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March 1 

Certificate PG-13   -   Adventure | Fantasy

Metascore: 51/100 (37 reviews)
The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.
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The Buzz: We're freaking out so hard about Bryan Singer back in the director chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) that we've somewhat looked past this fairy tale while awaiting his next tweet about who is returning to the X-Men cast. We love when studios and their top filmmakers take changes, and Jack is exactly that -- a passion project for Singer and his first foray into big-screen fantasy storytelling. The ace supporting cast should deliver laughs and gravitas alike while Nicolas Hoult (who held his own amongst X-Men: First Class (2011)'s starry cast) battles oversized foe and chases after Eleanor Tomlinson.

Certificate R   -   Comedy

Metascore: 34/100 (21 reviews)
The night before his big medical school interview, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.
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The Buzz: Like Project X (2012), this might become more of a hit with the illegal-download set than movie-going types, but either way, screenwriters-turned-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore should find success with what we've been calling The Hangover Jr..

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | Horror | Thriller

Metascore: 35/100 (20 reviews)
As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.
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The Buzz: Most interesting to us is the studio switch that finds the sequel to the surprise horror hit being released by CBS Films instead of Lionsgate. Back in 2010, the genre specialists relentlessly marketed the original for an $20 million opening weekend. Looks like CBS Films is determined to stick around and has begun to shell out for proven box-office hits (remember how The Woman in Black (2012) performed for them). Eli Roth is back in producer mode and probably knows more than anyone that this really is nowhere near the the last exorcism for poor Nell Sweetzer. Indie director Ed Gass-Donnelly (Small Town Murder Songs (2010)) gets the call up to the semi-big leagues.

Certificate R   -   Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 58/100 (42 reviews)
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
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The Buzz: I can't really describe my anticipation for the English-language debut from Chan-wook Park, director of Thirst (2009) and the Lady Vengeance trilogy most popularly represented by its second installment, Oldboy (2003). Though he isn't directing from his own screenplay -- those duties were left to Wentworth Miller, who was guided by the dark-hued hand of Erin Cressida Wilson -- Park has narrative and stylistic flourishes that are a custom fit for Nicole Kidman's art-house leanings. Meanwhile, Mia Wasikowska continues to out-Fanning her peers with a series of wonderfully offbeat moves.

Certificate R   -   Action | Drama | History | Thriller | War

Metascore: 40/100 (22 reviews)
The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.
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The Buzz: Spend some time in close quarters with Ed Harris and David Duchovny as they play Russians with radically different thoughts on whether the Earth should remain a solid.

Certificate PG   -   Documentary

Metascore: 68/100 (19 reviews)
A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
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The Buzz: From the same production company as Food, Inc. (2008) comes this look at the systematic ways in which healthy foods are kept far from the hands, mouth, and bellies of people from different walks of life across the U.S.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama

Metascore: 56/100 (13 reviews)
When the mother of his infant son unexpectedly passes away, struggling actor Mark grapples with fatherhood and his inability to grow up. And when he sparks with a single mother, he learns how his choices have real-life consequences.
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The Buzz: Indie-movie vet Mark Webber made a mainstream breakthrough of a sort with a supporting role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and he's followed up that success with other higher profile acting roles, being a major presence in Joshua Leonard's The Lie (2011), and this - his directorial debut that unfurled at Sundance in 2012.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Documentary | Comedy | History | Music

Metascore: 59/100 (10 reviews)
A documentary on the history, mystery, and meaning of the ubiquitous Jewish standard that follows the around-the-world journey of the song from Ukraine to Youtube. of the song "Hava Nagila."
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The Buzz: No doubt that this documentary will have a successful transition from the film festival circuit to the art house and online streaming. Like the song's oral history, word-of-mouth should sustain the film for a long time.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama

As Ishaan, a music producer who has commitment issues with the women in his life, feels a connection with Gauri, his next-door neighbor, he begins to learn the importance of relationships.
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The Buzz: Kapil Sharma has enjoyed a pretty cool career to date in his native India -- a clutch of reality TV wins for his stand-up comedy; first assistant director credits for The Fall (2006) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007) -- and here he makes his directorial debut with a story that should play well to his comedy instincts. Lead actor John Abraham isn't a crossover star yet, but this might be the movie to change things.

