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See it and weep: Tear-jerkers you must watch

Last week we hit you with a suite of movies sure to turn frowns upside down. This week, here’s where to go when you feel it’s time for a movie sure to have you misting up. NOT KIDDING AROUNDTHE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (To Rent Only) A down-and-out dad (Will Smith) must provide for his young…

Last week we hit you with a suite of movies sure to turn frowns upside down.

This week, here’s where to go when you feel it’s time for a movie sure to have you misting up.

NOT KIDDING AROUND

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

(To Rent Only)

A down-and-out dad (Will Smith) must provide for his young son while staking his livelihood on a six-month spell as an unpaid trainee stockbroker. Though misery is piled upon misery in this tension-riddled tearjerker, remembering this is a true story snatches respect from the jaws of ridicule.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER

(Amazon & To Rent)

A young girl supplying bone marrow to her gravely ill sister sues her parents to end the arrangement. An unapologetic sob-a-thon. If you dry up at the thought of any flick messing with the lock to the waterworks, you’d better avoid this feel-sad affair. Stars Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin.

WHAT MAISIE KNEW

(To Rent Only)

Maisie (Onata Aprile) is seven years old. She lives in New York City. Her mother (Julianne Moore) is a washed-up rock star. Her dad (Steve Coogan) is just a wash-out. All that Maisie ever hears is her parents fighting. A tough, rewarding study of emotional neglect that plays the emotions like a grand piano.

WONDER

(Netflix)

Beautiful adaptation of the 2012 bestseller by R.J. Palacio. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play protective parents to a little boy with a congenital disorder that has disfigured his appearance and played havoc with his health. Now they must let their child go to school and experience the real world on his own.

ROMANTICALLY DOOMED

DEAR JOHN

(Foxtel)

Another sob story from the world’s winningest writer of weepies, Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). Channing Tatum is a globe-trotting soldier who loses his heart to stay-at-home student Amanda Seyfried. The kind of blubby stuff that cuts through the defences of serial snifflers like butter.

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

(SBS On Demand)

A World War 1 nurse’s broken bond with her fiancé – and her valiant attempt to repair it by putting her own life in danger – charges this genuinely moving film with an emotional power transcending that of a mere love story. Stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington.

BLUE VALENTINE

(Stan & To Rent)

On the final day of a failing marriage, a couple take one last, long hard look at each other. In this devastatingly downbeat drama, there is nowhere for stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams to hide. The lead performances feel so real that you worry for the wellbeing of the actors.

A STAR IS BORN

(Foxtel, Netflix)

Jackson (Bradley Cooper) is a veteran roots rocker with fading hearing and a debilitating love of the demon drink. Ally (Lady Gaga) is a talented musician in her own right. When a super-smitten Jackson adds his profile to Ally’s potential, her meteoric rise invites fate to do its cruellest to drive them apart.

INCURABLY SAD

LOVE STORY

(Netflix)

Rich kid Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) gets hastily married to poor-ish babe Jennifer (Ali MacGraw). So his antsy old man hastily cuts off the pocket money. Then Jennifer contracts a terminal disease. Her slow and dignified demise – telegraphed by Oliver’s poignant opening narration – is 10-tissue weepie stuff.

FINDING NEVERLAND

(Amazon & To Rent)

Charismatic widow Sylvia (Kate Winslet) is raising four young boys alone after the death of her husband. An unlikely soulmate emerges to share the heavy load: Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp). Then on the eve of the unveiling of Barrie’s classic work Peter Pan, Sylvia suddenly takes ill. Uh-oh.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

(To Rent Only)

This teen romance explodes the tear ducts of its target audience like a weep-seeking missile. Shailene Woodley plays Hazel, a sharp and sensible 17-year-old diagnosed with lung cancer. With all hope fading, should the cautious Hazel really be dropping her guard and allowing herself a boyfriend?

ME BEFORE YOU

(Stan & To Rent)

Boy (Sam Claflin) is permanently paralysed. Girl (Emilia Clarke) is temporarily penniless. Girl gets hired as daily carer for boy. Boy gets huffy on a daily basis with girl. They fall in love. End of movie? Err, not quite. One of the pair has a literal death wish, the other may not be able to stop it being granted.

DOG-GONE DEPRESSING

MARLEY AND ME

(Amazon & To Rent)

Marley is a high-maintenance Labrador with a low IQ, always ready to chew up couches, chase around cats and pee on priceless rugs. You can’t help but love the pooch. Then he gets his ticket clipped for a one-way trip to the big kennel in the sky. And you can’t help but to be inconsolably wailing.

HACHI: A DOG’S TALE

(To Rent Only)

We all know Marley & Me is the Citizen Kane of doomed-dog movies. However, this one (based on a true story) runs an honest, heartbreaking second. It all starts when Richard Gere finds a lost Akita puppy near a local railway station. It all ends when … sorry, I can’t tell you any more. It’s just … too … SAD.

A DOG’S PURPOSE

(Netflix & To Rent)

There is not just one pooch passing away here. There are at least four of them. It’s actually the same ‘dog spirit’ (voiced by Josh Gad) being reincarnated from hound to hound over 40 years.

THE CALL OF THE WILD

(To Rent Only)

A family-friendly affair playing a pleasing game of go-fetch with your emotions. On the Yukon frontier, a clever, clumsy and loyal St Bernard and Scotch Shepherd mix is destined to become best-buds with a grouchy, but kind old prospector (Harrison Ford).

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