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211 1
Fanatic, The 1
Goldfinch, The 1
Race 3 1.86
Crawl 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Fourth Dimension, The 4
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Jackpot 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Library Wars 3
Bad Milo 3
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Hatchet III 2
See You Tomorrow, Everyone 5
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Almost Human 3
Under the Skin (2014) 4.14
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Mystery Road 3
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Her 4.36
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Motel Life, The 2.86
Nordstrand 5
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Birth of a Nation, The (2016) 1.29
Uncle Howard 4
Lobster, The 3.63
Wiener-Dog 2
Lure, 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
High Treason 4.14
Idiocracy 4.21
Pitch Black 3.56
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Alienated 2
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Farewell, The (2019) 4.71
Late Night 2.33
Fighting with My Family 2
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Nightingale, The 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Booksmart 4.92
Us 4.16
Long Shot 4.14
Beach Bum, The 1
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Them That Follow 4
We Are Not Princesses 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
Official Secrets 3
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
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Goldfinch, The 1
Hustlers 3.14
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Happy Face 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Swallow 5
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AD ASTRA
"Heart of darkness on the edge of the solar system."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A regular pet peeve of mine with this sort of movie in particular is the urge to reduce something awesome in scale to a dysfunctional relationship between two people, like neither filmmakers nor audiences have the imagination to be affected by more than their personal concerns. "Ad Astra" is that in spades, but the fact that it's that from the start maybe kind of skeptical about it kind of turns that idea on its head a bit. All of this may be baked into the plot rather than hidden underneath, and that very fact makes certain things dubious and more uncomfortable rather than simple pandering." (more)
HUSTLERS
"Far more interested in the players than the game."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Hustlers" is a pretty darn decent movie based upon a true story in the "and then this happened" mold, the sort that doesn't necessarily reveal some greater truth or fit together like an intricate puzzle, but has enough of the messy reality that a viewer can identify with its criminal subjects. There's clearly more to the story than this movie gives the audience, but it delivers what's advertised, and is probably especially satisfying for those more interested camaraderie than crime." (more)
PROMARE
"Fantastically overheated anime."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: There are some films that lean into their genres' tropes so hard that they verge on self-parody, and then there's "Promare", which punches clear out the other side. The filmmakers are well aware of every single form of excess that this sort of anime sci-fi adventure is prone to, but they're also aware that those things are what make said movies and shows awesome, and are fully committed to making their movie that sort of thrillingly crazy as well." (more)
TOKYO GHOUL "S"
"Still eating people, still want to be friends."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Tokyo Ghoul S" is a "more of that" sequel; it doesn't expand the mythology very much or have its characters grow and change that much, but delivers audiences another serving of what they enjoyed about the first. Folks who liked the live-action "Tokyo Ghoul" movie that came out a couple of years ago will likely have fun with this one, and those who missed it won't be overwhelmed. It's not the most ambitious franchise entry, but it doesn't send the series off the rails." (more)
BOOKSMART
"Pure of heart. Let's see more like it."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The good-hearted, often hilarious coming-of-age comedy 'Booksmart' deserves to be to Gen-Z girls what 'Clueless' was and is to millennials." (more)
DEAD DON'T DIE, THE
"Jarmusch + zombies = something most peculiar."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "“The dead just don’t wanna die today,” growls Hermit Bob (Tom Waits, of course) near the end of Jim Jarmusch’s deadpan zombie doodle 'The Dead Don’t Die.' The movie may seem like lightweight, lesser Jarmusch, but I have a feeling it’ll grow in stature in memory." (more)
FAGARA
"A tasty stew made with ingredients from around the East."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Fagara" is the sort of small family drama whose story has been told more than a few times - who hasn't discovered their father had a secret life after he passed away - but is just better enough at it on most counts that it actually winds up fairly impressive. It's so well put together that director Heiward Mak Hei-Yan can dispense with much of what other movies would use to prop it up." (more)
DEPRAVED
"Frankenstein & Fessenden make a great match."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2019 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: "Depraved" is "Larry Fessenden's "Frankenstein"" and he knows it, announcing his intentions from the start, when artsy colors and a do-it-yourself laboratory are punctuated by a bolt of lightning. That may not necessarily appeal to a large audience - as both producer and director of fright flicks, Fessenden has always leaned toward New York art-house stuff rather than buying blood by the barrel or Jason Blum's canny commercial instincts - but it makes even his take on one of the genre's foundational tales feel like something new." (more)
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