Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with a home entertainment release that see Vince Vaughn enter beast mode and an Indonesian zombie horror/comedy/actioner opening in select cinemas!
Wednesday January 31st
French filmmaking duo Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury of INSIDE fame, make their English-language debut with a second THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE prequel to come in just over a decade. In Texas, years before the events of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
BONE TOMAHAWK writer/director S. Craig Zahler returns with this Vince Vaughn lead crime drama that is even more brutal than its Zahler’s previous effort and earns its <R>18+ the old fashioned way, high impact violence ahoy! Bradley, (Vaughn) is long recovered alcoholic with severe anger management issues – struggling to make ends meet. In an attempt to make a better life for himself and his wife and fulfil their dreams of having a child, he turns to drug smuggling. During the handover things go south and the police discover them. During a violent shootout, Bradley sacrifices his chance of escape to ensure that none of the police get hurt. This choice lands them all in prison. His partners set on revenge, kidnap his now pregnant wife. Trapped in prison, Bradley becomes a deadly man on a mission, securing the safety of his wife and unborn child and killing any one who gets in his way.
THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM
Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Medina (PAINLESS) delivers a gothic-tinged suspense horror with Bill Nighy & Olivia Cooke. Victorian London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yards assigns the case to Inspector Kildare – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno, Kildare must discover which one is the killer before the Golem strikes again.
Dave McCary’s feature-length directorial debut is a wildly original coming of age tale with a heavy nod to feverish nostalgia and is by far the strangest feel-good film we’ve ever seen! Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.
Thursday February 1st
DEN OF THIEVES
Screenwriter come director, Christian Gudegast (LONDON HAS FALLEN) helms this Gerard Butler lead Los Angeles crime saga that is based on a true story. DEN OF THIEVES follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.
RISE OF THE ZOMBIES aka 5 COWOK JAGOAN (Limited Release)
Opening this week in select cinemas is Indonesian comedy/horror/actioner RISE OF THE ZOMBIES. Yanto ask his friends to help him save his girlfriend who been kidnapped by a group of professional mobsters.
Fresh from last week’s six Oscar nominations, master filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated eighth feature film opens in Australian cinemas this week, Will this be the last film for lead Daniel Day Lewis though? Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running.