What's out this week at JB Hi-Fi and the cinema.
ON DVD & BLU-RAY
Sorry number crunchers, but a movie simply about accountancy would be tedious. Fortunately this star-powered thriller sees intrigue piled upon intrigue, as Ben Affleck cooks the books for criminals while staying one step ahead of the Treasury Department. It all adds up to more blistering action than you’d reasonably expect from a crime drama.
Sherlock: Series 4
The darkest season of Sherlock to date features a new arrival for Watson and Mary, and Sherlock confronting his demons across three movie-length episodes. ‘The Six Thatchers’ involves ex-PM Maggie and a classic Holmesian mystery, ‘The Lying Detective’ features both cereal and serial killer, while the finale ‘The Final Problem’ is a trip.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
An origin story about the demonic mother and sisters who wreaked havoc in Ouija, this prequel is a big improvement on the first film, with director Michael Flanagan (Occulus, Hush) delivering some effective jump scares and young Lulu Wilson as a suitably scary possessed child. Fans of The Conjuring should check this out.
Luke – son of Ridley – Scott directs this sci-fi thriller, and we reckon daddy would be proud, if not itching to give the kid a few pointers. A risk assessment specialist (Kate Mara) arrives at a remote location to investigate an issue with an artificial human prototype (Split's Anya Taylor-Joy), which has gone rogue. Ex Machina meets slasher movie.
AT THE CINEMA
The Great Wall
It appears the Great Wall of China was built to keep more than just rabbits out. Survivors of a European mercenary group are taken prisoner at the historical site, where they learn that a monstrous force is about to hit the Great Wall. The impending invasion convinces one of the mercs to join the Eastern warriors in their fight. Matt Damon, dragons, and dazzling big screen spectacle from director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). Feb 16.
Hidden deep in the segregated division of NASA, a group of incredibly smart women are extremely under-appreciated and not even given the time of day in their professional roles. That is until their mathematical calculations prove crucial to the success of a historic mission launch. Not to be confused with Hidden Fences, this feel-good true story is nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture. Feb 16.
A new Martin Scorsese film is always an event and this religious drama is a passion project for the director, which has been gestating for 28 years. Closer in tone to Kundun than The Wolf of Wall Street, it's also the director's first film in years that doesn't star Leonardo DiCaprio. Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield star as Jesuit priests in search of their mentor (Liam Neeson) in the Japanese jungle, where their attempts to convert the locals is met with savage persecution. Feb 16.