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We check out this week’s new movies at IMDb:

The Longest Ride (2015) Poster

The Longest Ride (2015)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama |Romance

Metascore: 32/100 (29 reviews)
After an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.
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The Buzz: The latest Nicholas Sparks adaption finds itself being released as its two stars, Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, are poised for respective breakthroughs later this year – Eastwood has a supporting role in Snowden and of course he’s part of the Suicide Squad, while Robertson is the true focus of Tomorrowland. All-purpose director George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food/Faster) handles the (seemingly way convoluted) screenplay.

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Ex Machina (2015)

Certificate R   –   Drama |Sci-Fi

Metascore: 77/100 (27 reviews)
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Director:

Alex Garland

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The Buzz: A few of us here at IMDb – myself included – have had the chance to see 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina. We’re all in agreement that it’s one of the smartest, most original sci-fi movies to come along in quite some time. The dialogue is great, the three performances are all strong – in particular, Oscar Isaac as a “bro” tech genius – and the final act leaves you with a ton to discuss. This is an early contender for one of the best movies of the year, and is an absolutely a must-see for sci-fi fans.

-Ray Subers

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Desert Dancer (2014) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13   –   Biography |Drama

Metascore: 49/100 (16 reviews)
Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran’s politically volatile climate and the nation’s ban on dancing.
Director:

Richard Raymond

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The Buzz: I felt a bit queasy after watching the trailer for Desert Dancer; this review was my remedy.

–Arno

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) Poster

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Drama

Metascore: 80/100 (25 reviews)
A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
Director:

Olivier Assayas

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The Buzz: Let the manipulations begin, seriously. I love that Kristen Stewart finally has Twilight behind her and can get back to being more of an actress and less of a celebrity, and the thought of her working alongside Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz for Olivier Assayas is a promise of some of the finest work from them all.

–Arno Kazarian

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Kill Me Three Times (2014) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Action |Thriller

Metascore: 30/100 (20 reviews)
Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment.
Director:

Kriv Stenders

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The Buzz: My love for Simon Pegg is being diminished by his work in non-Cornetto Trilogy/non-Star Trek movies that just do not do him any favors. There are much worse things in the world than being inextricably tied to Nick Frost.

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Lost River (2014) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Drama | Fantasy | Mystery |Thriller

Metascore: 42/100 (19 reviews)
A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Director:

Ryan Gosling

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The Buzz: Staring down a barrage of negative reviews and a courtesy theatrical release (the movie will be available in only 3 theaters this weekend), Lost River‘s best hope is to be embraced by a cult audience who find something resonant in Ryan Gosling’s dark fantasy of a world that exists right below ours. Plus, Christina Hendricks peels off her face at some point during the movie.

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While We’re Young (2014) – [Expands nationwide]

Certificate R   –   Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 76/100 (42 reviews)
A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.
Director:

Noah Baumbach

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The Buzz: Noah Baumbach’s fine return to form with Frances Ha has most likely set a high bar for his new project to meet in terms of audience reaction. Baumbach’s reunion with Greenberg‘s Ben Stiller expands nationwide this weekend after a successful limited release, and we’re curious to see if movie can truly breakthrough; chances are both Ex Machina and Clouds of Sils Maria are its competition.

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Danny Collins (2015) – [Expands nationwide]

Certificate R   –   Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 58/100 (29 reviews)
An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.
Director:

Dan Fogelman

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The Buzz: Screenwriter Dan Fogelman makes his directorial debut in a story that seems like a custom fit for Al Pacino — even if the overall territory, barring the letter from John Lennon, feels a bit familiar. I’ve read more than one review that indicates Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Garner “transcend their worst instincts” — which is one of my favorite movie-critique phrases of the new year — and turn in noteworthy performances.