Whiplash, Ex Machina, American Sniper: 1 June’s new DVDs

Miles Teller is a slave to the rhythm, Domhnall Gleeson falls for a fembot, and Bradley Cooper is bang on target

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WHIPLASH (15)
★★★★★

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JK Simmons no doubt had to buy a second mantelpiece after winning every gong going for this compelling drama. He captivates as the tyrannical tutor who pushes his college jazz band beyond the acceptable limits, while Miles Teller shows what an exciting talent he is as the rookie sticksman who rises to the challenge. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


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EX MACHINA (15)
★★★★

Love triangles don’t get any stranger than in this thriller, in which Domhnall Gleeson is invited by tech guru Oscar Isaac to his hi-tech home to check out his latest creation: a superior Artificial Intelligence given the female form of Alicia Vikander. But who of the three will prove to be the most human?

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


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AMERICAN SNIPER (15)
★★★★

Clint Eastwood celebrated his 85th birthday on 31 May, and this, his latest directorial effort, shows that he’s still very much at the top of his game. Bradley Cooper takes the lead in the true story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL with an unimpeachable service record, but who struggles to live a normal life away from the front lines. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


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SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (U)
★★★★

The Aardman gang has done it again with this cracking stop-motion animation, which sees Shaun and the flock leaving the safety of their farm home for an adventure in the big city. The visual gags come thick and fast in this all-but silent movie, so this is one that demands multiple viewings. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


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THE GAMBLER (15)
★★★

Mark Wahlberg ditches the beefcake look for this drama, in which he plays a college tutor with a serious gambling habit. The actor dropped 60 pounds for the role, and fortunately it wasn’t a wasted effort, as the emphasis here is more on brain than brawn.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

I AM BIG BIRD  ★★★

THE DEAD LANDS  ★★★★

LOST RIVER  ★★★

SWORD OF VENGEANCE  ★★


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