With so much grabbing for your attention and dollars these days, it’s easy to miss when the latest releases are heading to a cinema near you. So come back every week as we here at So, Is It Any Good? preview the new movies hitting screens.

New to cinemas this weekend: An embarrassment of riches, as Oscar contenders finally open in Aussie theatres, and some genre fare hopes to scare up some big bucks.

The Hateful Eight (70mm)

thehateful8-teaser-posterRating: R18+

Starring: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Synopsis: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

Our Verdict



Why you should be interested: Another one that would’ve made last year’s Top 20 anticipated list, but the quirks of the Australian release schedule make it a Top 10 must see of 2016. This is the 70mm presentation of the movie, the regular release happens next week, so film nerds, this is the screening you want to be at. The eighth feature by Quentin Tarantino features a cast of all stars and a few blasts from the past (Kurt Russell!!!), and will no doubt feature the directors signature talky dialogue and over the top action. At this point, we know what we’re in for with a Tarantino flick, so you’re either in or you’re out.

Who should see it: Fan-antinos


goosebumpsmovieposterRating: PG

Starring: Jack Black, Halston Sage, Odeya Rush

Synopsis: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

Our Verdict


Why you should be interested: If you’re a kid of the 90’s, you know exactly what the Goosebumps series is, and a movie version probably has you intrigued. If you were a fan of the family adventure movies from that decade as well, you’re probably in for a treat. This is definitely a throwback to the Jumanji era of kids movies, and while it deals with monsters and such, it’s very much a comedy, so kids of the 8-10+ year variety should eat it up too.

Who should see it: 90’s kids, and their kids.

The 5th Wave

5WV_1SHT_TSR_05.inddRating: M

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe and Liev Schreiber

Synopsis: Set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.


Why you should be interested: If you’re up for a good alien invasion tale. ala Signs and Independence Day, then this might be just the ticket for you. It looks like a pretty standard actioner, but the cast is good and Chloe Grace Moretz is always a standout. Maybe go in with low expectations and see how you go.

Who should see it: Those with Independence Day on their Netflix queue

The Big Short

thebigshortmovieposterRating: M

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Synopsis: When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.

Our Verdict



Why you should be interested: Just like Moneyball made baseball statistics interesting, this one aims to do the same with the US housing market crash. A stellar cast has been brought together by a director that you might not expect for this kind of highbrow film, Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights). Yes, Will Ferrell’s main collaborator has made a sharp turn into awards credibility, and by all accounts scores with this one. It’ll most certainly figure into the awards season (it missed out at the Golden Globes, but just picked up a Director’s Guild nomination), and now you get to see what all the fuss is about. Everything I’ve seen so far makes me believe that it lives up to the promise.

Who should see it: Those that are on the money


Carol-PosterRating: PG

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Synopsis: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.


Why you should be interested: This is the quintessential “Oscar” movie. Acclaimed and previously nominated director, Todd Haynes (Far From HeavenI’m Not There), two acclaimed actresses bringing their A-game, and a period story with a timely undertone. This is as close to an awards jackpot as you can get. Like all Haynes movies, this will be gorgeously shot, and will be a true showcase for his actors who have got to be frontrunners in their categories, but it’ll also be somewhat glacially paced. If you’re interest is piqued by the trailer, you’ll almost definitely enjoy it.

Who should see it: Oscar completists

So, who’s getting your hard earned dollars this weekend? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’ve watched, and if it’s any good!