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Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

23 August 2016

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with British comic Ricky Gervais returning to the well on the big screen and one of this year’s largely unseen sci-fi dramas hitting home entertainment.

Here’s what’s releasing locally this week…

In Cinemas

Thursday August 25th
RED BILLABONG (Limited Release)
In the Australian Outback, two brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As their friends start to go missing, they fear that they are being stalked by someone, or something, from their worst nightmares. But is it just a story? A legend? A hoax? Or is it real?

DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD
A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British series, “The Office” as he now fancies himself a rockstar on the road.

KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV (Limited Release)
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday August 24th
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

DEVOURED (DVD Only)
Lourdes, a beautiful young immigrant mother, takes a job working night shifts as a cleaning woman in an old New York City restaurant.  She struggles to make enough money in order to pay for her sick son’s operation back home in Mexico. Just as his condition takes a turn for the worse, malevolent forces inside the restaurant begin to torment Lourdes as they begin killing those around her.  Lourdes struggles to return to her son before she’s either driven completely mad or the malevolent forces devour her body and soul.

SNIPER: GHOST SHOOTER (DVD Only)
Elite snipers Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins) and Richard Miller (Billy Zane) tasked with protecting a gas pipeline from terrorists looking to make a statement. When battles with the enemy lead to snipers being killed by a ghost shooter who knows their exact location, tensions boil as a security breach is suspected. Is there someone working with the enemy on the inside? Is the mission a front for other activity? Is the Colonel pulling the strings?

THE MARTIAN: EXTENDED EDITION
Blast off to the Red Planet and beyond with The Martian Extended Edition, featuring an ALL-NEW EXTENDED CUT with over 10 minutes of action-packed footage not shown in theatres, plus hours of never-before-seen extras that take you deeper into the making of the film and the science behind it!