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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Jackpot 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Walk Among the Tombstones, A 4.4
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
God Help the Girl 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Last of Robin Hood, The 1.57
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
But Always 2
If I Stay 2.1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 2.11

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Keep the Lights On 3
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.14
Discopathe 3
Garden of Words, The 5
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 4.08
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.88
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
Fifth Estate, The 2
Prisoners 2.2
Le Week-End 3.4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.11
Her 4.08
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.82
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Nebraska 3.54
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alan Partridge 4.14
Motel Life, The 2.86
Nordstrand 5
Voyage 1
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Trip to Italy, The 4
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
Babadook, The 3.71
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 4.5
Boyhood 4.52
Ping Pong Summer 3
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart 3.5
Break Point 4
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Land Ho! 4.5
Han Gong-ju 4.5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
Two Faces of January, The 3.63
22 Jump Street 3.6
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Grand Seduction, The 2.29
Begin Again 3.84
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 4
Breath of Life 5
Magic Men 2
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life Itself 4.63
Glen CampbellI'll Be Me 3
Misconception 5
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Public Enemy 3.88
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
From Vegas to Macau 2
Monsterz 2
Seventh Code 4
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Han Gong-ju 4.5
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.89
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5
At the Devil's Door 4
Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge 3.29
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2014 Black Harvest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Forgotten Kingdom, The 3.29
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till 4
From Above 5
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2014 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Boxtrolls, The 3
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2014 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Maps to the Stars 5
'71 4
Gone Girl 4
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2014 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Land Ho! 4.5
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
This is Where I Leave You 2.63
Mary Kom 2.88
Cub 5
'71 4
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Man in the Orange Jacket, The 3.89
Man From Reno 3.29
Creeping Garden, The 3.88
Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The 5
Treatment, The 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 4
Creep (2014) 4.88
Young Kieslowski, The 4
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
World of Kanako, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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2014 Vancouver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Art and Craft 5
Clownwise 3
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GONE GIRL
"Gone Baby Gone"
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Some may choose to disagree, but for me, Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestseller “Gone Girl” isn’t a cinematic text. Filled with interior voices, unreliable narration and characters incessantly explaining themselves, the book is a craftily woven examination of marital disharmony, society’s relationship to gender and the sensationalist depravity of modern media. Flynn’s prose are indebted to high-quality airline fodder, but her articulation of character and theme ascend the norm. “Gone Girl” is a riveting and cleverly assembled work, but again, not one I’d immediately have pegged for film. Nobody is going to argue that David Fincher isn’t a cinematic director. Even his Netflix series “House of Cards” feels too big for laptop monitors or TV sets, bustling with the same rich visual storytelling motifs that govern his more reputable work. With 1995’s “Se7en” Fincher turned a procedural into a morality tale of nightmarish beauty and to an even grander extent, with 2010’s “The Social Network” (clearly his best film) he wove the tabloid-worthy narrative of Facebook’s mischievous inception into a powerful odyssey of brotherhood undone by pride, greed and pitiful insecurity. In “The Social Network” modern Trojan wars erupt through a relationship status, and Helen isn’t a physical beauty, but a small, squared digital image tucked beside the tempting option of requesting her friendship. On paper the story of Mark Zuckerberg isn’t that ripe for movie treatment, but with a skilled visualist and master storyteller at the helm, it became one of 2010’s most satisfactorily epic pictures. This brings us back to “Gone Girl”." (more)
MY OLD LADY
"Not what it looks like, but winds up being pretty good."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I'd heard the story that likely inspired "My Old Lady" (and is retold within the movie) before, and I suspect that knowing it or just getting the gist of it from the start of the picture may give one the wrong impression of what sort of film it's going to be. It takes a while for the film to really find its feet, but it does eventually, the way one sort of figures it must with the cast it has." (more)
TREATMENT, THE
"Arguably darker than serial killer thrillers, but still engrossing."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Film festivals, or the other ways that film lovers cram more movies than their friends watch in a month into a much shorter span of time, can really warp one's perception of a given picture via context. On its own, I might consider "The Treatment" to be a dark, pessimistic movie about especially horrible crimes; after three screenings that plunged me into that sort of dark water without any sort of lifeline, this movie's police procedural approach made it seem much more an exciting thriller." (more)
WASTE LAND (2014)
"The case of the missing mystery."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: One of the best sorts of mysteries plunges its detective into a world not his own, such that figuring out how this other culture works is an important part of finding the killer. Some sort of personal growth is nice too. The trouble with "Waste Land" is that it never offers much more than the plunge, and that never with the sort of depth that makes the lack of a compelling mystery or fleshed-out character arc less keenly felt." (more)
I AM TRASH
"Not trash, but certainly not pleasant."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Just jerk off when your brother tells you to" isn't quite the first line of "I Am Trash", but it's close and gets the audience's attention. It also turns out to be one of the less horrific moments in this movie about a family of sex offenders. If that description puts you off, you're probably well-served trusting those instincts." (more)
EQUALIZER, THE
"Deja vu."
3 stars
Brett Gallman says... "In its relentless pursuit to reboot everything with a grim and gritty sensibility, Hollywood has come around to resurrecting “The Equalizer,” a relatively short-lived but popular television series centered on a man’s quest for vigilante justice. Such an approach feels passé and exhausting at this point, yet that’s really the least of the film’s problems. More disconcerting is its refusal to actually commit to this mode, as it instead wears it like an accessory that adds a sense of faux-profundity to a film that’s mostly about one guy’s quest to just kill and blow up everything in his path." (more)
I AM HERE (2014/II)
"An impressive look at serious instability."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "I Am Here" is heart-and-gut-wrenching in its first act, taking horrific events and making them hurt more with things that would at first glance have the opposite effect. It's not quite so sure-handed when it starts to actually tell a story around the situation it has set up, but is built on such a strong base that this hardly matters." (more)
EQUALIZER, THE
"And Still, No "Strike Force" Movie. . ."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Despite my relatively pacifistic nature, I am usually up for a solidly-made vigilante drama in which a seemingly ordinary citizen is finally pushed too far and wreaks brutal vengeance upon those careless enough to wake the sleeping tiger within--kidnappers, murderers, newspaper delivery boys who somehow contrive to drop the Sunday edition in the one small puddle in an otherwise expansive driveway. All I ask from such a movie is that they do one of two things--either deal with the moral, legal and ethical implications of taking the law into one's hands in a plausible and thoughtful manner (as was the case with the original "Death Wish," a far more thoughtful film that it is usually given credit for being thanks to its increasingly squalid sequels) or tell the story in such a stylish and viscerally exciting manner that it is possibly to at least temporarily overlook the absence of those moral, legal and ethical implications (such as the original "Taken," a film that is borderline fascist, to be true, but done in such a shamelessly entertaining manner that one doesn't notice its more troubling aspects until long after it has ended). The hyper-violent and hyper-idiotic "The Equalizer" does neither of those things, nor much of anything else for that matter, and the whole thing is simply a brutal and brutally overblown exercise in cinematic sadism that has clearly deluded itself into thinking that it is much more thoughtful and dramatic than it actually is." (more)
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