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As I AM: The Life and Time$ of DJ AM 5
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
Cafe Society 4
Three (2016) 4
Lights Out 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Purge, The: Election Year 1
Independence Day: Resurgence 1.22
BFG, The 1.86
Wiener-Dog 2
Cell 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Rubberneck 2.38
Deadfall (2012) 3
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Plus One 3
Imaginaerum 3
Battery, The 3
Night That Panicked America, The 4
Doomsdays 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Touch of Sin, A 5
Of Good Report 5
Jodorowsky's Dune 4
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
Metalhead 4
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Omar 4.57
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Alan Partridge 4
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Northwest 4
Missing Picture, The 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
One Chance 3
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Everybody Wants Some!! 4.86
Arbalest, The 1
Alive and Kicking (2016) 5
And Punching the Clown 5
Keanu 4.14
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Green Room 3
Brahman Naman 4
Hollars, The 4
Life, Animated 5
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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
Idiocracy 4.21
Big Ass Spider! 4
They Live 3.64
Alienated 2
Arrowhead (2016) 3
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.7
Where to Invade Next 3.57
Genius 1.14
Aloys 4
Sairat (Wild) 5
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
White Coffin 2
Shelley 3
Conspiracy of Faith, A 3
Outlaws and Angels 4.88
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Hollars, The 4
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
Antibirth 4
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
In A Valley of Violence 5
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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"Changing course back to why 'Star Trek' worked in the first place."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of "Star Trek"'s first broadcast, an occasion that would normally be the time for retrospectives and a special event that brings back old favorites. The thing is, the incarnation of "Trek" that has been running for the past seven years has been built on so many of these callbacks that more would not be special. As a result, the 2016 film is forced to go the other direction, doing a stand-alone adventure that looks to recall the unshackled nature of the original series even as it maintains the relentless action of the current film incarnation. It's not always a perfect fit, but that's okay - New "Trek" is better when it's being a bit reckless." (more)
NERVE
"Tinder Is The Night"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "If it does nothing else—and it doesn’t—at least the would-be techno-thriller “Nerve” should serve as a cautionary tale to whatever viewers it can scrounge up before disappearing from theaters about the importance of reading over the terms and conditions boilerplate of any and all software agreements for red flags hidden in the fine print. Actually, this advice can be carried over to other walks of life as well. For example, if you carefully scour the IMDb page for a movie that you are thinking of seeing—take this one, for example—and you see the names Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman in the credits, you can be pretty much assured that it, like such previous efforts as “Catfish,” the third and fourth “Paranormal Activity” movies and the current VOD disaster “Viral,” will be an aesthetic and dramatic mess filled with uninteresting characters, implausible narratives and increasingly obnoxious stylistic gambits deployed in a desperate attempt to conceal just how silly and hollow the whole thing is." (more)
ALOYS
"The tricky work of discovering yourself in middle age."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Filmmaker Tobias Nölle initially entices viewers with a version of "Aloys" that is not quite so internal, with a mystery to sole and perhaps an unnerving way of things playing out, before settling into something that better matches its withdrawn title character, and it's the mark of how well he handles the film that this never feels like a bait-and-switch; it smoothly moves into more reflective territory while still being more interesting to watch than just a man lost in self-contemplation." (more)
NERVE
"Not very daring."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "There’s a cruel irony to the internet: while it’s arguably mankind’s greatest achievement—a tool that has theoretically unified much of the world—it’s been the quickest, most efficient platform for people to just be completely awful to each other. Whatever useful, neat, or even revolutionary thing that’s emerged from it, chances are it’s been corrupted or coopted in some way, especially when it comes to social media, where everyone has a voice. It’s just too bad that so many of those voices belong to total assholes. Anyway, that’s the (very vague) threat behind the premise of “Nerve,” a breezy bit of techno-paranoia that really only cares about how all of this applies to high school drama. It’s maybe a few steps away from being a PSA for cyberbullying when it could be so much more." (more)
FOR A FEW BULLETS
"Raiders of the Lost Stamp."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "When "For a Few Bullets" ends and the main titles come up, the first one displayed is "A Film by Peter Pan", and it's okay to chuckle. Pan Anzi could have maybe chosen a Western name that didn't have it's own built-in punchline, but it fits in this case. He's made the sort of big, swashbuckling action/adventure that someone who pledged to never grow up might make, full of frantic action and plot twists that could really use some dialing back." (more)
LURE, THE
"A couple cute Polish mermaids gets me in the theater for something weird."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "The Lure" includes what is thus far one of my favorite moments of the festival, when a mermaid who is starting to follow the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" fairly closely rolls her eyes at her sister's worries about where that leads, saying it's "just a superstition". The movie's at its best when it's able to be as untethered from expectations as something described as a Polish period horror musical should be; it's less exciting when it opts to follow the template." (more)
LIGHTS OUT
"Fast, fun, and a little bit frightening."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The more horror movies I see, the more I appreciate the ones that do not mess around with unnecessary complications but which can still use their high concept to create nifty moments. That is "Lights Out" in a nutshell - it's got a reason to be scared of the dark, some clever uses of the concept, and a quick pace that doesn't leave room for contrived conflicts when there's enough genuine suspense." (more)
THRONE, THE
"The travails of dealing with a father who is demanding, even for a king."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There is a line in "The Throne" about how royal families are unique in that one must think of one's children as enemies far sooner than one would like. That's probably true in other circumstances as well, but it's far from the essential tragedy of this (South Korea's submission for consideration as "Best Foreign Language Film" at the last Academy Awards), where the Crown Prince's greatest weakness may be that he is incapable of being that sort of enemy." (more)
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