Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

21 November 2017

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the long-awaited theatrical release of a festive horror that slayed MONSTER FEST audiences last year and the home entertainment of the most expensive film ever made outside of the United States!

In Cinemas

Thursday November 23rd
Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST returns for its seventh year this November 23rd to 26th at Melbourne’s Lido Cinemas with a mix of World, Australian & Victorian Premieres! Opening with Chris Sun’s highly anticipated Aussie creature feature, BOAR, the line-up also includes the World Premieres of TARNATION, THE VIPER’S HEX, THE LAST HOPE, LOST GULLY ROAD and LANDFALL along with Australian Premieres of REVENGE, ANOTHER WOLFCOP, COLD HELL and HOUSEWIFE among others.

BETTER WATCH OUT (Limited Release)
A title change and seemingly lengthy delay later, BETTER WATCH OUT formerly known as SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD had its Australian Premiere last year at MONSTER FEST, finally opens in limited release in Aussie cinemas this week, just in time for the festive season. When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she’s caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion.

Following the box office success of its 2015 predecessor, Sean Anders returns to helm a rarity of sorts, a sequel that actually delivers. Father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday November 22nd
Be warned, A GHOST STORY is not a Horror film per se though it does utilise genre grammar in its poetic exploration of spaces, journey and spirit, both spectral and subsisting. It’s a masterpiece unlike anything you may have seen or experienced before and it’s Monsterite Jarret’s favourite film of 2017 thus far! Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.
Visionary filmmaker Luc Besson’s screen adaptation of the beloved French sci-fi comic book series VALéRIAN AND LAURELINE was met with less than favourable critical reviews and whilst we don’t think it’s the stinker they quite make it out to be, it’s definitely an acquired taste. 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.
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh returns for his first theatrical feature since 2013’s SIDE EFFECTS and given LOGAN LUCKY’s heist plot, it’s all too familiar territory for Soderbergh given his three-part stint helming the OCEANS franchise. Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.