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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
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Take this Waltz 3.19
Headshot (2012) 4
Resolution 3.86
Fourth Dimension, The 4
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secretly Greatly 3.8
Complex, The 3
Rooftop, The 4
Doomsdays 5
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rush 3.53
Field in England, A 4.86
Night Moves (2014) 4.63
Sacrament, The 3
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.31
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The 3.6
Omar 4.57
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Alan Partridge 4
Fifth Estate, The 2
Raze 2.43
Sacrament, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
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Swiss Army Man 4
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
Certain Women 4.14
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
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Never Let Me Go 4.38
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Arrowhead (2017) 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Them That Follow 4
Aquarela 5
Monos 4
Nightingale, The (2019) 5
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Tread 4
Greener Grass 2
Good Boys 4.14
Long Shot 4.14
Villains 2
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
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Shadow 5
When Lambs Become Lions 5
Pizza, A Love Story 4
Pahokee 4
Official Secrets 3
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2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.2
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2021 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Censor 3
I Was a Simple Man 4
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Strawberry Mansion 4
Marvelous and the Black Hole 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shirley 4.08
Save Yourselves! 4
Sylvie's Love 4
Zola 5
Promising Young Woman 3.18
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2021 Cinequest Film Festival MOVIES
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My Zoe 4
Since August 5
This Is Not a War Story 4
Bitter Sugar 5
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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
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Holler 3
I Was a Simple Man 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2021 Toronto Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dear Evan Hansen 1
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
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Junk Head 3.57
Hold Me Back 4
Escape from Mogadishu 4
Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? 5
Raging Fire 4
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
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Kratt 3
Tin Can 4
Little Vampire (2020) 4
Strawberry Mansion 4
Ghosting Gloria 3
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COPSHOP
"Has Alexis Louder and not much else between bursts of gunfire."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It may be the second-most predictable thing in the movie world that Joe Carnahan would try to set a North American record for the most Chekhov's Guns in a movie; the second one appears about a minute after he opens the film with a shot of the first, and he spends a fair amount of the early portion of the film making sure that the audience can see that there are not just a lot of weapons here, but a lot of specific weapons. The first-most predictable thing, of course, is that his cast will eventually discharge those firearms as much as possible. In between… Well, he could do a bit better with the bits in between." (more)
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
"The Perks Of Being A Creepy Old Wallflower"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While watching “Dear Evan Hansen,” the screen version of the celebrated Broadway musical that won a gaggle of Tonys a few years ago and proved to be especially popular among audiences younger than those typically found frequenting the Great White Way, I became convinced that I was experiencing one of the most wretched and utterly misbegotten films—certainly of that genre—to come along since the arrival of “Cats” a couple of years ago. In fact, I almost hesitated to make such a comparison on the basis that I thought that it might be a little too unfair to “Cats.” Don’t get me wrong—that was a bottomlessly terrible movie as well and not even my admiration for Taylor Swift is enough to inspire any revisionist thinking regarding its numerous crimes against cinema. That said, while “Cats” was an example of kitsch gone extraordinarily wrong, it did so in such transcendently goofy ways that you couldn’t even get that mad at it and it did evoke a strange fascination as it went on that held your attention, even if it was just to see how much weirder it could possibly get. (Answer—a lot.) “Dear Evan Hansen,” on the other hand, is an ostensibly far more serious show dealing with important real-life themes but it handles them in such graceless and cringe-inducing ways that not only does it never work for a second, it left me wondering what audiences and Tony voters could have possibly been thinking when they venerated it in the first place." (more)
BEHEMOTH
"An empty calling card."
1 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Peter Szewczyk (credited here as Sefchik) is a digital-effects artist who has worked on a few "Star Wars" films and "Avatar." So in his feature directing debut "Behemoth," we know the monsters and other effects will be first-rate. Unfortunately, everything else in this underpopulated mash-up of paranoid corporate thriller and trippy supernatural horror is second-rate at best." (more)
VAL
"A painfully fine portrait."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Not long before the lights go down on the raw and somewhat depressing videography "Val," its subject, Val Kilmer, in character as Mark Twain, offers a question — perhaps, for him, *the* question: “What are the words that heal a broken heart?”" (more)
KATE
"Same old same old."
2 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Slicker than goose shit, Netflix’s #1 trending new film "Kate" is stylishly brutal and will probably be praised in some quarters accordingly, but it leaves us wanting more." (more)
LANGUAGE LESSONS
"Funny, timely, and earnest."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I did not realize, going in, that "Language Lessons" was a movie that plays out on the characters' computer screens, and while there will probably a few more of those than usual coming out over the coming months,this one seems like it might wind up more than just a time capsule of the present moment. Even when the credits are rolling, it's not obvious whether this was specifically created to be a quarantine movie or not; odds are it's an influence, but it's good enough to stick even for those who don't want any reminders of what life is like now." (more)
SMALL ENGINE REPAIR
"The play you write for yourself becomes a movie that showcase your co-stars"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Buried at the very end of the credits of this film is that it was adapted from writer/director/star John Pollono's play of the same name, and though it doesn't appear to have been a one-act play, it's got the feel of something where he started from a well-constructed second half and worked backward. He does it well enough that he's not just killing time and padding the movie, but there's certainly something more potent to be distilled from this fairly decent movie." (more)
NIGHT HOUSE, THE
"A thriller that knows what to do with its angry grief."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Night House" is the sort of smart genre movie that I start to get worried about in the middle; I've been burned often enough by supernatural thrillers that are willing to sacrifice the themes that make them resonate in order to get one more scare or twist. This one definitely gives off that vibe at times, sometimes sinking a little too deep into its mythology for its own good, but ultimately the folks involved do want there to be something more to their scares than just making a viewer jump." (more)
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