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

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Dunkirk (2017)

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Drama | History |War

94 Metascore
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
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The Buzz: This WWII thriller will help earn Christopher Nolan his first Best Director Oscar nomination … right?

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Poster

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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

51 Metascore
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Director:

Luc Besson

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The Buzz: An entire movie studio’s fate is resting on the shoulders of Luc Besson as he returns to space with a heroine, Laureline, he’s loved longer than Leeloo. In the U.S., the promotional campaign for the movie has done an exceptional job making the movie feel like an event, though we think it will be the rest of the world that helps that Valerian qualify as a hit.

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Girls Trip (2017)

Certificate R   –   Comedy

72 Metascore
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Director:

Malcolm D. Lee

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The Buzz: A couple months ago it seemed like this summer would feature two hit comedies fronted by ensembles of funny women, then Rough Night bit it pretty hard at the box office, so perhaps Queen Latifah and company are feeling the pressure as they head to New Orleans for Essence Festival. Personally, Girls Trip always seemed like the better option; we’d rather hear Tiffany Haddish say “bootyhole” and down some cocktails 100 times more than a group of frantic friends trying to dispose of a dead stripper’s body.

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Landline (2017)

Certificate R   –   Comedy

65 Metascore
In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair.
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The Buzz: The Buzz: Gillian Robespierre re-teams with her Obvious Child star Jenny Slate for a 90s NYC comedy that feels both welcome, familiar, and long overdue. We had a great time with Gillian and her cast back at Sundance this year.

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The Midwife (2017)

Certificate Unrated   –   Drama

63 Metascore
A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress.
Director:

Martin Provost

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The Buzz: Really all we need is the sight of Catherine Deneuve smoking a cigarette, offering whisky, and saying lines such as, “You’re getting prettier every day. But that raincoat has to go” and we’re going to see the movie no matter what. But in the new movie from Martin Provost, Deneuve’s on-screen majesty has a proper counterpart in Catherine Frot, as the two women reconnect after a 30-year separation. — Arno