Category: DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Reviews

Tadanobo Asano (in horse's head) and Nathalia Acevedo in Ruined Heart

7 December 2015-12-07

  Out This Week   Trainwreck (Universal, cert 15) Amy Schumer takes that slightly fey, dizzy-smart, passive-aggressive female comedy type (Greta Gerwig, Lena Dunham, Jenny Slate, Desiree Akhavan) and sticks a rocket up front and back passages in this very New York and very funny comedy. Schumer is the journalist

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Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

30 November 2015-11-30

  Out Now     Ant-Man (Disney, cert 12) I’ve never signed up to the notion that Edgar Wright was the author of the Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End). That was Simon Pegg, clearly. But even so he was a vital component, and the news

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Tom Cruise hangs onto a cargo plane in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

23 November 2015-11-23

Out This Week     Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount, cert 12) Tom Cruise’s desire to be James Bond really gets the better of him in M:I5, a flabby action spectacular which has visited Vienna, London, Langley, Paris and Havana within its first 20 minutes or so, right after

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The Minions hitch a ride

16 November 2015-11-16

Out This Week     Minions (Universal, cert U) By the end of the first Despicable Me film, Gru, the archetypal bad guy, had been exposed as a bit of softie, which left Despicable Me 2 with nowhere to go, in terms of jokes about bad guys wheezing despicably and

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Saoirse the kelpie goes for a swim

9 November 2015-11-09

  Out This Week     Song of the Sea (StudioCanal, cert PG) The Irish tricolour is firmly nailed to the mast in the follow-up to Tomm Moore’s animation The Secret of Kells – opening and end credits are in Gaelic – a whimsical tale of a young lad unaware

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Amy Winehouse

2 November 2015-11-02

  Out This Week   Amy (Universal, cert 15) Amy is a misery-memoir documentary about the singer Amy Winehouse, whose life ended at the age of 27 after she drank herself to death – years of bulimia had rendered her body too weak to cope with booze as well as

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Jacir Eid and Hussein Salameh in Theeb (aka Wolf)

26 October 2015-10-26

  Out This Week   Theeb (New Wave, cert 12) Jordan’s contender for this year’s Best Foreign language Oscar is, somewhat unexpectedly, an old school adventure story, the sort of thing Rider Haggard would recognise, set in a Lawrence of Arabia desert and starring Jacir Eid as a Bedouin kid.

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Michael Fassbender shaves Kodi Smit-McPhee in Slow West

19 October 2015-10-19

  Out This Week   Slow West (Lionsgate, cert 15) One of the best westerns for some time, Slow West plays with the tropes of the pulp magazines that first connected the Old West with a reading public – the glamour, the danger, the hardship and the austere beauty are

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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in Mr Holmes

12 October 2015-10-12

  Out This Week     Mr Holmes (EOne, cert PG) A bit of a something and nothing here, with Ian McKellen playing a crusty 90-something Sherlock Holmes coming to terms with the loss of his faculties, wrapping up an old unsolved case (in flashback) and putting his remaining wits

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Britt Robertson in Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

5 October 2015-10-05

  Out This Week     Tomorrowland (Disney, cert 12) When did we give up on believing in the future? Can we believe again? Writer Damon Lindelof sets out to tackle the turn to postmodernism – the most significant philosophical cultural shift in the West for a century – in

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