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March 2 

Certificate PG   -   Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

Metascore: 46/100 (30 reviews)
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
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The Buzz: If you thought Despicable Me (2010) was an original concept that conveyed a cool message to children, then perhaps, like me, you're intrigued by Illumination Entertainment's take on Dr. Seuss's classic, cautionary environmental tale. Ted, the character voiced by Zac Efron, is a new addition to the story, but from the look of the animation, I say he's more than welcome. As the tree-protecting Lorax looks to please worldwide audiences, Illumination is expanding its carbon footprint to hopefully release two movies a year by 2013, when the Despicable sequel will drop.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Crime

Metascore: 48/100 (25 reviews)
3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.
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The Buzz: Todd Phillips co-directed the late 90s documentary Frat House (1998) with Andrew Gurland; Gurland's most recent project, The Virginity Hit (2010) was a failed shaky-cam attempt at documenting youth culture. Now it's Phillips's turn, though here he's in mentor/producer mode, with commercials director Nima Nourizadeh at the helm. Even it's more fun to throw or attend this kind of party in real time, the bits I've seen are genuinely funny and refreshingly celebrity free.

Certificate R   -   Drama

Metascore: 53/100 (27 reviews)
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
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The Buzz: Themes of mental illness and father-son dynamics are so often exploited for award laurels and prestigious release strategies, so I'm encouraged to see Focus Features take a different course with Paul Weitz's adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoir. Equally auspicious is the notion that Robert De Niro might have found a role in which he can Act with a capital A. And of course we already know that Paul Dano excels when he plays the troubled son.

Certificate R   -   Comedy

Metascore: 40/100 (21 reviews)
Two guys get a billion dollars to make a movie, only to watch their dream run off course. In order to make the money back, they then attempt to revitalize a failing shopping mall.
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The Buzz: If you agree that the druggy effects of Tim and Eric's particular brand of humor are at their strongest during marathon viewings of their now-defunct cable TV show, it might be wise to keep expectations low as the guys translate to the big screen in long form. The best thing about their show was the mercifully brief run time for each episode, which yielded concentrated doses of mind altering sketch comedy; Oof course, it'll be fun to watch their movie with an audience to see who gets it, who doesn't, and who gets ill.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Biography | Crime | Drama

Metascore: 66/100 (13 reviews)
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
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The Buzz: The crimes of John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer, are on display in Justin Kurzel's heralded, award-winning debut. The subject matter, the love that the US press has for Australian crime dramas, and the fact that star Lucas Pittaway brings a young Heath Ledger to mind should raise the film's profile as its release date draws near. Kurzel is working on a biography of old school tennis ace Ivan Lendl as his hopeful next project.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 70/100 (19 reviews)
Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
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The Buzz: Eagle vs Shark (2007) is one of those movies that took a while to find its audience, which includes many film writers who have given their support to Taika Waititi's follow-up, an 80s-soaked nostalgia piece that reportedly hits your emotional center and manages to find a balance between a few different genres.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Romance

Metascore: 65/100 (17 reviews)
Gianni is a retiree who has become invisible to most everyone around him. In response, he tries his best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life.
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The Buzz: Writer-director Gianni Di Gregorio is in steady ascent: he wrote Gomorrah (2008)'s screenplay and built on that international success with his directorial debut, Mid-August Lunch (2008). So why not a semi-sequel, featuring a variation on Gianni, the character he introduced in Lunch? This time, the pensioner re-examines his relationship with women, from his mother on down.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Documentary | Music

Metascore: 71/100 (9 reviews)
Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back.
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The Buzz: Less triumphant than Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) is this story of a heavy metal god's personal issues and a fan's attempt to turn the renewed interest in his career into a full-on second coming. Also, if you have not seen The Art of the Steal (2009), co-directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton's excellent art-world heist documentary, it is currently streaming on Netflix.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Action | Comedy | Western

Metascore: 66/100 (14 reviews)
In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman.
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The Buzz: Wen Jiang's action comedy comes to the U.S. after successful festival appearances (namely at Fantastic Fest) and becoming China's top domestic hit to date. Any chance to see Chow Yun-Fat on the big-screen is enough for me, personally, and I like the look of 1920s China.

