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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
First Reformed 5
Hereditary 4.3

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Misandrists, The 1
Hearts Beat Loud 2
Race 3 2
Hotel Artemis 2.63

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.83
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers 4
Square, The (2017) 4
Thelma 3.71
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 3.08
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hysteria 3.88
Fairhaven 3.5
Deadfall (2012) 2
Jackpot 5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Conjuring, The 4.12
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Frankenstein's Army 3
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.88
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Endless, The 4.86
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The 3.13
Jailbreak 4
Super Dark Times 3.71
Mary and the Witch's Flower 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prisoners 2.32
Almost Human 3
Metallica Through The Never 3.29
Labor Day (2013) 1
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.23
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Le Week-End 3.71
Tim's Vermeer 5
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Book Thief, The 3
With You, Without You 3
Voyage 1
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Sleight 3
Certain Women 4.14
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
Blade Runner 4.28
Native (2016) 5
Dual City 4
Displacement 3.14
400 Days 1
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Mother! 3.83
Downsizing 1.89
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
Little Hours, The 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Marjorie Prime 4
Call Me by Your Name 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Signature Move 4
Song to Song 2
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
Lucky (2017) 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Southland Tales 4.03
Hounds of Love 5
Dark Song, A 4
Hidden Reserves 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Trip to Spain, The 4
Whose Streets? 4
Furusato 4
Columbus 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jailbreak 4
Pork Pie 4
My Life as a Zucchini 5
Shock Wave 2.43
Spoor 5
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thelma 3.71
Florida Project, The 3.88
Square, The (2017) 4
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I, Tonya 2.67
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Claire's Camera 4
Spoor 5
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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
Never Goin' Back 4
Lu Over the Wall 4
Hearts Beat Loud 2
Hereditary 4.3
You Were Never Really Here 4
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hereditary 4.3
First Reformed 5
Ghost Stories 3.57
Ranger, The 5
Upgrade 3
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RACE 3
"Barely gets out of the starting gate."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If one's filmgoing tastes stretch far enough for Indian action-adventure and "Race 3" is playing at the local multiplex - and it's more likely than usual; the big Eid release is getting more screens than Bollywood films typically get in the U.S., including some in 3D - the number in the title should not deter you; it's not connected to the two previous movies and even the returning actors are playing different characters. No, give it a pass because it's not very good, a prime example of how a movie can have a little bit of everything and not enough of anything." (more)
INCREDIBLES 2
"Maybe Not Incredible, But Pretty Good."
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When “The Incredibles” was release in 2004 to near-universal acclaim, superhero films had not quite begun to totally dominate the film industry in the way that they do today and as a result, writer-director Brad Bird’s keenly felt homage to the genre felt fresh, exciting and funny while at the same time offering surprisingly nuanced takes on such subjects as balancing work and family and the pains and pleasures of being special and unique in a world that oftentimes simply finds it easier to embrace mediocrity instead. The result was both one of Pixar’s finest films and one worthy of belonging placed alongside “Superman: The Movie” (1978), “Hulk” (2003), “Spider-Man 2” (2004,” the Christopher Nolan “Batman” films and the current “Black Panther” as one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. Now, “Incredibles 2” has finally arrived and the good news is that it is fast, funny, often visually stunning and should prove to be entertaining enough for young and old viewers alike, even those who were not even born when the original came out 14 years ago. The bad news is that while it is never less than entertaining to watch and certainly preferable to the likes of “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Deadpool 2” as superhero movies go, it lacks the additional grace notes that made the original so much more than just another action-packed extravaganza." (more)
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
"Proof Positive That "Once" Was More Than Enough"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Every summer, there is at least one instance—and usually more—where a film that was praised to the skies after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival finally opens in a properly oxygenated climate and those who weren’t caught up in the need to anoint the next big thing are left befuddled and wondering what all the fuss could have possibly been about in the first place. (To cite just one of many examples, consider last year’s “Patti Cakes”—better yet, don’t.) For this season, that film is “Hearts Beat Loud,” a cloying and ham-handed attempt to replicate the magic of “Once” (a Sundance favorite that actually did live up to the hype) with increasingly diminishing and tone-deaf results." (more)
NEVER GOIN' BACK
"Genuine dumb fun."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: An enjoyably crude comedy about two people whose simple-if-ill-advised plan for a weekend at the beach is detailed by a bunch of disasters both of their own and others' making, "Never Goin' Back" is a bit of a standout right now because they don't necessarily make a lot of these movies about teenage girls. And while it's noteworthy for being unusual now, it will probably age well because it's genuinely funny throughout." (more)
HOTEL ARTEMIS
"A good cast checks in, but the movie doesn't check out."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "How in the heck does this thing wind up playing a whole bunch of mainstream theaters in summer 2018? It feels like the natural home for this sort of idiosyncratic weird-corner-of-a-larger-unseen-universe flick is a genre film festival (where we're all wondering how a film starring Jodie Foster landed there) or a 1990s video store shelf. Even more than "Upgrade" last week, it's a weird grindhouse oddity pushed wide like something with broad appeal, although it doesn't even deliver on its weird promise as much as that one." (more)
BELIEVER (2018/I)
"A rather lesser Drug War."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A fair number of people, this guy included, spent a fair amount of time and words a few years back talking about how Johnnie To's "Drug War" was different from (and, arguably, less than) his Hong Kong crime movies because of the involvement of the Chinese censor board; watching "Believer", the new South Korean remake, suggests that maybe it deserved a little more credit for being a heck of a crime movie. This new version has a lot of the same beats and handles some well enough, but Lee Hae-yeong is no match for To." (more)
BERNARD & HUEY
"These guys again?"
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "'Bernard & Huey' is based on two characters who showed up in Jules Feiffer’s cartoons for The Village Voice and Playboy starting in 1957. The cable network Showtime commissioned, and then declined, a screenplay from Feiffer in 1986; with some semi-topical tweaks here and there (texting, phrases like “scene-adjacent”), that 30-year-old script is what has been filmed here." (more)
211
"Parboil"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When people watch Nicolas Cage movies these days—I assume that there are still some hardy souls inclined to do so—they are doing so in the hopes of finding either the increasingly rare diamond in the rough that reminds them of the brilliant and ingenious actor that he used to be (as was the case with films like “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” “Joe” or his singular turn in “Mom and Dad”) or, as is more often the case, those moments of batshit insanity that may not land on a Lifetime Achievement clip reel but will definitely find a home on countless YouTube compilations. Alas, even those faithful will have little patience with his latest effort (his fourth to be released so far this year), the dreadfully dull action thriller “211.”" (more)
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