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VIDEO: Your weekend movies – natural disasters and grumpy grandparents

Cinema trip this weekend? TheJournal.ie brings you snippets from new releases to help you decide where to put your money…

WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?

We’re here to help you decide just that, with the help of these trailers.

The Impossible



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For fans of: Families being wrenched apart by terrible natural disasters, nail-biting, emotional torture

Avoid if: You don’t like tragedy, death or Ewan McGregor in swimming trunks

Telling the true tale of what happened to a family after they got caught up in the tragic 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami, this trailer does rely on us knowing a lot of facts about the event…  but then basically goes and tells us everything that happens after that.

Call us old-fashioned, but a bit of mystery would have made us want to see this all the more. Still, it looks like an emotional action movie – directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) – for those who love their tragic natural disaster tales.

Jack Reacher



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For fans of: Tom ‘Ageless’ Cruise, car chases, ex-army cops out for justice

Avoid if: You’re squeamish, you find violence ‘icky’, you can’t get this Tom Cruise interview out of your head

Tom Cruise is a lot of things, but in this film (based on the series by British author Lee Child), he’s Jack Reacher, an ex-army cop who’s out to find justice for a man he says was framed for murder. Along the way, a good-looking female colleague (Rosamund Pike as Helen Rodin) gets kidnapped too, just to make things more interesting for him. Not so interesting for her though, as is such films’ wont – Bechdel Test, anyone?

With lots of shots of a brooding Cruise, lines like ‘I am not a hero’, and a few vintage car chases in there for good measure, it looks like a violent yet entertaining romp.

Parental Guidance



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Some things can always be depended on: That Bette Middler will always have big hair and a big voice, that Billy Crystal will always be a loveable grump, and that any film involving adults bonding with children is guaranteed to go horribly wrong.

Parental Guidance sees old-school grandparents trying to bond with their daughter’s children, with predictable results. Probably good for a few laughs after Christmas, but some might find it about as fun as a kick to the groin from a grandchild.

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