Hitman: Agent 47, Ricki and the Flash, Sinister 2, and Dope: the holiday DVD round-up

Zachary plays catch-up, Meryl rocks, the boogeyman is back and the drugs don’t work

RICKI AND THE FLASH  (12)  Released 28 December
★★★

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From Iron Lady to Iron Maiden. Meryl Streep straps on a Fender to play the free-spirited singer and mother called back home by her straight-laced family to try and sort out a troubled daughter (Mamie Gummer). There’s nice support from Kevin Kline as her slightly uptight husband, and of course Meryl pulls it all off with aplomb.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


HITMAN: AGENT 47 (15)  Released 26 December
★★

Rupert Friend stars here as a genetically modified assassin and Zachary Quinto as the man trying to hunt him down. There’s lots of action but little soul, and the performances and plot are decidedly lacking. Ultimately it’s about as mechanical as the video game it’s based on.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


SINISTER 2 (15)  Released 28 December
★★

The dark force from the first film turns up at a house occupied by troubled Shannyn Sossamon and her twin sons and continues to wreak havoc in this uneven sequel. It’s more gloomy than scary and all gets a bit unsavoury in then end.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


DOPE (15)  Released 28 December
★★★★

A fast and furious crime caper in which a student unwittingly finds himself in possession of some high-quality drugs and has to negotiate between rival dodgy characters that want to get their hands on the stuff. It’s a more original than it sounds, and makes for a fun and enjoyable ride.

Formats: DVD and download


Also released on 28 December:

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP ★★★ Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf star in this thriller about a former activist who is forced to go on the run when a journalist discovers his identity.

THE TRANSPORTER REFUELLED ★★ The Stath has been replaced behind the wheel by Ed Skrein for the fourth in the franchise, but the non-stop action remains the same.

THE WOLFPACK ★★★ Documentary about six brothers locked away from society in a Manhattan apartment who learn about the world from movies.

 
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