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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Breadwinner, The 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.95
Star Wars: Episode VIII : The Last Jedi 4.36
Shape of Water, The 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) 1
Wonder Wheel 1.43
I, Tonya 2
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2.29
Justice League 2.5

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
Breadwinner, The 5
Lady Bird 4.67
I, Tonya 2
I Love You, Daddy 2
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Hysteria 3.88
Keep the Lights On 3
Playroom, The 3
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Zero Charisma 3
Garden of Words, The 5
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story 3
Love Eternal 4.8
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.95
Square, The (2017) 4
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The 3.13
Blade of the Immortal 4
Super Dark Times 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bends 5
August: Osage County 1.78
Green Inferno, The 3.91
Afflicted 3.5
Starred Up 3.33
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Her 4.36
Nebraska 3.63
Tim's Vermeer 5
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
One Chance 3
With You, Without You 3
Sacrament, The 3
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Love & Friendship 4.46
Hollars, The 4
Antibirth 4
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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
Embers 4.14
High Treason 4.14
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Mafia: Survival Game 1
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 4.14
Mother! 3.77
Suburbicon 2.13
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.95
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Band Aid 4
Brigsby Bear 5
Beatriz at Dinner 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Dealt 4.71
Baby Driver 3.88
Free Fire 5
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Southland Tales 4.03
Dark Song, A 4.14
Dave Made a Maze 5
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dealt 4.71
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Street Fighting Men 4
Crest, The 3
Furusato 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bitch (2017) 3
Sequence Break 2.29
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4.62
Indiana 3
Honor Farm, The 4
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Call Me by Your Name 4
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3
Square, The (2017) 4
Lady Bird 4.67
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
Shape of Water, The 4.14
Endless, The 4.86
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2.29
In the Fade 5
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STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII : THE LAST JEDI
"A much-welcome jolt to a beloved film series."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Saying "The Last Jedi" is the best "Star Wars" movie since the original ten minutes after walking out of it seems like an obvious knee-jerk overreaction even as I did so in response to my friends and family's texts, but I'm pretty sure I'll feel the same way tomorrow, and next week, and next month, and in December 2019 when J.J. Abrams will have a heck of an act to follow. It's an emotional, thrilling adventure that gives its audience a more intense version of everything it loves about the series even as it upends the whole thing." (more)
DARKEST HOUR
"Solid end-of-year awards material."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Of the (at least) three films to come out this year to use the evacuation of Dunkirk as a central point, "Darkest Hour" is in many ways the most conventional and award-friendly, a biography of a famed historical figure which gives a great actor the chance to transform himself. The posters say "Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill", and on that count, the film does not disappoint. That is, in absolute terms, not a negative - Joe Wright and his team have made a very good movie about a very interesting guy, and there is something more than hagiography going on here, but it certainly plays to a lot of expectations." (more)
SHAPE OF WATER, THE
"Guillermo del Toro finally approaches his Spanish-language work in English."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's been a stark difference between the dark fables of Guillermo del Toro's Spanish-language movies and the pulpy entertainment of his English-language work, and while there are moments of crossover ("Mimic" has the feel if not the depth, while "Hellboy II" has some carryover from "Pan's Labyrinth"), it's been fair to wonder if there just might be factors inherent to the different filmmaking environments that push him in different directions. "The Shape of Water" suggests that maybe this is not the case - more than anything else he's made in English, it's a work with ambitions beyond just fun, and a successful one." (more)
I, TONYA
"Robbie tries, but the movie is hopelessly belittling."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "A rarity for me: I went into "I, Tonya" without knowing who the director was." (more)
WONDER WHEEL
"Wonderstuck"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Once a year, practically like clockwork, Woody Allen puts out a new film and once a year, practically like clockwork, there are a slew of think pieces from critics bemoaning his relentless production schedule and wishing that he curtail it and either make fewer films or just retire entirely. This might seem a tad ungenerous—his run of groundbreaking works from the Seventies through the mid-Nineties is legendary and his latter-day career, though admittedly much more hit and miss than previous, has still offered up gems like “Match Point,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris”—but after watching his latest work, “Wonder Wheel,” I for the first began to consider that those naysayers may actually have a point. In the past, even his lesser efforts have usually contained some element to make them worth considering—even a disaster like “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” featured that hilarious supporting turn by Charlize Theron as a femme fatale for the ages—but other than Vittorio Storaro’s reliably stunning cinematography, there is nothing alone those lines here. Instead, the film presents viewers with a perfect storm of crumminess consisting of a substandard screenplay based upon an exceptionally dubious premise, lackluster direction and the grisly sight of one of the best actresses in the world delivering one of her very worst performances." (more)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
"McDonagh's best yet."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "An unburied corpse, in ancient Greek tragedy, gave pause to the very gods themselves. It was the ultimate indignity, an affront to life as well as death, a refusal of humanity." (more)
SWINDLERS, THE
"A good con job needs a perfect plan."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Have there been a lot of pyramid schemes collapsing in South Korea recently, or one big one which captured the public's imagination? It's a theme that has recurred in a lot of the Korean films to make it to North America this year (either in general release or on the festival circuit), with "The Swindlers" the one that seems to offer the most light-hearted con artistry. It's not a bad entry in one of cinema's most potentially-enjoyable genres, even if it is the sort where the audience is more placing bets on which big twist it will have rather than being surprised by that sort of thing." (more)
ORO (GOLD)
"Seeking golden cities in the jungle is safer for audiences than explorers."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Oro" opens with the aftermath of carnage, not bothering with any sort of build-up suggesting honorable intentions or excited curiosity for this set of conquistadors seeking a fabled city of gold. No, director Agustin Diaz Yanes leaps straight into cynical, cutthroat territory, and while that means there's less high adventure to hook an audience, there's still enough in the way of thrills to keep an audience excited." (more)
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WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INTERVIEW: MEET THE TEAM BEHIND ORDINARY DAYS!
by Jason Whyte
""ORDINARY DAYS is a thriller that falls on the backdrop of the disappearance of a college girl, told from three different perspectives. Act I is from the parent's POV and how they deal with the disappearance of their daughter, ACT II is from the POV of the detective put on the case, and ACT III is from the girl's POV and what happened to her. Each act is directed by a different director and the whole is cut together to make one complete story." Director Kris Booth speaking on behalf of the film ORDINARY DAYS which screens at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. The film is directed by Kris, Renuka Jeyapalan and Jordan Canning. Renuka also joins us on this interview!" (more)
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