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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Call Me Lucky 5
Assassination (2015) 5
Look of Silence, The 5
Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation 4.23
Breakup Buddies 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Final Girl 1
Hitman: Agent 47 1
Zipper 1
Mistress America 1
She's Funny That Way 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Trishna 3.71
Headshot 4
Burn 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Saving General Yang 4
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 2: The Battle for Doldrey 3
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prisoners 2.19
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Oculus 2.67
Fading Gigolo 3
Third Person 1
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Jimmy P. 4.14
Stranger by the Lake 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
August: Osage County 1.78
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Fifth Estate, The 2
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Turbo Kid 4
Lost River 5
Trainwreck 4.73
Twinsters 4
Excess Flesh 3
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Turbo Kid 4
Mortadelo & Filemon: Mission Implausible 4
Nowhere Girl 4
Tag 4
Tazza: The Hidden Card 3
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2015 Bruce Campbellā€™s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
He Never Died 5
Bunny the Killer Thing 2
Some Kind of Hate 5
Tales of Halloween 4
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tangerine 4
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2015 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Witch, The 4
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2015 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Invitation, The 3
Office 4
Love & Peace 5
Assassination Classroom 3
Witch, The 4
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WALK IN THE WOODS, A
"Trail Of Yawns"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""A Walk in the Woods" is a film that tries to coast almost entirely on the good will generated by its two co-stars. Since the co-stars in question are living legends Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, that is a lot of good will for it to draw from but even that is not enough to get this aggressively innocuous story across the finish line. For its target audience--which appears to be mostly people waiting patiently for a third "Exotic Marigold Hotel" film to come along--it will no doubt come across as a pleasant enough diversion but for anyone looking for anything else will find it to be as blandly forgettable as its title." (more)
LOVE & PEACE
"I love it to pieces."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The first of three Sion Sono films being shown at this year's festival is a joyous, crazy delight, piling whimsy ever-higher even while Sono reveals a darkness behind it. The great bit, though, is that the pieces that may make an audience uneasy never poison the joy surrounding it, even as Sono finds himself springing imagery on the audience that could horrify if handled differently." (more)
SINISTER 2
"A step down from a surprisingly good original, but still not bad."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I wonder if, when building horror movies like "Sinister", the writers ever stop and think that a premise would be easy to reuse, so that if a film is even a modest success, sequels could be made without being tied to the original cast and a steady stream of royalty income will come their way even if whatever they do after moving on tanks and they can't get hired. That may not necessarily be what led to "Sinister 2", but it might have been - same basic idea, new family to prey upon. It's not quite so exciting as a result, but there are things to recommend it." (more)
MEMORIES OF THE SWORD
"An average swordswoman film is still generally worth watching."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was supposed to open on Imax screens this weekend, but that seems to have fallen into some bizarre limbo. As South Korea's "Memories of the Sword" begins, one might naturally think that this Korean film fills the gap rather precisely. Despite the strong surface resemblance, it's not the modern classic that "Crouching Tiger" is, but it knits its melodramatic pieces into something quite enjoyable by the end." (more)
SOME KIND OF HATE
"Does what horror does best, and does it damn well."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Is it wrong to kind of hope that a pretty great horror movie perhaps stalls out at cult favorite? "Some Kind of Hate" is a strong, smart, bloody example of what the genre can do when its aims are greater than just churning out product, and it introduces what could be an iconic horror villain as great as the ones spawned in the 1980s. That's the rub, though - I really, really don't want to see Moira Karp reduced to what the likes of Freddy Kruger, Jason Vorhees, and Michael Myers became in pop culture." (more)
SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY
"No Escape"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Faithful readers will recall that I spent a good deal of time and space excoriating Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America," an attempt to do a modern-day variation of the classic screwball farces of old that was as strident, annoying and desperately unfunny as a film could be without inspiring a class action lawsuit against its distributor for falsely claiming that it was indeed a comedy. Staggering out of that one, I could have hardly believed that another film might come out in the foreseeable future that could possibly further defame the good name of the genre that gave us such effortless masterpieces as "Libeled Lady" and "His Girl Friday." And yet, no more than a week after it was released comes Peter Bogdanovich's "She's Funny That Way," another neo-screwball screw-up that is so awful that while watching it, I felt as if I should apologize to Baumbach for some of the things I said since his film at least flirts with a basic competence in its intriguing opening scenes that this one never manages to approximate. As it turns out, Baumbach actually gets a credit on this film as well for serving as a co-presenter along with occasional collaborator Wes Anderson. The only possible explanation for this is that perhaps he decided to throw what trace amount of weight he has behind the release of this one because its sheer crumminess might force some otherwise right-minded people to look back and decide that maybe his film wasn't that bad after all." (more)
GRANDMA
"Lily In The Valley"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Lily Tomlin is, of course, one of the great comedians of our time, regardless of gender, but she has never quite been able to fully transpose her unparalleled talents from the stage to the screen. Oh sure, she has had great success as a supporting player in films like "I Heart Huckabees" and her collaborations with Robert Altman--including her Oscar-nominated turn in the classic "Nashville"--and she did wonderful work opposite Art Carney in "The Late Show" and Steve Martin in "All of Me," but for the most part, Hollywood just has had no idea of what to do with someone with her undeniably quirky appeal and the few times when she was afforded an unabashed lead role, as was the case with "Moment by Moment" and "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," the results were pretty dire. With her new film, "Grandma," she has finally been given a screenplay that knows how to make use of her gifts and while the film as a whole may have some rough patches here and there, Tomlin more than makes up for it with a spectacular lead performance that is one of the funniest and most surprisingly heartfelt things that she has every done." (more)
ZIPPER
"Needs A Better Hook"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Imagine a cross between a lesser episode of "House of Cards" and one of those semi-tawdry direct-to-video "erotic thrillers" that kept the likes of Tanya Roberts and Shannon Whirry in cigarette money during the early 90s and you might come up with something along the lines of "Zipper," a borderline embarrassing tale of political ambition and sexual addiction that is too tawdry to work as a serious film and way too self-serious to make it as camp." (more)
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