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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Fantastic Woman, A 5
Most Beautiful Island 5
Revenge (2018) 4
Transformer 4
Disobedience 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Russian Doll (2016) 2
Muhou Wanjia (A or B) 2
Rampage (2018) 2.5
Beast (2018) 3
Landline 3

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
BPM (Beats Per Minute) 5
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House 1.86
Beast (2018) 3
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Fairhaven 3.5
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Playroom, The 3
Revisionaries, The 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Ass Spider! 4
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
It's Me, It's Me 3
Bad Film 4
Love Eternal 4.8
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2017) 4
Cold Hell 5
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Super Dark Times 3.71
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Enemy 4.13
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
Third Person 1
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
About Time 2
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Alan Partridge 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stranger by the Lake 4
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Voyage 1
Labor Day (2013) 1
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Green Room 3.5
Love & Friendship 4.46
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
Embers 4.14
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Native (2016) 5
Mafia: Survival Game 1
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.58
Mother! 3.83
Suburbicon 2.22
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.74
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Band Aid 4
Beatriz at Dinner 5
Columbus 4
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thoroughbreds 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
MFA 3
Gemini 3
Hounds of Love 5
Atomic Blonde 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Prevenge 4
Dark Song, A 4
Hidden Reserves 4
Bitch (2017) 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 4
Little Hours, The 5
Street Fighting Men 4
City of Ghosts (2017) 4
Crest, The 3
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
MFA 3
Mon Mon Mon Monsters 4
Sequence Break 2.29
Broken Sword Hero 3
Liberation Day 3
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Call Me by Your Name 4
Thelma 3.71
Florida Project, The 3.88
BPM (Beats Per Minute) 5
Lady Bird 4.35
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
Molly's Game 2.9
Fantastic Woman, A 5
Claire's Camera 4
In the Fade 5
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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
TITLE RATING
Crime + Punishment 4
Lu Over the Wall 4
Beast (2018) 3
Death of Stalin, The 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Quiet Place, A 4.11
Isle of Dogs 4
Final Portrait 5
Ghost Stories 3.57
Ranger, The 5
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DEADPOOL 2
"Meets comic superhero x-pectations."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's tough to do "Deadpool" twice; the first was a well-needed go at taking the piss out of Marvel's ubiquity and how seriously some fans take corporate shared universes, but the second can't help but build up its own continuity even as it spends the credits shredding the very idea. Plus, Marvel has done "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in the last year, closing a little ground, which means "Deadpool 2" has to go farther to try and get the same results - although, isn't that the case with most sequels?" (more)
DEADPOOL 2
"Another unrepentant middle finger to Superhero seriousness"
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "After languishing in development hell for the better part of a decade, Deadpool finally got the green light after test footage for the project was “accidentally” leaked and fanboys went crazy. The wise cracking Merc with a Mouth delivered on every level: an unconventional love story, gory deaths galore, a barrage of smart ass one-liners, a measure of redemption for Ryan Reynolds and the best ever box office for an R-rated flick, guaranteeing a sequel, if not a franchise. Prepare not to be disappointed." (more)
CRIME + PUNISHMENT
"Watching the watchmen."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: At times "Crime + Punishment" feels like two related documentaries superglued together, as director Stephen Maing tells the stories of a dozen NYPD officers suing the department over an illegal quota system alongside that of a teenager held for a year before trial as a result of such a system. It makes for a somewhat crowded movie, but a compelling one, especially as one half of the story, at least, can have some resolution." (more)
EIGHTH GRADE
"As full of potential but stuck in-between as any middle-schooler."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: There has got to be a way of portraying awkwardness and uncertainty aside from dragging it out, and that "Eighth Grade" doesn't find it is kind of a bummer, because the are only a few scenes in the movie that don't feel like they are five times longer than they need to be. There are some terrific moments in this movie, and maybe one has to be a bit ground down to appreciate them, but it's entirely possible that I wouldn't get to the good parts of this movie in my living room as opposed to in a crowded theater." (more)
REVENGE (2018)
"Hell hath no fury like a woman pushed too far"
4 stars
Greg Ursic says... "As blonde bombshell Jen (Matilda Lutz) steps out of the helicopter sucking on a lollipop, we see her lingering reflection in muscled boyfriend Richard’s (Kevin Janssens) sunglasses, which leaves little doubt as to the nature of their trip. Their dirty weekend in the desert is interrupted by phone calls from his wife worried about catering and more ominously, the early arrival of his hunting buddies. Men being the entitled idiots they often are, playful flirtation results in bruised egos leading to rape and attempted murder." (more)
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD
"Decent crime, decent romance, decent movie."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Director Michaël R. Roskam and actor Matthias Schoenaerts made a heck of an impression with "Bullhead", enough that the pair returning to Belgium after making the pretty-good "The Drop" in America is at least worthy of some attention. "Racer and the Jailbird" is not the gritty-but-exciting seventies throwback that its English-language title might suggest; French title "Le Fidèle" is closer to what Roskam and his collaborators are going for. Either way, it's not quite the movie it could have been, though the cast makes it worth a look." (more)
BEAST (2018)
"A dark romance that never quite gets dark enough."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2018: "Beast" is the sort of movie that figures it can let a serial killer running loose in the community sort of simmer in the background, confident that the psychological drama it's got running up front is more interesting. That's true enough for a while, as the audience gets to know its young woman with an overbearing family and her own dark side, but eventually it's got to start pulling things together, and it's all too clear that neither the crime wave nor boyfriend Pascal is nearly as interesting as Moll is." (more)
GOOD MANNERS
"Appropriate in some situations, less so in others."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL XX: "Good Manners" is one of those movies that is split close to right down the middle and thus sets itself up for a fall, because the odds that it's going to do two unusual things really well are slim. It's also possible that one just works better, making the other look bad. That's the case here; the first half works in a way that the second doesn't, even though it's not hard to imagine that part working well on its own or even if handled differently here." (more)
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