Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he created and the home entertainment arrival of a DTV sci-fi actioner starring the Ukraine’s real-life greatest security threat!
Thursday May 11th
After a five year wait, a couple title changes and muscling Neill Blomkamp out of entering the franchise, Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with ALIEN: COVENANT. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
I AM HEATH LEDGER (Limited Release)
A feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. I AM HEATH LEDGER provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey— extravagant in gesture and in action. It was his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life. Heath’s artistic nature and expression set him apart from the Hollywood mainstream, vaulted him to stardom and endeared him to the world.
While 2015’s THE VISIT proved surprisingly good, its SPLIT that signals a triumphant return for filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, delivering his best feature since 2000’s UNBREAKABLE. Whatever you do, don’t read too much about this film and for the love of God don’t ask anyone who has seen it anything about it. In fact stop reading this right now! He said right now! Listen to them…us…I mean…STOP! While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
THE PERFECT WEAPON
Not to be confused with the supremely entertaining Jeff Speakman martial arts actioner from ’91, this THE PERFECT WEAPON is a DTV sci-fi actioner starring recently banned from the Ukraine, Steven Seagal. In a not too distant future, a totalitarian state secret government organization run by the Director (Steven Seagal) controls all aspects of life. All enemies of the state are dealt with in the harshest way possible and executed by a secret organization’s operatives and assassins. The best operative, code-named Condor (Johnny Messner), is an elite agent and hit man for the corrupt government. But in his latest assignment he fails to eliminate his target and soon finds himself on the run from the very same government agency that made him. As he starts to question why this particular mission failed, Condor discovers that he’s been betrayed and manipulated by the very few people he trusted. This includes Nina (Sasha Jackson), Condor’s beautiful ex-girlfriend with an agenda of her own. His revelation sets in motion a chain of events with unimaginable and deadly consequences for everyone involved including the powerful and ruthless Director. On the run and out of time, Condor may just survive the government’s attack and his so-called allies’ betrayal as he is…THE PERFECT WEAPON.