What's out this week at JB Hi-Fi and the cinema.
ON DVD & BLU-RAY
Underworld: Blood Wars
When it comes to vampire/werewolf conflict, we'll take Underworld over Twilight every time; the franchise is as tenacious as its immortal vampires, having survived for 13 years and five films. The conflict between Vampires and Lycans heats up again in the aptly titled Blood Wars, in which Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is recruited by the Vampire elders to train an army in the ways of the Death Dealers.
The gaudily-hued little folk with backcombed hair have existed for some 60 years, entertaining kids and often horrifying parents. There’s no need for the latter to freak out about Trolls the movie, however, as it’s a hearty – and very colourful, naturally – slice of relentlessly happy musical kiddie fun with a few morsels for patient grown ups and original songs from Justin Timberlake. C'mon get happy and dance dance dance...
I, Daniel Blake
Following a heart attack, 59-year-old carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) finds himself out of work on doctor's orders and battling the circuitous inefficiency and bureaucracy of Britain’s job centre. Cinematic curmudgeon Ken Loach nabbed the Cannes Palme d’Or for this bleak yet brilliantly witty and sadly relevant flick.
Isabelle Huppert – in a Golden Globe-winning performance – plays a video game executive who is sexually assaulted by a masked assailant and decides to play her own obsessive game with her attacker. Director Paul Verhoeven's first feature in ten years is a bold and classy affair and one Elle of a ride.
AT THE CINEMA
Beauty and the Beast
Disney deliver something that wasn't there before. The tale as old as time is given a live-action makeover complete with creepy talking furniture and all the songs we know and love. Emma Watson is Belle, Dan Stevens is the Beast, Luke Evans is Gaston, and box office records are being broken. Read our review and be a guest on on March 23.
Go Go Power Rangers! The '90s kids TV series has been updated as a big screen superhero romp that's a coming-of-age story at heart. Mentored by Bryan Cranston no less, this fantastic five are tasked with saving the world from the evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). It's Morphin' time on March 23.
Alien meets Gravity in this slick science fiction thriller that pits Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal against an extraterrestrial life form that's loose aboard the International Space Station. Make contact on March 23.
The Boss Baby
In between impersonating Donald Trump on SNL, Alec Baldwin lent his voice to the titular infant in this animated comedy. Teaming up with his kid brother, he takes on an unscrupulous CEO and discovers why puppies are receiving more love and affection than babies. Look who's talking on March 23.