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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
Dealt 5
Strapped for Danger 5
Lady Bird 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) 1
Leatherface (2017) 2
Suburbicon 2.13
Justice League 2.29
Fortress, The (2017) 3

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.76
Suburbicon 2.13
Thelma 4
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5
Lady Bird 4.86
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Hysteria 3.88
Side by Side 3.86
Revenge for Jolly! 1
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I'll Follow You Down 3
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Dead Experiment, The 3
Uzumasa Jacopetti 3
Garden of Words, The 5
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Endless, The 4
Cold Hell 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Super Dark Times 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Parkland 3
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.88
Proxy 2
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Green Inferno, The 3.91
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Jimmy P. 4.14
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Northwest 4
Le Week-End 3.71
Major, The 5
With You, Without You 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Green Room 3.5
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Hollars, The 4
Cameraperson 5
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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
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Native (2016) 5
House of Time 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.76
Suburbicon 2.13
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
Gook 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Wind River 4.75
Little Hours, The 5
Berlin Syndrome 2
Marjorie Prime 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Dealt 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Honor Farm, The 4
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Dave Made a Maze 5
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
Bitch (2017) 3
Buster's Mal Heart 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Little Hours, The 5
Trip to Spain, The 4
Tormenting the Hen 2
Stumped 4
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2017 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Duckweed 3
SoulMate (2016) 5
Extraordinary Mission 3
Japanese Girls Never Die (Haruko Azumi Is Missing) 5
Single Rider, A 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
God Told Me To 2.91
Colossal 4.93
Love and Other Cults 4
Indiana 3
DRIB 4
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3
Spoor 5
Thelma 4
Lady Bird 4.86
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Endless, The 4
In the Fade 5
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"Everybody Hurts"
5 stars
alejandroariera says... "“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt,” wrote American humorist Erma Bombeck. Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”) obliterates that line with his darkly funny and tragically sad third film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the story of a woman who has yet to overcome stage two of grief —anger— after the brutal rape and murder of her daughter." (more)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
"The Signs, They Aren't A-Changing"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While watching “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the latest film from audacious British writer-director Martin McDonagh, whose previous efforts were “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths,” I experienced a sensation that I rarely experience at the movies these days—I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen next. Most movies made today, even the good ones, tend to fall into comfortable patterns and once a viewer detects them, they can pretty much figure out, at least in the broad strokes, everything that is about to happen. With this film, however, even though I knew the basics of its plot, I spent most of the running time never knowing where it was headed—and on the rare instances when I was willing to hazard a guess, I was usually wrong—and that sensation only added to what was already a tremendous work. This is a darkly funny, deeply moving and always audacious high wire act of a film that, much like its unforgettable heroine, obeys none of the rules or niceties and is all the more memorable and exciting because of it." (more)
JUSTICE LEAGUE
"Waiting For Superman (And Go To Hell, Spoiler Babies)"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While I cannot say that I am an especially huge fan of the superhero sub-genre that has been flooding multiplexes in recent years, I have to say that 2017 has actually been a pretty good year, quality-wise, for such films. “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2” built on the cheerfully goofy tone of the original without merely rehashing what had come before. “Wonder Woman” came about as close to hitting the top tier for such films as any of them in recent years, missing the mark only by the lack of a truly impressive villain. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” managed to find a fresh approach to what was Sony’s third separate take on the character in about 15 years. Hell, even “Thor: Raganork” managed to take one of the dullest of all the comic book heroes and finally give him an entertaining vehicle by presenting him with a welcome sense of humor and offering up Jeff Goldblum in a hilarious out-of-left-field supporting turn. This run had to end sometime, I suppose, and with the arrival of “Justice League,” DC Comics’ attempt to replicate the success of Marvel’s multi-hero “Avengers” films, it has come to a screeching halt. To be fair, the film is not nearly as bad as the advance word (which included word of massive reshoots and the departure of original director Zack Snyder following a family tragedy) might have suggest and indeed, it is better than such disasters as its immediate predecessor, “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the monstrous “Suicide Squad.” On the other hand, that isn’t exactly saying much and it doesn’t change the fact that the film is a leaden, lugubrious mess that has a few engaging moments and performances that are often overwhelmed by noisy setpieces, a screenplay that only flirts with coherence and one of the least interesting villains ever seen in a film of this sort." (more)
I LOVE YOU, DADDY
"You might never get to see it, but you're not missing much."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Watching the edgy, abandoned-by-its-studio comedy "I Love You, Daddy," which may be writer/director Louis C.K.’s last effort for a long while at least, is a saddening experience for one who has admired C.K.’s previous work in stand-up and on TV." (more)
LADY BIRD
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5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Just to get things out of the way early, “Lady Bird” is a nearly perfect film—perhaps of the funniest and most endearing coming-of-age film to come along since “Rushmore.” Actually, I thought of “Rushmore” a lot while watching because, much like that earlier film, it takes a familiar basic narrative and finds a new angle to it that makes it into a cinematic experience that is both utterly unique and absolutely recognizable to anyone who made it through the pains of adolescence with their sense of humor reasonably intact. In theory, my praise for this movie is not especially off the reservation as it has been receiving critical hosannahs pretty much across the board since it began its tour of the fall festival circuit a couple of months ago. What may seem strange, at least to long-time readers of my reviews, is that this film also marks the solo directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, an actress who usually inspires in me the feelings one normally associates with obnoxious and overly mannered fingernails going down a chalkboard. In the past, the only performance of hers that I have liked was her turn in Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress,” where her more obnoxious qualities perfectly fit the character she was playing. Needless to say, the idea of watching a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Gerwig filled me with the sort of anti-anticipation that one usually associates with sequels to lesser Adam Sandler vehicles. As this film proves, however, whatever it is that she has in front of the camera that irritates me is clearly not a factor when stepping behind it." (more)
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)
"Let the Midnight Special shine a light on Branagh…"
1 stars
alejandroariera says... "There’s a visual gag at the beginning of Kenneth Branagh’s wholly unnecessary and inconsequential big screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel “Murder on the Orient Express” that defines the film as a whole. On his way to solving a case involving the disappearance of a religious relic in front of a religiously diverse audience by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) steps on shit —horse, dog, donkey, it doesn’t matter. The always fuzzy and prickly detective looks down and realizes that this won’t do: only one shoe is deeply submerged in do-do, a blight in his search for perfection. So, he steps on the pile with his other shoe, creating two perfect impressions. All is well with the universe. Yes, Christie’s beloved creation immortalized by a twinkly Peter Ustinov in a series of films in the late 70s and early to mid-80s (the less said about Albert Finney’s ludicrously cartoonish performance in Sidney Lumet’s 1974 star-studded Academy Award winning adaptation of the same novel, the better) and by David Suchet for ITV and PBS from 1989 to 2013 —whose magnificent performance as the detective casts a long shadow against any future takes on the character— has been reduced to this.
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THELMA
"A strong, modern take on the "Carrie" story."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I love the themes that director Joachim Trier eventually gets around to really poking at, the idea of institutions and even family holding determined women back by any means necessary. There are times when it gets well out of the filmmaker's hands, like he's got this idea but doesn't really know how to pull it together as a story and ultimately decides to just go with what feels right (or horrible, depending on the scene), but mostly this movie seems to be on the right track." (more)
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"Honorable as it goes; nothing stellar."
3 stars
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