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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Side by Side 3.86
Revisionaries, The 4
Jackpot 5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Big Bad Wolves 5
Saving General Yang 4
Curse of Chucky 4
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story 3
Vessel (2013) 3.14
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Art of the Steal, The 3
Labor Day (2013) 1
Wind Rises, The 4.62
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Captain Phillips 4.29
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
Jimmy P. 4.14
Alan Partridge 4
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Alan Partridge 4
Contracted 1.5
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.2
Sacrament, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Outlaws and Angels 4.78
Sleight 3
Under the Shadow 5
Cameraperson 5
Certain Women 4.14
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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
Pitch Black 3.56
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The 4
Native (2016) 5
Displacement 3.14
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hole in the Ground, The 3
Souvenir, The 2
Judy & Punch 4
We Are Little Zombies 4
Shooting the Mafia 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
Apollo 11 5
Booksmart 4.92
Greener Grass 2
Good Boys 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shadow 5
Them That Follow 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
We Are Not Princesses 4
Pahokee 4
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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
Knives Out 4.2
Hustlers 3.14
Dolemite Is My Name 4.68
Laundromat, The 2.14
Blood Quantum 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
TITLE RATING
Koko-di Koko-da 4
You Don't Nomi 3
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Knives Out 4.2
Vast of Night, The 4.71
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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
Detention (2019) 5
Hunted (2020) 4
Jumbo 4
Lapsis 4
Black Bear 3.71
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Censor 3
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4
In the Earth 3
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Strawberry Mansion 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shirley 4.08
Sylvie's Love 4
Coded Bias 3
Downhill 2
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
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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
Dry, The 4
Holler 3
Strawberry Mansion 4
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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LATEST REVIEWS
CENSOR
"Often clever, but to what end?"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Censor" exists right on the border between clever and putting that cleverness to interesting use, and if you've got the same fondness for this material as filmmaker Prano Bailey-Bond, there's likely enough overlap to make the film worth the effort of tracking it down or a delightful discovery. That enthusiasm for the 1980s video nasty era unfortunately doesn't entirely translate into a great film about that time, like she's come to know it too well to reduce it to the plot of a horror movie." (more)
LUCA
"School’s Out"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Perhaps in response to criticism that their output was becoming dominated by sequels to proven successes instead of the original works that made them a brand name in contemporary animation, the last two releases from Pixar, “Onward” and “Soul,” were undeniably ambitious works that grappled with weighty issues, including coming to terms with death and what it means to have a soul, in smart and intelligent ways. The only problem is that while it was easy enough to admire those films, it was much tougher actually like them because they were trying so hard to do something different that they never quite figured out how to make themselves entertaining at the same time. Their latest effort, “Luca,” is nowhere near as thematically ambitious as its predecessors—at least on the surface—but what it may lack in that area, it makes up for in terms of basic entertainment value by telling a charming, small-scale in a bright, colorful and ultimately endearing manner." (more)
HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD, THE
"A.K.A. This Movie Can F--- Itself!"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Last week saw the release of “In the Heights,” a film that almost seemed to have been designed specifically to lure moviegoers back into the multiplex after a long pandemic-inspired hiatus with a riot of humor, drama and music presented in a manner so exciting and energetic that viewers will be instantly reminded of the glory of seeing a top-notch movie presented in all of its big-screen glory. This week, on the other hand, sees the release of “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” a film that seems to have been created as part of a diabolical plot to convince people to stay at home and never return to theaters again. I suppose there is a chance that a worse film than this one could come along sometime in the next six months but if another one somehow comes along that demonstrates a greater contempt for both the cinema as a whole and its audience than this one does, I may have to begin contemplating a career change of my own." (more)
IN THE HEIGHTS
"On The Town"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In recent years, it has become evident that the most important sequence in most movie musicals is almost always the first big production number. While audiences were once perfectly satisfied with characters suddenly bursting into song and dance, the perception these days is that while that may be fine on stage, some viewers are not willing to accept such things in the ostensibly more realistic world of film. Therefore, the first number is key because it not only theoretically sets the tone for what is to follow but it also serves as an indication as to the mindsets of the filmmakers—are they going to play timid and try to conceptually rationalize the singing and dancing in order to satisfy uncertain viewers or are they just going to go for it and embrace those conventions wholeheartedly on the assumption that moviegoers will be willing to join them." (more)
STRAWBERRY MANSION
"An unusual love story under an eccentric satire."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2021: If "Strawberry Mansion" is not specifically what the average movie with deadpan surrealism and kitchen-table production design is going for, it is nevertheless one of the best recent examples of such things. It's lo-fi sci-fi that takes its silliness seriously, having fun with its clever story but seldom feeling like the filmmakers are amusing themselves at the expense of the audience." (more)
SPIRIT UNTAMED
"Horse Things."
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that my memories of the 2002 film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” are fairly hazy at best but that it at least made an effort to try to do something different from the other animated films of the time—it eschewed the rage for CGI animation by going the traditional route and while the heroic horse at the center was voiced by Matt Damon, that voice was only meant for us to hear his innermost thoughts as this was not a talking animal film. If I didn’t care for it that much, that probably has more to do with my general disinterest in horse-based narratives (with the exceptions of “The Black Stallion” and “A Day at the Races,” of course) that with the film itself (though I could have lived without the Bryan Adams songs on the soundtrack) and if I had to put it up against the other animated output by Dreamworks, I would certainly take it over most to all of the “Shrek” films. The film was not a success in theaters but fifteen years later, Dreamworks elected to reboot it in 2017 with the television series “Spirit: Riding Free” and has now brought that show to the big screen with “Spirit Untamed,” a film that evidently retells the origin story of that show with slightly better animation, more familiar names among the voice cast and little in the way of anything resembling genuine imagination or originality." (more)
AMUSEMENT PARK, THE
"They're Coming To Disenfranchise You, Barbara"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In 1973, a Pittsburgh-based Lutheran group decided to produce an educational film that would highlight the perils of ageism and expose the harsh and cruel ways in which the elderly members of society are treated once they are no longer deemed to be useful. To accomplish this, they, in what was either a moment of genius, sheer insanity or hometown boosterism gone wildly awry, recruited George Romero, who had caused a sensation a few years earlier with his debut feature, a little thing by the name of “Night of the Living Dead.” Unfortunately, he lost the copyright to that cinematic landmark and the failures of his subsequent features “There’s Only Vanilla” (1971) , “Season of the Witch” (1972) and “The Crazies” (1973) left him in a position where he welcomed such a seemingly unlikely offer. He went off, did the film, entitled “The Amusement Park,” and when he turned it in to the producers, they decided that it was far too intense and horrifying for their target audience and refused to release it." (more)
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"Essential for Romero fans; all others beware."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The prospect of a “lost film” from George A. Romero (1940-2017), director of "Night of the Living Dead" and its several sequels, may sound as mouthwatering to you as it did to me. A word of warning, though: don’t let anyone overhype it for you." (more)
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