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Heavy Trip 5
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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Glass (2019) 1.25
Replicas 1.57
Race 3 1.86
Kill Mobile 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Side by Side 3.86
Playroom, The 3
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Bad Milo 3
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
Tiger Mask, The 3
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Art of the Steal, The 3
Enough Said 4
Mystery Road 3
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Jimmy P. 4.14
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.79
Omar 4.57
Alan Partridge 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
August: Osage County 1.78
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Nordstrand 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
31 3
Swiss Army Man 4
Operation Avalanche 4
Cameraperson 5
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
High Treason 4.14
Native (2016) 5
Alienated 2
Polder 3
Displacement 3.14
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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
Monsters and Men 3
Never Goin' Back 4
Rider, The 5
Death of Stalin, The 4
Juliet, Naked 5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hereditary 3.3
Profile 3
Ghost Stories 3.57
Upgrade 3.38
Relaxer 2
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bodied 5
Damsel 3
On Chesil Beach 3
Leave No Trace 4.63
We the Animals 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, The 4
Dark, The 5
St. Bernard Syndicate, The 4
Neomanila 4
Traveling Cat Chronicles, The 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Free Solo 4
Hate U Give, The 4
Colette 4
Shoplifters 3.86
Vox Lux 2
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 5
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.86
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 5
Favourite, The 4.86
Hate U Give, The 4
Overlord (2018) 4.13
Road Not Taken, The 4
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cam 5
Halloween (2018) 3.4
Climax 4
Burning 5
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Book 4
Cold War (2018) 4
Piercing 3
Cam 5
Roma (2018) 5
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GLASS (2019)
"Superheroes: An Introduction"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With the exception of his super-obscure debut effort, I have seen all of the films made by M.Night Shyamalan over the years (yes, even the one with Rosie O’Donnell playing a nun) but when I entered the screening for his latest effort, “Glass,” I felt a sensation that I have never before associated with his work—a genuine sense of anticipation. To be honest, Shyamalan has never quite been my cup of tea—although an undeniably gifted stylist, he too often shoots himself in the foot with his oftentimes ludicrous plotting (especially regarding his increasingly dubious twist endings) and his occasional penchant for self-aggrandizement (this is a guy who once wrote a character in a script who was a writer whose work would one day literally change the world and then made sure to play the part himself). Even his breakthrough film, “The Sixth Sense,” did not impress me that much—it was well made and contained a nice performance by Bruce Willis but the whole thing was essentially an elongated “Twilight Zone” episode that wasn’t nearly as clever as it clearly thought itself to be. The one exception to this mild sense of disdain has always been “Unbreakable,” his haunting 2000 meditation on the whole superhero mythos starring Bruce Willis as a seemingly ordinary man who seemingly could not be injured and Samuel L. Jackson as the brittle-boned madman trying to get him to see his potential. This was a film that contained smart writing, strong performances, beautiful direction and a narrative that did not rely entirely on some goofball twist. Although perhaps not technically a part of the genre since it was not based on known characters, I would still rate it as one of the very best superhero movies ever made. Unfortunately, it arrived in theaters a few years before the current boom in superhero movies and while it was a hit, it wasn’t as big as many assumed it would be and the planned trilogy that Shyamalan had already been talking up at the time fell to the wayside." (more)
DESTROYER
"Capable crime needs compelling cops and crooks."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Destroyer" is a little better than the award-seeking gimmicks that show up front and center, but not by that much. The filmmakers tell their story of cynical cops and robbers well enough, but don't find a compelling reason to tell this particular story; there's a quick thrill as things click together in the end, but not quite to the point where one wants to go back and reconsider everything longer one is supposed to." (more)
REPLICAS
"Not even a bad copy of an interesting original."
1 stars
Jay Seaver says... "As much as we've all come to see Keanu Reeves not so much as a bad actor as a guy who can do quite well when he's playing something within a certain range, "ethically-conflicted scientist" is pretty damn far outside that comfort zone. It is, unfortunately, more or less the entirety of this movie, and makes "Replicas" a pretty tough slog. It's got about five times more in the way of interesting sci-fi ideas than it does actual story, and never finds a good way to close the gap." (more)
HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, THE (2018)
"You Don’t Want To Know Jack"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With a collection of elements that includes Matt Dillon, creepy vans, homages to the JFK assassination, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, walk-in freezers, the kind of pseudo-philosophical discussions rarely heard outside of dorm rooms at colleges whose accreditation is currently under review, the guy from that old commercial insisting that there was a direct line between listening to punk rock and owing a Subaru, mangled baby ducks, side trips into the depths of Hell, David Bowie songs, wallets made of extremely dubiously sourced leather and the apparent ability to fold time—how else to explain a running time that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but feels at least six times longer?—there are times when one has to wonder whether “The House That Jack Built” is trying to be a movie or New York’s hottest club. Actually, the latest stab (among other methods of execution) at cinematic provocation by aging bad boy auteur Lars Von Trier is more like a once-edgy club that is long past its prime and reduced to increasingly desperate measures to call attention to itself by any means necessary. Old-timers who were around back when the Von Trier name meant something may find a couple of aspects to be of moderate interest while despairing of how far things have fallen since the good old days while newcomers to the fold will more likely come away bored and annoyed and wondering what all the fuss could have possibly been about in the first place. Either way, the end result is a work that even fans of the “Human Centipede” franchise might dismiss as being too coarse and obvious for their rarefied tastes." (more)
BIRD BOX
"It's metaphorical. For what that's worth."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The news informs me that, having watched the new Netflix film 'Bird Box,' people nationwide are taking the “Bird Box challenge.”" (more)
COLD WAR (2018)
"Beautiful but, well, cold."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Together with Paul Schrader’s 'First Reformed,' Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest work of beauty 'Cold War' reminds modern viewers how lovely and, yes, roomy a film shot in the old, squarish Academy ratio can look." (more)
ESCAPE ROOM
"A capable if seldom-surprising little thriller."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "For a movie opening in the early-January dumping ground, "Escape Room" is surprisingly competent. That is, obviously, a bit of damning with faint praise, especially since it's only a few months before people find it on streaming services and have no expectations based upon award-season and holiday cycles. They'll just see a thriller that chews up a hundred minutes without misstepping often enough to spoil anything." (more)
MOJIN: THE WORM VALLEY
"Something of a budget sequel, but still kind of fun."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a certain look to the actors who replace stars when a series goes from theaters to video or television (or, in this case, gets a budget cut): A little smaller, a little more blandly good-looking, wearing someone else's costumes and hairstyles, neither of which quite suits them. Every single person in "The Worm Valley" has this look, as does the film itself, and it probably doesn't matter whether you've seen the previous "Mojin" movie or not; this one's going to feel like a lesser copy of something." (more)
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