Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

23 January 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a Margot Robbie lead biopic that’s stranger than fiction and home entertainment dumps a turd in a teacup!


Thursday January 25th
Margot Robbie (SUICIDE SQUAD) delivers a career best as fiery US ice skater Tonya Harding in this dark comic feature from LARS AND THE REAL GIRL filmmaker Craig Gillespie, based on the unbelievably true story. Though Harding (Robbie) was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

Inspired by real events, filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s SWEET COUNTRY is a period western and one of our most anticipated features of 2018. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served?


Wednesday January 24th
Despite the promise of being the best disaster film since 2004’s THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, GEOSTORM ends up being the stankiest turd in a portaloo since 2004’s Big Day Out. After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.