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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
First Reformed 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Raazi 4
Disobedience 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Misandrists, The 1
Muhou Wanjia (A or B) 2
Russian Doll (2016) 2
Racer and the Jailbird 3
Landline 3

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 3.57
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers 4
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Lady Bird 4.35
Death of Stalin, The 4
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sleepless Night 4.14
Keep the Lights On 3
Side by Side 3.86
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Ass Spider! 4
Dirties, The 4
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Imaginaerum 3
Antisocial 4
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2017) 4
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The 3.13
Jailbreak 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Super Dark Times 3.71
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Of Good Report 5
Philomena 4.17
Dom Hemingway 3.29
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
About Time 2
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.63
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Cheap Thrills 3.25
One Chance 3
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Uncle Howard 4
Lobster, The 3.63
Captain Fantastic 1
Operation Avalanche 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
Blade Runner 4.28
Never Let Me Go 4.38
They Live 3.6
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
400 Days 1
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Suburbicon 2.22
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
Band Aid 4
Little Hours, The 5
Columbus 4
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thoroughbreds 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Baby Driver 3.83
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Atomic Blonde 4
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Lucky (2017) 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
She's Allergic to Cats 3
Dave Made a Maze 5
68 Kill 4
Hidden Reserves 4
Bitch (2017) 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Street Fighting Men 4
City of Ghosts (2017) 4
Stumped 4
Gook 5
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable 3
Jailbreak 4
Killing Ground 1
Better Watch Out (aka Safe Neighborhood) 3
Extraordinary Mission 3
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thelma 3.71
BPM (Beats Per Minute) 5
Square, The (2017) 4
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hostiles 4
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 3.57
I, Tonya 2.67
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Gemini 3
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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
Crime + Punishment 4
Lu Over the Wall 4
Death of Stalin, The 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
You Were Never Really Here 4
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Quiet Place, A 4.11
Blockers 3.29
Isle of Dogs 4
Final Portrait 5
First Reformed 5
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RAAZI
"Sometimes arranged marriages cement alliances, and sometimes..."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Raazi" is something of a weird one for people used to Hollywood spy movies, which tend to either be bigger or more morally ambiguous; this opens, at least, with some unequivocal flag-waving, and doesn't spare the talk of duty and straightforward setting of goals early on. For someone with an arm's-length interest in the India-Pakistan conflict, it can play somewhat dry. Of course, espionage is a dry business on the planning side, and writer/director Meghna Gulzar does all right when things get dangerous on the ground." (more)
FIRST REFORMED
"Losing My Religion"
5 stars
alejandroariera says... "If you went by his apparently placid exterior and demeanor, you wouldn’t be blamed if you thought Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke) was a good man. He diligently tends to his shrinking flock at First Reformed Church, a historic site in Albany, New York that used to be part of the Underground Railroad that transported escaped slaves from the South to the North and now has been taken over by a Megachurch. His relationship with Reverend Jeffers (Cedric Kyle, a.k.a. Cedric the Entertainer), leader of that Megachurch is cordial; their tête-à-têtes about faith and the new generation of churchgoers are robust, full of spark. Toller is an amiable host to the small group of tourists and students that visit his church and like the country priests and doctors of times past, he pays house calls to those congregants struggling with their faith. But underneath that apparently placid exterior, underneath that friendly and slightly uncomfortable smile, lies a tortured soul. A man struggling with both physical and spiritual pain who embarks on a self-destructive journey that might, just might, lead to redemption." (more)
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
"Solo or The 120 Hands of Sabacc."
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The arrival of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the latest entry in the long-running and highly lucrative film franchise and the second spin-off film to come out that is not a part of the currently unfolding trilogy, is an event that even the most dedicated members of its devoted fanbase may regard with more than a little suspicion. For one thing, while moviegoers used to have to wait three years or so between the films, this marks the fourth “Star Wars” property to hit screens since 2015, leading to the very distinct possibility that most audiences may be getting to the point where they need a bit of a break from them. More significantly, this was a film with a number of well-publicized production problems that culminated with the original directing team of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, hot off of “The Lego Movie,” being fired with reportedly less than three weeks until the completion of principal photography amidst rumors of clashes between them and the producers and the suggestion that star Alden Ehrenreich required acting lessons. Granted, recent “Star Wars” productions have not always run smoothly—“Rogue One” underwent extensive reshoots and the original directors for a planned Boba Fest spinoff and “Episode IX,” Josh Trank and Colin Trevorrow were both sacked before they even got near the cameras—but to can the directors that late in the process suggested a production that was in serious trouble and the hiring of Ron Howard to come in and take over (reportedly reshooting between 70-80% of the film, depending on who is telling the tale) further indicated that the producers were now less concerned with doing something a little off-beat (which was presumably the idea behind the hiring of Lord & Miller in the first place) and more interested in simply getting the damn thing done in the quickest and most painless manner possible (which would explain the hiring of Howard, a good director when blessed with good material but not exactly the most daring or innovative member of the DGA). The fact that the film would make an extremely high-profile debut at the Cannes Film Festival suggested at least some degree of confidence in it but my guess is that most will approach it with a level of trepidation not seen since “Attack of the Clones” arrived in the wake of the thunderously underwhelming “The Phantom Menace.”" (more)
DEADPOOL 2
"Meets comic superhero x-pectations."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's tough to do "Deadpool" twice; the first was a well-needed go at taking the piss out of Marvel's ubiquity and how seriously some fans take corporate shared universes, but the second can't help but build up its own continuity even as it spends the credits shredding the very idea. Plus, Marvel has done "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in the last year, closing a little ground, which means "Deadpool 2" has to go farther to try and get the same results - although, isn't that the case with most sequels?" (more)
DEADPOOL 2
"Another unrepentant middle finger to Superhero seriousness"
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "After languishing in development hell for the better part of a decade, Deadpool finally got the green light after test footage for the project was “accidentally” leaked and fanboys went crazy. The wise cracking Merc with a Mouth delivered on every level: an unconventional love story, gory deaths galore, a barrage of smart ass one-liners, a measure of redemption for Ryan Reynolds and the best ever box office for an R-rated flick, guaranteeing a sequel, if not a franchise. Prepare not to be disappointed." (more)
CRIME + PUNISHMENT
"Watching the watchmen."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: At times "Crime + Punishment" feels like two related documentaries superglued together, as director Stephen Maing tells the stories of a dozen NYPD officers suing the department over an illegal quota system alongside that of a teenager held for a year before trial as a result of such a system. It makes for a somewhat crowded movie, but a compelling one, especially as one half of the story, at least, can have some resolution." (more)
EIGHTH GRADE
"As full of potential but stuck in-between as any middle-schooler."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: There has got to be a way of portraying awkwardness and uncertainty aside from dragging it out, and that "Eighth Grade" doesn't find it is kind of a bummer, because the are only a few scenes in the movie that don't feel like they are five times longer than they need to be. There are some terrific moments in this movie, and maybe one has to be a bit ground down to appreciate them, but it's entirely possible that I wouldn't get to the good parts of this movie in my living room as opposed to in a crowded theater." (more)
REVENGE (2018)
"Hell hath no fury like a woman pushed too far"
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "As blonde bombshell Jen (Matilda Lutz) steps out of the helicopter sucking on a lollipop, we see her lingering reflection in muscled boyfriend Richard’s (Kevin Janssens) sunglasses, which leaves little doubt as to the nature of their trip. Their dirty weekend in the desert is interrupted by phone calls from his wife worried about catering and more ominously, the early arrival of his hunting buddies. Men being the entitled idiots they often are, playful flirtation results in bruised egos leading to rape and attempted murder." (more)
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