Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a South Korean revenge thriller that’s style is only equaled by its ‘high impact violence’ and the home entertainment arrival of Ol’ Man Arnie Braunschweiger’s latest.
Thursday June 29th
THE VILLAINESS (Limited Release)
Direct from official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, THE VILLAINESS is the third feature from Byung-gil Jung, the director responsible for the award-winning CONFESSIONS OF MURDER. Sook-hee (Ok-bin Kim), a trained assassin takes revenge on the men who murdered her husband. After losing consciousness, she awakes at the National Intelligence Service. The NIS wants her to undertake confidential missions, but Sook-hee initially refuses. However, Sook-hee decides to accept her new identity as Yeon-soo in order to stay alive. Under her new identity she meets Hyun-soo, and they dream of starting a family. However on the day of their wedding, she is assigned a new mission that changes everything.
Writer Andrew J. Cohen (BAD NEIGHBOURS, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES) makes his feature-length directorial debut with THE HOUSE, starring comedy heavyweights Will Farrell & Amy Poehler and at a perfect non-Apatow running time of eighty-eight minutes, this one seems very promising! When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Ferrell and Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas)—also in need of a major payday—they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off.
Wednesday June 28th
Cinematic action icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Arnold Braunschweiger as he’s more affectionately known around the office (praise be LAST ACTION HERO), takes a double knee bend at drama following his surprising turn in 2015’s MAGGIE. Inspired by true events, two strangers’ lives become inextricably bound together following a devastating plane crash. Aftermath tells a story of guilt and revenge when an air traffic controller’s error leads to a catastrophic mid-air collision that causes the death of a construction foreman’s wife and daughter. In this dramatic thriller, from the Producers of ESCAPE PLAN and starring Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, two family’s lives are irrevocably changed by tragedy, proving that vengeance is a journey with no return.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Following the box office and critical success of 2014’s THE LEGO MOVIE, Batman/Bruce Wayne (voiced by Will Arnett) gets his own film and its arguably the best BATMAN feature since Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.