Kingsman: The Secret Service, Inherent Vice, Mortdecai: 8 June’s new DVDs

Colin Firth plays a dapper spy, Joaquin Phoenix is a dishevelled detective, while Johnny Depp's art expert is a complete liability

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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (15)
★★★★

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Following Kick-Ass, director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman adapt another Mark Millar comic strip, and the results are equally violent, funny and thrilling. Colin Firth plays the dapper agent who brings rough-and-ready teen Taron Egerton into the secret fold, while Samuel L Jackson masterminds his own man-made apocalypse.  

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


INHERENT VICE (15)
★★★★

From Boogie Nights to Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love to There Will Be Blood, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from director Paul Thomas Anderson. Here he reteams with The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix for a slice of sunny 70s LA noir, in which an unorthodox detective is drawn into a case as scrambled as his dope-addled brain. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


MORTDECAI (12)
★★

Rather unfairly given a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this breezy caper is actually lots of fun – if breezy capers are your thing. Johnny Depp (channeling Terry-Thomas) stars as the charming yet spineless aristo who is tasked with finding the whereabouts of a priceless Goya painting, else find himself detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure for failing to pay his taxes.  

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


TRASH (15)
★★★

Three street kids who work sifting rubbish in Rio make a discovery in the dirt that has the corrupt local law enforcement hot on their trail in this pacey adventure. It’s scripted by Richard Curtis and directed by Stephen Daldry, but avoids picture-postcard depictions of Carnival and Copacabana beach for the harsh realities of life in the city’s slums and favelas. The young heroic trio at the centre of the story were scouted out locally, adding authenticity to the tale. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE INTERVIEW (15)
★★★

The hoo-ha that greeted this comedy on its (eventual) release proved to be both a blessing and a curse. Sure it got noticed, but also over-scrutinised; after all it’s just a piece of dumb fun. Seth Rogen plays the TV producer and James Franco the cretinous host who score a coup when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agrees to appear on their news show. But then the CIA ask the hapless duo to “take out” the dictator – and not for a nice meal.  

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


SON OF A GUN (15)
★★★

It’s hard to recall a Ewan McGregor performance that last got the pulse racing, but that’s remedied with this Aussie crime flick. He plays it mean, rugged and manipulative as the jailed armed robber who helps a youngster (Brenton Thwaites) survive his six-month sentence unscathed, in return for getting the kid to bust him out of prison. Writer/director Julius Avery makes a good fist of his feature debut, so remember the name.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN  ★★★

JAUJA  ★★★★

KAJAKI. THE TRUE STORY  ★★★★

STORY OF RICKY (REISSUE)  ★★★★


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