Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
Grim Pickings this week includes key dates to dismember with Australia’s own Nash Edgerton helming his first US feature and three starkly different actioners hitting home entertainment!
Thursday 31st May
A south of the boarder crime caper turn comedy starring Australia’s own Joel Edgerton (THE GIFT) and directed by brother Nash Edgerton (THE SQUARE), GRINGO also boasts a stellar line-up of supporting cast including Charlize Theron (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), David Oyelowo (THELMA), Amanda Seyfried (JENNIFER’S BODY) and Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9). Mild-mannered U.S. businessman Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords and a black ops mercenary after traveling to Mexico. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold fights to survive an increasingly dangerous situation that raises the question — is he out of his depth or two steps ahead?
JUST BETWEEN US
An Aussie speciality – the under-the-radar offbeat comedy – is embodied in JUST BETWEEN US, following a road trip between two friends, along with the ghost of a deceased sister. Barrelling through a host of recognisable Australian locales, and including recognisable faces like John Jarratt and Clayton Jacobson, there’s sure to be plenty here to reward the local filmgoer! Unadventurous office worker Hannah and her childhood friend Trixie’s world is turned upside down when the ghost of her late sister appears; guiding them on a road trip to scatter her ashes at a destination she once sought but never found. What starts off as a simple journey turns into an unpredictable adventure and the two friends must overcome their sheltered existence and find out who they really are and what they are truly capable of.
Wednesday 30th May
After first appearing in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, audiences were well eager for a BLACK PANTHER standalone feature and Ryan Coogler (CREED) delivered the goods with this breakaway success in the Marvel universe. After tragedy forces young Prince T’Challa to assume Wakanda’s throne, he is faced with the ultimate test, putting the fate of his country and the entire world at risk. Pitted against his own family, the new king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and embrace his future as an Avenger. 4K Ultra-HD and Blu-ray versions feature an Audio Commentary with Coogler, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and a myriad of Featurettes including ‘Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years — Connecting The Universe’.
Starring the imposing Jason Momoa (recognisable to most as Khal Drogo from GAME OF THRONES), this cabin in the woods action thriller functions as perfect microwave popcorn entertainment, and should please any fans of basic-but-brutal action fare! When Joe (Jason Momoa) and his father (Stephen Lang) arrive at their remote hunting cabin, they’re hoping for a quiet weekend. What they find is a stash of heroin, hidden in the cabin by drug traffickers. When the criminals suddenly return, Joe and his father must make a kill-or-be-killed stand for survival. Justice League star Jason Momoa stakes his claim as the next action movie hero in the badass, adrenaline-fuelled hit Braven.
BEAST OF BURDEN
Daniel Radcliffe delivers another film not quite fit for theatres with this claustrophobic, airplane-bound thriller that spirals into absurdity after a few too many unbelievable twists. Viewers after a more successful slice of claustrophobia would be advised to check out the Tom Hardy vehicle LOCKE, clearly a major influence here. Pilot Sean Haggerty (Daniel Radcliffe), is a trusted mule for a major international drug cartel, running cocaine across the U.S/Mexico border. Little does the Cartel know Sean is also working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Alone in a small plane on his final smuggling run, he is faced with the burden of choosing between his allegiance to the Cartel, his deal with the DEA and saving his increasingly tense relationship with his sick wife. With both the Cartel and the DEA on his tail, Haggerty must navigate one last mission where everything is on the line.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.