New on DVD and Blu-ray – 10th August 2015

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Apologies for the late arrival of this regular Sunday piece. Fantastic Four temporarily made me lose the will to write

Pick of the Week

Timbuktu (12)

Why it’s our pick of the week: An acclaimed drama and future pub quiz answer, Timbuktu is the first ever film from Mauritania to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The tale of Jihadi oppression absolutely cleaned up at France’s prestigious Cesar Awards

And, well, it was always going to be Pick of the Week when you see what it’s up against…

Best of the Rest

Get Hard (15) A strong contender for worst film of the year, in a year which saw the release of a Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel. Read our full review here
The Water Diviner (15) Russell Crowe directs Russell Crowe playing Russell Crowe, in this tale of an Australian farmer who travels to the battlefields of Gallipoli to retrieve the bodies of his dead sons
Dear White People (15) Satire about four black students at an overwhelmingly white Ivy League college, for which the word ‘inoffensive’ is both an accurate description and something of a failing
Robot Overlords (15) B-movie from the Snakes on a Plane school of movie titling. Starring Sir Ben Kingsley, unbelievably enough
Run All Night (15) The latest entry in the burgeoning “Liam Neeson punching things” genre. Can’t possibly be as bad as Taken 3
3 Nights in the Desert (15) Coming-of-age drama – specifically, the age of 30 – starring three friends who spend, you guessed it, three nights in the desert
A Second Chance (15) Danish drama with Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a father confronted with some difficult choices
Age of the Dead (18) Shockingly bad cannibal virus horro
Big Driver (15) Stephen King adaptation about an author (Mario Bello) who seeks revenge after a brutal attack
Cottage Country (15) Canadian comedy which opens with a man accidentally committing an axe murder, and just gets funnier from there
Dark Horse (15) Film4-backed darling of the festival circuit, telling the story of a Maori ex-gang member who finds a way to give back to his community
Everly (18) Violent Selma Hayek-based thriller which only hit cinemas last month, but secured a quick DVD debut thanks to a limited and financially underwhelming cinema release – it took just £160 at UK box offices
Glassland (15) Gritty, Dublin-based human trafficking drama with Toni Collette and rumoured future Pennywise Will Poulter
It’s All So Quiet (12) Dutch drama film which has left me with a shit-awful Bjork song stuck in my head. Unforgivable
Les Combattants (15) French comedy-drama – known by the marvellous title of Love at First Fight in the USA – which tells the story of a man who falls for a doomsday prepper
She’s Funny That Way (15) Screwball comedy about the intertwined lives of the cast of a Broadway play – all of Birdman‘s smugness with none of the visual flair
Sinister House (18) Low budget horror of the week! Three sisters hide out in a house haunted by their dead parents, at which point predictable horror shenanigans ensue
Snow in Paradise (18) British drama dealing with tough subjects like drug addiction, gang violence and a conversion to Islam. And snow, presumably. Though that may just be referring to the drugs
Station to Station (12) Bold experiment which takes the ‘portmanteau film’ genre to its logical conclusion, stringing together 60-plus one-minute films into a single coherent whole. Well, a single whole anyway
The Burning (15) Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a Rambo-esque folk hero who metes out jungle-based justice against some evil mercenaries. Specifically, a Rambo III-esque hero
The Night Crew (15) Thriller featuring the incredibly promising cast of Danny Trejo, Luke Goss and Jason Mewes. It’s what it’s promising that’s the problem


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