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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
April and the Extraordinary World 5
Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
New York New York (2016) 4.14
Dying of the Light, The (2016) 4
Hologram for the King, A 4

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Mother's Day (2016) 1
Huntsman, The: Winter's War 1
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 1.29
Boss, The 1.57
Hardcore Henry 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Hysteria 3.13
Resolution 4
Jackpot 5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Conjuring, The 4.13
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
Son of Sardaar 4
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Parkland 3
Missing Picture, The 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Metalhead 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Her 4.38
Omar 4.57
Nebraska 3.63
Missing Picture, The 4
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Missing Picture, The 4
Despite the Gods 4
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Midnight Special 3.78
Arbalest, The 1
Hardcore Henry 2
And Punching the Clown 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Green Room 3
Brahman Naman 4
Hollars, The 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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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
Pitch Black 3.55
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Alienated 2
Dual City 4
Polder 3
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.78
Where to Invade Next 3.57
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LATEST REVIEWS
EYES OF MY MOTHER, THE
"A different look at a different sort of character."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2016: Festivals mostly program their horror movie sidebars to start or end at midnight, figuring that the long day will have the audience in prime position to have their weary heads messed with. Sometimes, I wonder if a film like this one might be better suited to an earlier hour, when those who come out are ready to talk about what was going on rather than just side on their way to the bed or the bar. Filmmaker Nicolas Pesce has put together an interesting look at what makes certain characters in the genre tick, even if it's just an average thriller." (more)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
"Avengers…Disassemble"
5 stars
alejandroariera says... "Rarely do I leave a movie theater or press screening feeling that I have to see that movie right…bloody…now! I usually like to spend a couple of days thinking about it, reading what’s been written about it, before I write my own review. It takes me awhile to revisit it: weeks, months, even years. “Captain America: Civil War,” the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is the exception to that rule. It left me so giddy, so exhilarated, that I wanted the projectionist at the IMAX Theatre were I saw it during a word-of-mouth screening to show it again. It is as good as, even better than, “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” And it’s definitely an improvement over the disappointingly over-stuffed “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”" (more)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
"Heroes Take The Fall"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There used to be a feature in MAD Magazine entitled “Scenes We’d Like To See” that used to stand famous storytelling tropes on their heads by stretching them even further or by applying the kind of real-world logic that they generally tried to avoid if at all possible. Remember the story about the princess who kissed the frog and it was magically transformed into a handsome prince? In their version, their inevitable wedding would be interrupted by the arrival of the prince’s pissed-off frog wife. “Captain America: Civil War”—which is the third entry in the “Captain America” franchise and could probably be considered “The Avengers 2.5” as well—plays like a feature film version of that conceit by taking one of the aspects of the superhero genre that tend to get sloughed off along the way, namely the fates of all the innocent people that happen to be on the street or in office buildings when when the good guys and bad guys wind up leveling entire city blocks while beating each other up, and contemplating what might happen if those heroes were forced to deal with the collateral damage resulting from those heroics. At this point, some of you may be groaning a bit because the recent dud “Batman Vs. Superman” sort of tried to do a variation on this very same idea utilizing a decidedly dark and dour approach and could not have made a bigger botch of it if it had tried. Happily, “Civil War” is a far more entertaining and interesting variation on that them that takes the conceit seriously enough while at the same time leavening the material with enough humor to keep it from becoming a depressing bore. The end results should more than satisfy both the hardcore fans of the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe and neophytes alike, though at a wildly overstuffed 2 1/2 hours, it is unlikely that many will come away from it immediately hungering for more." (more)
FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE
"Not exactly Vacationland."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2016: Growing up in Maine (though born elsewhere), I've heard variations of the "almost a Mainer" joke that one character tells all my life, although it seldom seemed as pointedly exclusionary as it does in "Five Nights in Maine". Then again, I am not nearly so obviously "from away" as someone like this film's visitor is, even if the story doesn't always play into that as a mostly-quiet tale of grief." (more)
MOTHER'S DAY (2016)
"This year, show Mom you care . . . by taking her to a different movie."
1 stars
Jaycie says... "Those who have seen 2015's The Big Short may recall Anthony Bourdain explaining collateralized debt obligations by making a stew out of three-day-old seafood. Garry Marshall takes the same approach with his holiday movies: repackaging old, tired product into something he wants you to believe is fresh." (more)
HOLLARS, THE
"Quality comedy, decent drama - it does better than all right."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2016: That "The Hollars" is an independent film in this day and age is a sort of indictment on the film industry: Its story is neither complicated nor difficult to relate to, the style is far from experimental, and the cast is almost entirely made up of familiar names and faces (if not necessarily people that will draw a guaranteed audience on their own). It is quality mainstream entertainment, and it's kind of weird that the people involved had to make it outside of a system that was traditionally built on movies like this." (more)
HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, A
"Two terrific Toms."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The opening sequence of "A Hologram for the King" maybe isn't that clever - it's actually a pretty literal take on an on-the-nose pop song - but it hints at Tom Hanks in the sort of broadly comic performance that he mainly brings out for talk shows and the sort of energetic, unconventional filmmaking that got director Tom Tykwer international attention with "Run Lola Run". That bit doesn't last, but it pushes the film into a differently odd place that makes for a smart, charming, funny film." (more)
HUNTSMAN, THE: WINTER'S WAR
"I Bet Kristen Stewart Is Smiling Now. . ."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Making a sequel to a big box-office hit is usually a no-brainer, at least from a commercial standpoint, but in the case of the 2012 film “Snow White and the Huntsman,” the path to a follow-up contained more than a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles. For starters, even though the film pulled in nearly $400 million around the world, it didn’t exactly go on to become a beloved modern classic—it wasn’t even the best Snow White-related film to hit theaters the year it came out. (That honor went to “Mirror Mirror,” which was hardly a masterpiece but which at least had a snappy visual style to it that kept it from becoming too much of a drag.) Then there was the inescapable fact that Kristen Stewart, the ostensible star of the first film, was highly unlikely to return to the part following the fallout from the scandalous romance that developed between her and married director Rupert Sanders that publicly broke just as it was going into release. Finally, while Charlize Theron was the only person who came out of the project relatively unscathed with her cheerfully diabolical performance as the evil stepmother/queen, her character died at the end and while bringing her back would be easy enough in theory, it would probably cost a ton of money to get her sign on for a sequel and that is assuming that she was interested in doing such a thing in the first place." (more)
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