Fury, Effie Grey, Serena: 23 February’s new DVDs reviewed

Brad Pitt brings out the big guns, young bride Dakota Fanning wants to break free, while Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper fight for their future

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FURY (15)
★★★★

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Having already won the war in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt is back nipping Nazi heels in the guise of tank commander “Wardaddy” Collier in David Ayer’s gruelling action movie. As Pitt and his crew rumble through the German heartland during the final days of the Reich, you can bet that not everyone is going to make it out alive.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


EFFIE GRAY (12)
★★★★

If you’ve seen Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, you’ll remember its depiction of art critic John Ruskin as an insufferable bore. Ruskin’s own relationship with his teenage bride takes centre stage in this period piece, which stars Dakota Fanning as the sidelined spouse trapped in a loveless marriage.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


SERENA (15)
★★★

An exquisite-looking period piece like they used to make ’em, Susanne Bier’s film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as newlyweds in North Carolina. However, the couple’s timber business is threatened by the Great Depression, while there are more personal worries regarding Lawrence’s inability to conceive.  

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


LIFE ITSELF (E)
★★★★

Having earned his spurs as a newsman and penned the screenplay for the notorious Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Roger Ebert went on to become the most famous film critic in the US. The Pulitzer prize-winning writer remained a force to be reckoned with – despite his failing health – until his death in 2013. This documentary tells his story, and isn’t just for film buffs.

Formats: DVD and download


KUNG FU KILLER (15)
★★★

Donnie Yen has been one of Asia’s biggest martial arts star for years, with the Ip Man movies among his greatest hits (and kicks). This crime movie finds him on the trail of a serial killer who is killing the best of the best to become the number one fighter. The plot won’t tax your brain, so you can concentrate fully on the eye-popping action.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


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