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Your weekend movies: Hairy feet and the worst Santa ever

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.

The Hobbit


For fans of: Hairy feet, small men, trilogies and made-up countries

Avoid if: You don’t like beards, hate not finding out the ending of a film until a few years after, can’t do riddles.

It’s finally here! You just have to wait another two years to get to the Peter Jackson-directed trilogy’s conclusion. You win some fantasy adventures, you lose some.

Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, this epic film focuses on his quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor from a dragon called Smaug. (If you were lost at ‘Bilbo’, this might not be the film for you).

Lord of the Rings fans have waited years for this, and the trailer certainly delivers, with its confusing placenames, strange facial prosthetics, offbeat humour, and the creepy face of Gollum.

Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings


For fans of: Quiet children, not-too-taxing mysteries, and fairies

Avoid if: You hate Christmas cheer, are over the age of 7, or have no urge to relive your childhood

This 3D Disney flick looks at what happens when Tinker Bell decides to take a trip into the Winter Woods (hint: it won’t end well).

Directed by Roberts Gannaway and Peggy Holmes, it features the voice talents of Anjelica Huston, Timothy Dalton and Lucy Liu among others. The trailer features a lot of skating around in the shape of hearts and a mystery that we’re pretty sure gets resolved in the trailer. But perhaps we’re not as picky as its target audience.

Bad Santa


For fans of: Evil Santas, creepy elves, and unconventional Christmasses

Avoid if: You are a child, like your festive season untainted by bad language and foul humour, hate naughty Santas

Yes, this film did originally come out in 2003, but kudos to Dublin’s IFI, who in the spirit of all this festive and evil are showing it this weekend.

Starring Billy Bob Thornton as the worst department store Santa Claus ever created, it has a trailer that will make you squirm, characters you’ll love to hate, and scenes you won’t want to watch with your parents. It’s pretty disgusting all round, and that’s why people love it.

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