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.
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.
- RottenTomatoes rating: 79 per cent
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.
- RottenTomatoes rating: 60 per cent
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.
- RottenTomatoes rating: 18 per cent