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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
My Life as a Zucchini 5
Kong: Skull Island 4.09
Prevenge 4
Raw 4
Mountains May Depart 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Belko Experiment, The 1.89
Song to Song 2
Assignment, The (2016) 2
XX 2
Beauty and the Beast (2017) 2.88

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Burn 4
Deadfall (2012) 3
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Willow Creek 5
Conjuring, The 4.12
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Parkland 3
Proxy 2
Under the Skin (2014) 4.15
Labor Day (2013) 1
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Omar 4.57
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Despite the Gods 4
Fifth Estate, The 2
Major, The 5
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lobster, The 3.63
Hollars, The 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Cameraperson 5
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
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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
Ex Machina 3.97
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Never Let Me Go 4.38
They Live 3.6
Einstein's God Model 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
White Coffin 2
Inerasable, The 4
Love Witch, The 2.5
Baaghi 3
Fury of the Demon 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
High-Rise (2015) 1.5
Under the Shadow 5
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
War On Everyone 3
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Loving (2016) 4
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
I, Daniel Blake 1
Raw 4
Wasted Times, The 2
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 3.2
Elle 4
Safe Neighborhood 3
Arrival 3.2
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
20th Century Women 5
Elle 4
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
I, Daniel Blake 1
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
Paterson 4.88
Raw 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Prevenge 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.2
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
Jackie 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Arrival 3.2
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Moana 3.86
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.2
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Dearest Sister: Nong Hak 4
Antibirth 4
Hollow Point, The 2
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Song to Song 2
Free Fire 5
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
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SONG TO SONG
"To The Oneder"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Terrence Malick is a filmmaker who has provided me with some of the most stunning and transporting moments that I have ever experienced in a movie theater, both as a critic and as an ordinary audience member. “Badlands” (1973), loosely inspired by the 1958 killing spree of Charles Starkweather, remains one of the most powerful and unforgettable debuts from any director and his 1978 followup “Days of Heaven” found him taking a standard narrative of love, jealousy and betrayal and transforming it into a stunning, one-of-a-kind example of pure visual poetry. After taking a 20-year sabbatical from the world of film that helped to solidify his legend, he returned with his cinematic genius undiminished with a sprawling adaptation of James Jones’ World War II novel “The Thin Red Line” (1998) and “The New World” (2005), his myth-deflating take on the story of Pocahontas and her relationship with the newcomers who settled her lands and helped to destroy her people while making her in a historical symbol in the process before culminating with “The Tree of Life” (2011), an astonishing and deeply personal work in which he combined elements taken from his own life growing up in Texas in the 1950s, themes that had been exploring throughout his entire career (ranging from parent-child conflicts to man’s continued search for grace and deliverance in a world where such things seem to have passed us by) and moments of pure audacity (such as taking a break in the early going to literally travel back to the beginning of time to bear witness to the creation of the universe up to the period when dinosaurs roamed the land) into a work that is not only Malick’s masterpiece to date but one of the finest films to emerge in this new century." (more)
ASSIGNMENT, THE (2016)
"Walter Hill...why?"
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Watching "Another 48 HRS" on TV one afternoon with the sound off, for some reason, I found myself drawn into the movement, the colors, the cinema. That movie is a lazy, stupid sequel, certainly not the finest hour of its director, Walter Hill. But Hill is a visual samurai, and for a few minutes I just let myself coast on the smooth, feral images." (more)
WHO'S CRAZY?
"Good question."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Once upon a time, an American filmmaker in Belgium happened across a group of other Americans." (more)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
"Something Is Not Quite There"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Once upon a time, back in those long-ago days before cable and the various home video delivery systems, Walt Disney Studios had an ingenious method for maximizing their library of films for maximums profits by rereleasing their classic animated films every seven years or so for new generations of moviegoers to enjoy. This lasted well into the VHS era but by the early 90s, this particular approach had pretty much run its course from a financial standpoint. Never one to leave a corporate asset alone when there is the possibility of squeezing an extra few hundred million dollars or so, Disney Studios has established a cottage industry of late in taking many of the best-known titles from its long legacy of animated film classics and remaking them in live-action with flesh-and-blood actors and elaborate CGI effects being deployed to retrace the originals. So far, we have seen new versions of the likes of “101 Dalmatians,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” (in which we learned the backstory of what made the villain of “Sleeping Beauty” so upset in the first place), “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book” and over the next few years, we will also get to see new takes on the likes of “Mulan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “The Lion King,” a “101 Dalmatians” prequel giving a “Maleficent”-style look at what made Cruella de Ville the monster that she became (which I guess means that it ends with Emma Stone discovering the joy of killing cute animals, which seems a tad bleak for the Happy Meal set) and, perhaps stupidest of all, a new take on “Dumbo” directed by Tim Burton, whose soulless version of “Alice in Wonderland” remains the single worst film of his entire career." (more)
BELKO EXPERIMENT, THE
"Office Face-Off"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There will almost certainly be worse movies released in 2017 than “The Belko Experiment”—there are new installments in the “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises on the way, after all—but they would be hard-pressed to fill me with as much sheer dislike as it has. A brainless bloodbath that is all the worse because it seems to think that it is far smarter and cleverer than it actually is, the ghastly blend of spurting gore, half-assed stabs at social satire, characters that would require at least a dozen page one rewrites to eventually reach the status of paper-thin and a dim worldview of anyplace not located within the continental United States, this film seems to exist only to answer the unasked question “What would “Office Space” have been like in the hands of Eli Roth?”" (more)
PERSONAL SHOPPER
"Ghosts in the Machine"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... "I am still ambivalent about Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” weeks after seeing it at a word-of-mouth screening. It’s a frustrating film that addresses too many ideas and genres without fully developing them. It’s a ghost movie that veers into slasher territory; it is also about living in a brand-obsessed world, one where communication is only achieved through our digital devices and where artifice and materialism are at odds with spirituality. “Personal Shopper” is also emotionally empty, an intellectual exercise that never quite manages to fully excite our little grey cells." (more)
YOUR NAME
"Makoto Shinkai's big breakthrough in Japan should be a big deal everywhere."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Last summer, some friends and I were talking about how certain great, much-beloved Japanese animators were retiring and leaving a void that the up-and-coming talents didn’t quite seem to be filling, at least as we saw it from America, lamenting the situation until it became clear that we didn’t know what we were talking about: Roughly a week later, stories started showing up about an animated movie that was a massive hit, breaking box office records in Japan, and it was weirdly gratifying as a fan to see that it was the latest from Makoto Shinkai, someone who has continually impressed since making the brilliant 20-minute short “Voices from a Distant Sky” solo on his laptop. "Your Name" will probably not achieve the same tremendous popularity abroad that it did in its native land - both its eccentricities and its broad appeal are rather specifically Japanese - but it’s still a fine film as well as a must-see for lovers of animation." (more)
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
"Orphaned but, happily, not alone."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The charm in this film is appropriately low-key, as there's a clear, earnest darkness to it even before the event that has the title character shipped off to a group home. Fortunately, this doesn't make for a joyless movie; it may have moments of horror and bits of sadness that can't be escaped, but it's as much a film about resilient children rather than broken ones. And it’s a pretty terrific one." (more)
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