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211 1
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Sleepless Night 4.14
Resolution 4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Playroom, The 3
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Dirties, The 4
You're Next 3.56
Key of Life 4
Garden of Words, The 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Bends 5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Fading Gigolo 3
Metalhead 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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All Is Lost 4.53
Omar 4.57
Wind Rises, The 4.62
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Motel Life, The 2.86
Nordstrand 5
Voyage 1
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Swiss Army Man 4
Brahman Naman 4
Cameraperson 5
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
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Big Ass Spider! 4
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Survivalist, The 3
400 Days 1
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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
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Mandy 5
Summer of '84 3.86
You Were Never Really Here 4.5
Damsel 3
We the Animals 4
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World Before Your Feet, The 4
Support The Girls 4
Unfriended: Dark Web 1
Upgrade 3.38
Hearts Beat Loud 2.43
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eighth Grade 4
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Damsel 3
Madeline's Madeline 3.5
Support The Girls 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brothers' Nest 4
Howling, The 3.94
Profile 3
Dark, The 5
Neomanila 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Predator, The 3.11
Free Solo 4
First Man 4.63
Colette 4
White Boy Rick 3
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.5
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Roma (2018) 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Border 5
Rafiki 4
Road Not Taken, The 4
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Halloween (2018) 3.47
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
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Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.5
Cold War (2018) 4
Piercing 3
Roma (2018) 5
Vox Lux 3
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COOL FISH, A
"Even fish stories need to be a little bit more than cool."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""A Cool Fish" is a genuinely screwy movie by the time the credits roll, and I'm curious as to whether the script was never quite finished or if the film got screwed with at some point, whether by the studio or some other entity. It feels like it was going to be a slickly made crime movie where everything was either on a collision course tied together, but the filmmakers never actually get everything in sync beyond random coincidence, and while it could have worked as fate, that gets undone by someone demanding things wrap up neatly." (more)
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
"The shaggiest of shaggy dog stories."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: What an absolutely bizarre tall tale of a movie, filled to overflowing with impossible connections, revelations that don't necessarily mean anything but create a feeling of resolution, and utter pop-culture absurdity. I suspect people will be digging through "Under the Silver Lake" for months when they can do so at home, connecting references and finding themes, once it is bounced from theaters because it is the sort of strange that makes one suspect the filmmakers went down the same sort of rabbit hole as the characters and still haven't come out." (more)
BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, THE
"The Coen Brothers…Back in the Saddle Again"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is the perfect introduction to Ethan and Joel Coen’s filmography to anyone who has been living under a rock for the last 30 years or so and has never heard of them. Originally conceived as a series for Netflix, this anthology of six shorts set in the Old West showcases every single one of their stylistic and narrative ticks. Their misanthropic and quasi-existentialist-bordering-on-the-absurd take on the (always violent) human condition seeps out of every frame, every line of dialogue, every plot twist; so does their love for the written word and for film genre and film history. Their intent is not to deliver another revisionist take on the genre. They already did that with “No Country for Old Men” and their own adaptation of Charles Portis’ “True Grit”. They just want to make a Western on their own terms. So, yes, like in Westerns of yore, Native Americans are portrayed as savages who raid and kill white settlers, and the landscape is breathtaking. But this is also a film about the white man’s folly. So, in a way, you could argue that by placing these archetypes under a microscope and examining them, the Coens are eating their cake and having it too." (more)
BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, THE
"Six Oaters In Search Of A Theatrical Venue"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When the Coen Brothers announced that their newest project was not going to be a movie but a six-part television series for Netflix—a Western, no less—even their most ardent fans must have raised an eyebrow at the news. Of course, they had shown a facility for the genre in the past with their effective reimagining of the John Wayne classic “True Grit” (2010), not to mention the genre stylings that they worked into the contemporary features “Raising Arizona” and “No Country for Old Men,” but how would their complex storytelling style translate from the standard two-hour length of a feature film to a half-dozen episodes running about 22 minutes each? Those eyebrows arched even higher a couple of months ago when it was announced that the Coens had scrapped their initial plans for a limited series and that the six episodes would now make up a single feature film entitled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” that would have a brief theatrical run but which would primarily be viewed via Netflix. As a result of all of this, some viewers might be forgiven for thinking that the film was just a grab bag of ideas that the Coens were unable to expand into feature films and instead chose to jam together into one ersatz feature as a way of clearing their decks. As it turns out, however, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is anything but a slapdash clearing house of half-baked ideas. In fact, it is as strange, funny, tragic and audacious as anything that they have done before in their careers and while it is far too early to tell where it might rank within the confines of their estimable filmography, I can say that it is indeed a major work from major filmmakers that more than deserves a place at the table with their other celebrated works." (more)
WIDOWS
"No Shame"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Widows” is a sprawling crime drama that is so overstuffed with characters and plot threads that it feels at times as if it is trying to cram an entire TV season’s worth of material into a 2-hour running time. Actually, that is pretty much the case here as the film is based on a six-episode 1983 British television series (written by Lynda La Plante before achieving international success with the beloved “Prime Suspect” franchise) that has been updated and transplanted to Chicago by a high-powered team of talents that includes Steve McQueen, the acclaimed director of “Hunger,” “Shame” and the award-winning “12 Years a Slave,” best-selling author Gillian Flynn and a top-notch cast featuring the likes of Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson. The result is an undeniably ambitious film but also an occasionally wobbly and uneven one that is at its best when it goes about being a straightforward heist thriller but which stumbles when it strains to add layers of unnecessary artistic pretense to proceedings that might have been a lot more effective and affecting without all the extra stuff weighing it down." (more)
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
"Too Much Dumb, Not Enough Dumbledore"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There is hardly a moment to be had in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald that is not suffused with some kind of magic. For the second installment of a five-film series set in the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and taking place decades before Harry Potter arrived on the scene, the filmmakers have pulled out all the stops and filled the screen with a countless array of visual treats that are so elaborately designed and executed that to even speculate about doing them as recently as a few years ago would have been dismissed as simply impossible. The problem with the film is that while magic, at least that of the technical variety, is in abundance, what is is perilously short supply is a recognizable sense of wonder and enchantment. Without those elements—the very things necessary to help viewers fully engage with a story of this type—the resulting film is little more than a surprisingly dour mess in which characters we care little about doing things that we can barely understand while fighting to be noticed amid the constant swarm of flashy but not especially memorable visual effects." (more)
THUGS OF HINDOSTAN
"A Bollywood swashbuckler, without a doubt."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's about ten minutes into "Thugs of Hindostan" before someone is swinging on a rope for the first time, and let me level with you: People swinging through the air on a rope to escape danger or enter a fray is a large part of what I want from a swashbuckling adventure, along with swordfights, cannons, and sneering villains. This movie has all that along with a few musical numbers and actual mustache twirling, and while it sometimes strains under the pressure of including all of that, it's still a pretty good time." (more)
INTIMATE STRANGERS (2018)
"An entirely different game of telephone."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Intimate Strangers" is in its second week atop the South Korean box office and I readily admit that it's hard to imagine a remake doing the same here (or a threemake, considering this is an adaptation of the Italian "Perfect Strangers"); it's the sort of relationship-oriented movie for adults that has a hard time finding a place these days. It's a pretty good one, though, and I can't fault it for using kind of a cheap trick to keep people talking afterward. It works, after all." (more)
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