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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Gook 5
Logan Lucky 5
Stronger 5
Red Christmas 5
Marjorie Prime 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Hitman's Bodyguard, The 1.82
Sinking City: Capsule Odyssey, The 2
Simran 2
England Is Mine 2
Mother! 2.56

2017 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stronger 5
Battle of the Sexes 3
Mother! 2.56
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers 4
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Sleepless Night 4.14
Burn 4
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bad Milo 3
Complex, The 3
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon 3
Rurouni Kenshin 4.14
Tales From the Dark Part 1 4
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2017 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cold Hell 5
Endless, The 4
Blade of the Immortal 4
Super Dark Times 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.89
Fake, The 4
What Is Cinema? 4
Last of Robin Hood, The 1
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
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
Lasting 3
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Missing Picture, The 4
One Chance 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Green Room 3.5
Under the Shadow 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Certain Women 4.14
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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
Projet-M 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Alienated 2
Skyquake 2
House of Time 3
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2017 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mother! 2.56
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2017 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dave Made a Maze 5
Gook 5
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Landline 3
Beatriz at Dinner 5
Lady Macbeth 3.54
Get Out 4.15
Marjorie Prime 4
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Song to Song 2
Dealt 5
Baby Driver 3.88
Most Beautiful Island 5
Atomic Blonde 3.89
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2017 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Fraud 4.22
She's Allergic to Cats 3
Dave Made a Maze 5
Bitch (2017) 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Little Hours, The 5
Landline 3
Band Aid 4
Trip to Spain, The 4
City of Ghosts (2017) 4
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2017 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Duckweed 3
SoulMate (2016) 5
Extraordinary Mission 3
Single Rider, A 4
Gangster's Daughter, The 4
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2017 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brigsby Bear 5
Bad Genius 5
Shock Wave 2.43
Poor Agnes 5
Animals (2017) 5
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2017 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Spoor 5
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STRONGER
"A Step Above."
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that every time a movie comes along that purports to tell the inspirational true story of someone triumphing over incredible odds, especially if the narrative somehow involves a great tragedy, the hairs on my neck begin to rise. For actors, such films are catnip because there are few things more likely to attract the attention of Oscar voters, especially if some kind of debilitating physical impairment is thrown into the mix as well. That is all well and good for them but I have begun to develop a genuine distaste for such things over the years for a variety of reasons—the stories all tend to be the same in the broad sense, the actors seem more interested in replicating the physical actions of the characters than in inhabiting them emotionally and, perhaps most importantly, the films tend to straddle the line between relatable drama and naked exploitation and more often than not end up leaning towards the latter. However, when such a film is done well and with dignity and intelligence, I am perfectly capable of responding to it in a favorable manner and that is the case with “Stronger.” On the surface, it may look like the usual slice of vaguely nurturing and somewhat enervating Oscar bait but in the hands of the wonderful filmmaker David Gordon Green, it becomes a film that is acutely aware of both the pitfalls and cathartic pleasures inherent in this type of storytelling and does a very good job of largely avoiding the former and arriving at the latter in an honest and entertaining manner." (more)
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
"Needs To Grow A Little More Hair"
3 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Although the ads and trailers only suggest one, there are actually two different stories battling for supremacy throughout its running time. The one being advertised is, of course, a chronicle of the infamous 1973 exhibition tennis match between retired men’s champion Bobby Riggs and reigning women’s champion Billie Jean King that became both a jaw-dropping spectacle and an unexpected referendum on the then (and sadly still)-emerging women’s rights movement. The other one involves the two battles that King found herself fighting off of the court—a public one that finds her demanding that women athletes be treated and paid the same as their male counterparts against forces that do not even try to disguise their blatant sexism and a private one in which she finds herself wrestling with questions about her sexuality at a time when mere whispers suggesting such a thing could destroy a career. Both topics are interesting and could have easily led to fascinating films but by trying to jam the two together, both wind up getting a bit short-changed in the process and the end result is a movie that, while undeniably crowd-pleasing for the most part, never quite comes together in a fully satisfying manner." (more)
SIMRAN
"Carefully avoids all the interesting things it could be doing."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Half of the places listing "Simran" online showed a 238-minute running time, and while in some ways it was a relief to see the film actually just over half that length when it wound up being bad, I must admit that thinking it was that ridiculous length was what drew me to it. Something that seemed as simple as "Hindu maid in Atlanta turns to crime to pay off debts" must have had some real twists or depth to justify that length, or at least some big heist scenes or satirical music numbers. Instead, it's bland enough to seem bloated at 125 minutes." (more)
LEATHERFACE (2017)
"The buzz is back. So are the yawns."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Fans of Mary Harron’s 1996 biopic "I Shot Andy Warhol" might want to know about "Leatherface," the umpty-umpth chapter in the seemingly deathless "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" series." (more)
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER: A DAUGHTER OF CAMBODIA REMEMBERS
"Worth a big-screen watch."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's a bit surprising to me that "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" didn't have its name cut in half during the transition from page to screen, and not just because it may look unwieldy on a VOD menu (let alone a marquee in the small number of theaters that are booking a Netflix original). That title implies adult reflection, while the film is almost entirely devoted to the child's point of view. That's often a source of its power, although it sometimes denies the film some of the clarity director Angelina Jolie looks to find elsewhere." (more)
ABRACADABRA
"Maybe not quite magical, but more than it first appears to be."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's a bit strange when a filmmaker makes waves with something as distinctive as "Blancanieves", Pablo Berger's 2012 silent version of Show White set in the world of 1920s bullfighting and then follows it up with something as superficially mainstream as "Abracadabra", set in present-day Madrid and opening with gags that would seem right at home in much more conventional comedies. Eventually, one does see a similar sort of cock-eyed ambition, and while this follow-up isn't as obviously ambitious, it is quite impressive when looked at in total." (more)
24X36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS
"Nerd art."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "According to the documentary "24Ă—36," movie posters have had three distinct eras, two of which overlap." (more)
ENGLAND IS MINE
"Heaven knows I'm miserable now."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... ""England Is Mine" is a somewhat interesting drama about depression and about women as lifelines, and a much less interesting biopic about Morrissey." (more)
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