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Stephen Saito

Stephen Saito
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Wetlands (2014) In spite of an early disclaimer that states "This book shouldn't be read or adapted to film," taken from a letter to the editor from Bild Online, you're glad Wnendt and company went ahead and did it anyway.‐ Moveable Fest
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74% Welcome to Me (2015) "Welcome to Me" largely refrains from going in the obvious direction and hits its marks more often than not, hitting them hard either with stinging humor or shrewd observation or both simultaneously. ‐ Moveable Fest
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100% Musarañas (Shrew's Nest) (2014) As lush and refined as one would expect from this generation of Spanish helmers working in genre, something that makes it even more fun when the incongruously gruesome carnage begins.‐ Moveable Fest
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78% Big Game (2015) The genuine sense of camaraderie between the two grounds "Big Game" so that when the film goes big - there's an aerial battle fought in and around a helicopter - there are no questions asked.‐ Moveable Fest
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16% Kill Me Three Times (2015) While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it's a breezy, crowdpleasing ride that coasts on the charm of its cast and well-honed scheming, something that fortunately for the audience's sake, the characters aren't capable of themselves.‐ Moveable Fest
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63% Bang Bang Baby (2014) An auspicious debut for St. Jules, who has been building up to this with shorts, and one wonders what he could do on an even bigger canvas. ‐ Moveable Fest
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No Score Yet Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher (2014) The makers of "Who Am I" ultimately reach the same conclusion of its hero Benjamin, who learns that the trick to hacking is no different than devising your average con with its success based on outwitting someone's basic social engineering.‐ Moveable Fest
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95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) As impossibly large-scale and labyrinthian wars can become, it is still the human element that shines through, for better or worse.‐ Moveable Fest
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70% Sea Fog (Haemoo) (2015) Shim and Bong lay out such a rich array of characters with varying motives and impulses that the film only deepens once they're called on to nakedly make decisions out of self-preservation.‐ Moveable Fest
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No Score Yet Saturday Night (2010) Franco's film also functions as a drama about the tension that exists when creativity is scheduled for a deadline; the laughs that are in "Saturday Night" are mostly incidental from the sketches being prepared.‐ Moveable Fest
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93% Wildlike (2015) Throw in two engaging performances from its leads‎ and it's a film worth talking about, especially considering how it's born out of a topic that so few do discuss.‐ Moveable Fest
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100% True Son (2014) "True Son" is there to capture why all hope shouldn't be lost and thrives on the excitement of witnessing a new star being born.‐ Moveable Fest
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96% Appropriate Behavior (2015) Ignorance may be bliss for Shirin since knowledge of what's going on only seems to create more anxiety, yet Akhavan is quite savvy both in playing her and writing her, following certain well-worn story tropes just to upend them. ‐ Moveable Fest
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60% Ratter (2016) The film still impressively manages to get under the skin without feeling exploitative‎.‐ Moveable Fest
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100% Western (2015) Instead of concentrating on the gangs, whose presence looms larger since the Ross Brothers wisely leave them so undefined, the focus intensifies on the uneasy relationship that still exists amongst the border towns.‐ Moveable Fest
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66% The Visit (2015) While "The Visit" bucks the trend of space-oriented films that start from a sense of wonder rather than fact, it does inspire the former, treating its audience as aliens to restore that all-too-human curiosity about what lies beyond our own planet.‐ Moveable Fest
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92% City Of Gold (2016) The film is especially savvy in how well-organized it is, opening itself up gradually to those unfamiliar with either Gold or Los Angeles while giving those who hang on every word something new to chew on.‐ Moveable Fest
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67% The Worst Year Of My Life (2015) Impressively authentic, hardly shying away from the less romantic aspects of finding someone to spend the rest of your life with while capturing the exhilarating high of actually finding such a person.‐ Moveable Fest
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72% The Salvation (2015) There may be great ugliness lurking inside the soul of every man walking around in "The Salvation," but Levring brings it out beautifully.‐ Moveable Fest
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93% The Hunting Ground (2015) It has succeeded at something far greater by letting the audience come to know all the brave women and men it gets to come forward with their stories, putting a human face on this most inhumane of crimes.‐ Moveable Fest
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97% An Honest Liar (2015) However, nothing compares to the momentum of a great story, and though "An Honest Liar" may occasionally get a little too crafty for its own good, when it works, it's pure magic.‐ Moveable Fest
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72% The Final Girls (2015) As edgy as the humor is, the film never feels truly dangerous, though the combined efforts of Strauss-Schulson, Fortin and Miller to work within certain parameters actually appears to have led to more creative solutions rather than dull their blades. ‐ Moveable Fest
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100% Night Owls (2015) A satisfying entry into the one crazy night genre that never leaves the house, "Night Owls" is one worth staying up for.‐ Moveable Fest
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95% Man from Reno (2015) As soon as one of the clues provided is a head of lettuce that falls out of the suitcase the man leaves behind, you know "Man From Reno" is far from your standard-issue procedural.‐ Moveable Fest
