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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.

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.

The Souvenir

A24 / YouTube

What we know

Directed and written by Joanna Hogg, this is about a young woman and her relationship with an untrustworthy man in the 1980s. The woman is played by Honor Swinton Byrne and her mother by her real-life mother, Tilda Swinton.

What the critics say

  • “Her visual memoir is a romance, a trauma, a family drama, a heartbreaking coming-of-age spectacle, art about the compulsion to create art – a swirling, shapeshifting, delicate but dark creature.” – Little White Lies
  • “There is nothing in The Souvenir that’s obvious or banal or that represents anything other than a struggle to get something inchoate onscreen in a way no one else has. That by itself is unspeakably moving.” – Vulture

What’s it rated?

A Million Little Pieces

Entertainment One UK / YouTube

What we know

Directed by Sam Taylor Johnson, this stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a 23-year-old drug addict. The story is based on the memoir by James Frey, which was criticised for including fictional parts.

What the critics say

  • “This film is shot with warmth and love, but as far as emotional entertainment goes, it’s a bit of a shrug.” – Empire
  • “ In “A Million Little Pieces,” James Frey starts off as a man down an abyss, but the film is about how he climbs up and out and gets better, without much in the way of setback.” – Variety

What’s it rated?

The Mustang

Focus Features / YouTube

What we know

Matthias Schoenaerts plays a prison convict who takes part in a rehabilitation programme that involves training wild mustangs. The work makes him take a look at him and his own past.

What the critics say

  • “The film withholds the core of Roman’s torment until the end. But Schoenaerts silently tells you everything you need to know in his quietly devastating performance.” – Rolling Stone
  • “But this film is neither “Seabiscuit” nor “The Horse Whisperer”— Clermont-Tonnerre finds her inspiration and source material in present day, in more austere and forgotten corners of the country.” –

What’s it rated?

Which one would you go see first?

Poll Results:

None of them (1853)
The Mustang (508)
The Souvenir (342)
A Million Little Pieces (80)

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