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: Maggie Smith, classic humour and ageing musicians
Avoid if: You hate reminiscing about times long gone, think ‘saucy’ jokes are eye-roll worthy
Dame Maggie Smith is a bit of a legend, and for good reason. She’s able to play loveably flawed characters that make you want to reach into the screen and hug them, but can also become a haughty older lady when required.
In Quartet, she plays a former singer who ends up reunited at a home for retired musicians with the other members of a quartet she once belonged to – which, unfortunately for her at first, includes her ex-husband – and is forced to confront both her personal and artistic past. If you can ignore Billy Connolly’s fairly tragic ‘saucy’ jokes, this looks like a rather enjoyable British comedy indeed.
- RottenTomatoes.com rating: 82 per cent
For fans of: Honest, raw filmmaking, the dark side of human relationships, mental health awareness
Avoid if: You find films on troubled relationships difficult to watch
Showing as part of the First Fortnight mental health arts festival in Dublin at the IFI on 5, 6 and 10 January, Tarnation is a 2003 documentary film by Jonathan Caouette about his chaotic relationship with his mother. The film uses hours upon hours of old VHS and Super 8 footage, as well as photographs, and is an unflinching exploration of how Caouette grew up with a mother grappling with her own mental health issues, and how they impacted on him and their relationship.
- RottenTomatoes.com rating: 92 per cent
Safety Not Guaranteed
For fans of: Aubrey Plaza’s unnerving stare, time travel, quirky comedies with a twist
Avoid if: You’re unnerved by Aubrey Plaza’s unnerving stare, you roll your eyes at offbeat humour, or deadpan jokes
Written as a response to a joke ad itself written by a magazine employee, Safety Not Guaranteed brings us three people as they follow a man who says he knows how to travel through time. Naturally, their trip to a coastal town serves to give them a chance to gain a deeper knowledge of interpersonal relationships, crack odd jokes and explore whether time travel really is possible. It is made by the folks behind Little Miss Sunshine, which should give a good idea of what sort of tone to expect (minus the children, of course).
- RottenTomatoes.com rating: 91 per cent