This Week's New DVDs: May 15th 2017
La La Land, Assassin's Creed, Manchester By The Sea and The Affair are among this week's new releases on DVD.
La La Land
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in this musical, which has been written and directed by Whiplash's Damien Chazelle and also features John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence in the cast.
La La Land tells the story of Gosling's Sebastian and Stone's Mia. Sebastian is a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, while Mia is an aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions. The pair meet and fall in love, but, as they find success, things get very complicated.
20th Century Fox
Michael Fassbender leads this hugely anticipated blockbuster adaptation of the computer game franchise.
Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a descendant of the secret Assassins society who is tasked to unlock genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain, memories that will prepare him to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.
He is joined in the movie by Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed. Justin Kurzel, who worked with Fassbender and Cotillard on Macbeth, is on directorial duties.
Manchester By the Sea
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges star in this tough drama, which has been written and directed by Margaret's Kenneth Lonergan.
The movie follows Affleck’s Lee, who is forced to return to his sleepy hometown when his older brother dies and leaves him as the sole guardian of his nephew.
It earned Affleck a Best Actor Oscar and Lonergan the award for Best Original Screenplay and you can read our interview with the cast here.
Paramount Home Entertainment
The fourth season of Liev Schreiber's compelling drama about Ray Donovan, the professional fixer for the rich and famous, gets a release this week.
Denise Richards and Dolph Lundgren star in this action thriller about a thief and an FBI agent who find themselves bound together on a transatlantic flight.
King Charles III
Rupert Goold directs this BBC adaptation of Mike Bartlett's controversial play. It stars Tim Pigott-Smith as the newly crowned King Charles III, who, when presented with a controversial new bill which is awaiting his royal assent before it can become law, refuses to sign and throws parliament into disarray as a result.
Timothy Spall and Juno Temple lead this drama about a middle-aged man, crippled by alcoholism, and a young woman on the run from an abusive relationship, who wind up becoming friends under the lights in Blackpool.
High Fliers Video Distribution
This sci-fi thriller follows a group of teenagers who venture into the woods of northern California for a camping trip, in a remote area of the so-called Emerald Triangle, which is notorious for alien abductions and strange goings-on. When the rumours prove true, they're forced to call in some help, specifically from Dolph Lungren's Derek.
Ethan Hawke and Paul Giamatti star in this brutal baseball drama. It follows a Major League pitcher who loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist.
Rise of the Gladiators
Stefano Milla directs this fantasy action bloodbath about a tournament where warriors of different world compete for eternal glory.