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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Bridgend 5
Captain America: Civil War 4.53
Love & Friendship 4.5
New York New York (2016) 4.14
Keanu 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 1
X-Men: Apocalypse 1
High-Rise (2015) 1
Mother's Day (2016) 1
Huntsman, The: Winter's War 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Fairhaven 3.5
Burn 4
War Witch 4.5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
It's Me, It's Me 3
Dirties, The 4
Shield of Straw 5
Antisocial 4
Machine, The 4.57
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.78
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
Green Inferno, The 3.91
Afflicted 3.5
Dom Hemingway 3.29
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Jimmy P. 4.14
Her 4.38
Stranger by the Lake 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Missing Picture, The 4
August: Osage County 1.78
Fifth Estate, The 2
One Chance 3
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2016 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arbalest, The 1
Alive and Kicking (2016) 5
Hardcore Henry 2
And Punching the Clown 5
Keanu 4.14
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Green Room 3
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Hollars, The 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
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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
Blade Runner 4.29
They Live 3.64
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Skyquake 2
Displacement 3
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2016 Berlin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Midnight Special 3.78
Where to Invade Next 3.57
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KEANU
"Hit the sweet spot between spoofing buddy comedies and being one."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A couple of days after watching "Keanu", I thought, hey, what if this isn't just a fairly amusing bunch of jokes, including callbacks to some of stars Keegan-Michael Key's and Jordan Peele's most famous sketch-comedy bits, but a sort of riff on what it's like to be a minority who doesn't exactly fit the most popular view of that means. I can't exactly speak to that, but I can say that I laughed quite a bit, even though I was only vaguely aware of Key & Peele before." (more)
MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS, A
"Getting decent health care is a battle."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "As a strong proponent of the seventy-five minute thriller, I would likely approve of "A Monster with a Thousand Heads" even if it didn't turn out to be a quietly twisty film that is not just admirably compact, but which also uses that efficiency to keep a familiar story feeling new." (more)
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
"Apocalypse... We've All Been There, The Same Old Trips, Why Should We Care?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Including the various spin-off vehicles featuring the misadventures of that lovable scamp Wolverine, "X-Men: Apocalypse" is the eighth big-screen adventure featuring the enormously successful mutant superheroes from the Marvel comic books series since the release of the first "X-Men" back in 2000. That is an impressive number by anyone standards (meanwhile, I have waiting over three decades for a proper sequel to "Buckaroo Banzai," but never mind) and serves as a testament to the enduring popularity of the franchise. However, even the most dedicated members of its fanbase may find themselves questioning their loyalties after enduring this latest installment, a wheezy and oftentimes barely coherent mess that offers viewers little more than the sight of a bunch of generally good actors standing around in goofball costumes while poorly executed action set-pieces erupt around them." (more)
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
"It’s the end of the world as you know it, and I feel bored."
1 stars
alejandroariera says... "What do “Return of the Jedi,” “Spider-Man 3” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” have in common with “X-Men: Apocalypse”? That they are all the disappointing final chapters of trilogies that changed their respective genres and the movie industry. “Return of the Jedi” gave us ewoks and more family melodrama and revelations than your run-of-the-mill Latin American soap opera; “Spider-Man 3” gave us way too many villains, a love affair on the rocks and a douche-bag Peter Parker (granted he was possessed by Venom, but still); and “X-Men: The Last Stand” gave us Brett Ratner. Although, quite honestly, that’s rather unfair considering that the final chapter of the first X-Men trilogy is far more entertaining than “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Director Brian Singer and co-scriptwriter Simon Kingberg (the man responsible for last year’s dreadful “Fantastic Four” remake) may waste no time in poking fun at Ratner’s contributions to the X-Men franchise or even “Return of the Jedi.” But you know what they say about throwing the first stone. Maybe they should have heeded their own snarky asides." (more)
BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
"Witchcraft, well-crafted."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There wasn't much of a market for Japanese animation in the United States when Eiichi Yamamoto's "Belladonna of Sadness" was released in 1973, let alone films with the sort of limited animation and adult content that Yamamoto and producer Osamu Tezuka (often justifiably described as Japan's Walt Disney) were making in that period. As a result, it would take over forty years and a restoration for this film to get a theatrical and home video release in America, and while it's probably not worth that long a wait, it is worth discovering, especially for fans of art-house animation." (more)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
"Good in both past, present, and future."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The future is just as much a part of our lives as the past, but it often makes storytellers wary. Who wants to remembered for guessing wrong on details, let alone major happenings? Is risky, but sometimes your story has to extend that far in order to fully express what is teller is getting at, the way "Mountains May Depart" ("Shan he gu ren" in Mandarin) does. Its unconventional third act is not all that makes it an intriguing and noteworthy drama, though it is an essential part of the story." (more)
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
"Ladies Just Wanna Have Funds"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Over the years, the works of Jane Austen have served as the basis for any number of movies, especially in the last couple of decades following the international success of the 1995 British television adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” ranging from straightforward takes on her classic novels to more off-beat takes that have transported them to modern times, reworked them into full-scale Bollywood musicals and even thrown marauding zombies into the mix. Some of these films have been quite good—I am especially fond of the charming “Emma” update “Clueless” and the 2005 version of “Pride and Prejudice” with Keira Knightley, even though i would just as soon eat glass as sit through another version of that chestnut—but in most cases, the films have lacked the spark that Austen’s prose contains and which continues to resonate with readers to this day. Too often, there seems to be a bit of disconnect between the filmmakers and the material—they know Austen’s words but not the music—and the results tend to feel like elaborate book reports that replicate the events of the novels but which fail to find a cinematic equivalent to her singular voice. One filmmaker whose work has invited favorable comparisons to Jane Austen in the past is Whit Stillman, whose past works have all been witty and erudite comedies of manners in the vein of Austen’s books and whose first film, “Metropolitan,” could be seen as a loose, contemporary riff on “Mansfield Park.” With his latest work, “Love & Friendship,” Stillman has undertaken his first official Austen adaptation and I cannot easily think of a more felicitous combination of artistic voices—not since Ang Lee and Emma Thompson took on “Sense & Sensibility” has Austen gotten such a top-notch screen version of her work. The trailers may make it seem like just another stuffy literary adaptation but I assure you that it is a wickedly funny delight from start to finish that is, despite the age of its source material, as fresh, vibrant and alive as anything else out there right now." (more)
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
"Even More Angry Birds (Joke Probably Funnier In England)"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Considering the fact that the original “Neighbors” was one of the more obnoxious and stridently unfunny comedies of recent memory, it should probably come as no surprise that the inevitable sequel would be just as devoid of laughs—even the sequels to good comedies tend to chafe under the strain of coming up with jokes that aren’t merely retreads of ones deployed the first time around. However, the most frustrating aspect about “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” is that, unlike the first film’s war of attrition between new parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne and the obnoxious fraternity led by party-hearty heartthrob Zac Efron that moves in next door to them, this one actually has a genuinely inspired idea at its center that it then proceeds to completely squander." (more)
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