What are the best newsgroups for movies/MP3s/applications/games?

There are so many different newsgroups available that it can seem difficult to know which are the best for the sort of files that you're interested in. As a rough guide, many of the most popular binary groups are within alt.binaries, e.g. alt.binaries.movies. Here are some of the more popular binary groups and a brief description of what they contain:
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  • alt.binaries.movies
    Full length feature films.

    Microsoft Xbox games and applications.

    Sony Playstation2 games and applications.


    Many groups also have a corresponding repost group, where files are posted again for those who missed them the first time round. Normally these groups are given a .repost suffix, e.g.

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