Certificate PG-13   -   Biography | Drama

Metascore: 40/100 (8 reviews)
A film about the life and relationships of the early 20th American educator, editor, and journalist Leonie Gilmour, the mother of the acclaimed artist and architect Isamu Noguchi.
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The Buzz: Reads like Hisako Matsui had an incredibly challenging time making this story, what with having to depict what American and Japanese societies looked like a century ago, and we understand the Isamu Noguchi Foundation declined her any assistance. Overall awareness of the film seems rather low, but the presence of Christina Hendricks and Emily Mortimer should help achieve some home-screen longevity.

Certificate PG   -   Adventure | Family | Fantasy

A man who stops into a foster home to drop off some donations soon tells the kids a story about two teenage friends who uncover a long-lost medallion that transports them back in time.
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The Buzz: Chances are that Billy Unger's fanbase -- the kids who have made his series Lab Rats (2012) the highest-rated show on Disney XD -- will take to his starring role in this time-traveling adventure movie once it makes its way to TV.

March 8 

Certificate PG   -   Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Metascore: 44/100 (42 reviews)
A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.
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The Buzz: If you accept the notion that most of Sam Raimi's movies have been dark fairy tales, then perhaps James Franco will find more mainstream success as the star of another prequel that came under intense scrutiny as it was being made.

Certificate R   -   Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 39/100 (24 reviews)
In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.
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The Buzz: Find me a more intriguing director/star reunion than Dragon Tattoo's Niels Arden Oplev and Noomi Rapace and I'll acknowledge that the second and third installments of that trilogy were clunkers. Point to a stranger/more exciting cast than Rapace, Colin Farrell, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Isabelle Huppert, and Armand Assante (?!) and, okay, okay, I'll admit that this premise sounds like a series of potential cliches.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama

Metascore: 79/100 (33 reviews)
The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.
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The Buzz: Cristian Mungiu stunned the indie-film world with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), and his new work -- a two-time Cannes winner -- looks at a different kind of tragic relationship caught in another inflexible societal construct. We take a certain joy in grueling, naturalistic narratives that tend to hypnotize the viewer as they enter their second hour.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Horror

Metascore: 43/100 (16 reviews)
A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.
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The Buzz: Such a take on the horror genre seems destined to become an at-home staple for the hardcore fans of the genre; as casual-interest viewers, we're just excited to see studios taking a chance with their theatrical releases.

Certificate R   -   Documentary | Music

Metascore: 53/100 (16 reviews)
A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.
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The Buzz: Selected as the opening-night film for the prestigious Silverdocs festival, Ramona Diaz's chronicle of the unlikely replacement for one of pop music's most distinctive voices is a reportedly warm and gentle affair that acknowledges Arnel Pineda tough upbringing in Manila and the fateful YouTube click that changed his life. Fans of grittier work might be phased by the surface-skimming, especially in a year that brought us Searching for Sugar Man (2012) and Beware of Mr. Baker (2012), but I wouldn't be at all surprised if this story breaks through to the mainstream.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | History

Metascore: 48/100 (33 reviews)
As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
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The Buzz: Considering director Peter Webber's track record (Hannibal Rising (2007), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)) and the narrative framing that puts Matthew Fox's character in focus instead of Tommy Lee Jones's, we're thinking you can expect impressive production design and TLJ not being impressed by General Fox's leading man prowess.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 72/100 (12 reviews)
13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
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The Buzz: Ulrich Thomsen landed an enviable co-starring role on Alan Ball's new series Banshee (2013) (which was renewed for a second season recently), and here he portrays a long-dormant killer who is revitalized by a copycat murder. The European reviews are strong; Stateside, we're thinking a savvy VOD campaign is in the works since the theatrical promotion was rather minimal.

