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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Trip to Greece, The 5
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Swallow 5
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Malcolm & Marie 1
211 1
Craft, The: Legacy 1
Fanatic, The 1
Lucy in the Sky 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Take this Waltz 3.19
Trishna 3.71
Burn 4
Revisionaries, The 4
Marvel's The Avengers 4.26
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Willow Creek 5
Confession of Murder 3
Complex, The 3
Love Eternal 4.8
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.89
Dallas Buyers Club 4.36
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Immigrant, The 4.23
Jimmy P. 4.14
Omar 4.57
Wind Rises, The 4.62
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Le Week-End 3.71
Despite the Gods 4
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Love & Friendship 4.46
Sleight 3.14
Under the Shadow 5
Kate Plays Christine 2
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
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Native (2016) 5
Projet-M 3
Einstein's God Model 3
House of Time 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Late Night 2.4
Mope 3
Honeyland 5
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Judy & Punch 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Extra Ordinary 4
Saint Frances 3
Them That Follow 4
Good Boys 4.14
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Rusalka (aka The Siren), The 4
Not for Resale 4
Pahokee 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Censor 3
Cryptozoo 4
In the Earth 2.86
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sparks Brothers, The 5
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Violet (2021) 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Save Yourselves! 4
Sylvie's Love 4
Zola 4
Downhill 2
Night House, The 4.13
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2021 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
My Zoe 4
Since August 5
This Is Not a War Story 4
Bitter Sugar 5
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2021 Seattle International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Strawberry Mansion 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
Censor 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2021 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Holler 3
I Was a Simple Man 4
Sparks Brothers, The 5
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2021 Toronto Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear Evan Hansen 1
Violet (2021) 4
Last Night in Soho 3.44
Dune (2021) 3.13
Rescue, The (2021) 4
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Junk Head 3.57
Hold Me Back 4
Escape from Mogadishu 4
Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? 5
Raging Fire 4
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Indemnity 2
Baby Money 4
Kratt 3
Suicide Squad, The 3.43
Raging Fire 4
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2021 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3.13
Last Night in Soho 3.44
Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
Card Counter, The 5
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2021 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Drive My Car 2
Dune (2021) 3.13
Tragedy of Macbeth, The 4
Red Rocket 4
Benedetta 4
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2021 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belfast 3
Drive My Car 2
Tragedy of Macbeth, The 4
Last Night in Soho 3.44
King Richard 4
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2021 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Poupelle of Chimney Town 4
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2021 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belfast 3
King Richard 4
Red Rocket 4
Rescue, The (2021) 4
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2021 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3.13
Belfast 3
Drive My Car 2
Last Duel, The 2
King Richard 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
BELLE (2021)
"A grand animated epic that plays best as a small coming-of-age story."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "If you need an example of how great animation can be, don't look at the big, flashy set pieces of "Belle"; watch the sequence where three teenagers (two of them fairly minor characters to that point) are acting weird about their crushes and paralyzed in horror at how weird they're being. It's extraordinary cartooning a step or two away from realistic that nevertheless zeroes in on exactly how something feels. Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda could probably have built the whole movie without the more futuristic elements, but they certainly do get your attention." (more)
KING'S MAN, THE
"Does a couple things fairly well, but they work against each other."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Between the release date shuffles due to Disney's purchase of Twentieth Century Fox and Covid-19, "The King's Man" has been delayed long enough for that to be the story around it, rather than why it exists at all. The first "Kingsman" sequel did okay at the box office but still dropped off fairly notably from the previous film, and as near as I can tell there's not a particularly dedicated fanbase hungry for details on the backstory. Most likely, co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn just had an idea he couldn't shake. He's good enough at this to make a fair movie, though not one worth a wait that has pushed the property toward the back of people's minds." (more)
POUPELLE OF CHIMNEY TOWN
"A great-looking family adventure."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Poupelle of Chimney Town" leads off with the sort of sequences that most movies use at the climax, which maybe sets unfair expectations for how exciting the next 90 minutes will be. It doesn't quite coast on that opening, but maybe switches to a lower gear until the actual finale, which may get some viewers antsy. On the other hand, this movie is mostly for kids, and there's something ro be said for grabbing a young audience's attention rather than making them wait and then keeping a steady pace." (more)
NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021)
"Del Toro triumphs."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Despite its darkness and pessimism, Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel "Nightmare Alley" is a shapely piece of entertainment that may cheer you up." (more)
MATRIX RESURRECTIONS, THE
"Once more unto the breach..."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "There’s a whole bunch of plot jibber-jabber in "The Matrix Resurrections," as there was in the previous three films in the series, but at least this one is a bit more emotionally readable." (more)
TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, THE
"A noble attempt."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Stripped down for action, shot in black-and-white in the boxy old Academy ratio, Joel Coen’s "The Tragedy of Macbeth" couldn’t be much more a hat-tip to film noir — the mode of narrative that has been so good to Coen and his brother Ethan (who sat this one out), from "Blood Simple" to "No Country for Old Men."" (more)
355, THE
"Parallel Bummers"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "January is traditionally a period that movie studios use as a clearinghouse for films in which they have virtually no faith in the hopes that they might still make a few quick bucks from moviegoers who have already seen all the current Oscar bait releases and who are hankering for something new to watch. These films tend to be as terrible as they look and in most cases, the best thing that one can say about them is that they will have pretty much faded from most memories by the time spring officially comes around. In the case of “The 355,” I suspect that it will linger on the minds of those who see it for much longer than that and this is not because of its cinematic brilliance. No, my guess is that it will be remembered for being the film featuring the most scandalous and complete waste of talent of anything released in 2022. Yes, I realize that the year is less than a week old as I write these words but unless someone plans on putting out a documentary featuring the slow and methodical burning of the missing reels of “The Magnificent Ambersons,” I cannot easily imagine a greater and more pointless squandering than this." (more)
G STORM
"A fierce but isolated Storm."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "David Lam's "Storm" series has been a peculiarly reliable fixture of the Hong Kong film scene for the past seven years, especially when one considers that he and writer Wong Ho-Wa don't appear to have had many credits in the fifteen years before "Z Storm" in 2014 and how the industry has favored thematic series rather than actual continuity over that time. There's some strain to this one that makes one wonder if it's time for everyone to move on, though - it feels a little thrown-together and half-hearted, like maybe the attempt to make this sort of thriller during a pandemic and in the region's current political climate was a little much for everybody but the action professionals." (more)
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by Erik Childress
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