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VIDEO: Your weekend movies – sex surrogates and slavery

Cinema trip this weekend? TheJournal.ie brings you snippets from new releases to help you decide where to put your money…

WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?

We’re here to help you decide just that, with the help of these trailers.

Django Unchained



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For fans of: Blood, Quentin Tarantino and the way he might look at you, humour so violent you’ll vomit blood

Avoid if: Tarantino is the protagonist in all your sexual nightmares

In this low-budget and low-key flick, Tarantino tackles the subject of slavery in his typically understated fashion. Only messing. This is really a tale about a slave (Django, played by Jamie Foxx) who agrees to help bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (the always glorious Christoph Waltz) to find the Brittle brothers in exchange for rescuing his own wife Broomhilda. They wind up in the plantation home of Calvin Candie (Leonardo Di Caprio), called ‘Candyland’ (I’m sure someone thought this was hilarious) and his terrible accent, and the fun really begins.

In typical Tarantino style, we see violence meted out at every turn, slick performances and not a little dose of humour. It looks like quite the ride (and we love Foxx’s royal blue suit).

Monsters Inc 3D



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For fans of: 3D aliens, Billy Crystal, cranky old alien ladies

Avoid if: 3D makes you want to poke out your eyeballs, you’re unspeakably irritated by cute little children

Billy Crystal plays a giant green eyeball in this Disney Pixar animation set in a scream processing (yes, scream processing) factory called – you guessed it – Monsters, Inc. When a fearless little girl named Boo follows Sully (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Crystal) into the monster world, all hell breaks loose. But you knew that.

With the voice talents of Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Tilly on board, this is one of those films that you can bring your children/niece/nephew/godchild to, without being bored out of your skull. Winner. This 3D release comes a few months before its prequel Monsters University, so catch up while you can.

The Sessions



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For fans of: Helen Hunt and the way she smiles at you, sex

Avoid if: You’re prone to sniggering about anything sex related

Boy has Helen Hunt come a long, long way since Mad About You. So far, in fact, that she has received an Oscar nomination for her performance here.

The Sessions is, as all great films about sex therapists are, based on a true story about a paralysed man, Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) who decides it is time to lose his virginity. Hunt plays the woman O’Brien (a poet) hires to be his surrogate partner, the real-life Cheryl Cohen-Greene, and the wonderful William H Macy is the priest who he turns to for guidance. Hope Hunt clears a space on her mantelpiece for her gold statue.

Everyday



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For fans of: John Simm, Michael Winterbottom, crying at awfully sad movies

Avoid if: You can’t handle crying, the idea of John Simm in prison makes you cry, children visiting their dad in prison makes you cry

Sob. Sorry, this trailer has made me all emotional, and it is Michael Winterbottom’s fault. Everyday follows John Simm and his family (the children are in fact real-life siblings) over a period of five years, as his wife (Shirley Henderson) and children visit him in prison and the family try to hold everything together.

Shot with handheld cameras, using natural light and being as naturalistic as possible, this is a film whose realism will tug on your heartstrings. Sob. Apologies, just lost it there at the end (that would be the Michael Nyman score).

Catch up on all the recent Weekend Movies >

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