WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND – JAN 7-10

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: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler laugh it up in Sisters, and Leo DiCaprio gets his revenge on in The Revenant.

Sisters

Sisters movie posterRating: MA15+

Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, James Brolin

Synopsis: Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.

Our Verdict

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Why you should be interested: Poehler and Fey are two of the funniest women around, and their latest screen pairing (after Baby Mama, and a trio of awesome Golden Globes hosting gigs), looks like it could be their funniest yet. I like that they’re playing against type a little, with the usually more straight-laced Fey playing the wilder sister. The supporting cast is a veritable who’s who of SNL alums as well, which is never a bad thing.

Who should see it: Anyone with a sister, or just anyone in need of a good belly laugh

The Revenant

the revenant movie posterRating: MA15+

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas

Synopsis: Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). The Revenant is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).

Our Verdict

Trailer:

Why you should be interested: If this was released last year in Australia, it definitely would’ve made our Top 20 list of films to see. Iñárritu is one of the most exciting filmmakers working at the moment, and following up his “one shot” Birdman triumph with a harrowing 6-month location shoot only using natural light seems totally natural for him. The film looks like heavy going though, and as though the gruelling shoot was as bad as they say. DiCaprio is always good, and maybe this will net him that long-awaited Oscar as a sort of lifetime achievement thing. It might not be easy watching, but if you’re a fan of “cinema”, this is definitely a must-see.

Who should see it: Cine-philes

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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