What To Watch This Weekend – Feb 25-28

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 help you decide what to watch.

This weekend a few new films sneak into a crowded marketplace that’s still being dominated by Deadpool – led by Ancient Egyptian epic Gods Of Egypt.

Gods Of Egypt

Gods-of-Egypt-Fiery-PosterRating: M

Starring: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Abbey Lee

Synopsis: A common thief joins a mythical god on a quest through Egypt.

 

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Why you should be interested: Has Hollywood learned nothing from the expensive flops Wrath Of The Titans and Exodus: Gods And Kings? I don’t think the appetite for Ancient Egypt/Greece/Rome is there to warrant another overblown epic that is all but guaranteed to not make it’s money back. It’s also good to see that they’ve started using racially diverse casts for these too… oh no wait. This looks like a massive turkey, and your money will be better spent on something else this weekend.

Who should see it: Mindless epic action lovers

Hail, Caesar!

hail-caesar-movie-posterRating: PG

Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill

Synopsis: A Hollywood fixer in the 1950’s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.

OUR VERDICT

Trailer:

Why you should be interested: The Coens are back in comedy mode, which is a bit more hit and miss than their drama offerings, but by the looks of it this is a fun walk through Hollywood’s Golden Age. The all-star cast never hurts, and Coen stalwarts Clooney, McDormand and Brolin are joined by a who’s who of younger actors, a particular standout apparently being Channing Tatum of all people who has fun with his Gene Kelly-esque character. You could do a lot worse than even middle of the road Coens, so if you’re in the mood for some retro escapades, this is your ticket.

Who should see it: Coen cohorts

13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

13-hours-movie-posterRating: MA15+

Starring: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber

Synopsis: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

OUR VERDICT

Trailer:

Why you should be interested: “From Director Michael Bay” either sends shivers down your spine or has you reaching for your wallet. The man is not known for subtlety, but you can be sure that the action scenes will be well choreographed and BIG. John Kransinski is a good actor, and this is a different role for him to take on, so that adds a level of interest, but I worry about Bay’s treatment of a hot-button issue, and the character scenes in the trailer comes off more hokey than humanizing, and I get flashbacks to Pearl Harbour‘s “love story”. Shudder.

Who should see it: Adrenalin junkies and combat cinephiles

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

pride_and_prejudice_and_zombieRating: MA15+

Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote

Synopsis: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

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Why you should be interested: Jane Austen’s classic gets the Walking Dead treatment. It seems like a marketers wet-dream, turn a traditionally boring period drama into something men might like, but I really don’t know what to make of this. It doesn’t seem tongue-in-cheek enough to make the concept sit right for me. It’s almost like they needed to make this as a comedy for it to work. There does seem to be some decent action and zombie kills though, so there’s that.

Who should see it: Zombie and gore hounds

After last weeks influx of new movies, how’d the money stack up?

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE FEB 18-21BOX OFFICE SHOWDOWN - FEB 18

Source: Urban Cinefile

Deadpool showed no signs of taking a break, dropping 48% but still dominating the weekend with $9.9 million. His closest rivals were the funny ladies of How To Be Single, racking up a respectable $3.6 million in second place. Any other weekend, and that might’ve been in the top spot. Ride Along 2 followed in third, improving slightly on the first installment’s opening with $1.5 million.

Slightly lower down the list was the big surprise of the weekend, Chinese release The Mermaid swam away with $696K for a 6th place finish. We’re seeing more and more that there’s an audience for these diverse releases in such a multicultural society. The same could be said for the stronger than expected showing of Three Wise Cousins, which obviously piqued the interest of the Pacific Island community and walked away with $404Kin 8th place, a good result from only 17 screens.

Rounding out the top tier was the Will Smith starrer Concussion, which probably suffered a bit from the overall cultural blindspot that NFL has in this country. It limped to a $375K weekend gross. Debuting outside the top ten were 45 Years ($313K), Risen ($207K) and Trumbo ($199K).

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!

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