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

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Poster

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

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

40 Metascore
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

Kelly Asbury

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The Buzz: The Smurfs get a soft reboot after experiencing a case of sequelitis back in 2013, when The Smurfs 2 made half as much money as the 2011 hit. Maybe it’s just our age, but this particular adventure seems to have an Amblin Entertainment feel to it, which might make for a welcome surprise for parents.

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Going in Style (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Comedy |Crime

50 Metascore
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Zach Braff

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The Buzz: If you’ve ever watched “Scrubs” (and if you haven’t, you need to get on that, stat), you’ve doubtless come to appreciate the winsome and totally not intimidating comedic instincts of Zach Braff. And if you’ve ever followed his exploits further, you’ll remember the charming, thoughtful, delicious work he did in helming 2000’s Garden State. Which is why I am (and you should be) excited by his latest project, a remake of a ’70s-era gem of a heist comedy. In the 2017 version, Braff leads a venerable triumvirate of Oscar-winning acting legends, who play a trio of retirees afflicted with more-than-a-pill-bottle’s-worth of crust … and bad judgment. – Bret

The Case for Christ (2017) Poster

The Case for Christ (2017)

Certificate PG   –   Drama

An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

Jon Gunn

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The Buzz: The production team behind God’s Not Dead partner with Do You Believe? director Jon Gunn for a drama that puts an atheist’s beliefs to the test.

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Colossal (2016)

Certificate R   –   Action | Comedy |Sci-Fi

69 Metascore
A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.

Nacho Vigalondo

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The Buzz: Anne Hathaway is figuratively huge in South Korea in Nacho Vigalondo’s bonkers-sounding sci-fi comedy that’s received heaps of praise for its originality, daring, and ability to stick the landing. I have a feeling people will be talking about this movie well into the summer, and hope it makes certain audiences reconsider Hathaway’s appeal. – Arno

Alive and Kicking (2016) Poster

Alive and Kicking (2016)

  –   Documentary | History |Music

75 Metascore
Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society.

Susan Glatzer

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The Buzz: What we love about Susan Glatzer’s documentary: It doesn’t seem as concerned with emphasizing swing-dance culture’s relevance years after its late 90s revival; instead, it spotlights a series of individuals whose lives have been positively affected by moving their bodies to this particular beat.

Cezanne and I (2016) Poster

Cezanne and I (2016)

Certificate R   –   Biography |Drama

55 Metascore
A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists – painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) – from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne.
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The Buzz: The new movie from director Danièle Thompson (Avenue Montaigne) was on the Best Foreign Language Oscar shortlist but lost its spot to Elle, but the thought of Guillaume Canet (we still love Tell No One) and Guillaume Gallienne (who really won us over as Pierre Bergé in Yves Saint Laurent) could keep art-house theaters full for a couple months.

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Gifted (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Drama

60 Metascore
Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Marc Webb

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The Buzz: Chris Evans’ desire to make hard-hitting dramas outside of the MCU continues with this Marc Webb-directed take on the matter of single parenting. The Black List script by Tom Flynn was performed in 2015 at a relatively new live-reading event that celebrates these as-yet-unproduced scripts on the stage in an attempt to get more momentum behind them.

Graduation (2016) Poster

Graduation (2016)

Certificate R   –   Crime |Drama

85 Metascore
A film about compromises and the implications of the parent’s role.

Cristian Mungiu

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The Buzz: Years ago I argued with an acquaintance about Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days to the point where we still don’t talk much. I believe that Mungiu is a masterful director who has rallied a band of post-Communist filmmakers around Eastern Europe and his storytelling messages are often more optimistic than they might appear on first viewing. Scratching Graduation’s surface, the story is about the lengths a father goes to to help his university-bound daughter get out of Romania for a better life in the UK, and there’s plenty of critical argument around whether the tale is just brutal or more brutally honest, with a nod to the current and future generations of Romanians to smash the state.

Their Finest (2016) Poster

Their Finest (2016)

Certificate R   –   Comedy | Drama |Romance

75 Metascore
A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

Lone Scherfig

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The Buzz: Lone Scherfig (An Education) is back with a war drama that has a bit more grit under its nails than you might expect from a crowd-pleaser, as well as a true-to-life look at how movie effects were created in the early days. Quite simply, it’s a movie for film-lovers.

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The Void (2016)

  –   Horror

63 Metascore
Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.
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The Buzz: It’s wonderful to see some indie horror in the vein of a John Carpenter tribute get a proper theatrical release in the States!

Your Name (2016) Poster

Your Name (2016)

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Drama | Fantasy |Romance

79 Metascore
Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Makoto Shinkai

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The Buzz: This body swap animation has already proven an enormous success in its native Japan, where it has scored the second largest takings for a domestic film, behind Spirited Away, and the fourth largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen. Now US audiences have chance to find out what all the fuss is about. – Michael

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2016) Poster

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2016)

  –   Documentary | Biography |Music

65 Metascore
A joyride that delves deep into the mind of rock and roll’s greatest living photographer: Mick Rock.

Barney Clay


Mick Rock

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The Buzz: We tend to love any documentary that hones its focus on the architects of cultural movements, who often are not the subjects themselves but, in this instance, the literal person behind the lens.