Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a modern masterpiece courtesy of Yorgos Lanthimos while Charlize goes atomic on home entertainment!
Thursday November 16th
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Behold one of the most provocative and mesmerising films of 2017, with THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, DOGTOOTH) has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread. Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL
In a bold new move by Icon Films, masterful director Takashi Miike’s 100th feature, THE BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL will open in local cinemas just one week ahead of its Australian digital release. The story of fearsome samurai Manji (Takuya Kimura), who becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by his sister’s brutal murder, only by slaying 1000 evil men will Manji free himself from the curse and regain his soul. Manji also promises to help young girl Rin (Hana Sugisaki) avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi). This mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. Based on the Japanese manga, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL features awe inspiring swordfights, brilliant choreography, and the wry humour that Takashi Mikke is renowned for.
Despite the superhero fatigue we’re experiencing, we’d be remiss to not include the latest D.C. feature in this week’s Grim Pickings. Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman (Ben Affleck) , Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) —it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Wednesday November 15th
Oscar-winner come action icon Charlize Theron (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) stars in this breakneck action-thriller directed by David Leitch (DEADPOOL 2) that gives JOHN WICK a run for its/his money. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Helmed by Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD, LET ME IN), this third instalment in the APES franchise prequels is the epic yet as our pri-mates (sorry, had to do it!) go toe-to-toe with humans for ultimate supremacy. Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING
What started as a buzzword back in 2013, has since become quite the lucrative film franchise with SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING hitting DVD this week. As shark-infested storms grow stronger and more complex, the world braces for the inevitable – a global SHARKNADO. This year, the mission gets personal for chainsaw-wielding leader Fin Shepard and his bionic wife, April, when their young son gets trapped in a SHARKNADO and is transported all over the world. Don’t miss your opportunity to enter our competition for a chance to WIN 1 of 10 DVDs!
ROSEMARY’S BABY (DVD Only)
The only thing stranger than why it took this NBC mini-series over three years to get a local DVD release is how it got an <R>18+ classification! Based on the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, this new adaptation of “Rosemary’s Baby” centers on a young married couple who escape New York and move to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse — an apartment with the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past and an immeasurable price.