Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a nail-biting exercise in pure intensity from Fede Alvarez and the home entertainment arrival of Shane Black’s latest neo-noir comedy thriller.
Here’s what’s releasing locally this week…
Thursday September 1st
A trio of reckless thieves break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist, they’re wrong. Co-produced by Sam Raimi and his production company, Ghost House, this is the latest feature from 2013’s EVIL DEAD writer/director Fede Alvarez and it shot to the number one spot at the US box office last weekend, taking more than USD$28 million.
After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 17 year old LYDIA goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, JOHN LINK, who’s been a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing.
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico, has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
Arthur Bishop returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
Friday September 2nd
BLUE VELVET (Limited Release)
There’s something going on behind the white picket fences of Lumberton, North Carolina. And after stumbling upon a severed human ear in a field, mystery-loving college student Jeffrey Beaumont is determined to find out what. Teaming up with the daughter of a local police detective, Jeffrey’s investigation leads him into a strange world of sensuality and violence, with the intrigue of the missing ear seemingly stemming from the relationship between a troubled nightclub singer and a sociopathic sadomasochist. BLUE VELVET plays The Astor Theatre in Melbourne for four sessions across Friday 2nd & Saturday the 3rd of September and at Lido Cinemas from Sunday 4th to Wednesday the 7th of September in a newly struck 2K transfer for its 30th anniversary.
Wednesday August 31st
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
After an incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, dividing our heroes in 2 camps. Steve Rogers leads a newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
THE NICE GUYS
Taking place in 1970s Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
LABYRINTH: 30TH ANNIVERSARY (Blu-ray)
Journey into the fantastical world of Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and a cast of incredible creatures created by Jim Henson. Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins from her favourite book, “Labyrinth”, to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into the world of the fairy tale to rescue him from the wicked Goblin King (David Bowie)! Guarding his castle is the labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah will have to outwit the King by befriending the very Goblins who protect him, in hopes that their loyalty isn’t just another illusion in a place where noting is as it seems! Celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary, Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment re-release LABYRINTH on Blu-ray with an all-new transfer sourced from a 4K restoration and add a host of new special feature content. For early adopters, a 4K Ultra HD is scheduled for a belated October 5th release locally.