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Most Beautiful Island 5
In the Fade 5
Breadwinner, The 5
Phantom Thread 4.77
Paddington 2 4.5

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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Commuter, The 1.29
Downsizing 1.75
Ex Files 3: The Return of the Exes 2
Thousand Faces of Dunjia, The 2
All the Money in the World 2

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Breadwinner, The 5
Suburbicon 2.13
Thelma 3.71
I, Tonya 2.29
Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2.29
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Sleepless Night 4.14
Deadfall (2012) 2
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Playroom, The 3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
I'll Follow You Down 3
Missionary (2013) 4
Saving General Yang 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.88
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The 3.13
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Super Dark Times 4
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Touch of Sin, A 5
Parkland 3
Oculus 2.8
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.23
Her 4.36
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Nebraska 3.63
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fifth Estate, The 2
Stop-Over 4
Nebraska 3.63
Philomena 4.17
Heli 4
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Green Room 3.5
Operation Avalanche 4
Cameraperson 5
Antibirth 4
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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
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Big Ass Spider! 4
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Dual City 4
Einstein's God Model 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 3.78
Suburbicon 2.13
Downsizing 1.75
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 4.85
Brawl in Cell Block 99 4.5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
Beatriz at Dinner 5
Little Hours, The 5
Marjorie Prime 4
Thoroughbreds 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Bill Frisell, A Portrait 5
Atomic Blonde 3.89
Honor Farm, The 4
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene 4
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4.14
Fraud 4.22
68 Kill 4
Neighborhood Food Drive 4
Hidden Reserves 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
City of Ghosts (2017) 4
Whose Streets? 4
Furusato 4
Stumped 4
Columbus 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Money's Money 3
Friendly Beast 4
Thousand Cuts 4
Better Watch Out (aka Safe Neighborhood) 3
November (2017) 5
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Thelma 3.71
Wonderstruck 4.85
Florida Project, The 3.86
Square, The (2017) 4
Lady Bird 4.67
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2017 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Call Me by Your Name 4
I, Tonya 2.29
Ballad of Lefty Brown, The 5
Endless, The 4.86
Spoor 5
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lu Over the Wall 4
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COMMUTER, THE
"Take the next train."
1 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I've long repeated the adage that you can make any thriller something like 20% better by setting it on a train, but "The Commuter" challenges that rule in the strongest manner possible. Maybe it doesn't apply to stories that can only take place on a train, or maybe this story would be even worse transplanted to a stationary location, but either way, it's a remarkably stupid movie that wastes a lot of time before it even has a chance to become the entertaining sort of silly." (more)
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
"You can buy a better co-star, but not a better story."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's a harsh and horrible thing to say, but the various controversies that impacted "All the Money in the World" may have been the best things for it. Send this out into the world either with Christopher Plummer cast as J. Paul Getty from the start or with no frantic replacement of Kevin Spacey, and this is a pretty forgettable movie. Now, at least, it will be a footnote in an interesting story." (more)
PROUD MARY
"Keeps on turning well enough."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Proud Mary" is not a terrific movie even by the blaxploitation throwback standards it's clearly striving for; though it sets the situation up with laudable efficiency on the way to a trim 85-minute running time, it still gets bogged down with boring gangster stuff and jettisons large chunks of that when it's not needed any more. It would be a bit of a drag if it didn't embrace being a pulpy B-movie both in size and willingness to dive straight into action; the sometimes-sluggish scenes where guns aren't being fired don't bury how well it works when it gets down to business." (more)
PADDINGTON 2
"Still a wonderful little bear."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Paddington 2" couldn't quite sneak up on me the way the first did - its American trailer spent most of its time on the closest thing the movie has to a gross-out gag, only for the film to later reveal itself as witty and big-hearted - especially since the folks in the UK have been much more vocal about what a lovely film Paul King has made the second time around. That's okay. Knowing to expect its very British brilliance actually makes it no less delightful." (more)
PHANTOM THREAD
"The Master"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Now that it has finally and mercifully come to an end, one can look back on 2017 and realize that while it may have been little more than an extended garbage fire in most respects, it was actually a pretty good year from a cinematic standpoint. However, if I was asked to name only one film from the last 12 months that I thought would go down as a true classic, the kind of movie that will continued to be viewed, studied and adored for as long as people continue to do such things, my instant answer would be “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s utterly unique and absolutely mesmerizing period drama. It has been roughly six weeks or so since I first saw it and I do not think that a single day has gone by since then when I haven’t found myself thinking about it and the mysteries contained within it. At once a throwback to a classical style of big screen storytelling and at the same time completely unclassifiable, this is the first film in recent memory that I would have no problem in referring to as a work of genius and it offers yet another confirmation—not that one is really needed at this point—that Anderson is not just one of the best and most audacious filmmakers of his time but one of the all-time greats to boot." (more)
PHANTOM THREAD
"The Unbearable Lightness of Perfection"
5 stars
alejandroariera says... ""Phantom Thread," Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth film and second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis, is, as the saying goes, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. It doesn’t give its secrets away upon a first viewing and it still proves elusive after a second viewing. It is mesmerizing and confounding, as elaborately and delicately crafted as the dresses designed by its protagonist Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis). It refuses to be pinned down. You are never quite sure where the story is headed. By the end of the film, you leave the theater feeling elated, with the knowledge that what you have just seen is so unique, so unlike anything you’ve ever seen that you have no choice but to revisit it again and again." (more)
HOSTILES
"The West is harsh and cruel, and you've got to choose otherwise."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Scott Cooper's new film is the latest film to de-mythologize the Western, shining a light on the ugly underpinnings of a genre once synonymous with simply morality and violence that provides a definitive resolution. This period and format has been so thoroughly deconstructed that one can watch "Hostiles" and not be entirely sure whether it is mean enough, despite it being quite brutal when it decides to dispatch a character or three, leaving little doubt that is not particularly interested in heroes from its beginning. It's the kind of movie where "going soft" is probably the best thing that could happen, and the big question is whether the movie earns it." (more)
HANSON AND THE BEAST
"If nothing else, she's a real fox."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "World-building and character-based fantasy can be a trap, and "Hanson and the Beast" accidentally shows how this can be: For much of its running time, it's an enjoyably goofy "mythological creatures/were-people live in our midst" thing more likely to go full screwball than make one worry too much about how it all works, and that's when is at its best. Start worrying too much about how all the piece fit together, and it threatens to become no fun at all, though the filmmakers put up a good fight when that danger rears its ugly head." (more)
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""TRENCH 11 is a WW1 set thriller. It's a men-on-a-mission situation that turns dark and horrific once the Allied team descends 100 feet below ground into a hidden German base. From then on it's a psychologically tense, suspenseful and violent ride until the end!" Director Leo Scherman on TRENCH 11 which screened recently at the 2017 edition of Whistler Film Festival." (more)
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""ORDINARY DAYS is a thriller that falls on the backdrop of the disappearance of a college girl, told from three different perspectives. Act I is from the parent's POV and how they deal with the disappearance of their daughter, ACT II is from the POV of the detective put on the case, and ACT III is from the girl's POV and what happened to her. Each act is directed by a different director and the whole is cut together to make one complete story." Director Kris Booth speaking on behalf of the film ORDINARY DAYS which screens at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. The film is directed by Kris, Renuka Jeyapalan and Jordan Canning. Renuka also joins us on this interview!" (more)
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