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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
John Wick: Chapter Two 5
LEGO Batman Movie, The 5
I Am Not Your Negro 5
Paterson 4.86
Master (2016) 4.14

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Fifty Shades Darker 1
XX 2
Kung Fu Yoga 2.71
Duckweed 3
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Headshot (2012) 4
Hysteria 3.88
Fairhaven 3.5
Burn 4
Playroom, The 3
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dirties, The 4
Four Soldiers (Les 4 Soldats), The 4
Saving General Yang 4
Drug War 5
Bounty Killer 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Don Jon 2.89
Touch of Sin, A 5
Palo Alto 5
Belle 4.25
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Jimmy P. 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Alan Partridge 4
Cheap Thrills 3.25
Argento's Dracula 4.14
Blinding Sunlight, The 3
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Love & Friendship 4.46
Under the Shadow 5
Cameraperson 5
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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
Embers 4.14
Man Who Fell to Earth, The 4.6
Reconnoiter 3.08
Alienated 2
House of Time 3
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
Psychonauts 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Kickboxer: Vengeance 3
Inerasable, The 4
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Five Nights in Maine 4
Under the Shadow 5
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
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2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
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2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
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2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
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2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Certain Women 4.14
Deepwater Horizon 3.25
Queen of Katwe 4.86
I Am Not Madame Bovary 4
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Dark Song, A 4
Handmaiden, The 5
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Shin Godzilla 4.43
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2
Certain Women 4.14
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
Paterson 4.86
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.27
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
Handmaiden, The 5
La La Land 3.35
We Are the Flesh 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.27
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Hacksaw Ridge 4.11
Jackie 4
Age of Shadows, The 5
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Arrival 3.27
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Paterson 4.86
La La Land 3.35
I, Daniel Blake 1
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.27
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.86
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
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2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Prevenge 4
Dark Song, A 4
Dearest Sister: Nong Hak 4
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
My Father Die 4
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2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
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2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Prevenge 4
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5 stars
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"Whoa!"
5 stars
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