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91% (T)ERROR (2015) The duo never loses sight of the true cost of this craziness, a war waged on American soil with little rhyme or reason that's everywhere and nowhere at once, making a film that no matter what your experience, will hit you right where you live.‐ Moveable Fest
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52% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) "When I Live My Life Over" doesn't get out of the house much, but Edwards crafts compelling enough dynamics between all the characters that you hardly notice.‐ Moveable Fest
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91% Killing Them Safely (Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle) (2015) A skillful, riveting film that proves to be every bit as electric as the device it's about.‐ Moveable Fest
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92% Slow West (2015) It shows the rewards of taking the road less traveled, relishing the telling of the tale as much as the tale itself.‐ Moveable Fest
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98% The Survivalist (2017) Anchored in strong performances from all three of the central actors and a filmmaker in great command of his skills, like his characters going back to basics to build a strong foundation for something that will endure.‐ Moveable Fest
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78% Those People (2016) Kuhn's confidence allows "Those People" to elide didactic conversations about class, but using it as to create a subtext rich in every way for each of the relationships in the film.‐ Moveable Fest
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88% Very Semi-Serious (2015) An alternate history with humor that is bound to outlast even their latest digs, but still change is difficult and keeping vital remains a constant struggle. By capturing that in such an eloquent way, the film proves to be something else likely to endure.‐ Moveable Fest
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36% Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016) While the detective duo's plans to cruise on charm may backfire at times, the same can't be said for the film which, given the room to breathe, is quite the pleasant diversion.‐ Moveable Fest
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61% The Little Death (2015) What will likely make "The Little Death" more resonant is how organically funny it is, smuggling in bits of truth about the ways we hide our true selves from one another amidst a sea of well-conceived and executed comic set-ups.‐ Moveable Fest
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87% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) Perhaps it's Matthews' background in documentary that allowed him to pick up such grace notes, but like his central character, Matthews begins to be able to see something new and exciting between two opposite ends of the spectrum.‐ Moveable Fest
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79% Breath (2018) There's a richness to cinematographer Arnaud Potier‎'s work here that mirrors the depth of the characters, often times operating in various shades of blue and making evocative use of the natural light he lets in.‐ Moveable Fest
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97% Mustang (2015) With a film that uses its opening scenes to show what a force of nature these young girls can be, it's Erugven who demonstrates she's one to be reckoned with herself.‐ Moveable Fest
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90% Green Room (2016) More grizzly than the average action film and more nuanced and meticulous than the usual horror film.‐ Moveable Fest
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28% Five Nights in Maine (2016) In creating such an elegant, poignant portrait of what it's like to mourn, she shows there's hope in being able to recognize beauty as it exists in the world, sometimes in the most unexpected places.‐ Moveable Fest
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56% Lolo (2016) Considering how her characters will often carry an impervious facade while privately fretting, "Lolo" may be the most ideal vehicle for her specific voice to date.‐ Moveable Fest
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88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) However, de la Iglesia emerges as the real star, conjuring fond memories of Brian De Palma and Pedro Almodovar's very best examples of lowbrow high art with torrid stylization and brilliant craftsmanship in service of a shamelessly funny comedy.‐ Moveable Fest
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75% The Keeping Room (2015) Handsomely mounted, with the kind of high-end, bleakly beautiful cinematography that is now common amongst period productions, but it's the performances that make it shine.‐ Moveable Fest
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No Score Yet The Missing Girl (2015) Given the trajectory of Mort's life, you wouldn't expect the say the same of "The Missing Girl" in general, but like its protagonist, it's unexpectedly buoyant and full of delightful little surprises.‐ Moveable Fest
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91% The Devil's Candy (2017) The question lingers whether Byrne will send his characters to purgatory, he leaves no such doubt about the film being fun as hell.‐ Moveable Fest
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91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) It isn't a bad thing Hartley's main concern is with having a good time, but there seems to be less attention to detail when it comes to the overall structure.‐ Moveable Fest
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No Score Yet The Middle Distance (2015) For a film that's set in the cold, "The Middle Distance" is awfully warm and once gets the sense this is a director who's just heating up.‐ Moveable Fest
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100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) For as tall as Cai imagines his latest effort will rise, the audience may actually feel as if they've been lifted even higher.‐ Moveable Fest
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54% Belgica (2016) Thanks to a group of dedicated free spirits who rally around building the brothers' utopia, Belgica rises quickly and the energy is infectious.‐ Moveable Fest
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No Score Yet Jacqueline (2013) To Britto's credit, a closing salvo that matches the gusto of the film's opening awaits, but to get there isn't easy.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) With a fresh set of eyes, Parker effortlessly brings this past into the present and although many films dealing with slavery are lauded as courageous and inspirational simply for being, with "Birth of a Nation," he's actually made one that is.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) It doesn't sensationalize Chubbuck's death and yet it is sensational.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018