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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Arabian Nights: Volume 2, the Desolate One 5
Hallow, The 5
Hail, Caesar! 4.5
Detective Chinatown 4
Ip Man 3 4

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Dirty Grandpa 1
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 1
Fifty Shades of Black 1
Choice, The 1
5th Wave, The 1.57

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Deadfall (2012) 3
Whole Lotta Sole 4
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lesson of the Evil 3
Conjuring, The 4.13
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story 3
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rush 3.53
Almost Human 3
Fading Gigolo 3
Third Person 1
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Captain Phillips 4.27
Nebraska 3.65
Le Week-End 3.71
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Contracted 1.5
Fifth Estate, The 2
Nebraska 3.65
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Turbo Kid 4
Lost River 4.71
6 Years 4
Entertainment 3
Raiders! 5
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2015 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forbidden Room, The 5
Walk, The 3.71
Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One 4
Arabian Nights: Volume 2, the Desolate One 5
Brooklyn 4.78
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2015 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Martian, The 4.5
Sicario 3.91
Spotlight 4.83
Brooklyn 4.78
Legend (2015) 3
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2015 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Invitation, The 3
Office (2015/South Korea) 4
Bone Tomahawk 4
Keeping Room, The 3.86
Anomalisa 4
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2015 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Assassin, The 5
Spotlight 4.83
Bite 2
Cash Only 4
Anomalisa 4
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2015 AFI Film Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
45 Years 4
Anomalisa 4
Where to Invade Next 3.57
Forbidden Room, The 5
By the Sea 4
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2015 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cop Car 3
Deep Time 5
Meru 4
Nina Forever 4
Visit, The (An Alien Encounter) 4
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2015 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Carol 4
Raiders! 5
Anomalisa 4
Where to Invade Next 3.57
World of Kanako, The 4
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2015 Philadelphia Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brooklyn 4.78
Anomalisa 4
33, The 3
Love (2015/II) 4
Bridgend 5
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2015 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Anomalisa 4
Call Me Lucky 5
Cartel Land 5
Wolfpack, The 3.14
Amy 5
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2015 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brooklyn 4.78
Carol 4
Love the Coopers 1
Mojave (2015) 4
33, The 3
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2015 Hawaii International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Robbery (2015) 4
Anomalisa 4
Office (2015/South Korea) 4
Wonderful World End 3
Veteran 3
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2015 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bone Tomahawk 4
Tangerine 4
Witch, The 4.5
(T)ERROR 4
Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
"Amusing but slight, as is likely appropriate."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Movies like "Appropriate Behavior" are good checks for figuring out just to what degree you are becoming a grumpy old person. Do you find the main character whiny and irritating from the start? Do you get over it? Certainly, the filmmakers have a fair amount of say in this, especially in terms of overcoming those issues and becoming reasonably entertaining, as this one manages." (more)
FINEST HOURS, THE
"Does a bit more than what's expected with what it has."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Movies like "The Finest Hours" win people Oscars. Not folks like Chris Pine and Carry Affleck, but the guys listed as doing research and development for the visual effects companies at the other end of the closing credits, who spend months researching the motion of large bodies of water and figuring out how to replicate it on-screen while other engineers build state of the art machinery to both safely twist a set in any conceivable direction and precisely record this movement (while being buffeted by wind and rain machines) so that a third set of people can digitally stitch it together. These accomplishments alone aren't enough to rate a ticket purchase today, but they're a big part of why a movie like this can be dismissed as enjoyable but not extraordinary, and they'll be making movies better well after we move on to the next thing at the multiplex." (more)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
