Gone Girl, Maps to the Stars, The Face of Love: 2 February’s new DVDs reviewed

In this week’s releases: Ben Affleck is suspected of murder, David Cronenberg tears into Hollywood, and Annette Bening falls for Ed Harris, twice

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GONE GIRL (18)
★★★★

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Whether you’ve read Gillian Flynn’s bestseller or not, director David Fincher ensures this mystery thriller grips from start to finish. In an impeccable cast, Oscar- and Bafta-nominated Rosamund Pike stands out as the “gone girl” of the title, while Ben Affleck bags his best role since Argo as her media-hounded husband.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


MAPS TO THE STARS (18)
★★★★

David Cronenberg turns the camera on Tinseltown itself for this ensemble effort. You can always count on the Canadian director to deliver something rich and strange, and this is no exception, with an insufferable child star (Evan Bird), a neurotic ageing actress (Julianne Moore) and a chauffeur with actorly ambitions (Robert Pattinson) all thrown into the mix.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE FACE OF LOVE (15)
★★★

A tale of romance with a twist, this finds Annette Bening pursuing a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to her late husband, with Ed Harris playing the dual roles. A less-abrasive, gender-swapped version of Vertigo plays out, with Robin Williams also making one of his final screen appearances.

Formats: DVD and download


IF I STAY (12)
★★

Chloe Grace Moretz dispenses with those Kick-Ass c-bombs for this teary teen movie. She stars as a girl with a bright future whose family is involved in a car accident that leaves her in a coma. Caught between this life and the next, our heroine must decide where she belongs. Expect big girly blubs with this one.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


LIFE AFTER BETH (15)
★★

What’s worse than your girlfriend dying in a tragic snake-bite incident? Her returning from the grave as a zombie, of course. Not that Dane DeHaan minds – he’s just glad to have her back. That is, until she starts acting all weird and, well, like a zombie. As off-kilter as it sounds, this rom-zom-com provides some fun moments, with Aubrey Plaza stealing the show as the undead Beth. 

Format: DVD, Blu-ray and download



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