What's out this week at JB Hi-Fi and the cinema.
ON DVD & BLU-RAY
Imagine taking both Riggs and Murtaugh from the Lethal Weapon movies and rolling them into one character. That basically sums up Mel Gibson's ex-con dad in this thrill-a-minute action blast, in which he hits the road with his estranged daughter who's crossed some very bad dudes. Boasting kinetic direction from Jean-François Richet and a fine supporting turn by William H. Macy, Mad Mel is most definitely back!
Zach Galifianakis plays an armoured truck driver who teams up with Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson to raid his employer's vault. What could possibly go wrong? Loosely based on a 1997 US$17 million armoured car heist, this all-star comedy caper from the director of Napoleon Dynamite swaps crass for clever and is worth watching simply for a wondrously weird turn from Kate McKinnon.
AT THE CINEMA
Natalie Portman plays Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in director Pablo Larrain's portrait of the iconic First Lady. The film is structured around Theodore H. White's LIFE magazine interview with her in the week following the assassination of JFK, and recounts how she coped in the aftermath of the tragedy. Portman's terrific performance is a major contender this awards season. In cinemas Jan 12.
X-Men's Lucas Till stars as a high schooler who discovers there's more under his customised truck's hood than an engine, in this action-comedy from Ice Age director Chris Wedge. Taking its title quite literally, Till's new vehicular accessory is a squid-like creature with a need for speed and big tyres. Perfect school holiday fare for the whole family. In cinemas Jan 12
In a twist on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, grieving father Will Smith comes to terms with the loss of his child by penning letters to Death, Love and Time, who show up in the form of Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jacob Latimore, respectively. The cracking cast also includes Kate Winslet and Edward Norton. Swap the popcorn for a handful of tissues should you decide to check out this shamelessly sentimental tearjerker. In cinemas Jan 12.