Monday, 27 March 2017

DVD Roundup: Niffler edition

There's a lot of people out there who are hungry for their next fix of J.K. Rowling's wizarding fix. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes the action back to the 1920s and over the pond to New York City, and stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a floppy-haired wizard who unwittingly lets a suitcase full of creatures loose. Some plot points aren't tied up by the films conclusion, which is a bit frustrating, but with four extra sequels planned, hopefully the loose ends will be tied up in a fantastical ending. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Surprisingly, for a teen high school comedy, The Edge of Seventeen is sustaining some pretty good reviews. Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, in her cinematic debut, we see Hailee Steinfeld seek solace from her increasing awkwardness from a new friend. Praised for its witty and touching script, The Edge of Seventeen seems like a movie not to dismiss too quickly.

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, Paterson stars Adam Driver as a understated bus driver who harbours a secret desire to be a poet. Different reviews praise it for being a "treasure", while others call it "contrived". Either way, its a modest, meditative film that you'll have to make your own mind about.

Just about making its money back at the box office, Bleed For This stars Miles Teller as a boxer Vinny Pazienza, who managed to make a comeback to the ring a year after breaking his neck in a car accident and being told he'll never be able to walk again. The plot may be predictable, despite being based on a true story, but is probably worth a watch for its noticeable cast, at least.

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