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"Cutting through the noise" is a phrase often uttered around Hollywood, where mammoth marketing budgets are routinely expended to reach moviegoers distracted by a million other entertainment options.Releasing a movie amid the cataclysmic clash between Clinton and Trump – which has led to debate viewership surpassing 80 million people – poses certain challenges.The election's intersections with the movies have been unpredictable and strange.Whether it's because people are glued to TV news or less-appealing movie options, the fall season's box office has been depressed.Some films have actively sought to get out of the election spotlight.Other films seek to rile up the electorate, or at least make it think. Wednesday saw the film play in 500 theaters nationwide, including a live satellite broadcast following the film of a "town-hall discussion" moderated by CNN's Chris Cuomo.The year's only election-themed wide release was the horror sequel "The Purge: Election Year".Political films now mostly find their way through grass-roots efforts or digital outlets.
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