Far from the Madding Crowd, The Good Lie, Monsters: Dark Continent, Top Five, The Decline of Western Civilisation: 31 Aug new DVDs

All’s fair in love, war, alien invasions and punk rock anarchy

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (12)
★★★

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Carey Mulligan escapes to the country as Thomas Hardy’s windswept heroine Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty in the sheep dip, or rolling around in the hay with the likes of Tom Sturridge. A pining Matthias Schoenaerts offers to buy her a piano instead. Ah, romance…

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE GOOD LIE (12)
★★★

Don’t judge a disc by its cover. Reese Witherspoon is just a supporting player in a moving and at times funny story of young Sudanese refugees who risk life and limb to begin a new life in America. A couple of the leading players are former child soldiers who have lived the story they’re telling.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT (15)
★★★★

Big alien squid things have spread from the Americas to the Middle East – as if they didn’t have enough to be getting along with over there. A gun-toting Johnny Harris and his ragtag army unit are aiming to serve up kalamari, chargrilled, in this sequel to Gareth Edwards 2010 sleeper hit.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


TOP FIVE (15)
★★★

Chris Rock walks around New York doing his standup material, within a loose narrative about a famous standup comedian (see what he did there?) who is second-guessing his decision to marry a reality TV star after meeting Rosario Dawson. If you’re not easily offended, you’ll get a kick out of this.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (18)
★★★★

Finally, after decades of waiting, it has arrived. No, not the end of the world, but Penelope Spheeris’s landmark documentary about the punk rock movement, which is being packaged up in a neat box set with the following two parts tracing the scene as it evolves. In. Your. Face.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download

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