What To Watch This Weekend – Oct 6-9

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: Mark Wahlberg faces disaster in Deepwater Horizon, Emily Blunt gets twisted with The Girl On The Train, and we learn the ins and outs of MMA in The Hurt Business.

Deepwater Horizon

deepwaterhorizonposterRating: M

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Dylan O’Brien, Kurt Russell

Synopsis: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.



Why you should care: Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, The Kingdom) knows his way around a true-life tale, and with BFF Wahlberg on board, this sea-bound tale is sure to float. Wahlberg is ably assisted by Kate Hudson (welcome back), John Malkovich, and Snake Plissken himself. The drama is all there in-built, it’ll just be whether the script does the story justice, and doesn’t rely on American hero theatrics too much. Consider me interested.

Who should see it: Wahl-Berg watchers

The Girl On The Train

girlonthetrainposterRating: MA15+

Starring: Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Allison Janney

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train is an electrifying thriller directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and starring Emily Blunt. Devastated by her recent divorce, Rachel (Blunt) spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.


Why you should care: After the runaway success of Gone Girl, every slightly unhinged tale of suburbia was snapped up quick by eager Hollywood studios. The first one of the rank is this Emily Blunt starrer which looks to be a real puzzle. Time will tell if it’ll stack up next to the twisty and unsettling Girl, but it has all the right pieces to be a white-knuckle ride at the cinema.

Who should see itGirl gazers

The Hurt Business

hurtbusinessposterRating: MA15+

Starring: Ronda Rousey, Chuck Liddell

Synopsis: From the producers of ‘Bowling for Columbine’, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘Generation Iron’ comes ‘The Hurt Business’ which examines the rise of mixed martial arts fighting through the eyes of today’s top stars.



Why you should care: I must admit, I’ve never really seen the appeal of MMA, but this warts-and-all documentary has me really keen to watch. The opportunity to get a look at why they put their bodies (and brains) on the line for glory sounds compelling. Could be a winner if you’re in the mood for a doco, or you’re a big MMA fan.

Who should see it: MMA-niacs

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!