Still Alice, Focus, Second Coming: 6 July’s new DVDs

Julianne Moore succumbs to Alzheimer's, Will Smith and Margot Robbie go grifting, and Idris Elba questions his wife's fidelity

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STILL ALICE (12)
★★★

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Julianne Moore scooped every best actress award earlier this year for her portrayal of a university professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In a sad postscript to this heartfelt drama, co-director/writer Richard Glatzer died from neurodegenerative disease ALS in March. The film remains a fitting epitaph. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


FOCUS (15)
★★

Will Smith plays the old pro and Margot Robbie the alluring rookie in this twisting conman caper. Sure you’ve seen it all before, but the story moves pleasingly between New Orleans, Buenos Aires and New York, while the sleight-of-hand moves and trickster scams are expertly handled. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


SECOND COMING (15)
★★★★

The story of the immaculate conception is transplanted to 21st-century London in this drama, with Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba adopting the Mary and Joseph roles. Surprisingly, writer/director Debbie Tucker Green’s film doesn’t go down the religious path, opting instead to reveal its mysteries in a more secular and grounded fashion. 

Formats: DVD and download


BLACK COAL, THIN ICE (15)
★★★★

If you thought the Nordic provinces held sway over contemporary noir, think again. This Chinese detective story sees a disgraced former cop investigating a case similar to the one that lost him his job. But soon the body parts begin mounting up again. 

Formats: DVD and download


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THE BOY NEXT DOOR  ★★

HYENA  ★★★

THE WEDDING RINGER  ★★

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RETURN TO SENDER  ★★