March 15 

Certificate PG-13   -   Comedy

Metascore: 44/100 (35 reviews)
A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder.
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The Buzz: Give partial credit to Horrible Bosses (2011) for this long-gestating comedy finally getting a green light (the two projects share the same writing team: Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley), but, surprisingly, the pairing of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey is shaping up to be another potential under-performer for Warner Bros. (the studio's first four releases this year have struggled: Gangster Squad (2013); Bullet to the Head (2012); Beautiful Creatures (2013); and Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)). Hey, it's not like Horrible was shaping up to be a hit, and now a sequel is officially a go, so the real trick is for the movie to pull off a better-than-expected opening weekend.

Certificate R   -   Crime | Thriller

Metascore: 51/100 (23 reviews)
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
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The Buzz: I haven't been able to consider anything else about this thriller after a friend of mine pointed out Halle Berry's wig, which might as well have its own credit in director Brad Anderson's newest puzzling career choice. Right at the beginning of 2013, Anderson's latest found itself on the radar once it was swapped into the release date previously held by the Carrie (2013) remake.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama

Metascore: 69/100 (26 reviews)
A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship.
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The Buzz: Challenging writer/director Sally Potter (The Tango Lesson (1997)/Orlando (1992)) is back on the radar with a coming-of-age story set in 1960s London and co-starring our favorite Fanning and Alice Englert, the daughter of Jane Campion who just starred in the barely seen Beautiful Creatures (2013).

Certificate PG   -   Animation | Drama | Family

Metascore: 71/100 (20 reviews)
A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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The Buzz: This Studio Ghibli project serves as the first official collaboration between director Goro Miyazaki and his father, legendary storyteller Hayao Miyazaki, who wrote the screenplay. The hand-drawn film was the top domestic release in Japan in 2011.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 45/100 (22 reviews)
Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.
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The Buzz: The thing I love about the sci-fi genre: ambitious films can earn ardent fans and just as many passionate detractors. I sense Juan Solanas's ambitious feature might generate such a divide with its twinned worlds, class themes, and epic romantic gestures. Considering the fates that befell Across the Universe (2007) and Cloud Atlas (2012), maybe the third time's the charm for Jim Sturgess? Conversely, the genre seems to suit Kirsten Dunst just fine, what with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Melancholia (2011) being two of the brightest stars on her resume.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 76/100 (21 reviews)
Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.
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The Buzz: Matteo Garrone's new work is a lighter affair that hasn't generate as much talk as his crime-world masterstroke, Gomorrah (2008), despite the fact that his star, Aniello Arena, has been imprisoned for some two decades (for murder, reportedly) and was only allowed to shoot the film during the days. Garrone's star belongs to an acting troupe that is based at the Volterra Detention Center and able to perform at festivals and theaters around Italy; Garrone wanted to cast Arena in Gomorrah but was unable to get clearance for that project. Could someone make this documentary?

Certificate R   -   Crime | Drama

Metascore: 63/100 (40 reviews)
Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying/drinking/taking drugs they are arrested only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer.
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The Buzz: Outsider filmmaker Harmony Korine -- who is somehow 40, FYI -- has been flirting with the mainstream ever since his crazy/beautiful casting for his latest project, a look at a group of college girls who go buck wild. Co-star Selena Gomez hit the press circuit recently to advise her core fans to steer clear here -- the kind of warning that can only inspire real-life rebellion. James Franco's amalgamation of white rappers have kept his character's actions front and center, too, including key scenes that showcase some of his innate carnal talents.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Drama

Jennifer's thirtieth birthday party is supposed to be a special day. But what starts out as a day of celebration quickly spirals into a most ill-fated day Jennifer wishes she could forget, in this ensemble comedy set entirely in a kitchen.
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The Buzz: The kitchen tends to be the best place to stake out territory at a house party, and the setting has helped indie director Ishai Setton enjoy his highest profile release to date. Laura Prepon is tasked with keeping it together while her romantic life is exposed to a series of drama bombs, and we hear that Dreama Walker -- from Compliance (2012) infamy -- kills it in her supporting role.

