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

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Final Girl 1
Hitman: Agent 47 1
She's Funny That Way 1
Zipper 1
Mistress America 1

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Keep the Lights On 3
Playroom, The 3
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
Marvel's The Avengers 4.31
In Their Skin 5
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Frankenstein's Army 3
Vessel (2013) 3.14
Love Eternal 4.8
Go Down Death (2013) 3
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Fifth Estate, The 2
Armstrong Lie, The 4.14
Stray Dogs (2013) 2
Of Good Report 5
Right Kind of Wrong, The 2
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
All Is Lost 4.53
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.36
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
12 Years a Slave 3.52
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Despite the Gods 4
One Chance 3
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2015 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lost River 5
Twinsters 4
Ava's Possessions 4
Excess Flesh 3
We Are Still Here 5
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2015 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Shamer's Daughter, The 4
Assassination (2015) 5
Shinjuku Swan 4
Sunrise (2015) 4
Rurouni Kenshin - The Legend Ends 4
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2015 Bruce Campbellā€™s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
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
TITLE RATING
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
TITLE RATING
Invitation, The 3
Office 4
Love & Peace 5
Keeping Room, The 4
Witch, The 4
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