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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 5
That Demon Within 5
Particle Fever 5
Machine, The 5
Nymphomaniac: Volume II 5

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Frankie & Alice 1
Other Woman, The (2014) 1
Gambit (2013) 1
Jinn 1.57
Vampire Academy 1.67

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Your Sister's Sister 3.71
Rubberneck 2.38
Revisionaries, The 4
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
War Witch 4.5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Raze 2.43
009 Re: Cyborg 4
Bad Film 4
Curse of Chucky 4
Halley 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Major, The 5
Touch of Sin, A 4.63
Fifth Estate, The 2
Metallica Through The Never 3.29
Sacrament, The 3.14
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Omar 4.5
Invisible Woman, The (2013) 4.78
Nebraska 3.64
Tim's Vermeer 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lasting 3
Hide Your Smiling Faces 3.69
Immigrant, The 3.67
Fifth Estate, The 2
Sacrament, The 3.14
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2014 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ernest & Celestine 4.86
Camp X-Ray 4.8
Finding Fela 1
White Bird in a Blizzard 5
Calvary 5
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2014 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Break Point 4
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Home (2014/I) 4
Grand Budapest Hotel, The 3.72
Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story 2
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2014 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.86
Coherence 3.5
Westworld 3.33
Power, The 3.21
Animosity 4
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2014 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Glass Chin 4
Mala Mala 5
Famous Nathan 5
Alex of Venice 5
Intramural 5
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2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Calvary 5
Starred Up 1
Willow Creek 5
OXV: The Manual (aka Frequencies) 4.86
Copenhagen 5
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2014 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 5
Why Don't You Play in Hell? 4.58
Crimes Against Humanity 3.71
My Name is Jonah 3.69
American Jesus 3
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2014 Nashville Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dom Hemingway 3.29
Calvary 5
Congress, The 4
As It Is In Heaven 4.93
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2014 Stanley Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Sacrament, The 3.14
Lesson of the Evil 3.4
Starry Eyes 4
LFO: The Movie 4.14
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2014 Sarasota Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Ruin 5
Dom Hemingway 3.29
Heli 4
Rich Hill 1
Congress, The 4
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2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Rich Hill 1
Missing Picture, The 4
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2014 Nantucket Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Calvary 5
Rich Hill 1
Break Point 4
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