In Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of the third instalment in a franchise that only serves as further proof as to why Andy Serkis need be nominated for an Oscar and the home entertainment arrival of several films based on stories from other mediums!
Thursday July 27th
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Helmed by Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD, LET ME IN), this third instalment in the APES franchise prequels is the most action-packed yet as our pri-mates (sorry, had to do it!) go toe-to-toe with humans for ultimate supremacy. Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
A GHOST STORY (Limited Release)
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 already 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. Don’t forget to enter our competition to WIN 1 of 10 Double Passes right here!
A MONSTER CALLS
Suffering one of the longest delays in local release to the screen in recent history (in fact we may be the last territory in the world to get it theatrically), A MONSTER CALLS finally opens in cinemas this Thursday and we can assure it’s worth the wait. It’s a visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE) and to not witness on the big screen would be a crime! 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
Wednesday July 26th
GHOST IN THE SHELL
Based on the award-winning, critically revered and much-loved anime feature, GHOST IN THE SHELL seemed an obvious for a live-action adaptation, the only surprise being that it took twenty-two years to happen. In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Stay tuned to Cult of Monster this week as we’ll be giving away a ton of copies on Blu-ray!
RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA
Sony’s latest RESIDENT EVIL offering comes sans Milla Jovovich, instead this time in the form of a computer-animated feature, directed by Takanori Tsujimoto (BUSHIDO MAN, MONSTER KILLER). When a fearless enemy out for revenge unleashes a brutal and deadly new virus, BSAA Captain Chris Redfield enlists the help of Agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers to bring down the death merchant and save New York City.
Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner, unless its of course this stellar reissue of HEAT on DVD & Blu-ray sourced from an all-new 4K restoration! Our only query being why no 4K Ultra-HD release, Fox? When Al Pacino and Robert De Niro square off. HEAT sizzles. Written and directed by Michael Mann, HEAT includes dazzling set pieces and a bank heist that USA Today calls “the greatest action scene of recent times.” It also offers “the most impressive collection of actors in one movie this year” (Newsweek). Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore and Ashley Judd are among the memorable supporting players in this tale of a brilliant L.A. cop (Pacino) following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by an equally brilliant master thief (De Niro).