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Logan (2017) Poster




Certificate R   –   Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Metascore: 71/100 (25 reviews)
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

James Mangold


Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

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THE BUZZ: It has been 17 years since Hugh Jackman first played Logan in X-Men and, in what is intended to be his final portrayal of the adamantium-clad mutant, fans have been given the Wolverine movie they deserve. Ultra-violent, gritty and with not an inch of spandex in sight, Logan is a quantum leap away from his previous big-screen appearances. For my money, it is up there with The Dark Knight in terms of a superhero movie that subverts expectations and delivers devastating drama alongside breathtaking action. – Michael

The Shack (2017) Poster




Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Fantasy

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”

Stuart Hazeldine


Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell

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THE BUZZ: This Faith-focused movie seems to pull influences from a number of sources. We’re reminded of What Dreams May Come, Collateral Beauty, and even the first season of “The Killing” after watching the trailer. Could be a crossover hit with older audiences.

Before I Fall (2017) Poster




Certificate PG-13   –   Drama | Mystery

Metascore: 65/100 (8 reviews)
February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.

Ry Russo-Young


Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi

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THE BUZZ: The first buzzy Sundance 2017 movie to enjoy a theatrical release, Ry Russo-Young teen mystery earned many comparisons to both Donnie Darko and Mean Girls. Hope that means the movie can find a cult audience.

Table 19 (2017) Poster




Certificate PG-13 Comedy | Drama

Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with 5 “random” guests at the dreaded Table 19.

Jeffrey Blitz


Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant

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THE BUZZ: This romantic comedy, which feels like a grown-up version of The Breakfast Club but set at a wedding, might just become a sleeper hit this summer. Despite its feel-good sheen where a disparate group of rejects looks to take over the event, the secret sauce in this formula might be screenwriters Jay and Mark Duplass.

The Last Word (2017) Poster




Certificate R   –   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 48/100 (4 reviews)
Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

Mark Pellington


Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, AnnJewel Lee Dixon, Thomas Sadoski

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THE BUZZ: Death-obsessed director Mark Pellington employs a Hallmark touch in entirely predictable but effective story places Shirley MacLaine dead center of the narrative, virtually guaranteeing a certain level of box office longevity. It’s also a story that showcases a connection between three generations of women and DJ MacLaine on the turntables, so we’re not resisting its pull.

My Scientology Movie (2015) Poster




Certificate Not Rated   –   Documentary

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

John Dower


Louis Theroux, Rob Alter, Tom Cruise, Paz de la Huerta

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THE BUZZ: British journalist Louis Theroux, who got his start working with Michael Moore, turns his investigative skills to the Church of Scientology. Unable to gain access to the organization, he frames this film around reconstructions, holding auditions in Los Angeles with amusing results. The definitive documentary on the religion remains Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, but Theroux’s take is a worthy companion piece. – Michael

Donald Cried (2016) Poster




  –   Comedy | Drama

Metascore: 78/100 (4 reviews)
With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day’s journey into the past.

Kris Avedisian


Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause, Tyrone Alcorn, Ted Arcidi

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Wolves (2016) Poster




  –   Drama

An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good friends. But at home he’s struggling with his troubled father who has a gambling addiction. His mother tries to keep the family afloat but does so with great emotional and financial sacrifice.

Bart Freundlich


Taylor John Smith, Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino, Zazie Beetz

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THE BUZZ: You don’t see a lot of Michael Shannon in the trailer for Wolves but this family drama is being positioned to benefit from Shannon’s Oscar nomination for Nocturnal Animals. It seems like Taylor John Smith, who plays the basketball prodigy at the center of this story, might be equipped to literally stand up to Shannon here.

Junction 48 (2016) Poster




  –   Action | Biography | Crime | Drama | Music | Thriller

Junction 48 is the love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists who use their music to fight against both the external oppression of Israeli society and the internal repression of their own crime-ridden, conservative community. It depicts a new generation of young Arabs who seek normality through their love and music – and against all odds.

Udi Aloni


Tamer Nafar, Samar Qupty, Salwa Nakkara, Saeed Dassuki

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THE BUZZ: Udi Aloni’s groundbreaking movie has earned accolades at film festivals around the world and has impressed us, in previews anyway, with what seems to be an authentic and not overly painted look at the attitudes and expressions found in young Palestinian culture.

Contemporary Color (2016) Poster




Certificate PG-13   –   Documentary

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, Contemporary Color is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event.

Bill Ross IV | Turner Ross


Simon Bennett, David Byrne, Nika Danilova, Christian Delmotte

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THE BUZZ: Arguably the coolest thing former Talking Head David Byrne has done since the “big suit” is to create a large canvas for color guard squads to perform. If you were lucky enough to attend a high school that support this outsider arts program, you’ll know what we mean.



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