July 8, 2018

This Week's New DVDs: July 9th 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

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This Week's New DVDs: July 9th 2018

Red Sparrow, Lean On Pete and Killing Gunther are among this week's new releases on DVD. 

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

20th Century Fox

Jennifer Lawrence takes centre stage in this dark new action thriller.

The movie is an adaptation of Jason Matthews' best-selling novel, which follows Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina turned state intelligence officer.

Despite her reservations, Egorov is drafted to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service and asked to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence.

Co-starring alongside Lawrence are Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Mary Louise Parker and Charlotte Rampling.

The movie has been directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed Lawrence in three of the four Hunger Games movies. Snitch scribe Justin Haythe has written the script.

Click here to read our full preview. 

Lean On Pete

Lean On Pete

Curzon Artificial Eye

Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Zahn star in this tender drama.

The story follows 15-year-old Charley, who has just moved with his Father to Portland, Oregon. With his Father struggling with personal demons, Charley finds camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an ageing quarter horse named Lean On Pete.

Andrew Haigh, writer and director of Looking and 45 Years, takes charge. 

Click here to read our full preview. 

Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Thunderbird Releasing

Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Ewen Leslie and Sam Neill come together for this dust in throat drama.

Set in Australia in 1929, the movie follows Sam, a middle-aged Aborigine man who becomes a wanted criminal after a violent altercation with a bitter war veteran.

After he is forced to flee across the harsh desert country, he pursued by a hunting party led by the local lawman, who plans to ruthlessly hunt him down. 

Killing Gunther

Killing Gunther

Spirit Entertainment Ltd

Saturday Night Live regular Taran Killam directs, writes and stars alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Moynihan, Hannah Simone and Cobie Smulders in this action spectacular.

The movie follows eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world's greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead...

Liverpool FC: End of Season Review 2017/2018

Liverpool FC: End of Season Review 2017/2018

Spirit Entertainment Ltd

Liverpool's hugely entertaining, but ultimately heartbreaking run to the Champions' League Final as well as their gallop to a Premier League top four finish are documented in this season review DVD. 

Dark Crimes

Dark Crimes

Signature Entertainment

Jim Carrey stars in this dark drama about a police detective, who is working on the murder of a slain businessman. Struggling for leads, he turns to clues found in an author's book about an eerily similar crime

Martis Csokas and Charlotte Gainsbourg co-star alongside Carrey. 

Allure

Allure

Eureka Entertainment Ltd

Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood leads the way in this tense drama. 

Wood plays Laura, who convinces 16-year-old Eva, a talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother imposes upon her to run away to live with her. From there, the pair build an intense, but ultimately destructive relationship. 

Dogged

Dogged

Left Films

Sam Saunders, Toby Wynn-davies, Rosemary Smith and Tony Manders team up for this grizzly horror.

The film follows young Sam, who returns home to the remote British island where he grew up to attend a funeral. 

Sadly, he soon discovers that the seedy underbelly of this small community harbours more than just a few secrets and he's in the middle of it all...

Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Vertigo Releasing

Liam Neeson stars in the political drama, he plays Mark Felt, who became the notorious 'Deep Throat', the anonymous source for reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and helped them in the investigation which led them to the Watergate scandal. 

Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn and Ike Barinholtz co-star, with Concussion/Parkland writer/director Peter Landesman behind the camera.

In Darkness

In Darkness

Universal Pictures

Hunger Games and Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer writes and stars in this tense thriller, working alongside director and real-life partner Anthony Byrne. 

Dormer as a blind pianist named Sofia who hears a disturbance in the flat upstairs that leads to the death of her neighbour. Sofia soon finds herself pulled into London's criminal underworld as those responsible attempt to tie up any loose ends that could lead police to her killers, including her visually impaired neighbour.

Starring alongside Dormer is a cast that includes Ed Skrein, Emily Ratajkowski, Joely Richardson and Neil Maskill.

Red

Red

High Fliers

This Russian historical drama follows the largely unknown story about the Russian Red Army's entire units of dogs.

Having survived the German onslaught during World War II, they were then sent to the front line. This is their story. 

Scales

Scales

High Fliers

Elisabeth Rohm, Jack Grazer and Morgan Fairchild team up for this drama.

It tells the story of Siren Phillips, as lived her whole life thinking she's an ordinary girl, but on the eve of her 12th birthday, discovers she might be anything but...

Con Man

Con Man

Matchbox Films

Mark Hamill, Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Carlos Ayala and Justin Baldoni lead this high-octane thriller

Baldoni plays Barry Minkow, the youngest person ever to defraud Wall Street and a lifelong con man. This is his extraordinary life story.

An Act of War

An Act of War

New Horizon Films

Ryan M. Kennedy writes and directs this tough drama about a war veteran who is trying to put his life back together, but soon finds himself drawn into addiction and violence.