Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with Jennifer Lawrence in an espionage actioner that will have you Russian to cinemas while home entertainment delivers a heavy dose of the feels!
Thursday March 1st
Despite her Oscar win for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to action, having established herself as quite the multifaceted actress with her turns in both THE HUNGER GAMES & X-MEN franchises, Lawrence now returns bolder than ever in this high concept espionage thriller. Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
Ruben Östlund (FORCE MAJEURE) helms this black comedy that was last year’s Cannes Film Festival breakout hit. Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is ‘The Square’, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ‘The Square’. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
Wednesday February 28th
If you’ve got one good eye and a heart, then you’re guaranteed to love WONDER. Based on R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestselling novel, WONDER is an exceptional family drama that should be mandatory viewing for all children and a few adults we know too! WONDER is the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
DADDY’S HOME 2
Following the box office success of its 2015 predecessor, Sean Anders returns to helm a rarity of sorts, a sequel that actually delivers. Father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.
PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN (DVD Only)
Based on the extraordinary true story of the creator of one of the most iconic super heroes ever conceived, and the seductive secret life he kept from his fans. Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) was roundly criticized for the creation of his feminist superhero, but it was his personal life, with his polyamorous relationship with his wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their lover, Olive (Bella Heathcote), that was more provocative than any adventure he had ever written.