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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Void, The 5
Your Name 5
Colossal 5
Their Finest 4.86

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Going in Style (2017) 1
Ghost in the Shell (2017) 1.64
Belko Experiment, The 1.89
Song to Song 2
Zookeeper's Wife, The 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Resolution 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Playroom, The 3
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Superhero 4
Plus One 3
Hatchet III 2
Machine, The 4.57
Son of Sardaar 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Major, The 5
Prisoners 2.32
Stranger by the Lake 4
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
All Cheerleaders Die 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Stranger by the Lake 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Tim's Vermeer 5
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Immigrant, The 4.23
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
Of Good Report 5
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Hollars, The 4
Antibirth 4
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
They Live 3.6
Projet-M 3
Displacement 3.14
House of Time 3
Arrowhead (2016) 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
White Coffin 2
Love Witch, The 2.5
Phantom Detective 3
Five (2016) 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Kate Plays Christine 2
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
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
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
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
Certain Women 4.14
Deepwater Horizon 3.25
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Arrival 3.19
Wasted Times, The 2.29
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Aloys 4
Elle 4
Monster Calls, A 3.25
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Elle 4
Personal Shopper 3
La La Land 3.06
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Elle 4
Handmaiden, The 5
Jackie 4
We Are the Flesh 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Arrival 3.19
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Jackie 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
Arrival 3.19
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fraud 4.14
Paterson 4.88
Jackie 4
Prevenge 4
Moana 3.86
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
La La Land 3.06
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.88
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.06
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 3.06
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dearest Sister: Nong Hak 4
Split Image 2
Autohead 4
Windmill Massacre, The 3
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
Hounds of Love 5
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FRAUD
"Consumerism as found-footage horror."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: I am reasonably certain that “Fraud” is not a documentary, despite several film festivals labeling it as such and the lack of credits identifying the cast and crew at the end; it simply commits to its found-footage conceit more completely than is typical. It’s convincing even for those who know otherwise, and that may be an issue for some; it’s convincingly amateurish enough to not be a smooth watch and for the “subjects’” bad acts to come off as repellent rather than generic. Get past that, though, and it’s on point." (more)
THEIR FINEST
"A tribute to British wartime cinema that is genuinely delightful."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "What a surprisingly delightful film. "Their Finest" is, to start with, about what you'd expect, a likable tale of Brits Doing Their Bit during WWII, cheekily aiming for the same sort of impossible mix of optimism and realism that the characters within are aiming for in order to keep spirits up. That would be quite enough, because it really is quite good on that count, but it’s got a level of self-awareness and ability to quietly be the sort of thing it venerates that makes it resonate all the more." (more)
TOMMY'S HONOUR
"Roughly at par."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Normally, the movies that make me wish I’d brought someone else with me for a different perspective are aimed at kids, but things like "Tommy’s Honour" have a similar effect. It’s an amiable enough sporting biography, sure enough, but what the filmmakers tackle is specific enough that, while it won’t leave us non-golfers confused or out of the loop, it may perhaps have more interest to my golfing friends than it does to me, and if they’d find its details more intriguing." (more)
COLOSSAL
"The Kaiju Wears Prada"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Colossal” is one of those movies that is so audacious in so many ways that most viewers will find themselves needing to see it twice—the first time to be amazed and entertained by all of the impressive and unique things that it has to offer it has to offer and the second to be equally amazed by the fact that something so strange and wild and daring could have actually made it before the cameras without having all the things that make it so impressive and unique dumbed down or eliminated entirely in a misguided effort to make it more “accessible” to audiences. It belongs on that shelf with such works as “Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” in the way that it takes a premise that, taken solely at face value, is so utterly outlandish that there are literally hundreds of different ways in which it could have stepped wrong and somehow manages to avoid or overcome all of the potential pitfalls that it encounters along the way. (Needless to say, this is one of those films that is best experienced for the first time knowing as little about it as possible and while I will tread as lightly as possible in terms of details, some of you may want to check out now in order to avoid potential spoilers.)" (more)
FATE OF THE FURIOUS, THE
"All Revved Up With No Place To Go"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The trouble with making a film franchise that is predicated almost entirely on over-the-top action sequences featuring wildly elaborate stunts and special effects is that in attempting to top themselves with each subsequent entry, the filmmakers run the risk of going too far and crossing the line from cheerful lunacy into outright and borderline intolerable foolishness. Remember how the increasingly gaudy James Bond movies with Roger Moore in the Seventies got bigger and wilder until the producers were forced to send him into space in “Moonraker” (1979), generally regarded as one of the low points in the history of that series? Then there was the case of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas reinventing the action genre with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) and then attempting to do that classic one better by devising a follow-up that was literally nothing but a string of show-stopping set-pieces—the result, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984) was fun for about ten minutes or so but it tried so hard to knock viewers out with every single frame that the sheer effort of it all became wearying after a while." (more)
LIFE (2017)
"Starts dormant, but does indeed come alive."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "In an earlier decade, "Life" would have a title that either ended with an exclamation point or would look perfectly normal if one were added, but that doesn’t happen today, because even if a movie studio willingly spends tens of millions of dollars on a blood-soaked script about alien stem cells reviving and attacking a space station crew, they wouldn’t want people to think it’s pulpy silliness. So, without actually lying or misrepresenting the film, they try and make it look like "Arrival", when it’s actually more like "The Thing from Another World!"" (more)
GOING IN STYLE (2017)
"Attack Zach"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "For those who haven’t seen it in a long time, the 1979 film “Going in Style” is most likely remembered as a genial caper comedy in which George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg play three old men who, desperate to relieve the monotony of their lives and figuring they have nothing left to lose, don Groucho Marx disguises and knock over a local bank. In actuality, the film, which marked the major studio debut of writer-director Martin Brest, included a surprising amount of serious moments that dealt with the frustration of the three old men who spent their lives following all the rules only to end up living together in a tiny apartment on their skimpy monthly Social Security checks. Heck, a couple of the characters didn’t even make it to the final scenes that featured a triumph of a decidedly muted nature. It was precisely these elements that gave the film its flavor but it is hard to imagine that they would have survived had the film been made today—if the darker material had somehow managed to make it through the script approval process, there is an excellent chance that test audiences would have been so against it that it would have all been consigned to the cutting room floor and there would have been reshoots to give it an ending that audiences and studio executives might consider to be more palatable." (more)
VOID, THE
"Classic-style and classic-quality horror."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 19: Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski haven’t made a whole lot of movies as part of the Astron-6 collective, and I haven’t reviewed all of them, but it still feels like I’ve written something about how wasteful it is that they didn’t seem to trust their very real talent, using parody as a crutch. While "The Void" does not have an A-6 title card on it, it was done by many of the same people, but it’s a straight horror movie, and it’s a terrific one, distilling what made the 1980s horror they clearly love great and presenting it as something that doesn’t feel dated or silly at all." (more)
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