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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.

Paddington 2

StudiocanalUK / YouTube

What we know

He’s back, and he’s still wearing his cute little duffel coat. This time, Paddington the bear wants to buy a book for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday – but then the book gets stolen by a local actor, played by Hugh Grant… yes, it’s that simple and sweet.

What the critics say

  • “When tangled universes, complex mythologies and dystopian malaise are still the running trend in sequels, it’s a breath of fresh air that the plot of Paddington 2 is, in essence: Paddington tries to buy a nice birthday present and it goes wrong.” – Empire
  • “His brand of slapstick and sweetness remains just as addictive as those sandwiches he keeps about his person – you joining in the fun is a match marmalade in Heaven.” – RTÉ

What’s it rated?

Thank You For Your Service

Movieclips Trailers / YouTube

What we know

This film, starring Whiplash’s  Miles Teller, explores what happens to Iraq veterans when they return home to the USA.

What the critics say

  • “Striving for the elusive goal of political neutrality, Mr. Hall has made a less jingoistic film than “American Sniper” (in the combat sequences, villainous Iraqis have been replaced with faceless ones). Instead, “Thank You for Your Service” is a macho weepie, whose message — that wars are permanent for those who fight in them — has broad appeal.” – New York Times 
  • “ But rather than chalk it up to a general post-traumatic miasma, as other films have done, Thank You for Your Service wastes no time getting clinical, as its characters seek out mental-health services and rehabilitation, and frequently run into stalls and red tape in doing so.” – Vulture

What’s it rated?

The Florida Project

A24 / YouTube

What we know

Director Sean Baker’s breakthrough was Tangerine (about transgender sex workers), which was shot using an iPhone. In this, he again looks at people on the margins – a mother and daughter who live in a motel in Florida. Stars Willem Dafoe not as a baddy.

What the critics say

  • “His latest film is an intelligent, unpatronizing look at life on the margins, told from a child’s-eye view without ignoring the bleak realities she faces.” – The Atlantic 
  • “As a filmmaker, Baker is a graceful neorealist voyeur who thrives on improvisation, and his storytelling, in “The Florida Project,” is mostly just a series of anecdotes. But that turns out to be enough.” – Variety

What’s it rated?

Which one would you go see first?

Poll Results:

None of them (2017)
Paddington 2 (1445)
The Florida Project (971)
Thank You For Your Service (362)

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