Certificate PG-13   -   Romance

Nikhil and Lalitha are two completely different individuals who are drawn to each other in spite of their differences -- or perhaps because of it. Follow their journey as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a night in each city.
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The Buzz: Aditi Rao Hydari is a rising Bollywood actress and her co-star, Ali Zafar, is a pop musician whose first leading role was in the recent hit Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). Story-wise, this romantic comedy reminds me of One Day (2011) and I imagine the makers of that film have taken notice.

March 9 

Certificate PG-13   -   Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 51/100 (42 reviews)
Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.
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The Buzz: Pixar's Andrew Stanton follows M:I4's Brad Bird into the world of live-action filmmaking, and similar to the pressure Bird faced in continuing the story of Ethan Hunt, Stanton's passion project comes with a storied history and a hefty production price tag that has raised doubts over the movie's chances at financial success. The main thing that has bothered me is all the hot air about the story seeming undefined in the trailers and clips; the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs might not be the best-known sci-fi works out there, but I feel like we can lend some support and trust to Stanton, based on pretty much everything he's written or outlined previously. Elsewhere, it's not surprising that Disney dropped the "of Mars" from the title after the tax write-off that was Mars Needs Moms (2011). Yes, we agree the movie looks like it could be painted on the side of a van, but isn't that somewhat true to the genre?

Certificate PG-13   -   Comedy | Drama | Romance

Metascore: 58/100 (35 reviews)
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
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The Buzz: Hopefully the people at CBS Films are basking in the success of The Woman in Black (2012), the first legitimate hit for the struggling distributor, who recently lost their President and CEO, Amy Baer. Perhaps Lasse Hallstrom's light, crowd-pleasing drama will continue their year of rebuilding. The movie played quite well at the Toronto Film Festival (where it debuted), which can be a good sign for potential word-of-mouth buzz in general release, and this is a genre from which Hallstrom rarely strays and typically handles with style.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Drama | Romance

Metascore: 55/100 (36 reviews)
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.
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The Buzz: A decade after Kissing Jessica Stein (2001), Jennifer Westfeldt's directorial debut arrives at a time when we need an antidote to celebrity-packed romantic comedies and the theme of child rearing seen from the perspective of Katherine Heigl or Jennifer Lopez's belly. Yes, of course I'm wondering what this story might've been like if Kristen Wiig were front and center, but let's not forget that Westfeldt made us realize that women are funnier than men back in 2001.

Certificate PG-13   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 26/100 (18 reviews)
After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word he speaks.
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The Buzz: For many people who cover the movie industry day-to-day, this morality comedy, which has been in the can since 2008, is another puzzling career move by a guy who made box-office hits and potent stand-up comedy specials in the 1980s, capped the 90s with one of his most offbeat and enduring movies (Bowfinger (1999)), and survived a string of bombs last decade thanks to the Shrek franchise and an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls (2006). Brian Robbins, who has directed two of Murphy's worst projects (Meet Dave (2008) and Norbit (2007)) makes what looks to be a hat-trick.

Certificate R   -   Adventure | Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Metascore: 49/100 (30 reviews)
A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.
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The Buzz: Elizabeth Olsen follows up her psychodramatic performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) with another troubled-lady outing; this time, the main people behind Open Water (2003) co-direct a remake of a somewhat buzzy Spanish horror film.

Certificate PG   -   Documentary

Metascore: 77/100 (27 reviews)
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
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The Buzz: With a Wong Kar Wai-inspired aesthetic and a focus on a man who has spent most of his 85 years working in the restaurant industry, it's not hard to imagine David Gelb's work becoming one of the most successful documentaries of the year. The trailer is quite simply gorgeous.

