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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Jackpot 5
Frank 5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
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
If I Stay 2
But Always 2
Hector and the Search for Happiness 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 2.06

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.32
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I Am Divine 4
Lesson of the Evil 3.4
Antisocial 4
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
Son of Sardaar 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blind Detective 5
Fifth Estate, The 2
Enemy 4
Fading Gigolo 3
Trap Street 3.88
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 4.89
All Is Lost 4.53
Her 4.08
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 4.38
12 Years a Slave 3.46
Motel Life, The 2.86
Sacrament, The 3.21
Philomena 4.1
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ernest & Celestine 4.86
Signal, The (2014) 1.88
Finding Fela 1
One I Love, The 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Congress, The 4
Starred Up 3.33
Calvary 4.86
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead 3
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Skeleton Twins, The 4
I, Origins 2.43
Art and Craft 5
Begin Again 3.84
Rich Hill 1
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2014 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cut Bank 5
Echo Park (2014) 4.5
Young Kieslowski, The 4
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
Breath of Life 5
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2014 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art and Craft 5
Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me 3
Misconception 5
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
From Vegas to Macau 2
Monsterz 2
Snow White Murder Case, The 5
Uzumasa Limelight 5
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2014 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ghost in the Shell 4.32
Ju-On: The Beginning of the End 2.44
Mr. Go 3.14
Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge 3.29
Steel Cold Winter 3.86
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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 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Mary Kom 2.88
World of Kanako, The 5
Tu dors Nicole 5
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
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2014 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bros Before Hos 3.71
Tusk 4
Redeemer 3
Sea Fog (Haemoo) 2.5
When Animals Dream 3.86
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear White People 3.5
Creep (2014) 4.88
Fort Tilden 2.43
In Order of Disappearance 5
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The 5
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Madame Bovary (2014) 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
'71
"A better Belfast story"
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Northern Ireland’s internal issues during the latter half of the twentieth century have endured an uneasy relationship with the screen. Alan Clarke’s seminal short “Elephant” and Steve McQueen’s visceral feature debut "Hunger” advocate the conflict’s cinematic potential, but clunkers like last year’s “A Belfast Story” serve only to undermine both local history and good film-making. “’71” definitely belongs in the upper-tier of this limited pantheon, namely due to incredible authenticity. Yann Demange’s feature manages to articulate the aural and visual uneasiness that envelops a City at war with itself, dragging its desperate protagonist through a struggle that is chiefly human, not political. The essence of the Troubles is woven satisfactorily into the narrative, but “’71” is essentially an efficient chase movie with a strikingly believable outer shell." (more)
SHREW'S NEST
"Digs in and won't let you escape."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Shrew's Nest" is designed to stuff a lot of movie into a small space, and on that count it succeeds quite nicely: Even if it's not as constrained to one location as that apartment's agoraphobic resident, it's got a gravitational force that pulls one back during the brief sojourns away, and enough going on inside to keep it interesting." (more)
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
"Take it or leave it. I took it, though."
3 stars
Jaycie says... "Upon learning that Jonathan Tropper's hilarious novel This is Where I Leave You was taking to the big screen, I immediately got worried. This past summer hasn't been a great one for book adaptations (*cough* The Giver *cough*) or stories about middle-aged Jewish men who need a reality check (*cough* Wish I Was Here *cough*). Thankfully, despite the inevitable difficulties of translating an inner monologue-heavy book to celluloid, this film manages to give its highly marketable cast some solid material. The result is a pleasant fall popcorn flick, although you would miss out on little by reading the book and skipping its film version entirely." (more)
BABADOOK, THE
"Raising a kid alone can be scary as hell."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: I love kids, at least from the perspective of being an uncle; I fear that as an actual parent, I would identify far too much with certain parts of "The Babadook" to be much of a good person, let alone parent. There's no mistaking that this is one of those horror movies where the monster is inspired by specific fears and nightmares, but it's also one where the specificity of its metaphor doesn't hurt it being scary at all." (more)
REDEEMER
"Another entertaining hour and a half of broken bones and faces."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Marko Zaror and Ernesto Diaz Espinoza hadn't made a movie together in five years before re-teaming for "Redeemer", and it's kind of nice to see that the formula hasn't really changed: Zaror plays a character that is not just an almost unstoppable force, but colorful besides, and the scenes between him dismantling waves of villains are generally more entertaining and stylish that you might expect from this sort of basic martial-arts action movie coming from an unusual spot like Chile. There's not much rust." (more)
FORCE MAJEURE
"Marriage going downhill."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: Danger lurks constantly in "Force Majeure", although it's seldom the life-and-limb variety as opposed to the family-falling-apart one. Impressive, given the sheer volume of explosions being set off to cause controlled avalanches. The obvious reminder that there is no such thing serves as the basic premise of the film, and you're not going to see it presented on screen much better." (more)
CUB
"Fine woodsy horror - scout's honor."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2014: "Cub" (or "Welp", as it is called in its native Belgium) initially seems premised on the sort of attitude that makes those who aren't into horror movies rightfully squeamish: That if killing college kids who go out into the woods doesn't get a rise out of the audience any more, maybe killing cub scouts will. The good news in this case is twofold: One, filmmaker Jonas Govaerts does have more on his mind than cheap exploitation when all is said and done; and two, he and co-writer Roel Mondeaers are coming up with great horror movie bits from minute one." (more)
ZERO THEOREM, THE
"Enough Is Never Enough"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although Terry Gilliam is still one of the most divisive filmmakers working today--depending on who you talk to, he is either a visionary genius of a singularly uncompromising nature or a muddled storyteller who jam-packs his films with elaborate visual flourishes to compensate for his inability to present a coherent narrative--it is generally accepted that the high-water mark of his career to date was "Brazil," his mind-blowing 1985 epic of an ordinary man trying to find love, freedom and meaning to his existence in a grimly dystopian near-future in which the only true escape is into his imagination that would go on to become a cult favorite and an influence on any number of filmmakers over the years. As it turns out, Gilliam himself seems to have been one of those influenced by it because his latest effort, "The Zero Theorem," is another sci-fi freakout that owes more than a slight debt to the earlier film. While the end result may lack the bold originality of the director's best work, there is still much to be astonished by here as Gilliam demonstrates once again that even a second-tier effort of his features more creativity, style, ambition and energy than the top-shelf works of most other filmmakers that you or I could name." (more)
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