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.

This weekend, after the jolly fat man visits we’re gifted five, yes five new releases. A little something for everyone really…

The Good Dinosaur

good-dinosaur-posterRating: PG

Starring: Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn

Synopsis: After a traumatic event unsettles a lively Apatosaurus named Arlo, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy.

Our Verdict


Why you should be interested: Two Pixar movies in one year! It’s just like Christmas! In fact, since the second of the animation powerhouse’s offerings this year (after the glorious Inside Out) comes gift-wrapped for your pleasure on Boxing Day, it’s exactly like Christmas. There’s not much to go on at this point, apart from the gorgeous and wordless trailer, but from the looks of it The Good Dinosaur seems to pose the question “What would have happened if the extinction-causing asteroid had missed the earth?”. Cue lovable Apatosaurus Arlo, who encounters and befriends a young human boy, and sets off on an adventure. Cue all the feels. It’s cool, we’re not crying, it’s just raining on our faces. The animation on this one looks superb, the characters are almost super-cartoony offset against photo-realistic environments which we are digging. In any case, we’re pumped to see what Pixar has in store for us.

Who should see it: Dino (and Pixar) nuts

Daddy’s Home

daddys-home-poster-192x300Rating: PG

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress

Synopsis: Daddy’s Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.


Why you should be interested: This looks like it could go either way to be honest. The classic one-upmanship story between two rivals always good for at least a few chuckles if done right, and Wahlberg and Farrell played well off of each other in The Other Guys, so it could be just the ticket. There hasn’t been a lot in the way of comedy lately, and even though this isn’t an MA15+ rated deal (so no cursing and such) if you’re in need of a laugh after a Christmas spent with family, this might be the way to go.

Who should see it: Anyone in need of a chuckle


joymovieposterRating: M

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

Synopsis: Joy is the relatable and inspiring story of one woman’s extraordinary story of survival and success, as she overcomes the challenges of work, family and love to emerge as the matriarch of a billion dollar empire.


Why you should be interested: Director David O. Russell has been in good form ever since he came out swinging  with The Fighter, and a lot of that has to do with the strong performances he’s managed to harness from his actors. Two of those actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, are back for a third outing with the director after garnering Oscar love for their turns in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Add in Robert DeNiro back for his second outing with Russell, and you’ve got a nice stable of actors. But really, this one’s all about Lawrence, she’s front and centre in this thing and we know she has the goods, so if she brings them like always, this will be a gem.

Who should see it: Everyone looking for a little Joy in their lives

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip

alvinandthechipmunks4posterRating: PG

Starring: Jason Lee, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Bella Thorne, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Synopsis: Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible step brother.


Why you should be interested: I really can’t believe that they’ve managed to make four movies about the helium voiced chipmunks. But it’s a money spinner, so the studio is going to keep churning out this dreck FOREVER. Take the kids if you must and try to take a nap, that’s the only way you’re getting through this thing.

Who should see it: Poor school-holiday numbed parents and their offspring


SuffragetteRating: M

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw

Synopsis: The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.


Why you should be interested: Important subject matter, tick. Starry cast of strong women, tick. Stiff upper lip, tick. Don’t get me wrong, this looks like it’s a story that deserves to be told and seen by lots of people, but an English period piece instantly turns me off. The cast is great though, and if the script’s on point and serves them well, anyone who is into these sorts of films will be in heaven.

Who should see it: Feminists of every colour and stripe

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!