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TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Silence (2016) 5
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 4.19
Sword Master 4
Jackie 4
Master (2016) 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Collateral Beauty 1
Assassin's Creed 1
Wasted Times, The 2
Sky On Fire 2
Live By Night 2

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 5
Playroom, The 3
All In (La suerte en tus manos) 5
Graceland 4
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2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Library Wars 3
Berserk Golden Age Arc 2: The Battle for Doldrey 3
Zombie Hunter 2
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
Resurrection of a Bastard, The 4
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Parkland 3
All Cheerleaders Die 2
Green Inferno, The 3.91
Oculus 2.74
Ida 5
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2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
About Time 2
Omar 4.57
Nebraska 3.63
Missing Picture, The 4
Touch of Sin, A 5
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2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Stranger by the Lake 4
August: Osage County 1.78
Sacrament, The 3
Blue Ruin 4.44
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2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Brahman Naman 4
Wiener-Dog 2
Kate Plays Christine 2
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
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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
Idiocracy 4.21
Pitch Black 3.56
Tale of Tales (2016) 3
Phoenix Incident, The 3
Dual City 4
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2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Creepy 4.14
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Kickboxer: Vengeance 3
Five (2016) 4
Holy Flame of the Martial World 4.14
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Life, Animated 5
Hollars, The 4
Under the Shadow 5
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
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2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Wendigo 2.42
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
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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
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.63
I Am Not A Serial Killer 4.71
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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
Queen of Katwe 4.86
Age of Shadows, The 5
I Am Not Madame Bovary 4
Land of the Gods (Dev Bhoomi) 4
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
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2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
Handmaiden, The 5
Arrival 2.94
Monster Calls, A 3.14
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2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Manchester by the Sea 3
20th Century Women 5
I, Daniel Blake 1
La La Land 3.89
I Am Not Your Negro 5
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2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.94
Raw 4
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Handmaiden, The 5
We Are the Flesh 4
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2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
Arrival 2.94
Magnificent Seven, The (2016) 2.64
Nocturnal Animals 1.46
Jackie 4
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2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
Arrival 2.94
Manchester by the Sea 3
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.75
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2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
I, Daniel Blake 1
Patriots Day 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
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2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 2.94
La La Land 3.89
Jackie 4
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2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.89
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 3.89
Jackie 4
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2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Dark Song, A 4
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
First Blood 4.38
Weekend at Bernie's 3.04
Split Image 2
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