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, and give you the lowdown on what to watch this weekend.
This weekend, all other movies best get out of Marvel’s way, there’s a Civil War brewing. For those not into the superhero thing, there’s the star-studded Mother’s Day, the slightly more serious Aussie dramedy A Month Of Sundays, and the faithful fight of God’s Not Dead 2.
Captain America: Civil War
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen
Synopsis: An incident leads to the Avengers developing a schism over how to deal with situations, which escalates into an open fight between allies Iron Man and Captain America.
Why you should care: C’mon, really? If you’re here at this site, you’re probably already well versed in all things Marvel, and this has been one of your most anticipated movies of the year. If you’ve just found us.. welcome! Come in and stay a while, try a Top 5 or a quiz. Anyway, this Captain America vs. Iron Man showdown promises to be the movie that Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice promised, but failed to deliver.
Who should see it: Everyone, just give in to the sheer spectacle.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis
Synopsis: Come celebrate the mother of all holidays with this heart-warming film following the very different relationships between mothers and their children. Filled with touching moments and big laughs.
Why you should care: A gift from the Hallmark gods, what better way to show Mum how much you love her than by taking her to see beautiful people reluctantly show how much they love their mums. Almost brings a tear to the eye. Director Gary Marshall seems intent on giving every holiday it’s own movie, following Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, and this one looks to be more of the same. The one I’m really looking forward to is Bank Holiday, that’ll be a corker.
Who should see it: Mums, and those that love them.
God’s Not Dead 2
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Ray Wise
Synopsis: When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all.
Why you should care: Looking past the blatant grandstanding and weird trailer (what’s with the concert footage towards the end), if these kind of movies tackling religion are your bag, I’m certain that this will deliver for you. They’re not my thing, so I’m just going to leave it there.
Who should see it: The faithful.
A Month Of Sundays
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, John Clarke, Justine Clarke
Synopsis: Real estate agent, Frank Mollard, won’t admit it, but he can’t move on. Divorced but still attached, he can’t sell a house in a property boom – much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the fact that she died a year ago.
Why you should care: This looks to be the same prototypical Australian dramedy that seems to be continuously churned out. Decidedly downbeat, with touches of quirky humour, it doesn’t seem to either be funny enough to get the comedy seekers, or serious enough to placate the drama geeks. It’s nice to see Anthony LaPaglia doing an Australian accent again, but I’m underwhelmed by his choice of vehicle.
Who should see it: Aussie film nerds
Last weekend Eddie The Eagle took flight, but could he soar past Mowgli and the Jungle gang?
The animals roared, and Eddie soared, as school holidays in many States kept the cash registers ringing. The Jungle Book continued raking in the dollars, dropping a scant 4% to $5.8 million, and spent another week in the top spot. The Disney pic has now grossed $19.6 million after two weeks and $575 million worldwide, with news of a sequel on the horizon as well. Eddie The Eagle lived up to his name, and blasted into the number 2 spot with $2.6 million. Aussies love them a feel-good English pic – especially if it involves Hugh Jackman.
Zootopia also benefited from the kidlets still being home from school, dropping a measly 11% for a $1.6 million total and jumping up into the 3rd spot. Last week’s openers The Boss and Allegiant dropped 26% and 32% respectively for $1.5 & $1.4 million weekend grosses. Both titles are sitting around $4.5 million total gross.
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!