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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Trishna 3.71
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Burn 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Library Wars 3
Dead Experiment, The 3
Saving General Yang 4
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Touch of Sin, A 5
Enough Said 4
Fake, The 4
Of Good Report 5
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Captain Phillips 4.23
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.6
Omar 4.57
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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12 Years a Slave 3.62
Book Thief, The 3
Major, The 5
With You, Without You 3
Voyage 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Lobster, The 3.63
Wiener-Dog 2
Life, Animated 5
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
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Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
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Big Ass Spider! 4
They Live 3.6
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Skyquake 2
House of Time 3
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
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Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Death of Stalin, The 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
You Were Never Really Here 4.5
Tully (2018) 4
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
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World Before Your Feet, The 4
Blockers 3.13
Unfriended: Dark Web 1
What Keeps You Alive 4
Number 37 3
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
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First Reformed 5
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Madeline's Madeline 3.5
On Chesil Beach 3
Leave No Trace 4.63
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Arizona (2018) 2.86
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 5
Field Guide to Evil 3
Laughing Under the Clouds 3
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Hate U Give, The 4
Hotel Mumbai 4
Old Man & the Gun, The 4.63
Sisters Brothers, The 3.14
Burning 5
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Ash Is Purest White 4
Burning 5
High Life (2019) 3.14
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Book 3.2
Favourite, The 4.75
Wildlife 3
Front Runner, The 1
Road Not Taken, The 4
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Cam 4.57
Chained for Life 4
Climax 2.88
Donnybrook 1
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
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Destroyer 3.14
Bird Box 2
Favourite, The 4.75
Piercing 3
Her Smell 5
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Apollo 11 5
Late Night 2.33
Hail Satan? 3.86
Hole in the Ground, The 3
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Apollo 11 5
Booksmart 4.86
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Farewell, The (2019) 5
Her Smell 5
Luce 3
Shadow 5
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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LATEST REVIEWS
LION KING, THE (2019)
"The Imagination Sleeps Tonight"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I don’t know if McDonald’s is doing any sort of promotional tie-in with “The Lion King,” Disney’s hugely hyped remake of their 1994 animated blockbuster but if there is a Happy Meal involved, they should make the box in the shape of an accountant’s briefcase. After all, they are the only group of people who could conceivably come out of the film feeling genuinely happy and that is simply because of the enormous sums of money that their clients will presumably reap in the wake of its almost-certain box-office success. For everyone else, it will prove to be one of the most mystifying experiences that they will have at the multiplex this summer. Here is a film that has marshaled together a number of immensely talented people, given them a budget larger than the annual GNP of entire small nations and gotten nothing in return but a half-hearted and largely lifeless retread that fails to find its own footing and instead sticks so closely to the source material that it almost feels like the family entertainment equivalent of Gus van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho.”" (more)
WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES
"There really is no one way to grieve!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "We Are Little Zombies" is the sort of movie that needs four kids for its story but only has enough attention for a couple of them, with most of that going to the one most designed to get on a person's nerves. That's not always ideal, to be honest, but it is something that a person can get used to over a couple hours, especially when the filmmakers are committed to being the right sort of creative and energetic. Director Makoto Nagahisa attacks grief and the increasingly self-aware people trying to deal with it in a way that may be a lot for people multiple times the age of its 13-year-old heroes, but even they will likely wind up impressed." (more)
LION KING, THE (2019)
"In the photorealistic jungle, the photorealistic lion sleeps tonight"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "Let us immediately address the elephant on the room. A beat-by-beat, shot-by-shot photo realistic remake of “The Lion King” is as unnecessary as Gus Van Sant’s shot-by-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” More so, given that Disney released an improved version of the 1991 animation classic on IMAX on 2002, followed by an equally successful 3D release on 2011. And, let us not forget that after being tested at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre in 1997, the daring theater adaptation directed by Julie Taymor debuted later that year on Broadway where it went on to win more than a dozen Tonys and is still going strong not only there but around the world. Talk about milking a cash cow. Then there is Disney’s financially successful strategy of cannibalizing its back catalogue with live action or photorealistic versions of its entire back catalogue (the delightful “Zootopia” may actually be the last original films to come out of their animation studios). This year alone has seen back to back remakes of “Dumbo” and “Aladdin.” And yet, I thoroughly enjoyed this new version of “The Lion King.” Not only is it as entertaining and emotional as the original film directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Director Jon Favreau and scriptwriter Jeff Nathanson have elevated the material by tapping into and drawing out the original’s Shakespearean and mythical undertones." (more)
DARLIN'
"Perhaps not spun far enough off from its predecessors."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Darlin'" is a weird one, strange enough to make me wonder if it would play better or worse if I'd seen the previous films in this somewhat loose series. You don't actually need "Offspring" or "The Woman" to make sense of it, but even so, it's not hard to sense that something isn't quite right here, like it would be a stronger movie if it were more free to be entirely its own thing or a more direct continuation." (more)
ASTRONAUT (2019)
"Richard Dreyfuss still yearns for space."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There are times when I lament modestly-scaled movies being lucky to get a blip of a release in theaters as they head to the small screen, and there are other times when the likely-small theatrical release they will receive alongside their on-demand premieres seems like a nice little bonus. "Astronaut" falls into the latter category, pleasantly intimate but losing little when played for a crowd." (more)
WHITE STORM 2: DRUG LORDS, THE
"Worth sitting through to get to the insane car chase."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "As much as I liked "The White Storm" when I saw it in 2014, I didn't know it was successful enough to become a crime-movie brand, in that apparently any movie about former allies turned enemies in the drug trade could wind up released under that banner. That's what this film is - a similar outline with new characters that has to work to reach the same melodramatic highs, although there's no arguing against the action when the gloves come completely off." (more)
ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, THE
"A comedy with the subtlety and technique of a well-executed karate chop."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: From the big desktop computers in the offices to the jokes built around answering machines rather than mobile phones, it seems likely that Riley Stearns's "The Art of Self-Defense" takes place too early for the phrase "toxic masculinity" to have been in common use, so he has to address that sort of issue even more plainly. The result is a delightfully weird deadpan comedy that is laser-focused on how something can be both awful and absurd, filled with laughs for those who enjoy dark, screwy humor. It's got no place for subtlety but that's far from the only way to land a good joke." (more)
CRAWL
"Plenty Of Gators But A Total Crock."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "At the time that I am writing this, the Chicago area has been focused for the last few days on the Humboldt Park area where an alligator approximately five feet in length has turned up in a local lagoon. Although the creature, dubbed Chance the Snapper has largely been in hiding and there have only been a few glimpses to prove to that it is actually there, crowds have been flocking to the lagoon to stand out in the heat staring at nothing for hours on end in the hopes of getting a look at it. They may not actually get to see the thing for themselves but my guess is that they are almost certainly having more fun than anyone going out this weekend to plunk down money to go see the lousy alligator attack movie “Crawl.” At least at the lagoon, there is the slight possibility that something interesting or exciting might occur, which is not the case with this bargain basement (literally) rip-off that too often looks and feels like a SyFy Channel thriller with a slightly higher budget but even less point or purpose." (more)
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