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 X-Men face the Apocalypse, go on the run with Midnight Special, and the con is on in Jack Of The Red Hearts.
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac
Synopsis: Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.
Why you should care: You’ve seen the trailers, you’ve seen the mash-up trailers, and now X-Men fans, the wait is over. We’ll see if the timeline-wiping Days Of Future Past has set up a whole new batch of stories, or if Apocalypse will live up to it’s title and incinerate the franchise.
Who should see it: X-cited movie fans
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon
Synopsis: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Why you should care: With a heap of Close Encounters and a helping of E.T. this throwback family drama from the director of Mud and Take Shelter looks to have all the Speilbergian feels that you might be after this weekend. A solid cast (Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver) means that this will likely deliver if the sci-fi mixes with the drama nicely.
Who should see it: Special film fans
Jack Of The Red Hearts
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Famke Janssen, Taylor Richardson
Synopsis: A teenage con artist tricks a desperate mother into hiring her as a live-in companion for her autistic daughter.
Why you should care: I feel like I just watched the whole movie. What’s with trailer editors these days?!? Not that saving some of the movie would have made me want to watch this at all. AnnaSophia Robb has a nice onscreen presence, but this looks like tissue territory in the vein of My Sister’s Keeper and any number of Hallmark movies. Pass.
Who should see it: Those in need of a good cry
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!