Certificate R   -   Documentary | Music

Metascore: 42/100 (14 reviews)
Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.
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The Buzz: In his tireless campaign for creative fluidity and cultural relevancy, Snoop Dogg rechristened himself as Snoop Lion, embraced the music of Jamaica, and let the cameras roll as he recorded his first reggae album with Diplo. It's not as funny as anything on his wickedly high YouTube channel, and we think that's the objective.

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Metascore: 21/100 (6 reviews)
A record producer comes around after binging on drink and drugs. He finds himself in a section of the Los Angeles County Jail reserved for homosexuals, which is ruled by a transsexual named Mousey.
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The Buzz: Jules Stewart -- yes, Kristen's mom -- makes her directorial debut after spending the first several decades of her career as a script supervisor (her TV credits are more impressive than her big-screen resume). Pre-Twilight Kristen was attached to the project, and we imagine her current handlers are happy their star isn't on the press beat talking about the story's "maze of drug addled-transvestite-criminal politics" -- but it sounds like a perfect transitional role given her post-Bella/post-Pattinson status.

Certificate G   -   Documentary

A documentary that follows the R&B/hip-hop boy band as they travel across the US on their first major headlining tour.
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The Buzz: Mindless Direction started their ascent right around the same time as One Direction's, and personally we love seeing an audience of young African-American girls screaming for their current heroes, who seem to have a good run ahead of them.

March 22 

Certificate R   -   Action | Thriller

Metascore: 41/100 (31 reviews)
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
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The Buzz: This project came together quickly. It's as if Gerard Butler suddenly remembered that audiences like him most in action mode and Antoine Fuqua gave up yet again on that Pablo Escobar project and another script, Prisoners (2013) (which will now serve as director Denis Villeneuve's follow-up to the pretty brilliant Incendies (2010)). In a year where we will be treated to at least two projects with a similar theme, Olympus is no exception; months from now we can compare it to White House Down (2013).

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

Metascore: 55/100 (30 reviews)
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.
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The Buzz: Though DreamWorks Animation has remained mostly mute on this project, what has me primed is the presence of co-director Chris Sanders, who has co-captained How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Lilo & Stitch (2002) with Dean DeBlois. In development since at least 2005, the project was almost made with Aardman Animations, and John Cleese had an early hand in the screenplay.

Certificate PG-13   -   Comedy | Drama | Romance

Metascore: 48/100 (39 reviews)
A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.
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The Buzz: Tina Fey + Paul Rudd = considerable comedic promise. But (1) Fey had no hand in this screenplay; (2) Paul Weitz has lost his directorial touch since About a Boy (2002); and (3) the first trailer is warm-hearted, but is it truly funny?

Certificate PG-13   -   Biography | Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Metascore: 67/100 (30 reviews)
It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.
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The Buzz: The presence of Chris O'Dowd -- so funny in general and so spot-on as the voice of the tech generation on "Girls" -- should help lure a wider audience into seeing director Wayne Blair's debut, which has reminded festival audiences that Australia makes crowd-pleasers as well as harrowing crime dramas. (Mental (2012), which reunites Toni Collete with her Muriel's Wedding (1994) director P.J. Hogan, is another love note to the art house from Down Under.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 49/100 (23 reviews)
As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father.
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The Buzz: Hollywood has struck out over the last few years, having released several variations on the artificial-insemination comedy, so we were surprised to see that Canadian filmmaker Ken Scott has successfully mounted an A-list remake that will shoot later this year.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Crime | Drama

Metascore: 81/100 (27 reviews)
When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffiti writers embark on an elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets' Home Run Apple.
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The Buzz: Adam Leon's debut has become a favorite of the SXSW scene, a testament to the effectiveness of scrappy filmmaking, and a New York reminder that the cool stuff isn't happening in Manhattan anymore.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | Romance | War

Metascore: 28/100 (9 reviews)
When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his hometown girl, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL and return to the States to win her back.
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The Buzz: No, Liam Hemsworth is not in another Nicholas Sparks movie, but from the sound of the story and the look of the poster, even we were looking for the novelist's name in these credits.

