What To Watch This Weekend – March 17-20

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 the toons of Zootopia stampede in to grab your kids (and your) attention, Gerard Butler tried to save the President again in London Has Fallen, Jennifer Garner discovers Miracles From Heaven, and local drama The Daughter tries to dig up an audience.

Zootopia

zootopia movie posterRating: PG

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Synopsis: In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

OUR VERDICT

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Why you should be interested: With Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6, Disney Animation Studios (the one that’s not Pixar, but run by the same guy) has been on a pretty good streak lately. Now Zootopia joins the ranks, and by the looks of it, they’re keeping their streak going. All the trailers and clips have been charming and hilarious, and it also looks to have a strong message of self empowerment in a vividly realised world. And you know, sloths.

Who should see it: Animation addicts

London Has Fallen

London-Has-Fallen_poster_goldposter_com_4Rating: MA15+

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman

Synopsis: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

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Why you should be interested: Olympus Has Fallen was a halfway decent action movie, and seemingly won the “Die Hard in the White House” movie-off with White House Down. I’m not sure that it meant that it needed a sequel though, but here we are. This looks to be more of the same, but like any action sequel worth it’s salt it’s upped the ante. So instead of one leader in peril, we have 5 or 6. Instead of one building under siege, we have a whole city. Butler is an enjoyable action presence (Gods Of Egypt notwithstanding), and Morgan Freeman could sit and read the phone book and be interesting. Could be mindless fun.

Who should see it: Action anarchists

Miracles From Heaven

miracles-from-heaven-poster-lgRating: PG

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, and Queen Latifah

Synopsis: Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

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Why you should be interested: Prepare to cry. That’s seems to be the gist I get from this trailer, that and “God works in mysterious ways”. I also feel like I’ve watched the whole movie from that incredibly spoilery trailer, so I’m wondering if I need to see it at all. If after watching you still feel the need, take some tissues.

Who should see it: The faithful

The Daughter

The_Daughter_(2015_film)_POSTERRating: M

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Anna Torv, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill

Synopsis: The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.

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Why you should be interested: The local industry really needs to invest more in marketing the films that are made as well as actually making them, because this looks good and it’s the first time I’ve heard of it. That doesn’t bode well for it’s box office chances, but hopefully audiences find this stylish family drama. The cast is top notch, and the underlying intrigue should get the mystery lovin’ moviegoers in.

Who should see it: Lovers of Lantana

Last week Grimsby and Goodman went head to head, how did the dollar bills fall in the end?

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE – MARCH 10-13BOX OFFICE SHOWDOWN - AUSTRALIA

Source: Urban Cinefile

When all was said and done on Sunday, the two newcomers were no match for Maggie Smith or Deadpool. The tart tongued Dame leapfrogged the Merc With The Mouth to take the top spot with another $1.65 million. Deadpool was close behind with $1.609 million in 2nd, just pipping the brothers Grimsby who fired up $1.608 million in 3rd. Disappointingly (for me), gross out comedy beat the quality thrills of 10 Cloverfield Lane, which had to settle for 4th with $1.45 million. In 6th place, next week’s big opener Zootopia got a hop on it’s own release date with preview screenings rounding up the crowds to the tune of $542K.

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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