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FAQ: Where to post in REC.ARTS.MOVIES.*
Section - (2.4) How do I decide if a film is current or past ?

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As stated in the charters of the newsgroups, a film is 
current if it is being shown in a first-run theater somewhere
in the world. Since it takes approximately  1 to 2 years for
films to travel around the world. The rule of thumb to use is :

"A film is still current if it is within 1.5 to 2 years after its 
 world premiere." 

This would mean that Americans who have just rented a US film from 
the "New Releases" section in a video store should post their comments 
to rec.arts.movies.current-films because the film may still be 
in-release in Europe and Asia.

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