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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Look of Silence, The 5
Amy 5
Trainwreck 4.8
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
Breakup Buddies 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Strangerland 1
L.A. Slasher 1
Ted 2 1.63
Vacation 1.64
Ark of Mr. Chow, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Sleepless Night 4.14
Fairhaven 3.5
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Revenge for Jolly! 1
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Sweetwater 4
Complex, The 3
Love Eternal 4.8
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Enough Said 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Fading Gigolo 3
Third Person 1
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.92
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Nebraska 3.55
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 5
Contracted 1.5
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Raze 2.43
Life Feels Good 5
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2015 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Slow West 4
Good Kill 3.29
(T)ERROR 4
Bad Hurt 5
Cartel Land 5
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lost River 5
Get Hard 5
Spy 4.27
Love & Mercy 5
Results 4
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2015 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Love & Mercy 5
Manglehorn 4
Slow West 4
Horsehead 4.86
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
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2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Results 4
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Slow West 4
End of the Tour, The 3
Batkid Begins 5
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2015 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World of Kanako, The 4
Gone with the Pope 1
I Am a Knife with Legs 4
Bag Boy Lover Boy 3
Der Samurai 4.57
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2015 San Francisco International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cop Car 4
Results 4
Wolfpack, The 3
Jauja 4
Tangerine 4
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2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
(T)ERROR 4
Wolfpack, The 3
Look of Silence, The 5
Cartel Land 5
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2015 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shrew's Nest 4
We Are Still Here 5
Let Us Prey 3
Treatment, The 4
When Animals Dream 4
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2015 Cannes Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mad Max: Fury Road 4.38
Amy 5
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
Office 4
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2015 Independent Film Festival Boston MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brilliant Young Mind (aka X+Y), A 3
End of the Tour, The 3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Wolfpack, The 3
Day Release 4
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2015 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cartel Land 5
Love & Mercy 5
Fourth Man Out 5
Waterline (Jeziorak) 4
I'll See You in My Dreams 4
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2015 Los Angeles Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Infinitely Polar Bear 4
Inside Out (2015) 4.5
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2015 AFI Docs Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wolfpack, The 3
Cartel Land 5
Chinese Mayor, The 4
Look of Silence, The 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Office 4
Pyx, The 4.67
Buddha's Palm 4
Cash Only 4
Tazza: The Hidden Card 3
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2015 Maui Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landfill Harmonic 5
Eadweard 5
Wave I Ride, The 5
Love & Mercy 5
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2015 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
End of the Tour, The 3
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
Cartel Land 5
Keeping Room, The 4
Wolfpack, The 3
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tangerine 4
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"Your mission Mr. McQuarrie, should you accept it, is to improve a franchise"
4 stars
alejandroariera says... "“Mission: Impossible” is that rare Hollywood franchise that improves with each entry. The original “Mission: Impossible,” directed by Brian de Palma, built an incomprehensible plot about the theft of a computer file with the names of America’s top secret agents around the film’s massive action set-pieces. Its sequel, directed by John Woo, featured all of the filmmaker’s trademark visual style (balletic slo-mo gunfights, pigeons flapping their wings also in slo-mo before all hell broke loose) without any of the poignancy or dramatic heft of his best Hong Kong-set films." (more)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- ROGUE NATION
