The Judge and other DVDs out this week
Our recommendations for what to watch at home this week
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Downey Jr steps away from the Iron Man suit to play a cocky lawyer (could he play another kind?) who finds himself embroiled in family drama when he returns to his hometown. Duvall scored an Oscar nomination as his dad (and the titular jurist) and the chemistry crackles between the pair, even if the story feels a bit familiar.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rene Russo
Not your usual Hollywood fare, this drama sees Gyllenhaal in brilliant form yet again as a, well, a sociopath really, who is desperate to make it as a video news journalist and will stop at nothing for success. A morality play, as well as a social commentary about the current state of the media, it’s shocking, gritty and won’t let you go. Plus it’s great to see Russo get her teeth into something juicy.
Starring: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen
People have been shocked by its absence from most of the major film prize categories and certainly director Mike Leigh will be disappointed that his character study of the great painter hasn’t been recognised more. But Spall is fantastic as the grunty protagonist and you don’t have to like Turner – or even art in general – to appreciate the movie.
Starring: Paddy Considine, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
One of those triumphant true-life stories that British cinema does so well, this is entertaining and well-crafted, but maintains a sense of gravity about the tragic circumstances surrounding it. The cast gels beautifully and we dare you not to have a small lump in your throat by the time the final scene comes around.