GET HARD AND THE BEST OF AUGUST’S DVDS
Buddy comedies, Will Ferrell in cornrows and hey, Liam Neeson in an action film? Get out of town! We take a look at the best movies on DVD this month
Starring: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
Putting Ferrell and Hart together is a good idea, even if it’s not quite as funny as you hope it might be. You’re pulling for a classic, instead there’s some solid laughs in the tale of a millionaire (Ferrell) who is jailed for fraud and offensively turns to the nearest black guy to prepare him for life inside. Of course, said African-American is just a regular Joe – a car-washer looking to expand his business and improve his family’s life. There are some funny set pieces and if you’re fans of either comedian, you’ll enjoy this.
Run All Night
Starring: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris
Neeson continues his action jag with a slightly darker tale about a Mob enforcer who faces a crisis when his son is kidnapped. There’s great support from Harris as an Irish mafia boss and some good shootouts, even if it’s not quite up to the standards of the first Taken.
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Anyone with teenage daughters will know the obsession they have with this series, adapted from Veronica Roth’s books. In this second instalment, Tris is fully embroiled in the war between factions and being a sequel, that means bigger explosions and some tough decisions. Watch it and find something to chat about with your teen.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Bruce Greenwood
This doesn’t have the moral complexity of something like The Hurt Locker, but there are some interesting philosophical questions at play in the story of a drone operator who starts to seriously think about what he’s doing. Hawke continues to impress as an actor and coming from the mind of the guy who created The Truman Show, it will guarantee debate.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand
You’ll probably have missed this hilarious gem at the cinema, since it basically got no release whatsoever. Make sure you catch up with it on DVD – it’s fantastic. Bateman is a middle-aged screw-up who flaunts the rules of a children’s spelling competition and signs up himself. There, he angers the organisers and befriends – reluctantly – a young Indian-American – who’s as desperate for companionship as he is to win the prize. The result is a witty and uncompromising buddy comedy.