Category: DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Reviews

Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt

16 May 2016-05-16

  Out This Week     The Big Short (Paramount, cert 15) What is a mortgage backed security, a sub-prime loan or a credit default swap? At an early stage in this hugely entertaining film about the financial crash of 2007, Ryan Gosling’s voiceover admits it’s confusing and exclaims, “so

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Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

9 May 2016-05-09

  Out This Week     Room (StudioCanal, cert 15) Starting with 2004’s Adam & Paul, then continuing with Garage, What Richard Did and even in the comedic, less typical Frank, director Lenny Abrahmson has given us a series of intense psychological dramas examining human relationships under stress. Room continues

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Hayato Ichihara and Lily Frankie in Yakuza Apocalypse

2 May 2016-05-02

Out This Week     A War (StudioCanal, cert 15) The Danes do Afghanistan in a bloody, tense drama that takes a left turn about halfway through. That’s after we’ve been given a long immersive bath in war at its foggiest, leadership at its most difficult, focusing on Pilou Asbaek’s company

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Liron Ben Shlush and Dana Ivgy in Next to Her

25 April 2016-04-25

  Out This Week   Joy (Fox, cert 15) Joy tells the story of Joy Mangano, a real-life Mrs Mop who, as a young woman, invented the Miracle Mop and who went on to become the CEO of her own company. Joy is the bright kid whose early promise and

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Chris Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker – In the Heart of the Sea

18 April 2016-04-18

  Out This Week In the Heart of the Sea (Warner, cert 12) Why have one sea adventure when you can have them all? Though ostensibly about the incident that inspired the writing of Moby Dick, In the Heart of the Sea also takes shots at Jaws, Mutiny on the

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BB-8 and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars the Force Awakens

11 April 2016-04-11

  Out This Week     Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Disney, cert 12) You don’t go to a Rolling Stones gig to hear new tunes. And you don’t turn out for Star Wars – reboot or not – for new stories. And yet. JJ Abrams, having done a remarkable

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Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine

4 April 2016-04-04

  Out This Week   Tangerine (Metrodome, cert 15) A few weeks ago it was Tangerines, a blunt, austere Estonian/Georgian film about the conflict in Abkhazia. Now it’s in the singular, Tangerine, an over the top film about life in another conflict zone – on the crack-whorey streets of modern

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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol

21 March 2016-03-21

  Out This Week   Carol (StudioCanal, cert 15) Todd Haynes’s biggest success to date has been 2002’s Far from Heaven, the period-fanatical story of forbidden gay love giddy with the melodrama of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows and starring Dennis Quaid, Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert. It’s tempting

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Thomas Bair and Sarah Bolger in Emelie

14 March 2016-03-14

  Out This Week     The Dressmaker (EV, cert 12) Husband and wife team Jocelyn Moorhouse (director/writer) and PJ Hogan (co-writer) hit us with a curious mix of the comic, the tragic and the romantic, a flawed star vehicle for Kate Winslet, delivering a vaudevillian spin on her latterday

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Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Sarah Dumont in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

7 March 2016-03-07

  Out This Week     Steve Jobs (Universal, cert 15) Walking in to watch this film on the last day of the London Film Festival, I was struck by the number of people in the cinema, waiting for the lights to go down, who were absorbed in their tablets,

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