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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Calvary 5
Letter to Momo, A 5
Jackpot 5
Frank 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
What If (2014) 1
Into the Storm 1.38
Singham Returns 2
Get On Up 2
If I Stay 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Keep the Lights On 3
Playroom, The 3
Revenge for Jolly! 1
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
It's Me, It's Me 3
Hatchet III 2
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
Son of Sardaar 4
Halley 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Under the Skin (2014) 4.45
What If (2014) 1
Sacrament, The 3.21
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Her 4.08
Wind Rises, The 4.93
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Big Bad Wolves 4.38
Major, The 5
Blue Ruin 4.56
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold in July 4.86
Imperial Dreams 5
White Bird in a Blizzard 3.29
Frank 5
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Starred Up 3.33
Obvious Child 4.86
Copenhagen 5
One I Love, The 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Boyhood 4.52
Art and Craft 5
Begin Again 3.84
Rich Hill 1
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Frank 5
Jersey Boys 2.63
Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, The 5
Two Faces of January, The 4
Earth to Echo 2.11
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2014 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
Obvious Child 4.86
Begin Again 3.84
God Help the Girl 4.14
Awake: the Life of Yogananda 3.67
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Internet's Own Boy, The: The Story of Aaron Swartz 3.14
Newburgh Sting, The 1
Search for General Tso, The 3.78
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa 3.5
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2014 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Eyes 4
Han Gong-ju 4.71
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.62
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats 5
Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, The 3.71
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Live 2
From Vegas to Macau 2
Ju-On: The Beginning of the End 4
Preservation (2014) 3
Suspect, The 4
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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 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alleluia 5
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 3.86
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
In Order of Disappearance 5
Man From Reno 5
Creeping Garden, The 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.86
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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
"The back door into the kingdom of the dead."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A few minutes into "As Above, So Below", I was snickering a bit as the heroine smashed an unspeakably old wall because she thought there might be something behind it, because that is some ridiculous Indiana Jones-style archaeology. This is immediately followed by the thought that mocking a movie for calling to mind some of one's favorites is pretty silly. This movie is kind of silly, too, but with a more enjoyably pulpy sensibility than the typical found-footage movie." (more)
NOVEMBER MAN, THE
"Pierce Brosnan finds the spy role he's meant to play."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The November Man" is, at times, an impressively taut spy thriller, clearly owing a debt to James Bond even if you put star Pierce Brosnan aside, though it plays up the murky, cynical aspects much better. But while it's pretty good, it's also a movie where the title can seem unclear even after someone has a line that starts with "we called you 'the November man' because". The filmmakers tends to use ambiguity for good more often than bad, and that's the line between an enjoyably nasty thriller and a potential classic of the genre." (more)
ME AND YOU
"Non Andare In Catina!"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If "Me and You" had be made by virtually any other filmmaker, I would have most likely written it off as an awkwardly contrived and executed minor-key melodrama and just left it at that. The problem with that is that it was directed and co-written by none other than the legendary Bernardo Bertolucci, the man behind such masterpieces as "The Conformist," "Last Tango in Paris," "1900" and "The Last Emperor," and not only is it his first feature film since 2004's "The Dreamers," it is the first film that he has made in his native Italian in over 30 years. With a pedigree like that, expectations are naturally raised in the heart of any serious moviegoer but the fact of the matter is that this is a disappointingly substandard work from a director whose very name conjures up, if not greatness, a sense of artistic ambition that is mostly lacking here." (more)
LUCY
"The smartest stupid thing I've seen for a while"
3 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "One might argue that film-maker Luc Besson has only been using 10% of his brain for a number of years now, channelling his once formidable creative energies into action vehicles headed-up by aged stars and hack MTV stylists. I'm not sure “Lucy” and the brain deserve to be discussed in the same sentence, but at least here, Besson is applying serious effort, pummelling his audience with the sort of euro-pop imagery that made him a star in the 90s. It helps to have Scarlett Johansson continuing her strong run of form into a role that requires a performative flexibility few are liable to acknowledge. Owing much to her supremely unsettling work in “Under the Skin”, “Lucy requires Johansson to become a disconnected monster, whilst retaining remnants of a damaged, distant humanity. At a punchy 89 minutes this provocative cocktail proves alluring enough, helping to eradicate the sour idiocy promoted by the picture's incredibly unscientific premise." (more)
LET'S BE COPS
"Needs more junkyard cat"
2 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "In the third season of FX's celebrated “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” there exists an episode during which several of the show's deadbeat leads imitate law enforcement, using the social standing of an Officer's badge in the pursuit of free meals from street vendors. The instalment lasts for about 20 minutes; in that time successfully mining the limited conceit for maximum laughter, and giving Charlie Day the chance to give a remarkably good Al Pacino impression. “Let''s be Cops” is essentially that same TV program dragged out to 104 minutes, almost seven years later and with fewer laughs. Directed by Luke Greenfield (2004's underrated “The Girl Next Door”), “Let's be Cops is broad, sitcomish cinema, only occasionally redeemed by the high octane energy of “New Girl”'s Jake Johnson." (more)
FRANK
"Much more than just the movie where you don't see Fassbender's face."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Not being a drinker, I'm probably appropriating a terrible metaphor here, but this movie strikes me as being like a certain kind of binge: You start out down, but soon the alcohol gets you and everything is crazy and funny and even when somebody clocks you, it doesn't feel like any real damage has been done until the uncomfortable truths start coming out. That's when you realize that the movie you had filled away as "the one where Michael Fassbender wears the papier-maché head" is going to leave you with something to chew on." (more)
DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD
"More of the same, but the same is still Nazi zombies."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2014 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as I would tell many that Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkolka's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was an underrated bit of high-concept fun, I was not the biggest fan of his first international hit. That's a bit of a problem by some definitions of what it takes to give a movie a fair shake, as this sequel was definitely made to give those who liked "Dead Snow" more of that thing that they liked. It is that, although I give Tommy Wirkola plenty of credit in pushing it into being a "next step" rather than just a repeat." (more)
ANOTHER ME
"Not scary, and that's not enough."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Another Me" didn't look like much - a young-adult thriller that likely would have gone straight to video-on-demand but for a slow release week and the fact that the other line on star Sophie Turner's filmography is "Game of Thrones" - but Isabel Coixet as the person to adapt it to the screen is a strange enough choice to be interesting. Unfortunately, as much as the gamble of putting an art-house filmmaker in charge of a mainstream horror movie could pay off well, it can also turn out as dull and muddled as this one." (more)
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