Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a long gestated live-action adaptation of an anime classic while home entertainment witnesses the long overdue release of Greg McLean’s first US feature!
Thursday March 30th
GHOST IN THE SHELL
Based on the award-winning, critically revered and much-loved anime feature, GHOST IN THE SHELL seemed an obvious for a live-action adaptation, the only surprise being that it’s taken twenty-two years to happen. Major (Scarlett Johansson) is a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
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 Batman 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.
THE PRISON (Limited Release)
Korean actor/writer Hyeon Na (SPIN KICK) makes his directorial debut with the penitentiary action/thriller, THE PRISON, opening in Australian cinemas less than a week after its domestic release in South Korea. An ex-cop convict joins the secret crime syndicate run by those behind prison walls. Yu-gon (Kim Rae-won), a troubled former police inspector, is sentenced to prison for a hit-and-run accident, placing him in a confined place with other inmates that he himself had put behind bars. While inside, he discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate named Ik-ho (Han Suk-kyu) who has been running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden and guards which provides them the perfect alibi. Soon after, he becomes a crucial member of the crime empire.
Wednesday March 29th
THE DARKNESS (DVD Only)
Despite the pedigree of Blumhouse Productions (SPLIT, GET OUT), Universal Pictures & filmmaker Greg McLean (WOLF CREEK), THE DARKNESS failed to fire at the box office or on home entertainment abroad and subsequently is making its local debut direct to DVD six months after its US home entertainment release. When their young son (David Mazouz, TV’s GOTHAM) brings home five mystical stones he found on their family’s camping trip to the Grand Canyon, Peter (Kevin Bacon) and Bronny (Radha Mitchell) begin to notice strange things happening in their house. Having awakened dark forces bound to the rocks, the family fights for survival as malicious demons feed off their fears and threaten to destroy them.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Harry Potter fans ahoy! J.K. Rowling’s FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is here to fill that void left in our cinematic hearts after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series in mid-2011 and we’re already anxiously shaking at the wand for the next instalment! Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets of 1926 New York, threatening to expose the wizarding community. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures. When unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose, a band of unlikely heroes must recover the missing beasts before they come to a harm, but their mission puts them on a collision course with Dark forces.