Certificate PG-13   -   Documentary | War

Metascore: 58/100 (15 reviews)
A cave exploration in Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave.
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The Buzz: Take a true story from WWII, document parts of it and re-enact others, give it a Herzog-y otherworldliness, and prepare for what could be one of the most surprising documentaries of the year.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama

Metascore: 71/100 (14 reviews)
Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London.
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The Buzz: Sally El Hosaini's first feature has enjoyed a year-plus of buzz-building on the festival circuit, scooping up awards at Sundance Berlin and London's main festivals, OutFest and other queer-film festivals. The acting, direction, storytelling, and cinematography play equal parts in what could be a breakthrough release.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama | Music

Metascore: 46/100 (15 reviews)
In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
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The Buzz: Since it is no longer hard to sell audiences on contemporary musicals, we're a bit surprised by Hunky Dory's relatively low profile prior to its release. Word of mouth for Minnie Driver's performance and the presence of emerging star Aneurin Barnard -- who looks like a perfect cast addition to the next season of "Game of Thrones" -- could mean a long shelf life with fans of all things feel-good.

Certificate R   -   Horror

Metascore: 44/100 (7 reviews)
A couple take a vacation to a remote island - their last holiday together before they become parents. Soon after their arrival, they notice that no adults seem to be present - an observation that quickly presents a nightmarish reality.
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The Buzz: We don't know much about director Manikov, or whether the path he's taken to promote his first film is a nod to performance art, but his on-the-nose remake of the cult film Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) has earned him Shyamalan-like levels of disdain from genre reviewers.

Certificate R   -   Comedy

Metascore: 1/100 (5 reviews)
In this comedy film, a computer tablet full of the world's most hilariously offensive apps breaks through the borders of political correctness, stirring up cultural anarchy.
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The Buzz: By now, most pundits have stopped riffing on the potential reasons for Adrien Brody signing on to star in the directorial debut of the ShamWow Guy; all the Lindsay Lohan comments and jokes have aged. So, to paraphrase a friend: This is the kind of seemingly harmless release that inflicts the most damage on movie critics, who cannot opt to unsee it.

Certificate PG   -   Documentary

Metascore: 60/100 (7 reviews)
A documentary based on the honor, courage and commitment of Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy, who gave his life for his men in 2005 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007.
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The Buzz: The release of Navy veteran and filmmaker Scott Mactavish's documentary is perhaps timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Iraqi War.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama | Romance

Metascore: 49/100 (4 reviews)
A poet who starts a health-conscious food stand finds support from his friends, as well as a potential love match with one of his customers. But will unexpected complications jeopardize his dreams of a hot dog-free future?
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The Buzz: The most patient critics have likened Paul Gordon's Austin-set eco-comedy to Slacker (1991) for its subculture focus and gone to certain lengths to differentiate the work from the mumblecore genre, which is enough for me to consider watching it.

March 29 

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

Metascore: 41/100 (31 reviews)
The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
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The Buzz: The future looks bleak for Duke, but what a decision made by the studio to postpone the release of the Joe sequel for almost a year in order to up the Channing Tatum factor after reaction to the first trailer proved his movie-star status. We're bracing for a box-office takeover this weekend and perhaps an announcement that a third installment will be made.

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

Metascore: 35/100 (28 reviews)
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
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The Buzz: Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's other lit sensation does not have any sequels in place just yet, though Meyer said they have been outlined. We have no idea if the studio -- upstart distributor Open Road Films, who've had a couple hits with The Grey (2011) and End of Watch (2012) -- has a franchise-starter on their hands, but the marketing has been consistent and solid. The YA audience tends to be a blind spot for studios; recently, the idea of a captive audience targeted by a major promotional push couldn't get Beautiful Creatures (2013) to break $20 million yet.

