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Lighthouse, The 5
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Woman in the Window, The (2021) 1
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Trishna 3.71
Sleepless Night 4.14
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Graceland 4
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Across the River 4
009 Re: Cyborg 4
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend 2
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep 4
Burning Buddha Man, The 3
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art of the Steal, The 3.86
Joe 4.5
Almost Human 3
Dom Hemingway 3.29
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
About Time 2
Captain Phillips 4.29
Immigrant, The 4.23
Missing Picture, The 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Immigrant, The 4.23
Big Bad Wolves 5
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Nebraska 3.63
Labor Day (2013) 1
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Outlaws and Angels 4.78
Sleight 3.14
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
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 1
Mafia: Survival Game 1
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Alienated 2
Einstein's God Model 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Them That Follow 4
Mope 3
Shooting the Mafia 4
Koko-di Koko-da 4
Lodge, The 3.31
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Porno 4
Saint Frances 3
Yes, God, Yes 4
Us 4
Long Shot 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rusalka (aka The Siren), The 4
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
You Don't Nomi 3
We Are Not Princesses 4
Greener Grass 2
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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
Cryptozoo 4
I Was a Simple Man 4
In the Earth 3
Strawberry Mansion 4
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2021 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
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Sparks Brothers, The 5
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Violet (2021) 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dinner in America 2
Wander Darkly 5
Kajillionaire 2.5
Father, The 5
Night House, The 4
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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
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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
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Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 4.5
Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet, The 4
Holler 3
Oxy Kingpins, The 4
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 4
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2021 Toronto Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Violet (2021) 4
Last Night in Soho 3.38
Dune (2021) 3
Rescue, The (2021) 4
Belfast 3
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2021 New York Asian Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Junk Head 3.57
Escape from Mogadishu 4
Joint 3
Asian Angel, The 4
Raging Fire 4
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2021 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We're All Going to the World's Fair 2
Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break 2
Hotel Poseidon 2
Prisoners of the Ghostland 3
Funky Forest: The First Contact 4
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2021 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3
Last Night in Soho 3.38
Halloween Kills 2
Last Duel, The 2
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2021 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3
French Dispatch, The 4
Benedetta 4
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2021 London Film Festival MOVIES
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Belfast 3
French Dispatch, The 4
Last Night in Soho 3.38
King Richard 4
Benedetta 4
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2021 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Belfast 3
King Richard 4
Rescue, The (2021) 4
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2021 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dune (2021) 3
Broadcast Signal Intrusion 3
Belfast 3
French Dispatch, The 4
King Richard 4
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HOUSE OF GUCCI
"Gaga and Hayek make it barely worth it."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "For a little while — maybe its first half hour — "House of Gucci" feels like an early Christmas present to adult viewers." (more)
WEST SIDE STORY (2021)
"A Tragic Thing Happened On The Way To The Upper West Side"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "By most critical standards, Steven Spielberg’s new screen adaptation of the landmark Broadway musical “West Side Story” is an undeniable success. It is a smartly conceived work that pays proper homage to both the original stage production and the Oscar-winning 1961 film while adding intriguing new elements to the mix that allow it to be its own thing as well. It has been staged with impeccable care, style and energy—perhaps even more so than the previous film—and enacted by a group of actors who, for the most part, are far more convincing in their roles than their predecessors were. And yet, for as good as it ultimately is, it never quite crosses the threshold to the level of greatness that Spielberg is clearly aiming for in virtually every frame. This is a film that tries so hard to come across as a masterpiece that the sheer effort of it all begins to weigh down upon the material after a while." (more)
BENEDETTA
"Sinema Paradiso"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Paul Verhoeven is, of course, best known for directing such controversial films as “Robocop,” “Basic Instinct,” “Starship Troopers” and “Elle,” works that have brought together sex, violence, lurid storytelling and dark satire into cinematic stews that tend to amuse and outrage viewers in equal numbers. At the same time, he has also spent many years pursuing a side gig as a Biblical scholar that would lead to him publishing the 2007 book “Jesus of Nazareth,” a serious inquiry into the life and teachings of Christ that was borne out of research he had done for a movie he intended to make at one point entitled “Jesus: The Man.” In the past, he has allowed these two interests to commingle in interesting ways—his films have always been filled with religious imagery—but never to the degree that they do in his latest effort, “Benedetta,” a deliberate provocation that takes the real-life story chronicled in Judith C. Brown’s 1986 nonfiction book “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy” and transforms it into a meditation of sex, power and greed within the Church via a framework that shares a number of uncanny parallels with, of all things, his still-notorious “Showgirls,” all just in time for Christmas, no less." (more)
ENCANTO
"All over the place, but once it locks in..."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's been some time since Disney's last traditionally-animated feature, and while "Encanto" wouldn't necessarily be better that way - the filmmakers would have made a lot of different choices - there's a looseness to the film that occasionally feels at odds with CGI precision. It feels like the result of doodling, riffing, and batting ideas across a room, and as a result the ways in which it shines can almost sneak up on a viewer: All these bits of story that don't quite fit together wind up forming a pattern that may just get to its viewers more than they expected." (more)
BATTLE AT LAKE CHANGJIN, THE
"A-List Propaganda"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A few years back, someone wrote the amusing line that China was making a lot of "'Call of Duty' movies", referring to the popular series of military-action games even if it also clearly applies to the films' themes. Both fit; Dante Lam, in particular, has become known for these blockbuster productions that are clearly propaganda but also so capably made with fairly universal themes that one can enjoy them somewhat as an American fan of the genre even knowing that the faceless enemy forces would be the heroes in a Hollywood production. "The Battle at Lake Changjin" is the biggest and most jingoistic yet to make it to American shores, with Lam joined by fellow A-list directors Chen Kaige and Tsui Hark, an all-star cast, a massive budget and three-hour running time, along with very little approaching nuance." (more)
BELFAST
"Not especially moving or effective."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "In his autobiographical film "Belfast," writer-director Kenneth Branagh has a lot to say about the transporting power of movies, "Star Trek," and the loveliness of a smart girl in one’s classroom." (more)
KING RICHARD
"Will power."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "You may be forgiven, watching "King Richard," for wondering what exactly Richard Williams’ deal was. Was he a prophet or a damned lucky delusional?" (more)
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
"Honestly not even that great as nostalgia."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a line, somewhere around 1978 or so, where folks on one side experienced the original "Ghostbusters" as a great, kind of crude big-budget comedy with a disappointing sequel in the same vein (maybe the first adult-skewing comedy their parents let them watch); on the other side, people who watched "The Real Ghostbusters" on Saturday mornings, had toys, games, comics, all sorts of stuff that goes with a light adventure franchise, even though most would circle back around to the original movie. "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is a movie very much for the latter audience, and that's fine - they buy more movie tickets, after all - but once the filmmakers went that route, they could have made a much better movie." (more)
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