Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a video game adaptation helmed by Aussie Justin Kurzel and the home entertainment arrival of a film that one critic has heralded the “best American horror film in twenty years”. PS: We’re thinking Jim Hemphill of Filmmaker Magazine need attend a MONSTER FEST one of these days!
Monday January 1st
Morten Tyldum, the Oscar nominated director of 2014’s THE IMITATION GAME brings predominately sci-fi screenwriter Jon Spaihts’ PASSENGERS, a sci-fi/thriller/actioner to the screen with box office powerhouses Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in the leads. Two passengers are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.
Aussie director Justin Kurzel (SNOWTOWN, MACBETH) lends his hand at adapting the long-running and successful video game franchise ASSASSIN’S CREED to the big screen. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
Friday December 30th
Co-produced by Sam Raimi and his production company, Ghost House, DON’T BREATHE is the sophomore effort from 2013’s EVIL DEAD writer/director Fede Alvarez and aside from topping many genre enthusiast’s top ten lists this year, it’s also proven to be the second most successful genre film of the year at the international box office. Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims. Don’t forget we’re running a competition where you can WIN 1 of 10 DON’T BREATHE Blu-ray, click here for details!
DON VERDEAN (DVD Only)
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE writer/director Jared Hess’s DON VERDEAN finally sees surfaces locally albeit as a JB Hi-Fi Exclusive after its home entertainment release back in March of this year in the US. Starring Sam Rockwell in the titular role and supported by a who’s who of contemporary American comedy including Will Forte, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement (sure he’s a Kiwi but he’s getting a lot of Hollywood gigs) & Amy Ryan, DON VERDEAN also stars THE GREASY STRANGLER’s Sky Elobar! Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy.
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
In a swift turnaround since it’s Australian theatrical release, director Antoine Fuqua’s take on THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN arrives on DVD, Blu-ray & 4K UHD this week! With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.