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 26/100 (14 reviews)
An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.
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The Buzz: We admire Tyler Perry for creating his own empire, brushing off the Alex Cross (2012) failure (easier than most other A-listers), and resetting his focus on alternating Madea/non-Madea films on his own schedule. This particular project first caught attention as Kim Kardashian was cast in a supporting role, while others remarked at how much star Jurnee Smollett had grown up since Eve's Bayou (1997). Thematically, Perry isn't breaking any new ground, and we expect him to regain his footing here.

Certificate R   -   Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 68/100 (42 reviews)
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
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The Buzz: Hopefully Ryan Gosling's second project with writer/director Derek Cianfrance will reconfirm that Blue Valentine (2010) provided Gosling with his best role to date while Rose Byrne continues to build an admirable string of big- and small-screen successes and Bradley Cooper gets some much-needed tarnish on his near-perfect face. And, yes, we too think the premise recalls Drive (2011) a bit too much on paper.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Documentary

Metascore: 80/100 (30 reviews)
An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).
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The Buzz: Rodney Ascher's work is billed as a "subjective documentary" on hidden meanings in the film version of The Shining. It's definitely a crowd pleaser for people who thought the world might end last year, or those who have played Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz (1939). Interviewees offer up a series of insights that blur the line between credibility and fanaticism, but Ascher knows how to respect his cast while entertaining his audience. The notion that Stanley Kubrick created the film as a way of dealing with his feelings about the Holocaust and American imperialism are viable, while some people take what can only be continuity errors to another level of our obsessive search for meaning. More than anything, the documentary is a testament to Ascher's editing skills, as he recontextualizes footage from Kubrick's oeuvre with a deft hand.

Certificate R   -   Action | Crime | Thriller

Metascore: 49/100 (16 reviews)
When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.
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The Buzz: While James McAvoy is having an indie-film year before getting back in Charles Xavier mode in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Next up: he'll been seen in Trance (2013), Danny Boyle's apparent return to his thriller roots. This is a polite way of saying there's minimal buzz for his turn here as a cop out to bring down his longtime target.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Mystery

Metascore: 58/100 (17 reviews)
Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.
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The Buzz: Quentin Dupieux might be a film-festival programmer's dream with his surrealistic narrative approach, oddball visuals, and composer alter ego (Mr. Oizo). I'm sure it was a blast to see Rubber (2010), his last outing, in a theater full of pepped-up journalists and general film enthusiasts, but personally the hype didn't translate the two separate times I watched it. That said, the presence of William Fichtner playing a "professional pet lover", combined with a relatable premise (a missing dog instead of a killer tire), might be the sort of hyper-realistic adventure we all need this season.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Action | Comedy

When a temple priest commits suicide after being dishonored by an evil landlord, his son returns to his native village on a mission of vengeance.
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The Buzz: Filmmaker Sajid Khan latest finds him paired with rising international star Ajay Devgn, so look for the director to continue his winning streak that has delivered the hits Housefull (2010), Heyy Babyy (2007), and Housefull 2 (2012).

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 42/100 (14 reviews)
A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband's political ambitions and his infidelity.
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The Buzz: Nice to see Toni Collette back with her Muriel's Wedding (1994) director P.J. Hogan, but from the sound of things, we won't be quoting this crazy-nanny comedy some twenty years after its release. Ah, the 1990s ...

Certificate PG-13   -   Drama | Fantasy

Metascore: 82/100 (21 reviews)
A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.
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The Buzz: This silent, black-and-white version of the Snow White tale recently took the Best Picture Goya in its native Spain, as well as Best Actress for Maribel Verdu, Best Original Screenplay, and seven other awards, eclipsing The Impossible (2012) as the top Spanish film of the year. The trailer is a thing of beauty.


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