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 Land 12 (11+)
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.
Manchester by the Sea 15 (16+)
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.
Assassin's Creed 12 (14+)
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.Return to all posts
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