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

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Logan (2017)

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

Metascore: 77/100 (50 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.
Director:

James Mangold

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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

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The Shack (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama |Fantasy

Metascore: 31/100 (13 reviews)
A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
Director:

Stuart Hazeldine

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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.

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Before I Fall (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama |Mystery

Metascore: 58/100 (28 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.
Director:

Ry Russo-Young

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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.

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Table 19 (2017) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 39/100 (25 reviews)
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.
Director:

Jeffrey Blitz

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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.

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The Last Word (2017) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 44/100 (9 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.
Director:

Mark Pellington

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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.

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Donald Cried (2016) – [Limited]

  –   Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 72/100 (11 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.
Director:

Kris Avedisian

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The Buzz: I always seem to have the same reaction to buddy films: I spend too much of my time trying to determine which of the two characters I identify the most with … and then spend even more hours wondering what the hell I was thinking. This comedy, which screened to much acclaim on the film festival circuit last year, will no doubt present much to ponder: Am I more like Peter (Jesse Wakeman), who’s ready to turn the page on each chapter of his life? Or am I his childhood friend Donald (Kris Avedisian), stuck in the past but blissfully liberated because of it? – Bret

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Catfight (2016) – [Limited]

  –   Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 68/100 (13 reviews)
The rivalry between two former college friends comes to a head when they both attend the same glamorous event.
Director:

Onur Tukel

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The Buzz: We feel more than comfortable saying we might ignore this movie’s socio-political commentary on class and gender and instead simply enjoy watching Sandra Oh and Anne Heche bash one another for 90+ minutes.

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Wolves (2016) – [Limited]

  –   Drama

Metascore: 46/100 (12 reviews)
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.
Director:

Bart Freundlich

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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.

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Junction 48 (2016) – [Limited]

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

Metascore: 65/100 (6 reviews)
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.
Director:

Udi Aloni

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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.

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Contemporary Color (2016) – [Opens on 3/1 — Limited]

Certificate PG-13   –   Documentary

Metascore: 76/100 (10 reviews)
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.
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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.