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Most Beautiful Island 5
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Leave No Trace 5
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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Catcher Was A Spy, The 2
Sicario: Day of the Soldado 2
Race 3 2
Leakers, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Fairhaven 3.5
Playroom, The 3
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
Imaginaerum 3
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
Last Tycoon, The 4
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.89
Dallas Buyers Club 4.36
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.88
Dom Hemingway 3.29
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
About Time 2
Captain Phillips 4.23
Her 4.36
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Nordstrand 5
Voyage 1
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Hollars, The 4
Captain Fantastic 1
Operation Avalanche 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
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
They Live 3.6
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Einstein's God Model 3
400 Days 1
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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
Revenge (2018) 3.77
Leave No Trace 5
Hereditary 4.27
Beirut 3
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World Before Your Feet, The 4
Isle of Dogs 4.5
First Reformed 5
Profile 3
Ghost Stories 3.57
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Identical Strangers 3
On Chesil Beach 3
Revenge (2018) 3.77
Searching 4
We the Animals 4
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Believer (2018/I) 3
Fortress, The (2017) 3
Gremlins 4.29
Aragne: Sign of Vermillion 2
Scythian, The 4
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PROFILE
"Makes a decent procedural out of contacting someone online."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Though producer credits can often go unnoticed by filmmakers who also do other things, Timur Bekmambetov has become fascinated by the idea of stories which play out entirely through a character's online interactions in recent years, having produced "Unfriended" and then a number of other similar movies reaching the screen this year. "Profile" is his first one where he actually directed the film, and though it's a story well-matched to the technique, there are sometimes still a few kinks to work out in the telling." (more)
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
""NO!!!! Not the Macarena! Anything but the Macarena, Please!!!!"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... "Poor “Hotel Transylvania.” The first two films were slammed for their desire to please kids under 10 (as if that were a crime) while driving impatient parents up the freaking wall. They were criticized for not being intellectually stimulating or technically innovative as Pixar’s output or Dreamwork Animation’s early films. I personally find them charming, goofy and heartfelt. They don’t pretend to be anything more than a gag-filled, vaudeville-influenced piece of entertainment with a kiddy-safe message that goes down easy. It’s the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. Granted, I caught up with the first two films when they aired on television, which could lead to the very legitimate critique that they work much better on the home screen than on the big screen. After all, their director, Genndy Tartakovsky, began his career on television with such quirky series as “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “The Powerpuff Girls” and the far more adult “Samurai Jack” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” His “Hotel Transylvania” films have that Saturday morning cartoon vibe…all that’s missing is a bowl of cereal. Which is why I couldn’t help but feel that scheduling a press and word-of-mouth screening of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” on a Saturday morning was more than appropriate, even though no cereal was served." (more)
SKYSCRAPER
"Not So Much A Die Hard Clone As Die Hard Cosplay"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "For those of a certain age, it seems difficult to believe but as I write these words, it has been almost exactly 30 years to the day when a sarcastic New York cop went to see his estranged wife at her office Christmas party in Los Angeles, stumbled upon a massive robbery being pulled off by a group of highly skilled thieves posing as terrorists and took them all down in a series of wild action set pieces that wound up reducing most of the building’s 40 stories to smoke and rubble. Although the combination of a cops-and-robbers thriller and over-the-top Irwin Allen-style disaster spectacle may not have been the most original thing imaginable in theory, “Die Hard” proved to be one of those films where everything worked—the lean, effective and surprisingly witty screenplay, the good performance from Bruce Willis as the hero, the great one from Alan Rickman, making his film debut as chief villain Hans Gruber and the legitimately stunning action scenes that still have the power to amaze today and stand as one of the last great displays of practical visual effects work before the arrival of CGI—and the film that had until its release been largely derided for the controversial decision to pay Willis, who had not yet proven himself a big-screen draw, a then-astronomical $5,000,000 salary, not only became one of the year’s biggest hits and spawn a string of increasingly lackluster sequels but would essentially revolutionize the entire action film genre. For the next decade or two, the subgenre known as “Die Hard in a [Blank]” would flourish as film after film would try to replicate the formula of the original while resetting the action to locations ranging from everything from boats to trains to hockey games. Although a couple of these films were pretty good (especially the Steven Segal vehicle “Under Siege” and the cheerfully goofy Jean-Claude Van Damme joint “Sudden Death”) but most of them only served to remind viewers of just how brilliant “Die Hard” really was and how much the pretenders suffered in comparison." (more)
