Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a space race conspiracy thriller and the home entertainment arrival of Mad Mel’s latest epic actioner!
Thursday January 12th
OPERATION AVALANCHE (Limited Release)
After a festival blitz throughout 2016 including Melbourne International Film Festival, the conspiracy thriller from director Matt Johnson (THE DIRTIES) finally arrives in cinemas albeit in a limited release. It is the height of the Cold War when the CIA comes to suspect there is a Russian mole working inside of NASA. Assigning two young agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) to go undercover and hunt down the leak, the men pose as documentary filmmakers seeking to capture the race to the moon. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies… Their government may be hiding a secret about the Apollo moon landing mission that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns the truth.
Wednesday January 11th
THE WAVE (DVD Only)
Norway’s biggest box office success of 2015, the disaster-drama THE WAVE finally surfaces locally on DVD courtesy of Madman Entertainment. When experienced geologist Kristian accepts a job offer out of town, he is full of excitement for the move, relishing the opportunity to pursue his research into underground geological changes. But his dream for a sleepier life by the sea becomes a disastrous nightmare when he learns of a nearby mountain collapsing into the ocean, which has created a 250 foot tidal wave hurtling towards land – and his family. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time, physics, and a massive, angry tsunami to save as many people as possible.
Hands up if after watching BLOOD FATHER, there was not a single doubt left in your mind that Mel Gibson could have reprised his role as Max Rockatansky in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD? After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 17 year old Lydia (Erin Moriarty) goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, John Link (Mel Gibson), 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.
After over a year’s delay due to the financial woes of Relativity Media, the latest comedy outing from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess finally surfaced late last year and the reaction among cinema-goers was polarizing (Jarret liked it, Grant loathed it)! David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.