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MOVIES IN RELEASE
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Look of Silence, The 5
Call Me Lucky 5
Assassination (2015) 5
Trainwreck 4.73
Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation 4.23

BOTTOM 5
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TITLE RATING
Hitman: Agent 47 1
Mistress America 1
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Zipper 1
Strangerland 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hysteria 3.13
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Burn 4
Playroom, The 3
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Confession of Murder 3
Thermae Romae 4
Berserk Golden Age Arc 2: The Battle for Doldrey 3
Love Eternal 4.8
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Gravity 3.83
Dallas Buyers Club 4.4
Stranger by the Lake 4
Bends 5
Ilo Ilo 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Omar 4.57
Stranger by the Lake 4
12 Years a Slave 3.52
Le Week-End 3.71
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Of Good Report 5
Stop-Over 4
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ex Machina 3.89
Lost River 5
Trainwreck 4.73
Ned Rifle 4
Deep Time 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Observance 4
H. 3
Anguish (2015) 4
Catch Me Daddy 4
100 Yen Love 4
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2015 Bruce Campbellā€™s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
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He Never Died 5
Bunny the Killer Thing 2
Some Kind of Hate 5
Tales of Halloween 4
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2015 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
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Tangerine 4
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2015 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Witch, The 4
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2015 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
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Invitation, The 3
Office 4
Love & Peace 5
Assassination Classroom 3
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4 stars
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"Never falters as noir, horror, or dark comedy."
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