BROTHER OF THE YEAR
"Probably won't win awards, but nudges itself above average."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The back end of "Brother of the Year" introduces a ton of new background characters we haven't seen before as it moves from Bangkok to the countryside, and it's kind of strange that I often felt like I knew where they were coming from more than the main characters, who actually go and explain themselves early in the movie. That's not to say that the main cast is bad at all, but that they are not as well-served by the story as they deserve, and it makes for a movie that's good enough to watch but not quite up to its potential." (more)
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
"Has all sorts of fun with its big and little ideas."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Ant-Man and the Wasp" is delightfully uncomplicated, as superhero movies go - its characters have missions to do what they see needs to be done, and the thing that drives them forward is by and large desperation and a ticking clock rather than malice. It brings in some basic villains to push things forward a little, but the filmmakers are by and large clever enough to recognize that those guys aren't really important. It's the cheerful opposite of conventional blockbuster wisdom, finding whimsy in small stakes rather than trying to be serious enough to match its apocalyptic possibilities." (more)
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
"The Surreal Life of Riley"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Considering the fact that both films are the debut works from African-American artists who have already made an impact in other areas, deal with issues of race, power and economics and tell their stories using audacious blends of genre conventions, satire and righteous anger, there will be very few reviews of “Sorry to Bother You” that will not suggest, either implicitly or overtly, that it is this year’s “Get Out.” The difference is that “Get Out” had a simple but elegant button-pusher of a premise that was brilliantly executed by writer-director Jordan Peele in a way that took viewers on a wild, volatile and constantly surprising ride without ever losing control or focus for even a moment—if he had, there is an excellent chance that the entire thing might have collapsed like a ton of bricks. “Sorry to Bother You,” on the other hand, is undeniably ambitious and finds writer-director Boots Riley swinging for the fences in virtually every scene but while his film is certainly teeming with ideas, it doesn’t quite know how to pull them all together into a cohesive whole. The result is one of those movies that has a number of strong elements and energy to burn throughout but which eventually leaves most viewers exhausted and curiously unsatisfied." (more)
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
"Oh, Brothers. . ."
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Three Identical Strangers” is an alternately fascinating and frustrating documentary that takes an absolutely compelling story, lays it out in a straightforward and concise matter and. . . well, that is pretty much all it does. The end result is a work that is compelling enough to watch the first time around based solely on the need to see how the bizarre twists and turns of the narrative play out. (This is one of those films that is best experienced knowing as little about it as possible.) However, once everything has been revealed and the film is over, there isn’t really much to talk about other than the points of the story and there is certainly nothing about it from a stylistic standpoint that might inspire someone to ever watch it a second time. Sure, I was entertained and reasonably captivated while watching it but even then, I found myself wishing that it could have been put forth in a more dynamic and introspective manner than the too slick and too glib presentation that it has received." (more)
WHITNEY
"Portrait of an Artist Brought Low By Those Who Loved Her"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "An air of melancholia and sorrow hangs over Kevin Macdonald’s "Whitney," the second documentary in less than a year, after Nick Broomfield’s "Whitney: Can I Be Me," on the rise and tragic fall of the seven-time Grammy winning singer Whitney Houston. We know how this story ends: with her death in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub in 2012. We believe we know her story thanks to the hundreds of hours and thousands of words devoted by newspaper tabloids and celebrity magazine and TV shows alike to her hits, her affairs, her engagement and rocky marriage to Bobby Brown, and her addictions. Her story follows the same arc as that of another performer who was equally hounded by the tabloids and the paparazzi: Amy Winehouse, whose life and career were exquisitely and empathetically brought to life by Asif Kapadia in his 2015 documentary "Amy." Like Kapadia, Macdonald wrangles hundreds of hours of footage (a significant amount shot by the singer and her relatives) and interviews with family members (who granted the director unprecedented access), friends, music producers and personal assistants to paint the most complete portrait we have of her so far on the big and small screens." (more)
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