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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Jackpot 5
Li'l Quinquin 5
Housebound 5
Selma 5
Predestination 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Vice 1
Boy Next Door, The 1
Mortdecai 1.75
Interview, The 1.8
Taken 3 1.89

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot 4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Revisionaries, The 4
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
009 Re: Cyborg 4
Saving General Yang 4
Frankenstein's Army 3
Tiger Mask, The 3
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dallas Buyers Club 4.4
Prisoners 2.2
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.57
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Blue Ruin 4.5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Omar 4.5
Nebraska 3.64
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.08
Le Week-End 3.4
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 4.75
Alan Partridge 4.14
12 Years a Slave 3.46
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2015 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
'71 4
Tribe, The (2014) 5
Knock Knock 4
Wild Tales 2
Girlhood (Bande de filles) 2
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2014 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
This is Where I Leave You 2.67
Maps to the Stars 5
1001 Grams 2
Two Days, One Night 4
Wild 4
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2014 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Babadook, The 3.78
Birdman 4.44
St. Vincent 4.11
Supernova (2014) 4
Wild 4
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2014 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Homesman, The 3.44
Mr. Turner 4
Two Days, One Night 4
'71 4
Birdman 4.44
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2014 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Imitation Game, The 3.8
Wild 4
Alleluia 5
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3
Foxcatcher 4.86
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2014 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tribe, The (2014) 5
Wild Tales 2
Inherent Vice 4.63
Over Your Dead Body 2.86
Alleluia 5
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2014 Polish Film Festival in America MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ida 4.75
Immigrant, The 4.11
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2015 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Asco 5
I Am Thor 5
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2015 Palm Springs Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ida 4.75
In Order of Disappearance 5
'71 4
Citizenfour 3
Helicopter Mom 5
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PADDINGTON
"*Insert 'grin and bear it' or other variation of tired joke here*"
5 stars
Charles Tatum says... "Based on the series of children's books by Michael Bond, "Paddington" is an unexpected delight for all ages." (more)
STRANGE MAGIC
"No buried gem, but not quite the debacle I'd feared."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I wanted "Strange Magic" to be good (and dreaded it being otherwise) a bit more than most movies. It will, after all, likely be the last screen credit for George Lucas other than "based upon 'Star Wars' created by", and no matter how much his legacy has soured for many, it would be nice to see him retire on something good. It's directed by Gary Rydstrom, who has done a lot of great sound work and directed two animated shorts for Pixar. Plus, I've got an eight-year-old niece who loves fairies. It mostly winds up a mess, but I'll take that over hating it." (more)
MORTDECAI
"Mystery of the stolen wit."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It is easy to blame Johnny Depp for all that is wrong with "Mortdecai" - he's a producer, he's been front and center in the terribly unfunny coming attraction that has played before seemingly every movie over the last few months, and, to be frank, he has squandered a lot of audience goodwill on performances with more mannered quirk than genuine charm over the past decade or so. It's not all on him, though; while he doesn't help, he hurts less than you might expect. And who knows - maybe his input actually contributed to the moments when you can see the pieces of a potentially great movie." (more)
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
"It does its own thing."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The debut feature by writer/director Desiree Akhavan, "Appropriate Behavior" has been compared to Lena Dunham’s HBO series "Girls."" (more)
AMERICAN SNIPER
"Blood work."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "As as the most lethal sniper in United States history, Chris Kyle was no doubt a complicated man. Taking up such a mantle and bragging about it to the point of unrepentance requires a fascinating psyche—or a psyche ravaged by the horrors of war, at least. Perhaps Kyle’s memoir paints a richer portrait than the film it inspired, but, under the auspices of Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper” doesn’t bother to consider him as anything more than an avatar for whatever you’re inclined to project onto him. You never gain a sense of who this man really was—only what he can represent." (more)
BOY NEXT DOOR, THE
"Less Than Enough"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Ever since the previews for the new Jennifer Lopez thriller "The Boy Next Door" began running a couple of months ago, astute moviegoers have been anticipating a Bad Movie of mammoth proportions. Between the risible premise, laughable dialogue and the sight of a once-major movie star reduced to appearing in trash that they wouldn't have even considered doing a few years earlier--all of which managed to be conveyed within the confines of a two-minute trailer--here was a film that was already inspiring more laughs than most actual comedies of recent vintage long before it even hit theaters. Now that it has arrived, the question on the minds of most observers is not "Is it any good?"--the virtual impossibility of that scenario being a forgone conclusion--as much as it is "Is it as bad as it looks?" Well, yes and no. "Yes" because it is an awesomely idiotic would-be erotic thriller that is neither erotic nor thrilling and which contains more bad laughs than any film to come along since "Left Behind." "No" because for as trashy as it is, it too often seems to be pulling its punches instead of simply embracing its trashy premise wholeheartedly. There are movies out there where subtlety, restraint and quiet dignity can add immeasurably to the proceedings and believe me, "The Boy Next Door" is most certainly not one of them." (more)
MR. TURNER
"A fitting portrait of an artist known for seascapes."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "This is Mike Leigh's third historical biography, which is somewhat surprising considering what a loosely outlined style he is famous for using - improvisation and recreation do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. And yet, somehow, this winds up an excellent way to get to know Joseph Mallard William "Billy" Turner, more so than any particular narrative might." (more)
BLACKHAT
"Mann hacks into the void."
4 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Blackhat” is a film that demands to be considered exclusively in terms of its director. It’s such a Michael Mann Movie that you wonder if the 71-year-old filmmaker is even concerned with appealing to an audience; mostly, it feels like he’s conversing with himself to figure out how his usual thematic and aesthetic preoccupations work within the theater of a globe-hopping cyber-warfare movie. The result is Mann’s “Quantum of Solace:” a film that’s vast and intimate all at once as it contemplates connections amidst a hail of gunfire and car bombs." (more)
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