Certificate PG   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 82/100 (27 reviews)
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
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The Buzz: Joseph Cedar's Cannes-winning drama was Israel's official selection for this year's Foreign Language Oscar in a year where no other film could take the spotlight away from A Separation (2011). From what I understand, the story strikes unexpected comic tones, which has pleased some critics and reviled others.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance | Thriller

Metascore: 72/100 (9 reviews)
A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.
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The Buzz: One part anarchist comedy, one part fairy tale, this Swedish hit tends to earn the adjective "enchanting" from most reviewers. Yet another promising, independently minded film championed by the Fantastic Film Fest/Alamo Drafthouse set, whose respective influences are permeating the release calendar.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Documentary | Biography | Music | Romance

Metascore: 68/100 (11 reviews)
A documentary on artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the transformations the pair underwent for their Pandrogyne project.
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The Buzz: When Lady Jaye was alive (she passed away in 2009), she and partner Genesis P-Orridge turned their obsession with one another into an art project they called Pandrogyne, where they transformed themselves into a unified identity, a "we/us" scenario where they even dressed alike -- and fortunately they had the same shoe size. Genesis continues the project to this day as he believes his lover lives inside of him (and his career has never before flirted with this level of mainstream attention). If you're predisposed to thinking this sort of behavior is outlandish or borderline psycho, move along to the next film. If you think this expression of love is better than marriage, I'll buy your snacks and drink.

Certificate PG   -   Comedy | Drama | Romance

Metascore: 42/100 (7 reviews)
When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.
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The Buzz: In the Fright Night (2011) remake, David Tennant's take on the character of Peter Vincent was sorely under-appreciated, and now he's saddled with a sadsack romantic comedy that seems like a nightmare worse than Leap Year (2010). At center stage is Kelly Macdonald, who we love from Gosford Park (2001), No Country for Old Men (2007), and of course most recently Boardwalk Empire (2010); she also voices for main character for Pixar's upcoming movie, Brave (2012).

Certificate R   -   Horror | Thriller

A cop investigates the case of a missing local teen, though he discovers a dark secret that has been unleashed in his town, and an evil spirit that will stop at nothing to find its heir.
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The Buzz: I'm curious to know who thought it was a good idea to make the main affected teen in this found footage horror flick resemble Alex Pettyfer in Beastly (2011). Expect a quick tour of theaters and a decent VOD run.

March 16 

Certificate R   -   Action | Comedy | Crime

Metascore: 69/100 (41 reviews)
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
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The Buzz: Remember 1987, when Johnny Depp was a TV star with only three movie roles to his name? Now he's pulling a Jonathan Frid with a cameo appearance in the movie version of the show that brought him fame. But this is a Jonah Hill initiative all the way, one of two remakes he pushed through development (the other, The Sitter (2011), looks insipid at best -- like Spy Kids meets Date Night). Funny thing is: I like both Hill and co-star Channing Tatum in dramatic roles over action/comedies.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Western

Metascore: 52/100 (32 reviews)
Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.
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The Buzz: Will Ferrell is experimenting with indie movies again, and this is his most promising venture for those of us who like him when his comedy is unhinged and borderline inappropriate. Funny or Die staff director Matt Piedmont is running the show here. Strange how both Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal have excelled as producers but faded somewhat as actors.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 60/100 (36 reviews)
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
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The Buzz: The best and most genuine left-handed compliment we can give to the Duplass Brothers? Studios and critics alike love their films, as do the people who actually see them, but it's not like they make money or earn Oscar nominations (yet). Perhaps that is their destiny with their latest, a brisk, day-in-the-life subtle comedy that wisely pairs Jason Segel and Ed Helms for the first time. Did you hear about the opening scene, with Segel on the can, tape recording his love for M. Night Shyamalan's Signs (2002)?

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama

Metascore: 52/100 (20 reviews)
A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.
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The Buzz: Tony Kaye's latest opens in New York City, where it became the talk of the Tribeca Film Festival last year. It's definitely an ambitious love-or-hate analysis with a broader scope than the confines of the classroom. See it just for Adrien Brody's performance - that's the general consensus and even the film's detractors indicate Brody's work is some of his best. If you want more background on Kaye's real-life antics, beyond the well known American History X (1998) episode, go here.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama

Metascore: 87/100 (33 reviews)
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.
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The Buzz: Belgium film is hot right now with Bullhead (2011) a Foreign Language Oscar nominee and Bike, the latest from the Dardenne brothers, building steady momentum since its Jury Grand Prize win at Cannes last year.

