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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One 4
Mountains May Depart 4
Love Off the Cuff 4
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Below Her Mouth 1
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 1.38
Alien: Covenant 2.58
What a Wonderful Family! (2017) 3
Brand New Testament, The 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Keep the Lights On 3
Burn 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lesson of the Evil 3
Imaginaerum 3
Machi Action 4
Rooftop, The 4
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fifth Estate, The 2
Railway Man, The 3
Stranger by the Lake 4
Metallica Through The Never 3.29
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Stranger by the Lake 4
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Stranger by the Lake 4
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Philomena 4.17
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Under the Shadow 5
Cameraperson 5
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
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Reconnoiter 3.23
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Displacement 3.14
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Operation Avalanche 4
She's Allergic to Cats 3
Conspiracy of Faith, A 3
Blood Father 3.29
Age of Shadows, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Five Nights in Maine 4
Under the Shadow 5
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
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
Monster Calls, A 3.25
Blair Witch 2.67
Age of Shadows, The 5
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone 3
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 3.86
Aloys 4
Elle 4
Fraud 4.22
Monster Calls, A 3.25
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Lost City of Z, The 4.86
20th Century Women 5
Elle 4
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
Raw 4
We Are the Flesh 4
Prevenge 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.19
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.75
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.69
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 4.09
Moonlight (2016) 4.81
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jackie 4
I, Daniel Blake 1
Moana 3.86
Red Turtle, The 5
Lure, The 3
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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
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
Safe Neighborhood 3
Windmill Massacre, The 3
Hollow Point, The 2
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
Get Out 3.88
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Most Beautiful Island 5
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Free Fire 5
Hounds of Love 5
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LATEST REVIEWS
MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA
"Right on the line between the good and bad sorts of silliness."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" is very much not for every taste - it's got a style of art and animation that looks primitive, hipster adults playing high-school sophomores and a bunch of self-referential gags. On the other hand, it tends to work because it's got a teenager's honest stumbling excitement of creating something without playing by the established rules; writer/director Dash Shaw will get an idea and throw it in there when asking himself why the heck not doesn't yield an obvious reason to stop, but not get so self-satisfied that he strings it out past the point of actually being funny." (more)
WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! (2017)
"Not quite so wonderful as the one in Japan, but not bad."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Yoji Yamada's "What a Wonderful Family!" was one of the best comedies I saw in 2016, and that other movies more likely to get an American release pushed ahead of it in my review queue is something I rather regret, both because it was a missed opportunity to bring some attention to a very funny movie and because it would have had something more concrete to refer to when writing up this Chinese version arriving roughly a year later - am I remembering the Japanese as better than it was and therefore seeing the remake fall short of an ideal rather than a reality, are the jokes blunted because they trigger memory before they trigger laughter, or is this just what it looks like, a copy that isn't quite as sharp as the original." (more)
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
"Topical story that works because we like the folks involved."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2017: The story of the one bank to get charged with crimes as a result of the 2008 mortgage crisis may seem like potentially dry material, but it turns out to be involving and entertaining, in no small part because the Sung family who founded the bank are sympathetic and winning. They and their trial are the sort of subjects where a documentarian must feel like they're hit a jackpot early on, knowing the audience will have a personal stake even when the broader issues of what motivated out influenced the prosecution are a bit abstract. Watching it, one might almost think that the hardest part for director Steve James was worrying about which ending he was going to have to lead up to." (more)
ALIEN: COVENANT
"More ALIEN, if not necessarily new ALIEN."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That the original "Alien" movies wound up being made by four different filmmakers, each of whom would have noteworthy careers, doing a distinct take on the material, was likely less the product of design than the studio looking for people who would work cheap on a series that had a moderate number of devoted fans. It made that series a fascinating, if uneven, anthology in retrospect, and this second return of original director Ridley Scott in an era when studios prize the predictable stability of a series that is now a popular brand is the opposite of the reinvention that characterized the series originally. So this is a new, fairly capable "Alien" sequel, but it's a predictable one, and maybe these movies shouldn't be that." (more)
WALL, THE (2017)
"Even thrillers this compact can still have filler."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Usually, Roger Ebert's line about long and short movies is used in praise of lengthy yet electrifying films; I suspect it will get some use in the other direction here, because while "The Wall" is a mere 81 minutes long, it still drags on occasion, particularly during a center section that never quite manages to be the game of carry and mouse it strives for. At least being compact means that the good parts don't get completely drowned out." (more)
HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
"Telling a behind-the-scenes story with the loving couple's tools."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Like the world in general, the world of film is built on people like Harold and Lillian Michelson, folks who are good something that contributes to the success of a larger undertaking, do it for a long time, and similarly put in the effort to have good lives when they get home from work. Even when their contributions are, in fact, important parts of highly-visible successes, telling their stories can be hard - it's technical on the one hand and expected on the other. Lucky for us, this couple made friends with good storytellers, who have brought their shared life story to the screen in a way that, aside from being charming, highlights their importance." (more)
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
"Why Must They Yawn At My Mighty Sword?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With all due respect to the classic comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), the best feature film ever made centering around the legend of King Arthur remains John Boorman’s 1981 epic “Excalibur,” a film that presented the familiar saga in a visually extraordinary manner that nevertheless did not skimp on the story and the themes that have intrigued and obsessed audiences for centuries. Perhaps recognizing that any attempt to recreate that exquisite balance of spectacle and serious-minded storytelling, no matter how well-intentioned it might have been, would only suffer in comparison to Boorman’s film, the last couple of major films related to the subject—“First Knight” (1995) and “King Arthur” (2004)—have elected to downplay the glitz factor in order to approach the material in a more down-to-earth manner. Alas, the problem in those cases is that they tried so hard to keep it real that the films eventually became tedious bores that seemed to go out of their way to suck all of the fun and interest out of the material. Considering the tepid reception that those films received (and I can almost guarantee that you forgot that the latter one existed until I mentioned it just now, unless your name is Keira Knightley and even then, I am not so sure you didn’t forget about it), the notion that the next person to take a crack at all things Arthurian would decide to emphasize the spectacle aspect is probably not that much of a surprise. Alas, it is our bad luck that the one who would choose to step up to the challenge would be Guy Ritchie, the once-interesting creator of the quirky British crime dramas “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch who has lately spent his time working on loud and largely tiresome epics as “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and those Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr., who has now inflicted upon us all “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” This may not be the worst film that Ritchie has ever made—which says more about the absolute depths stuck by the likes of his “Swept Away” remake and the truly inexplicable likes of “Revolver” and “RocknRolla” than anything else—but in terms of squandering both seemingly surefire material and a massive budget, it surely deserves some kind of booby prize for the vast array of failings on display." (more)
BATTLE OF MEMORIES
"Memorable, though not always in the right way."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "For all that box office reports will often lead off with how China has made a sci-fi movie that didn't do that well in America something of a hit, they don't export seem to export many. There are plenty of potential explanations for why China makes relatively fewer and they don't tend to cross the Pacific, and that's before you get to how, if "Battle of Memories" is typical, they're not great; the filmmakers had a neat hook to set up a futuristic murder mystery, but are often so set on twists, turns, and misdirection that a story that makes sense never emerges, and they can't dazzle their way past that." (more)
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