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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Most Beautiful Island 5
In the Fade 5
Breadwinner, The 5
Phantom Thread 4.77
Paddington 2 4.5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Commuter, The 1.29
Downsizing 1.75
Den of Thieves 1.86
All the Money in the World 1.88
Liquidator, The 2

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Call Me by Your Name 4
Stronger 5
Suburbicon 2.13
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
Mom and Dad 4
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Rubberneck 2.38
Whole Lotta Sole 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bad Milo 3
Machi Action 4
V/H/S/2 3.85
Bushido Man 4
Garden of Words, The 5
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.85
Square, The (2017) 4
Super Dark Times 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
Mary and the Witch's Flower 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Joe 4.5
Parkland 3
Tim's Vermeer 5
Cold Eyes 3.86
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.79
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Fifth Estate, The 2
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Fantastic 1
Under the Shadow 5
Cameraperson 5
Life, Animated 5
Antibirth 4
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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
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
They Live 3.6
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shape of Water, The 3.67
Mother! 3.78
Suburbicon 2.13
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.85
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Band Aid 4
XX 2
Columbus 4
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Call Me by Your Name 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Baby Driver 3.83
Free Fire 5
Atomic Blonde 3.89
Lucky (2017) 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Most Beautiful Island 5
Southland Tales 4.03
Void, The 5
Dave Made a Maze 5
68 Kill 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Band Aid 4
Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive 3.14
Crest, The 3
Columbus 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bitch (2017) 3
Love and Other Cults 4
Thousand Junkies, A 4
Bushwick 3.86
Almost Coming, Almost Dying 4
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
Thelma 3.71
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3.86
Lady Bird 4.67
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Disaster Artist, The 3.71
Hostiles 4
I, Tonya 2.29
Molly's Game 2.88
Shape of Water, The 3.67
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lu Over the Wall 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
BRAVEN
"...is this serious?"
1 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Filmed in snowy Newfoundland, the trim siege thriller 'Braven' opens with some tasty widescreen views of the landscape. Tasty, but forbidding: You wouldn’t want to live out here, much less die out here." (more)
DEN OF THIEVES
"Just another long, would-be epic heist."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "140 minutes long, this thing is, and that doesn't even include the line from the trailer about the crew being addicted to heists. What the heck is up with that? Sure, sometimes a moment that can seem too on-the-nose in the film can be great for selling it, but other times it can seem like a clear sign that the movie won't just get to the point, and that's the case here. "Den of Thieves" is a thriller that spends a lot of time screwing around but not much actually thrilling." (more)
BETTER TOMORROW 2018, A
"A Lesser 'Tomorrow'"
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "What, I ask, is the point of remaking "A Better Tomorrow" without John Woo and Chow Yun-fat? It's admittedly a fine enough crime story that under normal circumstances it could stand a new version that adapts it to a different time or place, but as the movie that paired those two Hong Kong action legends, it's legendary itself, and it's therefore not good enough for a remake to just be competent. You've got to offer more than the same basic material in Mandarin rather than Cantonese and people using cell phones to make it worthwhile." (more)
MARY AND THE WITCH'S FLOWER
"Casts a new but familiar spell."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Though it's generally unfair to compare every cel-animated film that comes out of Japan to those of Studio Ghibli, especially if they made with kids in mind, this one invites it: Not only is the style fairly similar, but the filmmakers worked at Ghibli and built their new studio to do the same kind of work once that studio shifted to maintaining their catalog rather than producing new material. Also, I'd lay money that one character, a wise but curmudgeonly gardener, was modeled on Hayao Miyazaki. So it's not entirely unfair to watch the opening and tag it as "Kiki's Delivery Service" with a bit of "Castle in the Sky" mixed in, or flip those proportions when describing it later. What's important is that it turns out to be a worthy successor." (more)
MOM AND DAD
"What's The Matter With Parents These Days?"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Most actors have retinues of agents, managers, handlers and hangers-on who are employed specifically to ensure that screenplays like the one for “Mom and Dad” never get anywhere near them, let along end up in their hands. Nicolas Cage, as has pretty much been proven definitely over the years, is not like most actors and I suspect that if this movie had somehow been made without his participation, he might have immediately fired his entire staff for failing to put him in a project that seems to have been tailor-made for his unique talents and his decidedly peculiar taste in material. Happily, the script landed in Cage’s hands and the result is a cheerfully deranged, if somewhat uneven, freak show that takes one of the more audacious story premises of recent memory and runs with it with a kind of crazed energy that is a perfect match for the material at hand." (more)
SMALL TOWN CRIME
"Generic Title, Premium Film"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There was once a time when a film like “Small Town Crime” would have easily gotten a theatrical release and while it almost certainly would not have become a box-office sensation, my guess is that it would have received enough attention to allow it to find a wider audience once it hit home video and cable—the kind of thing that lifted the likes as “Cutter’s Way,” “Red Rock West” and “The Last Seduction” out of obscurity and transformed them into cult favorites. Alas, that is no longer the case and not only is it primarily being pushed as a VOD release, with only token play in a small handful of theaters, it is liable to get lost amid the glut of similarly distributed product that arrives each week. This is a shame because while the film is far from perfect, it has plenty of virtues and might actually strike a chord with some viewers—if they knew it even existed, of course." (more)
POST, THE
"A sedate prequel to 'All the President's Men.'"
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "It seems unlikely, but "The Post" marks the first time Steven Spielberg has put the Vietnam War on the screen." (more)
COMMUTER, THE
"Take the next train."
1 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I've long repeated the adage that you can make any thriller something like 20% better by setting it on a train, but "The Commuter" challenges that rule in the strongest manner possible. Maybe it doesn't apply to stories that can only take place on a train, or maybe this story would be even worse transplanted to a stationary location, but either way, it's a remarkably stupid movie that wastes a lot of time before it even has a chance to become the entertaining sort of silly." (more)
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""TRENCH 11 is a WW1 set thriller. It's a men-on-a-mission situation that turns dark and horrific once the Allied team descends 100 feet below ground into a hidden German base. From then on it's a psychologically tense, suspenseful and violent ride until the end!" Director Leo Scherman on TRENCH 11 which screened recently at the 2017 edition of Whistler Film Festival." (more)
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""ORDINARY DAYS is a thriller that falls on the backdrop of the disappearance of a college girl, told from three different perspectives. Act I is from the parent's POV and how they deal with the disappearance of their daughter, ACT II is from the POV of the detective put on the case, and ACT III is from the girl's POV and what happened to her. Each act is directed by a different director and the whole is cut together to make one complete story." Director Kris Booth speaking on behalf of the film ORDINARY DAYS which screens at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. The film is directed by Kris, Renuka Jeyapalan and Jordan Canning. Renuka also joins us on this interview!" (more)
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