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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Fantastic Woman, A 5
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Shadow 5
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Tigers Are Not Afraid 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Goldfinch, The 1
211 1
Fanatic, The 1
Lucy in the Sky 1
Race 3 1.86

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Jackpot 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Imaginaerum 3
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Bushido Man 4
Vessel (2013) 3.14
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.88
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Of Good Report 5
Blue Ruin 4.44
Oculus 2.8
Beneath the Harvest Sky 3.86
Double, The (2014) 4.63
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Alan Partridge 4
Nebraska 3.63
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Under the Rainbow (2013) 4
One Chance 3
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Green Room 3.5
Brahman Naman 4
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
Idiocracy 4.21
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Survivalist, The 3
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Dual City 4
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Mope 3
Hole in the Ground, The 3
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Apollo 11 5
Long Shot 4.14
Beach Bum, The 1
Day Shall Come, The 3
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ms. Purple 4
Pollinators, The 3
Pizza, A Love Story 4
Monos 4
Official Secrets 3
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Goldfinch, The 1
Abominable (2019) 3.57
Joker 2.2
Hustlers 3.14
First Love 4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Happy Face 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Swallow 5
First Love 4
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"Too interesting to ignore, too difficult to embrace."
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Jay Seaver says... "It's a testament to the core idea of "Gemini Man" - both in terms of being something that would be fun for audiences to see on-screen and the foundation on which you can build a solid story - that work on it never really stopped over the past twenty-odd years, long enough to have originally been planned with Tony Scott directing Harrison Ford (or at least, those are the earliest names I can recall being attached) and the necessary visual effects technology just out of reach. The gestation period has been just long enough for its gimmick to go from revolutionary to almost commonplace, with the script probably being revised just enough times to sand a few too many rough edges off but still have the film remain interesting." (more)
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Peter Sobczynski says... "It is always a bit disconcerting to come to the realization that the filmmakers who first burst onto the scene as iconoclasts determined to break free of established cinematic conventions and forge their own distinct paths have become the established voices whose newer works now take on a classical feel. Take the career of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, for example. When he first emerged in the early 80s with such brash and provocative hybrids of comedy and melodrama as “Matador,” “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” and the international breakthrough “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” he forged a unique and audacious personal vision and even if one did not necessarily respond to it (and I confess that I was one of those people for a long time), it nevertheless could not be denied. As time went on and his reputation grew, his films took on a new and more decidedly mature tone as each one was increasingly looked upon as an event. At one point, he even set out to make a film that deliberately evoked his wilder early works but the end result, “I’m So Excited,” was so dire that it almost served to prove that you can’t go home again after all, at least cinematically. With his latest work, the elegiacal “Pain and Glory,” he has turned his camera inward for a deeply, almost painfully, personal work that mines themes that he has explored in the past but in a more disarmingly direct and undeniably effective and moving manner than he has ever deployed before" (more)
RIOT GIRLS
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Rob Gonsalves says... "Jovanka Vuckovic’s lively feature debut 'Riot Girls' is set in 1995 and seems to be a war between the ‘90s aesthetic and the ‘80s ethos. The heroes dress like the grunge army and listen to bands like L7; the villains wear varsity jackets and blare a hair-metal anthem called “Danger in the Air.” The mohawks versus the mullets. The Southside Serpents against Cobra Kai." (more)
CRAWL
"I love fun junk, but this isn't fun junk."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Acting in the roving-alligator thriller 'Crawl' could not have been remotely fun. The poor leads — Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper as a daughter/father pair trapped in a flooded house along with several king-size gators — spend most of their screen time in a filthy, rusty, submerged crawlspace, and the atmosphere looks like a petri dish for tetanus, triple-E, you name it." (more)
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"No joke."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "This past weekend, a film opened. You may have heard about it." (more)
PARTS YOU LOSE, THE
"Dull, standard stuff."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Parts You Lose" is a dreary movie about a boy finding a new father figure in a violent fugitive who seems like a minor improvement from his actual dad, with lots of nothing happening under the sort of grey sky that makes things feel more serious and as such does a much better job of making the film memorable just by being above Manitoba-subbing-for-North-Dakota in February than anything that actually happens. It's the sort of blandly generic movie whose very name starts to vanish even while one is watching it, becoming "The Pieces We Lost" or the like when a person tries to recall something about it." (more)
DILILI IN PARIS
"Some good bits in the middle of this animated mess."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I'm not sure how completely an atrocious dub torpedoes "Dilili in Paris" in its American release, because it's got a lot of other problems, and it's entirely possible that the film's original soundtrack sounds just as flat and repetitive, only in French. Even if that's the case, this is the version that English-speaking kids will see, and while they've probably seen worse on YouTube, the way it's presented makes this film feels far more lazy than it likely is." (more)
FIRST LOVE
"A meet-cute in a Takashi Miike movie is dangerous!"
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's not just that director Takashi Miike has been incredibly prolific over the course of his career - this year's Fantasia International Film Festival was unusual not just in that he didn't have a film on the program, but that he usually has at least two - but in that he's done a bit of everything, from art-house experiments to family adventures to blockbuster comic-book adaptations, even if he's best known for offbeat crime and horror. "First Love" may not be the gob-smacking experience that his breakout films were, but is some good, old-school Miike, a throwback to when he was cranking out yakuza films on deadline and neither self-consciously weird nor surprisingly mainstream, even if it's also aware that those days are past." (more)
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