La La Land is new on DVD

15th May, 2017

New on DVD this week is multi-award-winning musical La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist named Sebastian who falls for aspiring actress Mia, played by Emma Stone. With nods to the Golden Age of Hollywood, this dazzling musical will have your film club dancing in the aisles!

Also released this week is emotional drama Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck, and video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, which sees Michael Fassbender taking on the role of an ancient assassin.

Whichever you see, be sure to leave us your reviews! And if you're in the mood for reviewing, check out our latest Review Writing Competition, themed around the upcoming International Music Day (21 June).

La La LandLa La Land 12 (11+)

Duration: 128mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Cinda Adams, J.K. Simmons, Amiée Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton, John Legend

Sebastian and Mia are two hopefuls of many within the city of Los Angeles, chasing their respective dreams under the bright lights of Hollywood. He, a musician, longs to own a jazz bar, whilst she has aspirations of becoming a renowned actress, though both work uninspiring jobs while attempting to turn desire into reality. After several encounters, they soon embark upon a whirlwind romance which seems to bring about a change in fortunes for the couple. However, success brings its own complications, and each must decide what it is they need to be truly happy. La La Land is an unashamedly sentimental musical, referencing the Golden Age of Hollywood, with superb chemistry between its two leads.

Related Films: Singin' in the Rain, An American In Paris, The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, The Artist

Manchester by the SeaManchester by the Sea 15 (16+)

Duration: 137mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Casey AffleckMichelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Liam McNeill

Handyman Lee Chandler is living in Boston doing odd jobs, drinking too much and getting into bar-room scuffles. When his older brother dies very suddenly, Lee is forced to return to his hometown in order to take care of funeral arrangements and  to his surprise  take over as legal guardian to his teenage nephew Patrick. Despite the protests of Patrick, who is desperate to remain with his friends, Lee is adamant that they return to Boston as soon as possible. But as time draws on, it becomes increasingly clear that Lee will have to confront the past that haunts him in Manchester-by-the-Sea, even if that involves coming to terms with the most painful grief imaginable. This drama deals with difficult human emotions beautifully and elegantly, finding space for humour amongst the darkness.

Related Films: The Sweet Hereafter, Gone Baby Gone, Margaret, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Assassin's CreedAssassin's Creed 12 (14+)

Duration: 115mins
Year: 2016
Director(s)Justin Kurzel
CastMichael FassbenderMarion CotillardJeremy IronsBrendan GleesonEssie DavisMichael Kenneth Williams

Criminal Cal Lynch is rescued from execution by members of an organisation called the Templar Order. Believing Cal’s ancestor is Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition and an enemy of the Templar Order, they force Cal into a Virtual Reality world where he must become an Assassin in order to leak them information. Based on a well-known video game series, this is an action-packed fantasy adventure immersed in world of secret societies, an oppressive government and radicals in search of free will.

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