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Little Hours, The 5
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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Wish Upon 1
Transformers: The Last Knight 1.82
Reset 2
47 Meters Down 2.29
Our Time Will Come 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
War Witch 4.5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 5
Sweetwater 4
Rooftop, The 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.5
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
What Is Cinema? 4
Ilo Ilo 5
Cold Eyes 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.23
Stranger by the Lake 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
With You, Without You 3
Voyage 1
Philomena 4.17
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Operation Avalanche 4
Cameraperson 5
Certain Women 4.14
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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
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Reconnoiter 3.23
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Einstein's God Model 3
400 Days 1
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Abattoir 1
Throne, The 4
Tank 432 (aka Belly of the Bulldog) 3
Parasyte: Part 1 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Hollars, The 4
High-Rise (2015) 1.5
Kate Plays Christine 2
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.43
War on Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
I Am Not Madame Bovary 4
Arrival 3.19
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
Handmaiden, The 5
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea 4
Monster Calls, A 3.25
Dark Song, A 4
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
20th Century Women 5
Personal Shopper 3
Moonlight (2016) 4.72
La La Land 3.16
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.72
Paterson 4.89
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Raw 4
Elle 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Journey, The 3
Jackie 3.71
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.16
Arrival 3.19
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Moonlight (2016) 4.72
Wakefield 3
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fraud 4.22
La La Land 3.16
Patriots Day 5
Split 4
Red Turtle, The 5
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
La La Land 3.16
Jackie 3.71
Paterson 4.89
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.16
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.16
Jackie 3.71
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Dark Song, A 4
Guyana: Cult of the Damned 3
Mondo Yakuza 3
Windmill Massacre, The 3
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
Gook 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
XX 2
Little Hours, The 5
Get Out 4.12
Berlin Syndrome 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Dealt 5
Baby Driver 3.88
Free Fire 5
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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
"Colorful, fast-paced, and fun, 'Valerian' captures the comics well."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I forget whether I started buying the new English-language printings of "Valerian & Laureline" upon hearing that Luc Besson would be doing a movie or if reading the first few of those got me excited to hear Besson was making the film; it was about the same time. I say this not because I'm in the tank for this and you should downgrade my praise accordingly, but because I started out hoping for another fast, colorful sci-fi picture like "The Fifth Element" and wound up hoping they wouldn't change the comic too much. That's likely not a huge issue for most English-language viewers, who will hopefully embrace what bright, kinetic fun it is even if the script is lacking in spots." (more)
LADY MACBETH
"Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "Outside the occasional unnecessary sequel and franchise launcher —“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales,” “The Mummy,” et al.— this has not been a bad summer at the movies. Directors like Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Matt Reeves (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) and Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”) have reminded moviegoers that summer blockbusters don’t always have to cater to the lowest common denominator. They can deliver thrills, ideas, fully developed characters and, most of all, action scenes that make sense. And whereas in the past specialty art houses provided hardcore cinephiles a refuge from the noise, this year the box office success of Michael Showater’s “The Big Sick” and Sofia Coppola’s divisive “The Beguiled” among others, shows, as Leonard Klady recently pointed out in his weekly box-office column for MovieCityNews.com, that there is a hunger for alternatives that is being satiated this summer by films of outstanding quality. Add to this list William Oldroyd’s austere, claustrophobic feature debut “Lady Macbeth,” a literary adaptation that turns the British period drama on its head." (more)
LADY MACBETH
"Out, Damned Scot. . ."
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although the title might suggest otherwise, “Lady Macbeth” is not an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Scottish-themed play of some renown. Oh, it contains a couple of thematic similarities here and there but one can also find elements of the works of famed noir author James M. Cain and even a soupçon of “Tommy” thrown in for good measure—interesting, since it actually based on “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District,” a novella published by Nikolai Leskov in 1865. What it doesn’t contain, however, is a storyline that figures out how to make use of these elements as anything other than an all-too-familiar saga of lust, murder and betrayal that is enlivened by a performance in the title role by newcomer Florence Pugh that is actually stronger, wiser and more compelling than the film surrounding it." (more)
DUNKIRK
"Another Triumph For Christopher Nolan"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Because they are both elaborately conceived and executed recreations of key events of World War II from two of the most popular American filmmakers of the moment, there is an excellent chance that many of the reviews of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” will end up mentioning Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) as a key influence. I suppose that comparisons between the two are inevitable and even justified at certain times but after reflecting upon it for a bit, I have come to realize that the film that “Dunkirk” most closely suggests is the other WW II epic from 1998, Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.” Both are films from distinctive and ambitious filmmakers that show them looking at the biggest and most transformative event of the 20th century from their unique cinematic perspectives and both have little concern for the more traditional approach towards narrative drive and character development of other films of its type. The end result is a film that undeniably delivers the goods and solidifies Nolan’s position as on of the most talented and ambitious filmmakers of our time but goes about it in such an unexpected way that the end result is liable to perplex as many viewers as viewers as it attracts." (more)
WUKONG
"Yet another Monkey King movie, although at least half is a lot of fun."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: You shouldn't judge a movie by its trailer any more than you should judge a book by its cover, especially the teaser-style thing for "Wukong" that ran before every Chinese-language film that played my local theater over the last couple of months, but it's still worth mentioning that this isn't exactly the dark, gritty Monkey King re-imagining that implied, but another oft-comedic fantasy adventure featuring the powerful but mischievous demigod, and while it's a fair question as to whether the world needs another one of those, it's at least an entertaining one, even if it does stretch its budget a bit." (more)
SUPER DARK TIMES
"Surviving adolescence intact is no small challenge."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2017 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I coincidentally went to my twenty-five-year high-school reunion the weekend before seeing "Super Dark Times", spending some time laughing at friends' stories about events that could have gone wrong in similarly horrific ways but never did, and while that doesn't quite line my timeline up with this 1990s-set story, it had me a little more open to this sort of throwback than I usually am. Which is good, because though it's got a few bumps toward the end, I'd hate to dismiss a pretty good movie because I'm usually more interested in the present." (more)
WISH UPON
"Ancient Chinese Secret--Meh!"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When it comes time to create my year-end list of the worst movies of the year, I generally exclude the usual crop of lame, teen-oriented horror trash from consideration on the basis that I could easily base an entire list around such low-grade junk and would prefer to concentrate on more ambitious works that still managed to screw things up despite having any number of advantages going for them. However, after watching “Wish Upon,” I am seriously considering rethinking that particular approach because even though it is squarely aimed at the least discriminating of teen audiences, it is so artistically shabby, morally dubious and all-around shitty that it is hard to imagine that too many worse films will emerge during the rest of the year." (more)
BEGUILED, THE (2017)
"Beguiling, but not quite seductive."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Sofia Coppola's take on "The Beguiled" is beautiful, manages a slow burn without ever getting bloated, and features a fine cast doing good work. And yet, it makes me want to say "and yet…" Coppola often seems content to run her fingers along the surface of what's going on here, enjoying the texture, but seems reluctant to get in close when there's ugliness that could be on display, not when there's a lovely veneer to put over it." (more)
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