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TOP 5
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Judas and the Black Messiah 5
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Tigers Are Not Afraid 5
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BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Craft, The: Legacy 1
Antebellum 1
Lucy in the Sky 1
211 1
Malcolm & Marie 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Keep the Lights On 3
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 3
War Witch 4.5
As Luck Would Have It (2013) 4.14
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Secretly Greatly 3.8
Discopathe 3
Hatchet III 2
Machine, The 4.38
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 2
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Proxy 2
Sacrament, The 3
Green Inferno, The 3.83
Finding Vivian Maier 4.25
Grand Seduction, The 2.75
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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
Omar 4.57
Alan Partridge 4
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Le Week-End 3.71
With You, Without You 3
Philomena 4.17
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Outlaws and Angels 4.78
Cameraperson 5
Kate Plays Christine 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
Idiocracy 4.21
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Reconnoiter 3.12
Dual City 4
Einstein's God Model 3
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2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Luce 3
Apollo 11 5
Mope 3
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Judy & Punch 4
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2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
Us 4.16
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
Villains 2
Teen Spirit 1
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are Not Princesses 4
Pollinators, The 3.29
For the Birds (2019) 3
Monos 4
Official Secrets 3
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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
Pain and Glory 4.71
Ford v Ferrari 4.44
Lighthouse, The 5
Blood Quantum 3
Whistlers, The 3
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2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.4
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2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Swallow 5
First Love 4
Vast of Night, The 4.71
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
Dinner in America 2
Run (2020) 4
Bleed with Me 3
Come True 4
Hunted (2020) 4
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2020 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dinner in America 2
Shirley 4.08
Save Yourselves! 4
Sylvie's Love 4
Promising Young Woman 3.07
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STYLIST, THE
"Sharp and gory."
5 stars
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SAINT MAUD
"Another art-house horror calling card."
3 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Every couple of years, a little oddity emerges from the indie-cinema beat and gets lionized as the next great thing to happen to horror. Generally these films are scrupulously calibrated and express the drive and obsession that a young filmmaker — in this case, Rose Glass, a British writer-director about thirty — feels about a story or a theme. What they don’t express is true fear." (more)
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"A noble effort, anyway."
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Rob Gonsalves says... "There’s a guy, brave and smart. We’ll call him the good guy. Watch now as we point him in the direction of the bad guy. The bad guy wants to make everything die. Why? Because he’s the bad guy. The good guy, being the good guy, must stop the bad guy." (more)
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"Street scenes."
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"An American Tale"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "In the late 1960s, Fred Hampton was, in the eyes of the F.B.I., one of the most dangerous men in America. With his galvanizing combination of righteous anger and fierce rhetoric, he spoke out against racism, poverty and other social ills and preached a form of social revolution that inspired and united groups of people that would never have otherwise come together and challenged the existing power structure and those ruled over it. Hampton’s rise and the increasingly elaborate efforts by the government to bring him down by any means necessary are at the center of “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Shaka King’s mesmerizing docudrama that not only expertly brings to life an almost unbelievable sliver of recent American history but makes it relevant to the turbulent times that we currently live in as well." (more)
NOMADLAND
"An American Tale"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "I must confess that I was not particularly eager to sit down and watch “Nomadland” when the opportunity first presented itself last fall. This, I should point out, was not meant as a slight towards either writer-director Chloe Zhao, whose “The Rider” was justifiably celebrated when it came out a couple of years ago, or star Frances McDormand, whose bona fides hopefully require no further explanation. No, it was the film’s premise that set me off a bit. To hear reduced to a couple of sentences, it sounds like one of those films about people trying to come to terms with things that are as noble as can be but which ultimately prove to be a bit of a chore to sit through—the kind of film that one admires more than actually enjoys. Of course, the combination of professional obligation and its early status as a potential leader in the current award season ensured that I would put my misgivings aside and finally sit sown and watch it. I am glad that I did because rather than the well-meaning stiff that I feared it might be, it proved to be one of the year’s most engrossing and thought-provoking films featuring one of the very best performances to boot." (more)
NOMADLAND
"Hits a spot that few movies seldom even see."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "For as much good reason as there is not to go to theaters right now, there's some small consolation in how it gives something like "Nomadland" some time on a multiplex's Imax screen that it would not normally be afforded with new blockbusters coming out weekly. It's beautifully shot, yes, but seeing it like that makes it all-enveloping, and seeing it after a month and a half of theaters not being open reminds one how a movie built for immersion can hit differently when not limited to the size of one's TV." (more)
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