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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 5
Heavy Trip 5
Won't You Be My Neighbor? 5
Bodied 5
Most Beautiful Island 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Integrity 1
211 1
Race 3 1.86
Catcher Was A Spy, The 2
Venom (2018) 2.11

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Resolution 4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Playroom, The 3
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
Conjuring, The 4.12
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Helter Skelter (2013) 5
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prisoners 2.32
Parkland 3
Under the Skin (2014) 4.14
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Grand Seduction, The 2.43
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Immigrant, The 4.23
Her 4.36
Stranger by the Lake 4
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Big Bad Wolves 5
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Uncle Howard 4
Brahman Naman 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Hollars, The 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
High Treason 4.14
Idiocracy 4.21
They Live 3.6
Survivalist, The 3
Einstein's God Model 3
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2018 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Human Affairs 5
Circus Ecuador 5
MexMan 4
My Name is Myeisha 4
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2018 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eighth Grade 4
Death of Stalin, The 4
Colette 4
Futile and Stupid Gesture, A 5
Hereditary 3.21
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2018 SXSW Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Damsel 3
World Before Your Feet, The 4
Isle of Dogs 4.5
Brothers' Nest 4
Relaxer 2
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2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Three Identical Strangers 3.29
Jurassic Park 4.24
Revenge (2018) 3.71
Beast (2018) 3
Leave No Trace 4.63
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2018 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ajin: Demi-Human 4
Scythian, The (aka The Last Warrior) 4
Under the Silver Lake 4
Cold Skin 4
Knuckleball (2018) 4
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2018 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Wildlife 3
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 4
Shoplifters 3.88
Cold War (2018) 4
Ash Is Purest White 1
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2018 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ash Is Purest White 1
Burning 5
Cold War (2018) 4
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Favourite, The 4.75
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2018 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Piercing 3
Cold War (2018) 4
Favourite, The 4.75
Hate U Give, The 4
Overlord (2018) 3.8
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2018 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Halloween (2018) 3.33
Chained for Life 4
Climax 4
Donnybrook 1
Border 5
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2018 AFI Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Mary, Queen of Scots (2018) 4.13
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The 4.07
Ash Is Purest White 1
Cam 5
Stan & Ollie 4.5
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Apollo 11 5
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FURIE
"Veronica Go."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Furie" has Veronica Ngo Thanh Van and not a whole lot else, and while you can often say that this sort of movie doesn't need a whole lot more than one charismatic star and enough folks to sell the other half of a fight scene to get through 90 minutes, it certainly doesn't hurt. This one has some undeniably impressive martial-arts action and precisely as much story is necessary to justify it, and while one might maybe like a bit more, the film certainly delivers what it promises." (more)
TELL IT TO THE BEES
"Worth it for the performances."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... ""Tell It to the Bees" is a modest, satisfyingly morose drama that tries a little too hard to be poetic and literary. (It’s based on a 2009 novel by Fiona Shaw.)" (more)
NUMBER 37
"I don't think there have been quite THAT many unofficial remakes!"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2018 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Number 37" is basically an uncredited remake of "Rear Window" set in an unsavory Cape Town neighborhood, but that's not exactly a bad place to start if the goal is to make a decent thriller, and while the result may not be a classic, it clears that bar. Maybe this version is not as inventive as the things that inspired it, and there's really not a beat that you can't predict once the basics have been put into place, but it does find an approach to the material that makes it worth a new pass." (more)
CAPTAIN MARVEL
"A.K.A. Marvel’s Mid90s"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Having sat through pretty much every superhero saga that has hit the big screen over the last couple of decades—it is hard to imagine that there was once a time when such films were few and far-between—I have come to realize that, at least to my eye, most examples of this particular genre tend to fall into one of three categories from a quality perspective. There are the undeniably good-to-great ones that offer thrills, laughs and excitement even to those viewers with no real prior knowledge of the comic books that they came from—films like the original “Superman,” the Christopher Nolan Batman films and such recent triumphs as “Wonder Woman,” “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” There are the one that are noisy, nonsensical duds that offer viewers nothing more than the sight of oddly costumed people whomping the crap out of each other while some form of CGI armageddon rages around them—I won’t list any specific examples but as I am not one especially partial to the genre as a whole, my list is probably a lot longer than yours. Finally, there are the ones that may not be particularly great but which contain an element or two that is so genuinely inspired that one shudders to think of what it might have been like without it—the casting of Jack Nicholson as The Joker in “Batman” and of Robert Downey Jr. as “Iron Man” are perfect examples of this. After all the [i]sturm und drang[/i] surrounding its production over the last few months, largely inspired incel twerps waxing wroth over the very notion that those female-type people that terrify them so might actually deserve a place at the pop culture table, it seems a little odd to report that the highly anticipated “Captain Marvel” also falls into the latter category. The movie as a whole is nothing particularly special—it is okay but there is little to it that you haven’t seen before—but there are a couple of things it has going for it, chiefly the presence of Brie Larson in the title role, that keep it moving along and have you leaving the theater thinking that it is better and more satisfying than it really is." (more)
GRETA
"It’s In The Bag"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Greta” is essentially the art house version of one of those relatively low-budget and decidedly by-the-numbers thrillers that a studio like Screen Gems grinds out on a regular basis and puts out during slow periods on the release calendar for a quick profit at the box-office before going on to permanent rotation on basic cable. This, I hasten to add, is more of an observation than a criticism and I enjoyed the whole thing on some basic level, especially when it hits the point where all involved evidently decided to just lean into the ridiculousness rather than continue the struggle to take it seriously. That said, watching the enormously talented people going through their oftentimes generic paces here is a lot like going to a recital given by a master pianist and discovering that the program is 90 minutes of scales topped by a rendition of “Chopsticks”—their work is impeccable but you can’t help but wish that they could have combined on something a little more challenging." (more)
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
"A muted finale but a beautiful film."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Give DreamWorks credit for knowing when they're done with something, even when the temptation to keep a successful series going must be strong, as when the "Madagascar" series stumbled upon its end and didn't fight it. They probably could have stretched "How to Train Your Dragon" out a while longer, but there's not a whole lot more to say, to the point where they kind of have trouble building a new story. Fortunately, the series still has just enough of what makes it work to glide in for a satisfying landing." (more)
LIFE AFTER FLASH
"Nice for the fans, I guess."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "As a child of the ‘80s, I found one thing in particular (aside from the obvious two or three dozen) galling about the Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody': There was no mention of the band’s pop-transcendent score for 'Flash Gordon.' It was the ideal meeting of hyperbolic sound and hyperbolic image." (more)
EVERYBODY KNOWS
"A decent, if not thrilling, abduction drama."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Right about halfway through "Everybody Knows", I had a horrible thought - what if this is one of those art-house thrillers where we just tread water for a couple hours, nothing is resolved, and the audience is expected to nod appreciatively at the truth of how nobody can ever really know anything for sure? Those films may not be bad by definition, but they can be rote and deflating unless there's something more interesting than the crime itself exposed. This film is not quite that sort of thing, but it's not far off." (more)
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