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Lucy in the Sky 1
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Headshot (2012) 4
Resolution 3.86
Deadfall (2012) 2
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
24 Exposures 4
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
Garden of Words, The 5
Son of Sardaar 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Major, The 5
Prisoners 2.32
Field in England, A 5
Omar 4.57
Fading Gigolo 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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All Is Lost 4.31
Jimmy P. 4.14
Her 4.34
Omar 4.57
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
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Immigrant, The 4.23
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Fifth Estate, The 2
Major, The 5
Motel Life, The 2.86
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Uncle Howard 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Innocents, The 4
Lure, The 3
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2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
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Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
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Survivalist, The 3
Projet-M 3
Alienated 2
Dual City 4
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Last Black Man in San Francisco, The 5
Late Night 2.4
Official Secrets 3
Pahokee 4
We Are Little Zombies 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Alice (2019) 5
Tread 4
Booksmart 4.92
Good Boys 4.14
Teen Spirit 1
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Shadow 5
Farewell, The (2019) 4.63
Rusalka (aka The Siren), The 4
Not for Resale 4
Pahokee 4
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.32
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band 3.57
Dolemite Is My Name 4.68
Deerskin 3
Whistlers, The 3
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
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Irishman, The 4.4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Death of Dick Long, The 3
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Swallow 5
First Love 4
Tammy and the T-Rex 3
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2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
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Saint Frances 3
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TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, THE
"The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed (At Least Until October)"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a docudrama based on the conspiracy trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors whose conspiracy trial related to charge that they incited riots at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago became the focus of worldwide attention, is a project that has come close to being made several times over the last decade or so without ever quite making it before the cameras. Written by Aaron Sorkin, for whom the combination of courtroom drama and politics must have been artistic catnip, the film was originally set to be directed by Steven Spielberg with Sacha Baron Cohen as Yippie agitator Abbie Hoffman, Will Smith as Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale and the late Heath Ledger as SDS co-founder Tom Hayden. A Writers Guild strike shut that iteration down and when Spielberg moved on to other things, other filmmakers like Paul Greenglass and Ben Stiller were mentioned as possibilities to film Sorkin’s script but these versions failed to pan out as well. After all this time, the film has finally been made, with Sorkin himself tapped to direct his screenplay, and it is a supreme irony that after so many years in which it might have been looked upon simply as a period piece, it arrives in theaters (albeit briefly, though it will be on Netflix, who bought the film from Paramount once Covid-19 tanked the theatrical release schedule, beginning October 16) with themes and ideas that seem as if it was specifically cultivated to come out at this precise moment in time, one at least as tumultuous as the period that it documents." (more)
WAY I SEE IT, THE
"Will Give Faux News' Tucker Carlson an Absolute Hissy Fit"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A refreshing break from big-budget superhero movies." (more)
KAJILLIONAIRE
"More Than Just "Parawhite""
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In 2005, author and performance artist Miranda July made her debut as a writer-director with “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” an offbeat, engaging and utterly original comedy about interpersonal relationships involving a cast of quirky characters that was funny and observant in the ways that they dealt (or didn’t) with questions about love and sex without ever becoming too twee for its own good. Six years later, she followed that up with the vaguely similar “The Future” and while the end result was not quite the standout work that her previous achievement was, it was still smart and amusing and reiterated July as an artist who was willing to march to the beat of her own drum, no matter where it might take her. Now, nearly a decade after that film, she has finally returned with her third feature, “Kajillionaire,” and for the first time, she is working within the confines of a recognizable genre, though it may not be that recognizable once she is through with it. Although the film is uneven and takes a long time to finally hit its stride, it is ultimately an entertaining and occasionally moving work that allows her to tell a story that is more overtly accessible to mass audiences without losing the distinctive touches that made her previous efforts so unique." (more)
ALONE (2020)
"Driven To Fears"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It was the great Jean-Luc Godard who once famously “In order to criticize a movie, you have to make another movie.” Even though it is based on a 2011 Swedish film and had to have been in production at least several months ago, it is extremely tempting to look upon “Alone” as a film made as a response to and a critique of the recent Russell Crowe road rage nonsense “Unhinged.” Both films have somewhat similar initial concepts and share such stylistic conceits as an extremely limited cast of characters. However, in practical every imaginable area, it beats its predecessor with a lean and effective thriller that takes a familiar premise and breathes new life and no small amount of genuine dread into it." (more)
ANTEBELLUM
"Zip-A-Dee-Dubious"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With the massive critical and commercial success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (2017) and “US” (2019), it should probably not come as a surprise to lean that other filmmakers would also attempt to start a conversation and make a killing at the box office (not necessarily in that order) their own films in which they utilized a horror movie framework as a way of examining America’s undeniable racist past and how those sins of the past have continued to seep into and even flourish today. However, if Peele had any idea a few years ago that his efforts would serve as the presumable inspiration for a garbage fire of a film like “Antebellum,” he might have seriously considered erasing them permanently from his hard drive and begun work on something set in the extended “Keanu” Cinematic Universe. This is a dumb, cruel, repellent and idiotic work that is all the worse because of the inescapable and delusional sense that the writer-director duo of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz think that they are offering up something profound. If you are currently thinking that “The Hunt” is the stupidest movie to emerge this year to attempt to combine social issues and genre tropes, here is a film that would like you to hold its mint julep for 105 minutes." (more)
DEVIL ALL THE TIME, THE
"A Good Man is Hard To Find"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With its sprawling narrative that covers two states, two generations and multiple storylines suffused with sex, violence, murder, suicide, the sins of the past and present and a wide array of seemingly disparate characters who all wind up tying together in some way or another, “The Devil All the Time,” Antonio Campos’s adaptation of the Donald Ray Pollack novel resembles nothing so much as a low-rent and increasingly ludicrous southern-fried take on Fifties-era soap operas like “Peyton Place,” though it is unimaginable that it could have gotten away with even a fraction of the lurid miseries that it unleashes on viewers over the course of its extended and ultimately punishing 138-minute running time." (more)
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
"They're baaaack."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Before watching 'Bill & Ted Face the Music,' I was assured I didn’t have to rewatch 'Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure' (1989) and 'Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey' (1991) — it’s true, you don’t — which was good, because I didn’t especially feel like rewatching them. (I last saw them both in ’91.) Having now seen the third installment, I do feel like going back and revisiting the younger Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves)." (more)
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
"Kaufman does it again."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "One question we’re left with by Charlie Kaufman’s "I’m Thinking of Ending Things": did Kaufman mean to cast two actors with almost the same first name except the I, or was that just a freakishly apropos accident?" (more)
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