Here’s the dirty little secret of the 2014 Houston Cinema Arts Festival: Unless you possess a time machine with hovercraft capabilities, you can’t see everything. With five days, eight venues and over 50 films, live performances and events, you’re going to have to miss a gem here or there.

The only solution is to treat these films as you would a date search or messy closet: Assess, organize, then prioritize.

Take stock of what kind of movie-goer you are. Ask yourself, “What am I looking for in my ideal film?” Then ruthless toss aside those films that just won’t get you. Finally, check our cheat sheet to find the perfect film for whatever your movie-going needs.

(Note: If not otherwise noted, click on links to find where and where each designated film will be shown. The festival runs from today through Sunday.)

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