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Bodied 5
Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something 5
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Spontaneous 5
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BOTTOM 5
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Lucy in the Sky 1
211 1
Fanatic, The 1
Possessor 1
Antebellum 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Resolution 3.86
Whole Lotta Sole 4
Playroom, The 3
Marvel's The Avengers 4.26
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Antisocial 4
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: Descent 2.56
Bounty Killer 4
Go Down Death (2013) 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Past, The 5
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Joe 4.5
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.6
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
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Stranger by the Lake 4
Northwest 4
Of Good Report 5
Life Feels Good 5
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Morris from America 5
Lobster, The 3.63
Under the Shadow 5
Antibirth 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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Idiocracy 4.21
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Big Ass Spider! 4
Dual City 4
Skyquake 1.86
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Apollo 11 5
Hail Satan? 3.86
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
Good Boys 4.14
Long Shot 4.14
Beach Bum, The 1
Villains 2
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In Fabric 3.71
Gutterbug 5
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Greener Grass 2
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 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
TITLE RATING
Motherless Brooklyn 2.67
Ford v Ferrari 4.44
Marriage Story 4.22
Kingmaker, The 4
Vast of Night, The 5
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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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Jojo Rabbit 2.25
First Love 4
Knives Out 4.32
Color Out of Space 4.44
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
Run (2020) 4
Bleed with Me 3
Dinner in America 2
Hunted (2020) 4
Lapsis 4
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DOORMAN, THE (2020)
"This crew should be able to make something at least satisfyingly mediocre."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED VIA THE 2020 NIGHTSTREAM VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL: "The Doorman" was never going to be an all-time great movie within its genre - its ambitions just aren't that high - but it probably should have been a good one. The idea is familiar but solid, most of the cast has been good in something or other, and the director is not some anonymous worker bee. At worst, it should be an average bit of not-quite-theatrical action maybe brought down by some piece not being up to par, but instead, it's unimpressive all around, no single part being as good as it should." (more)
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"He's baaaack."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "“I was tucking in my shirt” might just be the movie critique of the year. Then again, look at the year." (more)
HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING
"He did something."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Almost everyone in the new documentary "Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something" smiles when talking about him, and Chapin himself, who died at 38 in a 1981 car wreck, is seldom seen in the movie without a smile." (more)
TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, THE
"Good enough."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "If the titular trial of the Chicago 7 hadn’t happened, writer-director Aaron Sorkin would’ve had to invent it." (more)
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Peter Sobczynski says... "The problem with a number of movie comedies these days is that they start off amusingly enough (well, some of them do) and then tend to run out of steam after a while to the point where they are practically dragging themselves to the end credits. In the case of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make benefit Once glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (which will be referred to from here on in by only the first three words of that title), the unexpected and shot-in-secret sequel to the wildly popular 2006 shock comedy hit from Sacha Baron Cohen, it is perhaps only fitting that the formulation here is backwards. It starts off rather unpromisingly, spends the next hour going through a series of scenes that combine a few huge laughs with a good amount of aimlessness and then concludes with a final half-hour filled with sharp humor and genuinely outrageous moments, including one jaw-dropper that could well mark the final nail in the coffin for at least one particularly public and normally shameless public figure of note. (I will not go into this moment in any detail but, suffice it to say, if you want to experience it completely unawares, you should try to watch the film as soon as it drops on Amazon Prime this Friday because it will become the subject of much conversation once people experience it for themselves.)" (more)
OVER THE MOON
"Kids may like it; adults may not be so impressed."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Glen Keane's job at Disney over three decades (most notably the 1990s) didn't exactly map to a specific one in live action, and you had to wait a little while to see his name in the credits but as the supervising animator and/or character designer for lead characters in "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "Pocahontas", and "Tarzan", he was in many ways as much the star of those movies as the more easily-referenced voice actors. Maybe that's why "Over the Moon" occasionally feels like an actor's first feature film as a director - the result of someone who has absorbed a lot by watching how others do it from his front row seat but still has that same focus - even though his old job is a much more direct overlap." (more)
REBECCA (2020)
"Not bad at all, but why?"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's been long enough since I've seen the Alfred Hitchcock version of "Rebecca" that it's hard to compare it to Ben Wheatley's new adaptation directly, but just knowing it exists and remembering that it's brilliant makes this one feel unnecessary. Lavishly shot as it is and despite it seldom actually falling below "pretty good", the original version can't help but loom over every decision Wheatley and company make here. Kind of amusing, I guess, given that this is "Rebecca" we're talking about, and I almost wonder if that meta-narrative amused the filmmakers throughout." (more)
LEAP
"Certain sports cliches are universal, but so is the excitement of it."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Sports movies have the same problem as sports broadcasting in a lot of ways - particularly, in how both too much desire to make the results a reflection of one's chosen narrative and too much worship of the tough-love coach. Pair that up with a story meant to get the audience waving flags, and you can wind up with something deceptive and even damaging to young athletes looking for heroes. There are moments in "Leap" when the filmmakers seem very well aware of these shackles, even if they can't quite see their way from escaping them entirely. And it's not like they have to, because most sports stories worth telling have a great final stretch built-in." (more)
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