Category: DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Reviews

Lauren McQueen in The Violators

25 July 2016-07-25

  Out This Week   Disorder (Soda, cert 15) Like Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Disorder is a love story masquerading as something else – a home-invasion thriller, in this case – and so is the perfect date movie for traditionally minded peeps. The casting is bang on. Matthias Schoenaerts,

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Catherine Frot as Marguerite

18 July 2016-07-18

    Out This Week   Marguerite (Picturehouse, cert 15) The story of the socialite who sang like a scalded cat is also told by the film Florence Foster Jenkins. But this is France, the singer has been renamed Marguerite and instead of Meryl Streep there’s Catherine Frot in the lead

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Tom Hiddleston in High-Rise

11 July 2016-07-11

  Out This Week   High-Rise (StudioCanal, cert 15) JG Ballard’s dystopian novels – Super-Cannes, Cocaine Nights and High Rise among them – tend to be long on premise, short on follow-through. That’s the case too in this film adaptation by Ben Wheatley, the British maverick director behind Sightseers. Set in

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Géza Röhrig in Son of Saul

4 July 2016-07-04

  Out This Week   Son of Saul (Curzon, cert 15) How do you make a film about the horrors of Auschwitz without it becoming exploitative misery porn? This Hungarian winner of the Cannes Grand Prix in 2015 does it by turning the horrors of the death camp into a

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George Clooney in Hail, Caesar

27 June 2016-06-27

  Out This Week   Hail, Caesar (Universal, cert 12) To describe the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar as a love letter to Hollywood is to understate the woozy, delirium of these two middle aged men as they planned and put it together. But then their entire career has been marked by a

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Bella Heathcote and Lily James in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

20 June 2016-06-20

  Out This Week     Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (Lionsgate, cert 15) And it is literally that… Pride & Prejudice… and zombies. Once the famous preamble – lightly scrambled – was out of the way, and I had been apprised of the fact that a zombie in possession of brains must

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Richard Jenkins and Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

13 June 2016-06-13

  Out This Week     Bone Tomahawk (The Works, cert 18) Someone somewhere described this as The Hills Have Eyes done as a western. That’s a good enough as a shorthand, but what that logline doesn’t quite capture is the amount of love and care – set design, locations, clothes, hair

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Deadpool, Warlord and Negasonic Teenage Warhead

6 June 2016-06-06

  Out This Week   Deadpool (Fox, cert 15) From the guys who wrote Zombieland, a similarly knowing and smart play in the genre pool, though this time it’s superheroes rather than the undead who get a prolonged playful kicking. The style is Honest Trailers – YouTube fanboys with brains

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Marcelo Alonso and Robert Fariás in The Club

30 May 2016-05-30

  Out This Week   The Club (Network, cert 18) Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín’s seething drama is set in a remote safe house where a group of disgraced Catholic priests are living under the steely eye of capable nun Sister Monica (Antonia Zegers). Life is simple and ordered, with the

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Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

23 May 2016-05-23

  Out This Week   The Revenant (Fox, cert 15) Last year Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Best Picture and Best Director Oscar for Birdman. The gongs have clearly gone slightly to his head and he now thinks he’s Terrence Malick. If there’s one thing this thrilling, frequently brutal and historically

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