Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
Grim Pickings this week includes key dates to dismember with the latest in STAR WARS side stories opening in cinemas while Cage gets the rage on home entertainment!
Thursday May 24th
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
STAR WARS fans (so basically everyone) missing the iconic rogue from the sequel trilogy are hotly anticipating this pure hit of Han Solo action. Star Ailden Einreich has a hell of a task replacing Harrison Ford’s career-making interpretation of Solo – but early buzz seems quite warm towards his performance, as well as the directorial effort of reliable craftsman Ron Howard. Fingers crossed the release does justice to the greatest rogue in the galaxy! Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away with an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo (Einreich) meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Wednesday May 23rd
15:17 TO PARIS
Master filmmaker Clint Eastward’s latest film, based on the failed 2015 terrorist attack that took place on the titular train, is best known for the director’s stunt casting of the real-life American passengers who thwarted the attack as the film’s stars. And this is undoubtedly the most interesting aspect of 15:17 TO PARIS – despite the hint of some grounding realism lingering behind the casting, and some thrilling scenes involving the attack itself, the film ultimately feels too alienating and workmanlike to be engaging. In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board. Blu-ray features a demo-worthy wall-shaker of a Dolby Atmos audio track and two production featurettes, ‘Making Every Second Count’ and ‘Portrait of Courage’ .
The directorial debut of famed Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, A FEW GOOD MEN) the world of high-stakes poker is perfectly suited to Sorkin’s crackling rapid-fire dialogue. Anchored by strong performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, and visually composed by Sorkin to complement his trademark verbal rhythms, fans of the ‘Sorkinesque’ won’t want to miss out on this. Molly’s Game tells the thrilling true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), the mastermind behind the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game whose players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. When she is arrested in the middle of the night by FBI agents wielding automatic weapons she turns to criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Elba) for help. Both DVD & Blu-ray contain the featurette, ‘Building an Empire’.
MOM AND DAD
Nicolas Cage wonderfully embraces the over-the-top yet again – and brings Selma Blair along for the ride – in this bloody horror-comedy from director Brian Taylor (CRANK) with a delightfully gonzo premise. Despite not shying away from the gore, MOM AND DAD works best as a darkly surreal satire on families. In a small, suburban town, an odd occurrence causes the horrific and unimaginable: the need for parents to turn on their children. Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black, horror-comedy, exhilarating thrill ride surrounding a dark, warped topic that is sure to keep an audience on the edge of their seat. While it’s a crying shame that Madman Entertainment decided against releasing MOM AND DAD to Blu-ray, they have seen fit to include a Q&A from the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.