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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Silence (2016) 5
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 4.19
Master (2016) 4.14
Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One 4
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Assassin's Creed 1
Collateral Beauty 1
Live By Night 2
Wasted Times, The 2
Founder, The 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Uzumasa Jacopetti 3
Bushido Man 4
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Almost Human 3
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.88
Omar 4.57
Palo Alto 5
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Jimmy P. 4.14
Stranger by the Lake 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
12 Years a Slave 3.57
With You, Without You 3
Nebraska 3.63
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Room 3
Brahman Naman 4
Under the Shadow 5
Antibirth 4
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
Pitch Black 3.56
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Native (2016) 5
Projet-M 3
House of Time 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Red Christmas 5
Psychonauts 4
Bad Cat 3
Kidnap Capital 5
Baaghi 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hollars, The 4
Under the Shadow 5
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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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
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.63
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
Snowden 3
I Am Not Madame Bovary 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Jackie 4
Raw 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Raw 4
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 3.2
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3
20th Century Women 5
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
I, Daniel Blake 1
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
La La Land 3.89
We Are the Flesh 4
Prevenge 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.64
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Hacksaw Ridge 4.13
Nocturnal Animals 1.46
Jackie 4
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
Arrival 2.94
Manchester by the Sea 3
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jackie 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Moana 3.86
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.94
La La Land 3.89
Jackie 4
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
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 3.89
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raw 4
Psychonauts 4
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
First Blood 4.38
Playground (2016) 3
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PREVENGE
"Get them long before they get you."
4 stars
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"“What Ray Kroc Was Made Of…”"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... "Directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert D. Siegel (“The Wrestler”, “Big Fan”), “The Founder” suffers from a severe case of eating its cake and having it, too…or in this case, eating a Big Mac and having it, too. In trying to present a warts-and-all portrait of Ray Kroc, the traveling salesman who stumbled into somebody else’s revolutionary idea and turned it into one of the world’s largest food empires, Hancock and Siegel fall into a trap of their own making. Instead of an exploration of how capitalism preys upon, exploits and even corrupts innovation, they have, with the complicit assistance of composer Carter Burwell, delivered an almost triumphant and celebratory portrait of ruthlessness. Yes, Kroc may be portrayed in the second half of the film as a heartless bastard but he is their heartless bastard." (more)
MONSTER CALLS, A
"Not as great as its ambition, but still impressive in spots."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I don’t think we’ve quite reached a point where what a filmmaker can do with the technology at his or her disposal is so simultaneously incredible and accessible that it can be taken for granted, but it’s certainly easier to become jaded. The first half-hour or so of "A Monster Calls", for instance, offers constant delight in not just the obvious fantasy elements director J.A. Bayona and his crew put on the screen, but just how carefully and beautifully everything else in the film is constructed; by the end, one will quite likely find oneself taking that for granted. As good, sincere, and capable as their efforts are, one can still get detached and wonder if it’s enough." (more)
LIVE BY NIGHT
"A.K.A. The Snoring Twenties"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although it still seems like an odd thing to note, it must be said that over the course of his first three films behind the camera, Ben Affleck has established himself as a surprisingly strong and gifted director. Granted, those films—“Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town” and “Argo”—have not necessarily reinvented the cinematic wheel for the most part, he has proven himself to be a filmmaker in the manner of the late Sydney Pollack—someone with the ability to put together intelligent, adult-oriented projects like “Three Days of the Condor” and “Tootsie” that featured smart storytelling instincts and a genuine facility for working with actors. Unfortunately, with his latest effort, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s period gangster drama “Live By Night,” he seems to be emulating the Pollack who coughed up such high-toned dogs as “Bobby Deerfield,” “Havana” and “Random Hearts” that brought together a number of hugely talented people on both sides of the camera in the service of substandard screenplays that not even their talents could elevate. On paper, it seems to have everything going for it but the end result is such a dead bulb of a movie that it feels like the work of a first-time director with no particular aptitude for the job rather than the latest from a guy whose previous effort won the Oscar for Best Picture." (more)
MASTER (2016)
"A bit too much of a long con, but otherwise great."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Korean thriller "Master" feels like it should have an Indian-style intermission in the middle as it shuffles characters up, changes locations, and basically feels like filmmaker Jo Ui-seok has made both a tight, entertaining thriller and its decent sequel, then stitched them together to make something that works as one movie but feels a little stretched out. Ten minutes to stretch your legs and get ready for something new would have helped, although it still makes fine use of a great cast regardless." (more)
RAILROAD TIGERS
"Takes quite a while to get out of the station."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "To fully grasp how disappointing "Railroad Tigers" is, start with one basic truth: Action sequences are generally something like 20% better when set on a train, whether you choose “on” to mean “riding” or “on top of”, but despite this film being a string of those, it never quite gets exciting. And that’s before it dawns on one how few of them feature Jackie Chan doing something that stands out as impressive. Indeed, the whole thing seems muted, often unable to even go big on the broad comedy or aggressive nationalism that can at least make mainstream Chinese pictures at least an unusual experience." (more)
HIDDEN FIGURES
"Without these women there may never have been a man on the moon."
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "“Based on a True Story” is one of those sketchy lead-ins that grace too many movies which: most often they feature stories based on a kernel of truth that is so thoroughly embellished upon that the final product is indistinguishable from fiction. Hidden Messages proves to be an exception to the rule." (more)
SILENCE (2016)
"Golden"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There are any number of reasons why Martin Scorsese deserves to be considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. For me, one of the main reasons is that he has been making films steadily for about a half-century now and there is hardly one among them that I would not happily abandon everything I needed to do at any given moment and watch again if the opportunity arose. Whether it is one of the avowed classics like “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull” or “Goodfellas,” an offbeat personal project such as “The Age of Innocence” or “Kundun” or even an overt commercial consideration like “The Color of Money,” “Cape Fear” or “Shutter Island” that he occasionally finds himself working on, he approaches each one with such passion and energy, both in matters of cinema technique and in working with actors, that they still manage to feel fresh and vital no matter how many times one watches them." (more)
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