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LUCY AND OTHER DVDS OUT THIS FORTNIGHT

Settling in for a Friday night at home? Here’s what to watch over the next couple of weeks…

 

It's definitely not a Banksy I Image: Sony

Deliver Us From Evil

Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn

Bana – why isn’t he a bigger star? – slums it as a cop who gets caught up in a case which seems demonic, alongside Ramirez (another fantastic actor paying off his mortgage for the year) as a priest. Director Scott Derrickson knows how to handle scares, so this is effective if not exactly revelatory. It’s earned Derrickson a promotion though – he’ll next take on Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

Life Of Crime

Don't think anyone's going to be emulating that hairdo, Jen I Image: Lionsgate

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Isla Fisher

Little seen at the cinema, this is the kind of ensemble caper movie it’s always nice to happen up on DVD. An amazing cast including Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins star in an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, which is essentially a prequel to Jackie Brown. In other words, you can see Mos Def being a young Samuel L Jackson.

The Rover

I told you, I'm not a vampire I Image: Entertainment One

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce, Scoot McNairy

Once again doing his best to shrug off his vampiric past, Pattinson stars in the Aussie action drama set in the scorching Aussie outback. It’s a anti-buddy road movie of sorts and is compelling.

Lucy

No, it's not the Matrix even if it looks a bit like it I Image: Universal

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Interestingly, this OTT actioner from the not-generally-restrained Luc Besson is starting to show up on a lot of people’s end-of-year best lists. Not because it’s a work of art, but because it’s totally mad, totally kickass and just, well, never lets go. It’s also utterly nonsensical, but who cares?

Leviathan

Once, I caught one THIS big! I Image: Sony

Starring: Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov

The picture is misleading, because, like the 1989 film of the same name, it looks as though this movie is about a giant sea monster. It’s not. It’s about small-town corruption on the Russia coast, which may not sound as fun as battling underwater creatures, but is brilliantly done nonetheless.

Dead Snow 2

I think we've invaded the wrong country I Image: Entertainment One

Starring: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr

More Nazi zombies. There, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said about this sequel, which once again has some good guys (including former Freaks & Geeks actor Starr) battling the Nazi undead amongst the white stuff. As bonkers and hilarious as it sounds, especially when we tell you that this time, the first film’s survivor (who cut his own arm off to avoid being infected) has had it replaced with that of his SS zombie nemesis.

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