Certificate R   -   Comedy

Metascore: 48/100 (11 reviews)
In a post apocalyptic future, two rival gangs fight for control of Frazier Park by playing "Beat Beat Revelation", a deadly version of Dance, Dance, Revolution(TM).
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The Buzz: This experimental action/comedy emerged from last year's South by Southwest Film Festival with a distribution deal and solid reviews that were mostly free of hype. Co-directors Brandon and Jason Trost have expanded their 2007 short into a feature, and they've kept busy since wrapping this project; Brandon shot Rob Zombie's upcoming movie The Lords of Salem (2012) while brother Jason formed a production company with Lucas Till of X-Men: First Class (2011). The FP won't be a hard sell for genre fans and I wonder if it's going to get released in other countries, where it might play well. Theater chain the Alamo Drafthouse's distribution arm is releasing the movie in the U.S.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 57/100 (14 reviews)
Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son.
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The Buzz: A South by Southwest festival darling from last year, even the most mild reviews of Robbie Pickering's directorial debut suggest you keep an eye on the filmmaker, who wrote this story as his stepfather was dying. For some of us, the opportunity to see the wonderful Rachael Harris in a lead role is worth the price of admission - even a quiet prayer for some awards buzz as she plays against type.

Certificate R   -   Action | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 38/100 (21 reviews)
After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.
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The Buzz: One problem with Nic Cage's increasingly bizarro career choices: when he appears in a straight thriller, our fascination with him dims just a bit. Meanwhile, can we assume that co-star January Jones hasn't been cast in anything since X-Men: First Class (2011) for a reason?

March 23 

Certificate PG-13   -   Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Metascore: 68/100 (49 reviews)
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
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The Buzz: Record numbers of fans of Suzanne Collins's novels have already bought their tickets, the opening weekend box office reportedly will eclipse Twilight's lofty heights, and those of us who wondered if Gary Ross was the right person to direct and co-write this franchise starter have been silenced. See? You can put a female character in a lead role, surround her with two male suitors, and have a story that appeals to both sexes.

Certificate R   -   Action | Crime | Thriller

Metascore: 73/100 (31 reviews)
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
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The Buzz: This year's Attack the Block (2011) comes from Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans, whose immersion in the Indonesia film scene yielded one of the most talked about movies from the film festival circuit in 2011. While the inevitable remake is in development, let's see if audiences buy into the hype and embrace the fighting form known as silat, which here is used to blur the line between the good guys and the bad. I love knowing the Evans wrote the script in English and had it translated for his actors, who in turn added native slang and made other dialogue adjustments.

Certificate R   -   Drama | Romance

Metascore: 82/100 (30 reviews)
The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.
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The Buzz: You have to love Rachel Weisz; she does not take the easy or obvious route to the big screen.Before Terence Davies cast her in his latest project, stage versions of Terence Rattigan's play restored its appeal to contemporary audiences. The problem has always been the difficulty of feeling anything but impatience and/or contempt for Lady Collyer, who is no heroine or friend.

Certificate R   -   Thriller

Metascore: 38/100 (11 reviews)
A Secret Service Agent is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot against the President of the United States.
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The Buzz: Brake's twist ending has created somewhat intense debate among the early-bird audiences who have caught the thriller on VOD (it premiered there back in February). This might be Stephen Dorff's last ride, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this story continue on direct-to-DVD sequels (not an insult).

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama

Metascore: 32/100 (14 reviews)
A college freshman's world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of a failed abortion.
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The Buzz: Co-directors Andrew and Jon Erwin have made a few Christian-themed direct-to-video projects and Jon was a crew member on Courageous (2011), last year's biggest Faith film. With reproductive rights in the current media spotlight, the film might get namechecked by the media, but there's been little buzz on the project as its release date approaches.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | Romance

Metascore: 46/100 (13 reviews)
When, Mia, a dance teacher, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando, a would-be dancer who admires her from afar, persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest.
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The Buzz: Every review I've read of Susan Seidelman's dance-romance indicates the film's correctness inhibits the story from revealing anything about its characters or the darker moments its protagonist might face after learning she's become paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a car. Still, the subject matter alone could make it a crowd pleaser. Seidelman currently is directing an aging female basketball comedy with a promising title, The Hot Flashes (2013).

