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MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
211 1
Lucy in the Sky 1
Fanatic, The 1
Craft, The: Legacy 1
Malcolm & Marie 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Rubberneck 2.38
Fairhaven 3.5
Jackpot 5
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ip Man: The Final Fight 4
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips 4
Dead Experiment, The 3
Curse of Chucky 4
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fake, The 4
Bends 5
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 3
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 5
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.29
Immigrant, The 4.23
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Le Week-End 3.71
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Major, The 5
Motel Life, The 2.86
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Hollars, The 4
Antibirth 4
Certain Women 4.14
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
Embers 4.14
Pitch Black 3.56
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Alienated 2
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Official Secrets 3
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Nightingale, The (2019) 5
Shooting the Mafia 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Alice (2019) 5
Porno 4
Yes, God, Yes 4
Good Boys 4.14
Long Shot 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shadow 5
Luce 3
When Lambs Become Lions 5
Monos 4
Greener Grass 2
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Motherless Brooklyn 2.67
Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.86
Hustlers 3.14
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band 3.57
Vast of Night, The 4.71
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lodge, The 3.31
Koko-di Koko-da 4
Happy Face 4
Vast of Night, The 4.71
Tammy and the T-Rex 3
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2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
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2020 Nightstream Virtual Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Bleed with Me 3
Detention (2019) 5
Black Bear 3.71
Breaking Surface 2
Doorman, The (2020) 2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In the Earth 3
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shirley 4.08
Downhill 2
Promising Young Woman 3.07
Kajillionaire 2.5
Father, The 5
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2021 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
My Zoe 4
Since August 5
This Is Not a War Story 4
Trouble Will Find Us 5
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LATEST REVIEWS
TOUCH (2021)
"Don't Forget To Drink Lots Of Water"
2 stars
Erik Childress says... "American films, particularly remakes, often fall into the trap of trying to one-up its originals by providing more generic thrills or happy endings. The nuance of a more enriching study of culture or character falling victim to the more palatable devices of a screenwriter with no imagination – or too much. Well, sometimes that happens abroad too. Case in point – Aleksandra Szczepanowska’s Touch which she wrote, directed and stars in opens with the promise of something deeper, illuminating and even sensual and then falls down a wormhole into the days when Fatal Attraction reduxes were all the rage. Touch is all the more ironic in that the film begins with an exploration of identity and then has so much trouble finding one itself." (more)
MORTAL KOMBAT (2021)
"Finish him."
2 stars
Lybarger says... "Twenty-four years ago, I had to sit through the follow up to one of the few successful movies based on a video game. Like its predecessor, it lacked the grisly violence of the game, but it had nothing to offer that could replace it." (more)
MORTAL KOMBAT (2021)
"You'll Be Screaming "Finish It!""
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I suppose I should probably confess upfront that I harbor no particular nostalgia towards “Mortal Kombat” in either its video game or big screen incarnations from the 1990s. Regarding the former, I no doubt threw a few quarters into it while killing time waiting for a movie to begin but only if there wasn’t a better game available in the lobby—something like “Smash TV” or that “T2” adaptation. As for the movies, I vaguely recall seeing the original 1995 film, the first game-to-screen adaptation by Paul W.S. Anderson, the only thing I really remember about it was the bizarre decision to take a game that was primarily famous for its graphic and over-the-top violence and transform it into a blandly innocuous work that strained to achieve its PG-13 rating. As for 1997’s “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,” even I had better things to do than sit through that one and nothing that I have seen or read about it over the years has caused me to question that particular life choice for even a second. Now, after years of rumors, false starts and legal issues, a new cinematic endeavor, cunningly entitled “Mortal Kombat,” is upon and if you are looking for a review that will explore in granular detail the ways in which it fits in with the franchise and its legacy, I would gently suggest that over the next couple of days, you should be able to easily find hundreds of reviews that will perform that task more effectively than I possibly could and you should probably look to them instead." (more)
NOBODY (2021)
"Brutal fun."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Sometimes you just want a brutality expert wrecking house and perforating faceless bad guys, and "Nobody" gives you that and then some." (more)
IN THE EARTH
"Ambition and atmosphere, at least."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""In the Earth" is simultaneously a movie that Ben Wheatley pulled together quickly as something he could make while folks were self-isolating - it was allegedly written and directed in two weeks - and something that must have been kicking around his head for a while, which leads to a certain tension. There's big ideas and times when the film either has too much or too little to do to get to the next leg, messy in a way you might expect from a film made under weird conditions." (more)
HOT WATER (2021)
"Really (Not) Hot And Awfully (Not) Wet"
1 stars
Erik Childress says... "Trying to recreate the moment in time when the creative minds behind the National Lampoon took their anti-establishment humor into the movies is a daunting task. The style of that humor has evolved, not to mention society which funnels every archaic joke through a modern perspective that can now register as problematic. The next thankless task is to just say screw it and try to mirror the kind of softcare Hardbodies genre that would gain play from horny teenagers on late night cable. Even if the message was still the same, behavior got dumber and clothing became more optional. Cinemax does not even run those sort of movies anymore so the only thing left for filmmakers is to either copy a bygone era or satirize it. Larry Rippenkroeger’s Hot Water has all of the ingredients to pick either of those lanes but somehow is asking its horned-up, summer-lovin’ beach body wanting audience to supposed to kinda sorta take it…seriously?" (more)
TRANSFERENCE: A LOVE STORY
"The Heart Wants What The Heart(less) Wants?"
3 stars
Erik Childress says... "Sex and love are so often confused in everyday courtship that any attempt to put a definition on them is usually the catalyst to neither existing in the future of a relationship. One can certainly turn into the other – from both directions – that the fantasy of such a happy ending through various definitions is what has us reaching for the simplicity of a movie romance. Raffaello Degruttola’s Transference starts off on the uneasy path between the two and does not make things much easier, but after a promising start also has trouble defining its two lovers in the high stakes world of emotional acceptance." (more)
THUNDER FORCE
"The Blah Falcone"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "My guess is that the pitch meeting for “Thunder Force” consisted entirely of writer-director Ben Falcone walking into Netflix headquarters, uttering the magic words “Melissa McCarthy is a superhero” and walked out with the requisite number of wheelbarrows filled with cash needed to bring it to fruition. As premises go, that one is not too bad but it quickly becomes apparent that nobody involved ever bothered to develop that premise in potentially interesting and funny ways, assuming that the sight of McCarthy and co-star Octavia Spencer wreaking comedic havoc with their powers to satisfy viewers. That works for a few minutes, to be charitable about it, but the whole thing just grows increasingly silly and tiresome as it goes on. To make matters even more frustrating, it does hit upon a potentially ingenious conceit—one that could have easily fueled an entire film on its own—but then kind of squanders it on only a couple of scenes (albeit the best ones) before retreating to the nonsense." (more)
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