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Your weekend movies: Hitchcock, I Give it a Year and Warm Bodies

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 these trailers.



Ah, Albert Hitchcock, feminist hero. Oh, sorry, that was another director I was thinking of. Anywho, in this movie Anthony Hopkins straps on his fatsuit to play the legendary director – “just a man hiding in the corner with a camera, watching”, he tells us, like all great voyeurs – at a critical point in his career.

The trailer makes him out to be a figure of fun, with his sharp-tongued wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) trying to keep him in check while he prepares to film Psycho, starring the beautiful (and bountifully-breasted, as the trailer tells us at least three times) Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson). It’s dubious how true-to-life this really is, given the many stories that abound about the great auteur, but Hopkins does make Hitchcock out to be quite the jolly old chap indeed.

I Give it a Year


There’s an inappropriate paedophile joke made within the first 20 seconds of the trailer to this British film, which gives you some hint of what to expect here. Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall play cute couple Nat and Josh, who marry “despite their differences” (this isn’t quite a love across the divide, but anyway) and then spend their first year of marriage trying to convince their friends that they will make it… except, funnily enough, they’re thrown an ex-girlfriend and handsome new client to make them question their decisions.

But the real question is, do we like Nat and Josh enough to give a decapitated dove’s arse about their future together?

  • RottenTomatoes critics rating: 67 per cent. Audience rating: 97 per cent

Wreck-It Ralph


I love John C Reilly’s voice, and if you do too then you’ll love the fact he voices the hulking and ham-fisted game character Wreck-it Ralph, whose life changes when he takes a trip through a number of different video games after a bit of an identity crisis.

Of course, this being a family-friendly animated movie, there are lessons to be learned here, and Ralph is soon called upon to eliminate a threat that could spell disaster for all of the games in the arcade. Will he succeed? You know the answer to that one, but you’ll probably enjoy watching it being revealed.

  • RottenTomatoes critics rating: 87 per cent. Audience rating 89 per cent

Warm Bodies


Zombie movies are like the undead of the film world – they always appear when you least expect it. But unlike in zombie movies, you actually quite welcome their appearance. The idea of the zombie comedy became appealing thanks to Shaun of the Dead, and here we see Warm Bodies taking the genre in a new direction: can zombies fall in love, and if they do will it help make them human?

Sure, you have to suspend disbelief on a number of levels here, but this looks like the sort of film that is enjoyable for non-zombie fans. Plus, being honest, I’m rooting for Julie and R far more than Nat and Josh above.

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