure-handed debut that doesn't try to tell a universal story but handles the spots where it bumps into limitations well." (more)
US
"The Doppelgängers Are All Here."
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With his 2017 debut film, “Get Out,” writer-director Jordan Peele created a wild and audacious blend of horror and social satire that found him clearly tipping his hat to his artistic influences while at the same time spinning off into new and original directions. The result was a sensationally effective work that had the one-of-a-kind success that few filmmakers ever achieve, especially on the first project—raves from critics and audiences alike, a worldwide gross of over $250,000,000 and a much-deserved Oscar for Original Screenplay. The downside to all of this adulation is that it left Peele facing something more terrifying and soul-destroying than anything that he had created in”Get Out”—the task of trying to come up with a follow-up that could come close to the massively high expectations that he was now up against. This is not hyperbole on my part—when I sat down at the packed preview screening of his new film, “Us,” you could feel a genuine sense of excitement and expectation from the attendees, even the jaded people in the press rows, over what Peele had in store for them this time around." (more)
MORE THAN BLUE (2018)
"Isn't it romantic? Sort of?"
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""More Than Blue" is the sort of love story that requires a viewer to be able to say "yes, this is horrible, but so romantic!", and, folks, I am not good at that. Nope, I'm the guy who is going to spend much of the movie trying to keep myself from yelling "that's not freakin' heartwarming, you ghouls!" despite how generally and earnestly charming this romance can be." (more)
FURIE
"Veronica Go."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Furie" has Veronica Ngo Thanh Van and not a whole lot else, and while you can often say that this sort of movie doesn't need a whole lot more than one charismatic star and enough folks to sell the other half of a fight scene to get through 90 minutes, it certainly doesn't hurt. This one has some undeniably impressive martial-arts action and precisely as much story is necessary to justify it, and while one might maybe like a bit more, the film certainly delivers what it promises." (more)
TELL IT TO THE BEES
"Worth it for the performances."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... ""Tell It to the Bees" is a modest, satisfyingly morose drama that tries a little too hard to be poetic and literary. (It’s based on a 2009 novel by Fiona Shaw.)" (more)
NUMBER 37
"I don't think there have been quite THAT many unofficial remakes!"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Number 37" is basically an uncredited remake of "Rear Window" set in an unsavory Cape Town neighborhood, but that's not exactly a bad place to start if the goal is to make a decent thriller, and while the result may not be a classic, it clears that bar. Maybe this version is not as inventive as the things that inspired it, and there's really not a beat that you can't predict once the basics have been put into place, but it does find an approach to the material that makes it worth a new pass." (more)
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