Whats out? 26th January 2018

Thinking of heading to the cinema this weekend? Wanting to know what new films are out? Well, let me help you out with that one.

This week there aren’t any standouts in which you need to run to the cinema’s for, as it appears to be a steady week in the usually busy awards season. For example, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post have released a week apart. This week there seems to be a breather. I think this has been done so The Post has two weeks of clear air until Phantom Thread comes out next week, as that should battle the same target audience.

But what is out this weekend? Let’s have a gander!


Although it was actually released as previews on Wednesday, sometimes for smaller (read non-blockbuster) films like this, this is missed by audiences and it does appear to be a weird choice for previews as Three Billboards and The Post have been performing well. But realistically, the majority of people will know about it today.

Starring Matt Damon, we see a glimpse into a future where over-population is a major issue and scientists have found a method to make humans shrink to 5 inches tall, I like to think that Wayne Szalinksi finally got his machine authorised by the Government… (if you don’t know that reference check out what I mean here). This aids Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) as it is also financially beneficial to ‘downsize’ as $100,000 turns to millions in the miniature world.

A very interesting high concept film that perhaps simply doesn’t know what it is trying to say, which may be a little disappointing as not only is the idea and potential for a great story strong here, but the ensemble is also very strong with Laura Dern, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris and of course if you have seen any of the clips or trailers Christoph Waltz. There appears to be a lot to take from this film so it most certainly is not one to skip and I feel that it will eventually be one of those films that will split audiences who will take different things from it.

12 Strong

Using real stories from war can always be a tricky endeavour as when savvy audiences see the word ‘based’ they become doubtful about how true this actually is. Especially in this case in which the story is based on the book ‘Horse Soldiers’, which already sounds a bit far fetched. Why would modern America still require horses as a method of travel, but these soldiers did and their story is one to know about.

When terrorists attack America on September 11th, the US responds by first sending an elite Special Forces team to attempt to take down the Taliban. Led by Captain Mitch (Chris Hemsworth) and Chief Warrant Officer Cal (Michael Shannon) lead this small team who join forces with North Alliance soldiers. Due to the nature of the terrain, the teams have to use unconventional techniques  (especially so for the Americans) to combat their enemy (Thus the book title).

A film with a great story and again with Downsizing with a strong ensemble cast, you would expect a story about unconventional warfare to also be, well unconventional. But that isn’t really what a Bruckheimer production does. So, from the trailer alone we have appeared to have been given a slightly too polished and slick film that might be lacking that extra bit of depth that is required to make this stand out from modern war films as the premise alone may not be able to help it. Should you see it? If you enjoy war films with a bit of a twist then most certainly, I could easily be wrong and the film could have used it’s polished slick edits for the trailer. I hope so as it will most certainly do well if so.

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The final instalment of the series of the popular (I think) novel series of the same name reaches us and if I am honest I am pleased to see this series reach an end in the cinemas, unlike the Divergent series. Surprisingly for me, the sequel did almost as much at the box office as the first instalment. That should prove that there are some legs in the franchise, as others have a serious drop. Can they finish it off with a flourish?

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads his team to save those close to them from The Last City, the most complex maze of all. With most of the population infected by a deadly disease, it is found that there is a cure, but is it worth the cost?

I fully expect this film to nab the weekend top spot at the box office as the younger audience have been waiting for something decent or even what looks decent to go and see. The Post isn’t exactly targetted towards the 12-21-year-old crowd after all. This franchise to me has kept itself under the radar compared to the massive releases like the Hunger Games. Ending on a more action-packed basis is an interesting choice, but check out the first two films to see if this one will pique your interest.

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9 thoughts on “Whats out? 26th January 2018

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  1. Thanks for the reviews! My Teens are pushing for Maze Runner for this weekend, and I have to say…I enjoy them as well!


  2. Congrats on your running success. I always thought the run/walking combo was the way to go when getting started, but I like the sound of going with a slow and steady run and working up your speed slowly instead.


  3. Hi i found you on UK bloggers. Good advice and I can say this as a new runner myself. A great way to start also is the NHS coach to 5k audios. Also keep at it. The supermarkets have gym and running gear available now so do Primark I think so good time to buy kit.



  4. Great tips. I think the talking part definitely makes it a comfort level but, I hope people work past that level and startoving faster where they can’t have a conversation. Signing up for a race is a great motivator to work towards. It’s not about speed but the completion.


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