"Darcy Goes Down"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In a just an ideal world, the title “Pride & Prejudice and Zombies” would have turned up as a punchline in a MAD Magazine article about how publishers of classic literature might try to spice up their musty wares in order to attract an entirely new audience and it probably would have scored a decent laugh—the mere idea of juxtaposing Jane Austen’s exquisite romantic comedy of manners with flesh-eating ghouls sounds amusing, at least in theory. Alas, because we live in a terrible world—and one with suspect copyright laws to boot—some idiot not only came up with the jokey title but, in defiance of all rational thought, actually decided to write the damn book, albeit by including enough of Austen’s original text to earn her arguably the least impressive co-writing credit since the 1929 version of “The Taming of the Shrew” allegedly went out with credits that said that it was written by Shakespeare with “additional dialogue by Sam Taylor.” To make matters worse, the thing became a best-seller—though I wonder as to how many people actually made it all the way through and how many gave up after a couple of chapters once the joke wore off—and inspired an entire cottage industry of sequels, spinoffs, rip-offs and the like." (more)
CHOICE, THE
"Pretty Much A Cinematic Kobayashi Maru"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "As the result of a rather oddball quirk of scheduling, the screening of “The Choice,” the latest big-screen adaptation of a best seller by the tragically prolific Nicholas Sparks, occurred right after the press viewing of “Pride & Prejudice and Zombies,” the film version of the inexplicably popular book that took the Jane Austen classic and, thanks to it being out of copyright, added hordes of flesh-eating ghouls into the mix. Both films are, perhaps unsurprisingly, bottomlessly terrible but those in danger of mixing the two of them up will be relieved to know that there are two major points of distinction between them. For one thing, in the case of “The Choice,” it comes from an author who is bad enough to actually have a movie this lousy connected to their name. For another, while “PPZ,” as the kids are calling it, is lousy with undead creatures stumbling across the screen looking for brains to snack on, any similar hordes attempting the same thing in “The Choice” would wind up dying of starvation long before the end credits." (more)
HAIL, CAESAR!
"The Man Who Was Everywhere"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Every few years, Joel & Ethan Coen take a bit of a break from their meticulously crafted and highly artistic productions—things like “Barton Fink,” “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men”—in order to make something deliberately broad and goofy as all get out, such as “Raising Arizona,” “The Big Lebowski,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Burn After Reading.” These film are enormously entertaining, of course, but with the possible exception of “Lebowski,” I am not entirely certain that I would include any of them in a discussion of what I felt were their finest and most memorable films. Now, after a recent string of relatively sober-minded films that included “A Serious Man,” the “True Grit” remake and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” they have once again gone to the goofball side with their latest effort, “Hail, Caesar!,” but this time around, they have attached the wackiness to a narrative and characters as strong and complex as those found in their finest films. The end result is the first genuinely great film of 2016—not that there is much competition for that title—and if I were forced to be make a ranking of all the Coen Brothers joints (as so many on the Internet seem to be doing these days), there is a fairly good chance that this love note/poison pen letter to the Hollywood studio system that was long dead before the Coens began making films themselves would wind up placing very near the top of that list." (more)
VEIL, THE
"To Know a Veil"
2 stars
Charles Tatum says... "When I was reading the credits online to this film, I had quite the "wow" reaction. I didn't care about the cast so much as the writer and director. Robert Ben Garant, comedy writer extraordinaire and cast member of one of my favorite sketch shows of all-time ("The State") wrote a horror movie? And it's being directed by Phil Joanou, director extraordinaire and helmer of one of my favorite high school comedies of all-time ("Three O'Clock High")? What could go wrong? Then I realized that this was being released "straight to internet," and after I watched the film, I understood why." (more)
KUNG FU PANDA 3
"Still entertaining,but getting stretched a bit thin."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Kung Fu Panda 2" ended with a tease of a hidden panda village, which makes it surprising to me that DreamWorks let four and a half years pass before following that up. Sure, that's partly just how it goes with animation - this stuff takes time - but it's a heck of a long gap considering that the kids who loved the first back in 2008 are teenagers by now, probably feeling like they've outgrown this sort of thing. And while these movies are still plenty of fun, they haven't exactly grown up with their audience." (more)
JANE GOT A GUN
"Not really worth the wait or drama."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I wonder, idly, if The Weinstein Company sat on "Jane Got a Gun" so long in the hopes that it would become "that sort of disappointing western" rather than "that movie that self-destructed in spectacular fashion and was put back together without many of the things that made it interesting". I don't know that it becomes a great movie with Lynn Ramsey directing the original cast, but it seems like one where just a little more investment could have made a big difference." (more)
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