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1. The Bookshop (2017)

PG | 113 min | Drama

62 Metascore

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 7,253 | Gross: $1.59M

Opening Night Gala

2. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 36,068 | Gross: $17.49M

Centerpiece Gala

3. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 12,661 | Gross: $1.44M

Closing Night Gala

4. The Cake General (2018)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in 1984, Hans Pettersson (Hasse P.) decides to create the largest sandwich cake ever made in order to put his home town, Köping, on the map.

Directors: Filip Hammar, Fredrik Wikingsson | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Cynthia Akinyi, Tommy Andersson, Peter Apelgren

Votes: 2,110

5. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 15,418 | Gross: $22.61M

6. The Drummer and the Keeper (2017)

94 min | Drama

An unlikely friendship develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome.

Director: Nick Kelly | Stars: Dermot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Peter Coonan, Charlie Kelly

Votes: 214

7. Highlander (1986)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

24 Metascore

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 112,196 | Gross: $5.90M

8. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 37,403 | Gross: $13.54M

9. Blaze (2018)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.

Director: Ethan Hawke | Stars: Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 1,106 | Gross: $0.07M

10. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 30,322 | Gross: $3.45M

11. Sadie (I) (2018)

96 min | Drama

62 Metascore

SADIE is the story of a girl who will stop at nothing to preserve her father's place on the home front. Sadie (Sophia Mitri Schloss) is the daughter of a soldier and models herself after ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Griffiths | Stars: Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr., Danielle Brooks

Votes: 246

12. Suleiman Mountain (2017)

101 min | Drama

Karabas (Asset Imangaliev) is a difficult man: a hard-gambling, hard-drinking, child-in-a-man's body who puts only himself first in his family. When his wife #1, Zhipara (Perizat ... See full summary »

Director: Elizaveta Stishova | Stars: Daniel Daiyrbekov, Turgunai Erkinbekova, Perizat Ermanbaeva, Asset Imangaliev

Votes: 65

13. Ikitie (2017)

103 min | Drama, History

Based on true events an epic story of one man's struggle for survival. Jussi Ketola, returns to Finland from the great depression struck America only to face growing political unrest. One ... See full summary »

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Tommi Korpela, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Irina Björklund

Votes: 1,353

14. Team Hurricane (2017)

96 min | Drama

A highly stylized collage-like portrait of a group of teenage girls bonded entirely over social media. With dashes of the look of early chat rooms and crafted collaboratively with the cast ... See full summary »

Director: Annika Berg | Stars: Sara Morling, Ira Rønnenfelt, Zara Munch Bjarnum, Mathilde Linnea Daugaard Jensen

Votes: 164

15. Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi, a high-flying gangster, and Bibi, a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke, Jean-Benoît Ugeux

Votes: 2,921 | Gross: $0.05M

16. The Story of '72 (2018)

Drama

An aloof and a distant man learns the true meaning of' home' and also learns to see the women in his life in a new light before leaving his earthquake shattered country.

Director: Prabin Syangbo | Stars: Sarada Adhikari, Romash Emerald Bishwodeep, Bhuisal Lama, Akash Magar

17. The Gospel According to André (2017)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Novack | Stars: André Leon Talley, Manolo Blahnik, Naomi Campbell, Betty Catroux

Votes: 258 | Gross: $0.40M

18. Charmøren (2017)

100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

78 Metascore

"The Charmer" is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him.

Director: Milad Alami | Stars: Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann, Susan Taslimi

Votes: 511 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Inventing Tomorrow (2018)

87 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world's environmental threats - found right in their own backyards - while ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Nix

Votes: 83

20. I Miss You When I See You (2018)

93 min | Drama

Jamie re-encounters his old school friend, Kevin, who has been suffering from depression and must make a choice between following his heart or society.

Director: Simon Chung | Stars: Brenda Chan, Candy Cheung, Kevin Ip, Jun LI

Votes: 52

21. Boundaries (I) (2018)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

Laura and her son Henry are forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father Jack across country after being kicked out of a nursing home.

Director: Shana Feste | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 1,472 | Gross: $0.70M

22. Hot Mess (2018)

90 min | Comedy

Stuck in the angst of wondering who she is and what she is meant to be doing with her life, Loz, a 25 year-old aspiring playwright, finally thinks she's found the answer to all her issues. Its name is Dave.

Director: Lucy Coleman | Stars: Marshall Campbell, Zoe Carides, Sarah Gaul, Hannah Lehmann

Votes: 6

23. Dopo la guerra (2017)

92 min | Drama

An Italian insurgent living with his teenage daughter in France discovers that he no longer has political asylum, and the family he left behind in Italy are forced to answer for his past sins.

Director: Annarita Zambrano | Stars: Giuseppe Battiston, Barbora Bobulova, Marilyne Canto, Maria Capaccioli

Votes: 128

24. Sweet Country (2017)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Bryan Brown, Luka Magdeline Cole, Shanika Cole, Matt Day

Votes: 5,261 | Gross: $0.10M

25. Druga strana svega (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

For Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlic, a locked door in her mother's apartment in Belgrade provides the gateway to both her remarkable family history and her country's tumultuous political inheritance.

