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 big new releases hitting screens.

Up this weekend, McKellen, Reynolds and vengeful spirits. Who will win your attention?

Mr Holmes







Rating: M

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney

Synopsis: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.


Why you should be interested: Ian McKellen, pure and simple. The man is a legend and you know he’s just going to nail this. No one does cranky like Sir McKellen. It looks like a interesting take on an well-known character, and a side that we haven’t seen in the many, many, many adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective stories.

Who should see it: Those who heart Holmes, McKellen acolytes, British cinemaphiles








Rating: M

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode

Our Verdict

Synopsis: A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.


Why you should be interested: Far out scientific theories, questions of identity and what makes a person tick, gunfights and car chases, this movie would seem to have it all. I would usually take a guess as to whether the film will be any good based on trailers and marketing, but in this case we’ve seen the film, and it’s not great (see link above). Sure you could get lost in Ryan Reynolds eyes for a bit (the man has charisma to spare), but you could also just go watch The Proposal again if you wanted to do that. As for Ben Kingsley, what happened? You go from Oscar-winning Ghandi to dreck like this and the upcoming TV mini-series Tut (I’m not even going to dignify it with a link, but it comes from the same people that bring you Lip Sync Battle and Bar Rescue, so great drama it won’t be). How the mighty have fallen.

Who should see it: No one really, but if you’ve got nothing else to do – Sci-Fi Thriller nuts, people who love Ryan Reynolds’ abs, Ghandi groupies

The Gallows







Rating: M

Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos

Synopsis: 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.


Why you should be interested: If found-footage, shaky cam horror is your bag, then you’re probably there already. I for one couldn’t be less interested in another one of this ilk, so it’s a big pass for me. My colleagues saw it during the week, and they weren’t impressed either (see review coming shortly). With Insidious: Chapter 3 bombing last weekend, hopes can’t be high for this one. Meh.

Who should see it: Horror junkies… and that’s about it.

So, what are you going to see this weekend? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’ve watched, and if it’s any good!