"Accepted"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "There have only been a handful of film franchises that have been lucky enough to earn a fifth go-around in theaters and in nearly every one of those cases, a certain degree of artistic ennui has inevitably set in as the filmmakers, more often than not, are merely rejiggering things that have worked in the past instead of taking the time to come up with something fresh and entertaining. The results have, for the most part, been fairly dire--"A Good Day to Die Hard," "Star Trek V" and any number of horror titles one could mention to name just a few. (Hell, even the James Bond series, a franchise as durable as one could possibly hope for, had its first stumble with its official fifth installment, the semi-disappointing "You Only Live Twice.") Oh sure, I am certain that we could come up with a couple of films that buck that particular tide--"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" comes to mind (though anyone calling "The Empire Strikes Back" "Episode V" is going to get [i]such[/i] a pinch)--but such things are pretty much a rarity. Now there are plenty of reasons to love "Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation," the fifth in the incredibly lucrative and surprisingly durable string of films spun off from the popular Sixties-era espionage television series--the smart writing, the good performances and the breathlessly exciting action set-pieces that have been its hallmark since Brian De Palma had Tom Cruise dangling from the ceiling of CIA headquarters in the 1996 original--but the most significant one is that it is that rare late entry in a long-established series that is still acting as if it has something to prove instead of lazily resting on its laurels. Like "Mad Max: Fury Road" from earlier this summer, a lot of care and effort clearly went into making this film and the result is the best franchise film to come along the line since. . . well, since "Fury Road."" (more)
COP CAR
"Stay out of the back seat, kids!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Cop Car" opens by dropping enough swearwords that even parents who missed the R rating might consider pulling their kids out, which is both necessary and a bit of a pity. A family-friendly take on the story could have been fun, although staying true to where writer/director Jon Watts sees the story creates something just as entertaining and probably more thrilling." (more)
CATCH ME DADDY
"Catch this one, but watch it closely."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Catch Me Daddy" opens with a poem/folk tale about its Yorkshire setting, fitting enough but a bit surprising, as the story is driven by people and traditions that arrived in the UK from elsewhere. On the other hand, it's a movie where the heroine is at least second-generation and fairly well-assimilated, probably feeling that present location is more important that old customs herself." (more)
VISIT, THE (2015/I)
"An alien documentary experience, as is appropriate."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "The Visit" is apparently meant to be the second in a thematic trilogy of documentaries by Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen, and I'm curious what grand-scaled idea will round them out. I hope it's something a little more like "Into Eternity", where the consideration of long-term storage of nuclear waste felt practical as well as too big to truly understand, as this film's topic of first contact with alien life, while fascinating, winds up both too specific and too vague." (more)
VACATION
"Should Have Stayed In Vegas"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The original "National Lampoon's Vacation" is a film that may not quite be the comedy classic that some of its proponents deem it to be--it is awfully uneven at times, the ending (which was a last-second replacement when the original finale tested badly with preview audiences--this ending was later repurposed into the climax of "Christmas Vacation") is curiously unsatisfying and some of the bad taste humor has not exactly stood the test of time. (Even director Harold Ramis admitted that the absurdly racist detour to East St. Louis was too much and that he might have reworked or deleted it entirely if he had the opportunity to do it again.) However, it is still a very funny film--certainly better than such dire followups as the execrable "European Vacation" and the all-but-forgotten "Vegas Vacation" (I am not that much of a fan of "Christmas Vacation either but since it has been duly enshrined as a holiday classic, I am willing to give it a pass)--and there are any number of reasons why it is so beloved. For one it marked one of the few times during his reign as one of Hollywood's top stars where Chevy Chase actually committed to playing a character (as he also did in "Fletch" and the sadly little-seen "Funny Farm") instead of just coasting through as a quip machine. For another, the sight of Christie Brinkley in her underwear--although not exactly essential to the narrative--was certainly a memorable sight for any and all 12-year-old boys at the time." (more)
BLUE HOUR , THE
"Beautifully, if sedately, blue."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: When making a film meant to be eerie and still, greatness is almost the baseline requirement for the cinematography. Fortunately, Thailand seems to be unusually well-stocked with both great shooters and things for them to point a camera at, so "The Blue Hour" is off to a good start, and builds into something unnerving as well." (more)
VACATION
"Holiday mold."
2 stars
Brett Gallman says... "“Vacation” is the latest Hollywood resurrection to arrive with a winking attempt at excusing itself with an entire meta routine concerning reboots. This vacation won’t just be a redo of the old one, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) says, insisting it can stand alone as his bewildered kids remind him that they’ve never even heard of the original. At a certain point, you begin to wonder if the film is trying to convince the audience or itself." (more)
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