What To Watch This Weekend – Aug 18-21

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, Event Cinemas George Street continues their 2016 season of cult classics with their In The House screening of SerenityBlake Lively takes on a foe with bite in The ShallowsJonah Hill and Miles Teller become War Dogs, and a new animation strikes a chord with Kubo And The Two Strings.

In The House: Serenity

SerenityPosterWhere: Event Cinemas George St Sydney

When: Friday August 19th at 7pm

Rating: M

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau and Alan Tudyk

Synopsis: Joss Whedon’s action sci-fi that emerged from the ashes of his cancelled 2002 TV series Firefly. The crew of the spaceship Serenity are pursued by assassins who are after a member of theirs harbouring telekinetic powers.


Why you should care: Event Cinemas George Street’s In The House cult film festival is serving up classic after classic, and this week we get Joss Whedon’s love letter to space and to his Firefly TV fans. For a measly $13, this is space opera done right, and I think the template for J.J Abrams Trek reboots.

Who should see it: Browncoats and noobs alike

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The Shallows

TheShallowsPosterRating: M

Starring: Blake Lively

Synopsis: A young woman is stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore.



Why you should care: If Jaws or Deep Blue Sea is your bag, and you’re not in the mood for a Sharknado, this slow-boil creature feature might just be the ticket. Blake Lively hasn’t really been given a chance to shine in features, but the erstwhile Mrs. Reynolds might just have found the vehicle to get her noticed. It’s not going to be Spielberg-ian by any stretch, but it could be some heart pounding good fun. My colleague Ben was impressed, but you be the judge.

Who should see it: Fin Fans

War Dogs


Rating: M

Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper

Synopsis: The true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.



Why you should care: Just like Anchorman director Adam McKay went legit with The Big Short, War Dogs is definitely Todd Philips’ play for the directorial big time. I don’t think it’ll reap the same accolades as Short, but with fast-talking Hill and Teller in the driver’s seat and a story that’s almost too good to be true (but it is!) this could be the ticket if you’re after a bit more of an adult comedy.

Who should see it: Humour hounds

Kubo And The Two Strings

KuboAndTheTwoStringsPosterRating: PG

Starring: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara

Synopsis: Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.




Why you should care: With most of the animated movies these days being CG, it’s nice to see a return to the more traditional types, in this case stop-motion. The animation looks superb, and the story looks set to thrill young and old alike. Our reviewer Nick was enthralled, will you go on the journey this weekend?

Who should see it: Animated adventurers

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!