Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a blistering crime caper by acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley and the home entertainment arrival of an Iranian horror that blazed the international festival circuit last year.
Tuesday April 25th
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2
Genre luminary come fanboy’s best friend, James Gunn (SLITHER) returns to the director’s chair for the sequel to his 2014 breakout Marvel Studios’ hit and to say we’re Baby Groot excited would be a Drax understatement! Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favourite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Thursday April 27th
FREE FIRE (Limited Release)
After wowing audiences at last year’s MONSTER FEST, the latest comedy-thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, HIGH RISE) lands in cinemas. Everyone’s got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control. Set in a colourful yet gritty 1970s Boston, FREE FIRE opens with Justine (Oscar winner Brie Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Armie Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on Battle Royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.
BAD GIRL (Limited Release)
A modern Australian psychological thriller that centres around a dark friendship between two teenage girls, directed by Fin Edquist, with a score by Warren Ellis. Sullen, defiant and on probation following her release from juvenile detention, 16-year-old foster child Amy Anderson (Sara West) struggles with her new life in the countryside until Chloe (Samara Weaving), a friendly local girl the same age as Amy, drops by the family home seeking house-cleaning work and everything changes.
Wednesday April 26th
UNDER THE SHADOW (DVD Only)
Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari’s UNDER THE SHADOW proved both a festival and critical favourite last year and finally arrives on home entertainment this week. Living amongst the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, Shideh is left to protect her young daughter, Dorsa. When a missile hits their apartment building but fails to explode, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed missile might have brought in djinns – malevolent spirits that travel on the wind.
MY FATHER DIE
Sean Brosnan, son of former-Bond Pierce Brosnan, delivers his feature-length directorial debut in the former of an action-thriller that he too penned. Asher (Joe Anderson in a stunning silent performance) was left deaf and mute after being beaten by his ultra-violent biker father, Ivan, who also thrashed neighbourhood girl Nana and killed his older son Chester. Ten years later, Asher and his bedridden mother get word Ivan has been given an early release due to prison overcrowding. Asher immediately goes on offence, arming himself and doing his own detective work to figure out his father’s location. Along the way, Asher runs into a grown-up Nana (Candace Smith) who is now a single mom with an infant son, supporting herself through webcam sex work from home. Meanwhile Ivan goes on the hunt for his son, leaving a trail of chaos and destruction in his wake.
A DTV British psychological thriller with a decent tagline, ‘His mind is the scene of the crime’ and little to no online presence, this mystery is a mystery! A disillusioned young woman who flees to the countryside after her boyfriend is arrested for hiding millions of pounds of stolen pension funds. Relying on casual work from wealthy landowners to survive, Emma exacts revenge for her indentured servitude, soon making her one of the most wanted killers in the country.