Certificate PG-13   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 38/100 (12 reviews)
A guy in his mid-thirties watches as his life comically unravels after he enters into a relationship with the daughter of a former high school classmate.
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The Buzz: Brie Larson's heavy hand with the eye-shadow and Chris Messina's mustache might not factor much into the plot, but they are two of many likeable elements to be found in this trailer, which inadvertently feels like it was made for a movie called, Jeff, Who Lives with Dad. The ennui of the thirtysomething Caucasian male has found its way to the big screen yet again, but Michael Knowles's seemingly good-natured comedy does feature some of our favorite TV actors.

March 30 

Certificate PG-13   -   Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Metascore: 37/100 (32 reviews)
Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
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The Buzz: Question: two years ago, didn't the first Titans installment kickstart the debate over the use of 3D? And while Perseus' first quest did fairly well worldwide, it was more accepted than beloved by fans. Confusing us more is the notion that director Jonathan Liebesman's work on Battle Los Angeles (2011) helped get him this job -- again, not exactly fan-favorite material there, either. With a revamped cast (a la G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)!) and a mouthful of a premise, we're hoping this second outing has the right look, feel, and epic attitude.

Certificate PG   -   Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Family | Fantasy

Metascore: 46/100 (34 reviews)
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
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The Buzz: Two studio kingdoms dueled over their competing Snow White projects, with director Tarsem facing the unenviable task of turning around his spin on the fairy tale in under a year, besting by more than three months Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), the more grown-up version created by Rupert Sanders. The first trailer has stunned us with what appears to be an iffy combination of forced camp and a light Disney touch. If this were a "Top Model" photo shoot, I'd be wowed, but an apparently rushed and ill-conceived fairy tale twist from the director of The Fall (2006), I'm on the side of the early detractors, sorry.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Sport

Metascore: 64/100 (24 reviews)
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.
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The Buzz: Michael Dowse is a legend (in Canada) for Fubar (2002) and its sequel, and here he teams up with the hockey obsessed Jay Baruchel, who co-stars and co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg (Seth Rogen's creative other half). And while Stifler will be busy promoting American Reunion (2012) as this sports comedy is released in the States, I'm wondering if he ever realized that he was making the guy version of Kansas City Bomber (1972). Regardless, I'm way more primed for this movie than Kevin Smith's upcoming two-parter, Hit Somebody.

Certificate R   -   Fantasy | Horror | Thriller

Metascore: 45/100 (21 reviews)
Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.
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The Buzz: Nope, it's not another home-invasion thriller; instead, this is an almost great psychological horror/fairy tale from Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who started off so promising with Intacto (2001) before accepting the Herculean task of following up 28 Days Later... (2002) ... This is a twisty premise that's about 90% cogent; Fresnadillo and his screenwriters crib from countless horror films, though their story commits to showing horror and anxiety from a child's perspective as it cleverly plays with timelines. The main problem: you can see the twist an hour before its reveal.

Certificate PG-13   -   Documentary

Metascore: 74/100 (33 reviews)
A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
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The Buzz: The Weinstein Company mobilized a celebrity- and social-media army in their battle with the MPAA over the initial R-rating for Lee Hirsch's timely documentary. Hirsch, last seen in theaters with Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002), hopefully will unearth some perspectives and ideas for solutions not already seen in the myriad, urgent TV specials that have covered this unfortunate topic.

Certificate PG   -   Documentary

Metascore: 72/100 (14 reviews)
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.
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The Buzz: Experienced documentarian Jon Shenk's politco/enviro call-to-action is my dark horse pick for art-house breakout of the spring season.

Certificate PG-13   -   Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 23/100 (4 reviews)
A professional diver tutor returns to deep waters after 1 year, following an almost fatal encounter with a great white shark. The nightmare from the deep is still lurking - more carnivorous and hungry than ever.
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The Buzz: Wisely putting Halle Berry's assets front and center, John Stockwell of Blue Crush (2002) and Into the Blue (2005) B-grade fame returns to the ocean with a thriller that is reportedly as free of character development as it is shark bites. While it seems like Stockwell will never return to the land of success, don't count out Halle: she has a main role in Cloud Atlas (2012), the new curio from the Wachowski siblings and Tom Twyker, as well as The Call (2013), a thriller directed by The Machinist (2004)'s Brad Anderson. And personally, I'd welcome a sequel to B*A*P*S (1997); in other words, if you're reaching for the aforementioned B-movie ring, go all the way.


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