Director: Mila Turajlic | Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Srbijanka Turajlic

Votes: 779 | Gross: $0.00M

26. The Children Act (2017)

R | 105 min | Drama

62 Metascore

As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Nikki Amuka-Bird

Votes: 6,165 | Gross: $0.51M

27. Undir trénu (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

When Baldwin and Inga's next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann

Votes: 2,173 | Gross: $0.07M

28. Fake Tattoos (2017)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Theo spends his 18th birthday alone, getting drunk at a brutal punk rock show. There, he meets Mag, a marginal teenager who invites him to spend the night at her place. A love story unfolds... See full summary »

Director: Pascal Plante | Stars: Anthony Therrien, Rose-Marie Perreault, Lysandre Nadeau, Brigitte Poupart

Votes: 376

29. Dead Pigs (2018)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly-modernizing Shanghai.

Director: Cathy Yan | Stars: Zazie Beetz, Mason Lee, Meng Li, Archibald C. McColl IV

Votes: 151

30. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen

Votes: 20,764 | Gross: $0.21M

31. Rett Vest (2017)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

An unemployed music teacher takes his estranged transgender father on a road trip to the west coast of Norway, in order to honor his late mother's excellent quilting skills.

Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken | Stars: Benjamin Helstad, Iben Akerlie, Henrik Mestad, Ingar Helge Gimle

Votes: 67

32. Kelebekler (2018)

117 min | Comedy, Drama

In a Turkish village, three siblings who neither know each other nor anything about their late father, wait to bury his body. As they start to find out more about their father and each other, they also start to learn more about themselves.

Director: Tolga Karaçelik | Stars: Tolga Tekin, Bartu Küçükçaglayan, Tugce Altug, Serkan Keskin

Votes: 4,839

33. Gatta Cenerentola (2017)

86 min | Animation, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

Cenerentola struggles to escape the shadow and evil schemes of her stepmother and six stepsisters who all live aboard the Megaride, a ship stuck in the port of a decaying future Naples.

Directors: Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone | Stars: Massimiliano Gallo, Maria Pia Calzone, Alessandro Gassman, Daniele Bigliardo

Votes: 612

34. Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary (2018 TV Movie)

64 min | Documentary

The creators and stars of the TV show Freaks and Geeks (1999) share their untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of the series that only aired for one season.

Director: Brent Hodge | Stars: Judd Apatow, Steve Bannos, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley

Votes: 93

35. Shakedown (2018)

72 min | Documentary, Drama, History

SHAKEDOWN chronicles explicit performances in an underground lesbian club in Los Angeles. The story functions as a legend where money is both myth and material. Cumulatively, questions ... See full summary »

Director: Leilah Weinraub | Stars: Egypt, Jazmyne, Junior, Mahogany

Votes: 28

36. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

83 min | Fantasy, Horror

A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Director: Issa López | Stars: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes

Votes: 933

37. Los Buscadores (2017)

TV-14 | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Los Buscadores follows Manu (Tomás Arredondo), a newspaper delivery boy who lives in La Chacarita and works in the outskirts of Asunción, who one day receives a book that talks about the ... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori | Stars: Tomás Arredondo, Cecilia Torres, Christian Ferreira, Mario Toñanez

Votes: 230

38. Lerd (2017)

117 min | Drama, Thriller

A drama about corruption and injustice in Iranian society. You are the oppressed, or you have to join the oppressor to survive!

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Zeinab Shabani

Votes: 963

39. Blindspotting (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.

Director: Carlos López Estrada | Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Votes: 14,809 | Gross: $4.33M

40. Prospect (2018)

R | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own ... See full summary »

Directors: Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl | Stars: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal, Luke Pitzrick

Votes: 4,569

41. The Most Unknown (2018)

92 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Jennifer L. Macalady, Luke McKay, Rachel L. Smith

Votes: 1,048 | Gross: $0.01M

42. Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017)

90 min | Drama

A film within a film, "Looking for Oum Kulthum" is the plight of an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker living in exile, as she embarks on capturing the life and art of the legendary female ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari | Stars: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif

Votes: 170

43. Xue guan yin (2017)

112 min | Mystery, Thriller

Madame Tang colludes and mediates between the government and the private businesses for the benefits of her all-female family. One case does not go according to plan, and an entire family ... See full summary »

Director: Ya-che Yang | Stars: Kara Wai, Ke-Xi Wu, Vicky Chen, Sha-Li Chen

Votes: 1,702

44. The Return (II) (2018)

85 min | Drama

Two Danish-Korean adoptees return for the first time to the country they were once born in. Confronted with the spirit of their Motherland and the personal stories of the fellow adoptees ... See full summary »

Director: Malene Choi | Stars: Thomas Hwan, Karoline Sofie Lee

Votes: 93

45. Muumien taikatalvi (2017)

82 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Moomintroll decides to stay awake to explore the winter instead of having his winter slumber as usual. Winter is certainly totally different than he had imagined.

Directors: Ira Carpelan, Jakub Wronski, Bartosz Wierzbieta | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Alicia Vikander, Bill Skarsgård, Piotr Fronczewski

Votes: 190

46. Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Two men taking a tribe of outsiders on a ride through the 80s underground, accidentally changing music forever.

Director: Julia Nash | Stars: Steve Albini, Paul Barker, Jello Biafra, Patrick Codenys

Votes: 35

47. Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (2017)

TV-PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family

In the final chapter of the trilogy, Sebastien will try anything to protect Belle from her previous owner.

Director: Clovis Cornillac | Stars: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Clovis Cornillac, Thierry Neuvic

Votes: 297 | Gross: $0.10M

48. The Russian Five (2018)

102 min | Documentary, Sport