Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
Grim Pickings this week includes key dates to dismember with Soderbergh’s iPhone horror opus opening in cinemas while home entertainment gets a death
Wednesday April 25th
Steven Soderbergh tries his hand at horror with mixed results, shot entirely on an iPhone 7, this unusual approach does add a creepy lo-fi and voyeuristic texture to its pulpy stalker narrative. While the premise is not entirely original, the set-up is promising but unfortunately the film gives up its game far too early and ultimately becomes a dull drag to the end. A young woman leaves her hometown to escape a troubled past and begin a new job. But when she is involuntarily committed to a mental institution she is confronted by her greatest fear — but is it real or just her delusion? With seemingly no-one ready to believe her and the authorities unable or unwilling to help, she must confront her fears head on.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
The sum of over 10 years of Marvel’s franchise muscle, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR will finally see our superpowered heroes clash with big bad Thanos to save the universe. One of the most expensive films ever made, with an all-star cast (across all of Marvel’s superhero lineup) and immense fan expectations, Marvel has a lot riding on this one! The Avengers – torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War – join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to confront Thanos. The deadly showdown – ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe – will force the superhero allies to sacrifice everything in the face of Thanos’ blitz of devastation.
LAST FLAG FLYING
Linklater’s latest looks set to deliver his typical mix of humour and pathos in this comedy-drama about a set of Vietnam war veteran fathers who reunite when one of their son’s is killed in Iraq. While this seems like a recipe more for melodrama than laughter, if anyone can find the heart here, it’s Linklater. In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives
Wednesday April 25th
SPEILBERGS’s historical drama about the release of the Pentagon Papers – despite its old-fashioned subject and filmmaking approach – still manages to resonate in the age of Facebook leaks and fake news – helped in no small part by its stellar all-star cast! Determined to uphold the nation’s civil liberties, Katharine Graham (MERYL STREEP), publisher of The Washington Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee (TOM HANKS) join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up. But the two must risk their careers – and their freedom – to bring truth to light in this powerful film with a celebrated cast.
Following in the footsteps of Schwarzenegger’s unmemorable post-2010 film output, KILLING GUNTHER is a forgettable action-comedy (with an annoying mockumentary approach) that fails to wring many laughs out of its premise. The main bright spot is the always charismatic Schwarzenegger himself – but KILLING GUNTHER unwisely side-lines him for half of its runtime. A group of eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
The final instalment in the MAZE RUNNER series has been largely met with indifference from critics – but if you’ve come this far through the series, chances are you’ll want to see it through to the end. In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.