Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember as home entertainment attempts to outgun a theatrical force beyond comprehension with a slew of actioners that all prominently feature a variety of handheld weaponry on their front covers!
Wednesday December 13th
Breakout Cannes buzz film, THE VILLAINESS hits home entertainment and is the third feature from Byung-gil Jung, the director responsible for the award-winning Korean feature, CONFESSIONS OF MURDER. Sook-hee (Ok-bin Kim), a trained assassin takes revenge on the men who murdered her husband. After losing consciousness, she awakes at the National Intelligence Service. The NIS wants her to undertake confidential missions, but Sook-hee initially refuses. However, Sook-hee decides to accept her new identity as Yeon-soo in order to stay alive. Under her new identity she meets Hyun-soo, and they dream of starting a family. However on the day of their wedding, she is assigned a new mission that changes everything.
Skipping theatres locally, BUSHWICK is the feature major lead for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s Drax (Dave Bautista) in a near-post-apocalyptic survival actioner and whilst we’ve yet to see it, you can guarantee we’ll be checking it out this weekend! As America stands on the brink of a second civil war, Lucy (Brittany Snow) steps off the subway and walks into a bloodbath on the streets of her Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bushwick. Unbeknown to the civilian population, Texas is attempting to secede from the United States and black-clad militia forces have descended upon New York City. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement apartment of Stupe (Dave Bautista). A burly ex-Marine, he reluctantly helps her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch of Bushwick to reach the demilitarised zone. Immerse yourself in the pulse-pounding action as Lucy and Stupe fight local gangs, riots, and continued attacks from the invading soldiers, in their attempt to escape the city in this violent and provocative story of survival.
Pitched to be a franchise ignitor though now in doubt due to relatively poor international box office, AMERICAN ASSASSIN still delivers the goods thick and fast as a high concept leave your brain at the door actioner. AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley. The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
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 one of the year’s best thrillers. 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.
Thursday November 14th
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Aside from 20th Century Fox & Blu Sky Studio’s FERDINAND, no studio dare release against what will no doubt be the highest grossing film of the year, the eighth episode in the STAR WARS saga. Rey (Daisy Ridley) develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.