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Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

11 October 2016

GRIM PICKINGS this week include key dates to dismember with the King of Monsters triumphantly rising from the sea to the big screen once more and a monster of another kind rearing its fin on home entertainment…again! Here’s what’s releasing locally this week…

In Cinemas

Wednesday October 12th
MÖTLEY CRÜE: THE END (Limited Release)
All good things must come to an end and lets face it Mötley Crüe were a little overdue, that said its only the end of touring, there’s still a chance of another album down the track. While we all ponder whether we’d like to hear another contemporary record from the Crüe, you can check out their final show on the big screen in selected cinemas. 
Completing their 35-year touring career as a band, this epic concert viewing experience gives Mötley Crüe’s fans a chance to relive mega-hits such as ‘Kickstart My Heart’, ‘Girls Girls Girls’, ‘Home Sweet Home’ and ‘Dr. Feelgood’. Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley Crüe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year’s Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx’s bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee’s ‘Crüecifly’ drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional ‘thank you’ speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fuelled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd.

Thursday October 13th
SHIN GODZILLA (Limited Release)
Go-zilllllllllllla! Godzilla returns to the big screen to wreck havoc and general awesomeness, only this time thankfully its courtesy of Toho Pictures so we’re talking roots, bloody roots! It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.

MASTERMINDS 
After a year’s delay due to the financial woes of Relativity Media, the latest comedy outing from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess finally surfaces and we’re chomping at the bit to see it! David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.

SKIPTRACE (Limited Release)
Is it just us who have been living under a rock or did nobody know that Jackie Chan & Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville were partnering up for an action comedy? What’s more who would’ve guessed that in this day and age that this would have gotten an Australian theatrical release, well it is, I guess someone should let their marketing department know. Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss Matador -whom he believes to be businessman, Victor Wong (Winston Chao)- for over a decade after he kills Bennie’s partner Yung.  When Yung’s daughter Samantha (Bingbing Fan) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down an American conman, Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville), who gambles his way through Chinese casinos after being banned in America and is now witness to a murder in Wong’s Macau casino. Bennie later teams with Connor and starts  tracing around the country to get justice.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday October 12th
VIRAL
Skipping cinemas and heading straight to DVD & Blu-ray is the new sci-fi/horror from Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, the chaps responsible for the CATFISH film and since an abundance of genre fare like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4  and the recent theatrical feature, NERVE. Struggling after a recent family tragedy, teenager Emma Drakeford begins a video documentary about her life for a school project. Her life is turned upside down as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town, turning her friends and neighbours into vicious monsters. Quarantined with her family, Emma believes they are out of harm’s way but when the contagion finally infiltrates their home Emma and her family are faced with an impossible decision – if someone you love becomes a threat, do you kill them in cold blood or save them at the risk of your own life?
gp-viral-fwGHOSTBUSTERS
Either you saw it at the cinema or you’re likely avoiding it, we won’t offer up too much of an opinion other than it could have been a lot worse, make of that what you will.
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THE BOY
After a limited theatrical release in Australia, THE BOY finally rears his evil little porcelain noggin on DVD & Blu-ray. Go Brahms, go! 
Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.
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SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS (DVD Only)
Has SHARKNADO jumped the shark? Sure, it’s a bad pun but it’s a valid question. We’re thinking maybe since this will be the first instalment in the franchise that won’t receive a high-def release locally and the fact they’ve resorted to using a bad pun…oh wait. After a blissful few years Sharknado free, Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) have to face their bloodiest Sharknado attack yet! What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… unless what s happening is a giant whirlwind of sharks and nados! When the sharknadoes are whipped up in ways least expected, it seems there s no escaping the razor-toothed monsters! As the beasts strike, Fin is thrown back into action, and compelled to take up the chainsaw once more in a cross-country race to save his family and the world! With the return of David The Hoff Hasselhoff, and tantalising new additions, prepare yourself for the skin-tearing, blood-spurting, biting-bonanza… Sharknado The 4th Awakens!
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Another film that skipped cinemas locally after a poor showing at the US box office but don’t let the lack of ticket sales put you off, if you’re an Andy Samberg fan, a Lonely Island fan, a Hot Rod fan or just dig mockumentaries then this might be the right flick for you. After a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is the biggest name in music. Go behind the scenes as Conner faces a crisis of popularity after this sophomore album flops, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all. The hilarious comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) and digital short superstars, The Lonely Island, is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music.
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