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Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend?

What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you.

THE WEEKEND IS coming up, and that means new movies for you to see.

But which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?

We take a look

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Source: Star Wars/YouTube

What we know

Ooh, what’s this, another Star Wars movie? Exciting. This time, we’re taken to the Star Wars world pre-A New Hope, where we see how the resistance plotted to steal the plans for the Death Star. Stars Felicity Jones, Mads Milkensen, Ben Mendelsohn and forest Whittaker. A smorgasboard of stars.

What the critics say

  • “Rogue One doesn’t really go rogue at any stage, and it isn’t a pop culture event like The Force Awakens, in whose slipstream this appears; part of its charm resides in the eerie, almost dreamlike effect of continually producing familiar elements, reshuffled and reconfigured, a reaching back to the past and hinting at a preordained future.” - The Guardian
  • “There’s none of the Shakespearean space politics, enticingly florid dialogue, or experiential thrills of the best of George Lucas’s “Star Wars” entries (“Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”).” – The New Yorker

What’s it rated?

Office Christmas Party

Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTube

What we know

This came out last week, but if you’re looking for a bit of a puerile Christmas treat, here’s one for you. Jennifer Aniston plays a tough CEO who wants to shut down a bank branch – but the staff decide a giant Christmas bash could save things.

What the critics say

  • “But it would take a Christmas miracle (or at least, you know, some effort) to make this yuletide ensemble look like something people will still be watching by next December.” – AV Club
  • “Although sporadically very funny, this tale of an embattled business going all out on festivities in order to stay afloat is as predictable as Boxing Day indigestion.” – The Guardian

What’s it rated?

Uncle Howard

Source: Pinball London/YouTube

What we know

A documentary by Aaron Brookner about his uncle, Howard Brookner, who died of Aids in 1989. At the time, he was making a documentary about William Burroughs, which ended up in Burroughs’ bunker for decades. Aaron tells his uncle’s story using this unearthed footage.

What the critics say

  • “The movie is a deft sort of dual narrative. It’s the story of Howard’s artistic and personal life, and a story of the stages of Aaron’s discovery of it.” – NY Times
  • “As the subject was fascinated by (and part of) his era’s Manhattan art scenes, the documentary boasts plentiful footage of late and still-living luminaries from William Burroughs to Madonna. Nevertheless, this is no starry-eyed, heart-on-sleeve flashback but a low-key, respectful one…” - Variety

What’s it rated?

Which one would you go see first?

Poll Results:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2021)
None of them (865)
Office Christmas Party (326)
Uncle Howard (153)

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