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

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Poster

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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

Metascore: 63/100 (47 reviews)
A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.
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The Buzz: Given the character’s long and broad cinematic history, there seems to be a new King Kong film for every generation. And this latest iteration, set in the 1970s, offers a spin that feels both fresh and timeless at the same time. Be prepared for very obvious visual and cinematic references and a heroic action role for Oscar winner Brie Larson, who gets to flex some literal muscle in the middle of the Pacific. – Bret

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Raw (2016) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Drama |Horror

Metascore: 82/100 (16 reviews)
When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.
Director:

Julia Ducournau

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The Buzz: I became obsessed with seeing this movie ever since catching a glimpse of an interview with director Julia Ducournau, who described her film as a “mutant” and the journalist conducting the conversation just did not know how to handle her fierceness. My fixation grew even more pointed when I learned from the critics I trust the most that the narrative is lean, that there are some crazy prosthetics, and that the final scene is both sickening and satisfying. – Arno

Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) Poster

Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) – [Limited]

  –   Comedy | Drama |Romance

Badrinath Bansal from Jhansi and Vaidehi Trivedi from Kota belong to small towns but have diametrically opposite opinions on everything. This leads to a clash of ideologies, despite both of them recognizing the goodness in each other.
Director:

Shashank Khaitan

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The Buzz: There should be fantastic box office results for this romantic comedy that pairs Varun Dhawan, one of India’s most successful young actors, with Alia Bhatt, the daughter of famed Saaransh director Mahesh Bhatt.

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The Ottoman Lieutenant (2016) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Drama |War

Metascore: 26/100 (13 reviews)
The Ottoman Lieutenant is a love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I.
Director:

Joseph Ruben

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The Buzz: The consensus about this WWI drama focuses on two ideas: First, it is a Turkish production, and the story looks to skip right over the Armenian Genocide without looking to the rest of the world for critique; second, the script’s focus on a love triangle does another disservice to the movie, which could have been more epic, and much more honest, in scope.

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Personal Shopper (2016) – [Limited]

Certificate R   –   Drama | Mystery |Thriller

Metascore: 77/100 (24 reviews)
Revolves around a ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris.
Director:

Olivier Assayas

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The Buzz: A couple weeks ago I watched The Clouds of Sils Maria three times over a single weekend. So, I am more than ready for a new film from Oliver Assayas and his new muse (?). The film’s earned wildly divisive reviews that all manage to agree on one thing: Kristen Stewart’s performance is, like her work in Sils Maria, of the highest quality. – Arno

The Sense of an Ending (2017) Poster

The Sense of an Ending (2017) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

Metascore: 58/100 (10 reviews)
A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.
Director:

Ritesh Batra

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The Buzz: There seem be many story elements packed into the new film from Ritesh Batra, director of The Lunchbox, an adaptation of the heralded Julian Barnes novel that looks at the consequences of a young man’s behavior a half a century later. Part uncoming of age, part murder mystery, part family drama (Michelle Dockery plays Jim Broadbent’s pregnant, seemingly neglected daughter), The Sense of an Ending doesn’t seem to unfurl or wrap up as perfectly as Batra’s earlier film.

My Scientology Movie (2015) Poster

My Scientology Movie (2015) – [Limited]

Certificate Not Rated   –   Documentary

Metascore: 64/100 (10 reviews)
Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.
Director:

John Dower

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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

The Other Half (2016) Poster

The Other Half (2016) – [Limited]

  –   Drama |Romance

Metascore: 60/100 (9 reviews)
A bipolar woman and a grief-stricken man struggle to forge a simple life.
Director:

Joey Klein

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The Buzz: Tom Cullen gets an opportunity to explore a new kind of character, something which his co-star, Tatiana Maslany, is no stranger to. At SXSW and other festivals over the last year, the duo helped bring attention to Joey Klein with his first feature.

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The Dark Below (2015) – [Limited]

Certificate Unrated   –   Thriller

A woman struggles for survival beneath a frozen lake while a serial killer stalks her from the surface.
Director:

Douglas Schulze

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The Buzz: The fourth feature from director Douglas Schulze earned raves at some of the higher profile genre film festivals out there, and its premise alone is sure to earn plenty of clicks once the movie hits streaming. It’s cool to see the truly indie minded distributor Parade Deck Films continuing to get movies like this out into theaters, too.

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Uncertain (2015) – [Limited]

  –   Documentary | Comedy |Drama

Metascore: 92/100 (4 reviews)
Uncertain is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town so tucked away “you’ve got to be lost to find it”.
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The Buzz: Despite an intoxicating trailer that introduces a series of themes about life in this remote Texas town, the main reason I’m interested in this documentary is because it doesn’t seem to fetishize the seemingly impoverished town or its residents. Instead, it looks to have its cameras pointed, focused, and ready to let Uncertain, Texas, tell its own stories. – Arno

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Suntan (2016) – [Opens in NYC]

Certificate Unrated   –   Comedy | Drama | Romance |Thriller

Metascore: 61/100 (7 reviews)
On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.
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The Buzz: One of the themes we’re looking forward to seeing explored in our first look at the work of filmmaker Argyris Papadimitropoulos is the thought that certain people cannot fit into insular communities; in this instance, it’s a middle aged man who loses his path after sampling some of a hedonistic island culture’s goods. We think this is Papadimitropoulos’ first film to get theatrical distribution in the U.S. though he’s known internationally for Wasted Youth and Bank Bang which was a hit in his native Greece.