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.

This weekend, Kate Winslet comes to town in The Dressmaker, Vin Diesel is The Last Witch Hunter, and Alison Brie & Jason Sudeikis are Sleeping With Other People.

The Dressmaker


Rating: M

Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Synopsis: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.


Why you should be interested: Kate Winslet brings her formidable talents down under for a tale of love, secrets, and revenge. Add in some top Aussie talent (Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis, and Sarah Snook) and a little of the lesser-Hemsworth as a love interest, and you’ve got this tonally weird concoction. Winslet’s accent and performance looks to be the goods (as is to be expected), and it’s cool to see international talent being drawn to Australian stories, but I just can’t get excited about another dusty Australiana movie with quirky townspeople. I’m sure this will find an audience, I just won’t be in it.

Who should see it: Film fashionistas

The Last Witch Hunter


Rating: M

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood

Synopsis: The last remaining witch hunter battles against an uprising of witches in modern day New York.


Why you should be interested: Vin Diesel hasn’t done much outside of the Fast & Furious franchise in the last couple of years, but I guess he thought it was time to get back into the swing of things, and so we have this Blade-esque witch hunting tale. At first look of the trailer it seems like something that would have starred Nicholas Cage a couple of years ago, and yet somehow good actors like Michael Caine and Elijah Wood have been caught up in it to. The only positive I can see coming out of this is that Rose Leslie, so good as Jon Snow’s wildling love interest Ygritte in Game Of Thrones, is getting more work. I just hope it’ll be in something more worthwhile next time.

Who should see it: Diesel diehards

Sleeping With Other People


Rating: MA15+

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody

Synopsis: Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done.


Why you should be interested: It’s been ages since a rom-com has piqued my interest, but darn it if Sleeping With Other People has. It looks to be everything you want out of the genre; smart, funny, and not too cloyingly sweet. Brie (Mad Men, Community) and Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers) are always watchable, and they have the supporting cast to back them up. I hope this one turns out well, because the cinemas are littered with the remnants of rom-coms with so much promise and not enough delivery.

Who should see it: Cynical romantics

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!