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# Cinema
Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend?
What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you.

PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?

There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?

We take a look.


Paramount Pictures / YouTube

What we know

Will you love it or hate it? There are some strong reactions to the latest Darren Aronofsky film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.

What the critics say

  • ““mother!” is a nightmare played as a hallucination played as a theater-of-the-absurd video game that seems to descend, level by level, to more and more extreme depths of depraved intensity.” - Variety 
  • “This is plainly Aronofsky’s aim: not so much to entertain as to infect.” – Vulture

What’s it rated?

Victoria and Abdul

Focus Features / YouTube

What we know

Dame Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria, while Ali Fazal plays a young Indian clerk called Abdul Kareem, who she befriends.

What the critics say

  • “With all the racist sniping from the court sidelines (“She’ll be wearing a burqa next,” grumbles Michael Gambon’s Lord Salisbury) and the preposterous treatment of the friendship as a building national crisis, the film is resonant with contemporary echoes and projects them well.” – Empire
  • “Victoria & Abdul is a pleasant enough entertainment, and it will bring the inevitable awards chatter Dench’s way (is her acting ever less than pinpoint? Never). But as prestige period pieces go, it’s far from top-drawer (more like second drawer, or even third), because its cozy lack of enlightenment is echoed in the standard but far from scintillating play of its drama.” – Variety

What’s it rated?

American Assassin

FilmSelect Trailer / YouTube

What we know

A thriller for Chuck Norris fans apparently – where Michael Keaton plays an ex-Navy Seal who investigates apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. He’s helped by Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit.

What the critics say

  • American Assassin is very much a throwback to the late 1990’s/early 2000’s action thrillers, complete with a now somewhat disconcerting geopolitical worldview.” – Forbes
  • “…the attempt to rebrand counterterrorism manoeuvres as a heady extension of The Hunger Games falls somewhere between dimwitted and deeply cynical. Recruitment numbers can’t be this low, surely.” – The Guardian

What’s it rated?

Which one would you go see first?

Poll Results:

None of them (1841)
mother! (841)
Victoria and Abdul (669)
American Assassin (611)

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