In Cinemas & on Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of THE CONJURING’s latest spin-off and the home entertainment arrival of one of 2017’s most highly praised and highest grossing horror films of all-time!
Thursday August 10th
We were fortunate enough to attend a preview screening of ANNABELLE: CREATION last week and can confirm that it’s infinitely better than its predecessor ANNABELLE and anyone who dug director David F. Sandberg’s previous feature LIGHTS OUT will get a real kick out of this one! Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) welcome a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Visionary filmmaker Luc Besson brings the acclaimed French sci-fi comic book series VALéRIAN AND LAURELINE to the big screen in the most expensive film made outsides of the U.S. ever! In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the centre of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
After penning a string of incredible screenplays (HELL OR HIGH WATER, SICRARIO), Taylor Sheridan returns to the director’s chair for the first time since his 2011 genre effort VILE, for what is being praised by critics as the best thriller of the year thus far. A rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.
WWE’s John Cena stars alongside Aaron Taylor Johnson (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, KICK-ASS) in a tense war-drama come psychological thriller directed by Doug Liman (EDGE OF TOMORROW, SWINGERS). Two soldiers are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship.
Wednesday August 9th
Since its theatrical opening in the US back in late February, GET OUT has maintained its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is no mean feat for any film particularly a genre one. The Blu-ray release comes loaded with special feature content including a commentary, documentary, Q&A and over twenty-five minutes worth of deleted scenes (a rather bleak alternate ending being one of them). When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Director Cate Shortland (LORE, SOMERSAULT) returns with a psychological thriller dealing in obsession and entrapment. While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE
Bruce Willis returns to DTV with an action-comedy co-staring AQUAMAN himself Jason Momoa that L.A. Weekly call “a sterling example of how a lazy star can make a bad movie even worse”, that said it’s Bruce in pursuit of his pooch and we want to see that. Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis) is a detective who’s good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog, Buddy. But when his beloved pet is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader, Spyder (Momoa). Teaming up with his best friend (John Goodman), Steve pulls out the big guns in search of Spyder’s stolen cocaine and cash in order to set things straight and get Buddy back where he belongs.
The title alone earns it a place on our To Watch Pile! Jane is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, it draws the attention of Shu, a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as ‘The Kumite’. After months of rigorous preparation, Jane is ready to face off against the deadliest female fighters in the world, including Ling, the apprentice of Shu’s nemesis, Wai, a Shaolin master. Other nefarious forces also lie in the shadows, taking Jane on a journey through the gritty underworld of Hong Kong as she fights to be named the best female fighter in the world.
Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA & SUMMER HOURS, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story. A high-fashion personal shopper (Kristen Stewart) to the stars who is also a spiritual medium, haunts the home of her recently deceased brother, determined to make contact with him.