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VIDEO: Your weekend movies – cheeky humour and time travel

Cinema trip this weekend? 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 the help of these trailers.



For fans of: Maggie Smith, classic humour and ageing musicians

Avoid if: You hate reminiscing about times long gone, think ‘saucy’ jokes are eye-roll worthy

Dame Maggie Smith is a bit of a legend, and for good reason. She’s able to play loveably flawed characters that make you want to reach into the screen and hug them, but can also become a haughty older lady when required.

In Quartet, she plays a former singer who ends up reunited at a home for retired musicians with the other members of a quartet she once belonged to – which, unfortunately for her at first, includes her ex-husband – and is forced to confront both her personal and artistic past. If you can ignore Billy Connolly’s fairly tragic ‘saucy’ jokes, this looks like a rather enjoyable British comedy indeed.



For fans of: Honest, raw filmmaking, the dark side of human relationships, mental health awareness

Avoid if: You find films on troubled relationships difficult to watch

Showing as part of the First Fortnight mental health arts festival in Dublin at the IFI on 5, 6 and 10 January, Tarnation is a 2003 documentary film by Jonathan Caouette about his chaotic relationship with his mother. The film uses hours upon hours of old VHS and Super 8 footage, as well as photographs, and is an unflinching exploration of how Caouette grew up with a mother grappling with her own mental health issues, and how they impacted on him and their relationship.

Safety Not Guaranteed


For fans of: Aubrey Plaza’s unnerving stare, time travel, quirky comedies with a twist

Avoid if: You’re unnerved by Aubrey Plaza’s unnerving stare, you roll your eyes at offbeat humour, or deadpan jokes

Written as a response to a joke ad itself written by a magazine employee, Safety Not Guaranteed brings us three people as they follow a man who says he knows how to travel through time. Naturally, their trip to a coastal town serves to give them a chance to gain a deeper knowledge of interpersonal relationships, crack odd jokes and explore whether time travel really is possible. It is made by the folks behind Little Miss Sunshine, which should give a good idea of what sort of tone to expect (minus the children, of course).

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