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There can be few love­lier things than mak­ing it through an­other work­ing week and find­ing your­self with two whole days — not to men­tion three nights — to kick back on the sofa in your pants, with friends (also in their pants), pizza and some fine home en­ter­tain­ment. from Crim­son Peak to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Ñ Part 2, there is a plethora of rea­sons not to leave the house all week­end. To get you started, check out fin­d­any­, and don’t for­get to share your choices us­ing the hash­tag #Movie­week­ender. here are some of our rec­om­men­da­tions. You’re wel­come.

Black Mass

aka the re­turn of the real Johnny depp. the ac­tor is un­recog­nis­able and com­pletely mes­meris­ing as Whitey Bul­ger, the real-life Bos­ton-ir­ish gang­ster re­cruited by his child­hood pal, FBI agent John con­nolly (Joel edger­ton), to sup­ply in­tel for the Feds in re­turn for im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion for his own shady deal­ings. di­rec­tor scott cooper (Out Of The Fur­nace, Crazy Heart) paints an en­gross­ing pic­ture of the two men’s lives, up­ping the ante fur­ther as con­nolly is se­duced by the gang­ster life­style. a ter­rific sup­port­ing cast (stand­outs in­clude Bene­dict cum­ber­batch, Jesse Ple­mons, Ju­lianne ni­chol­son and dakota John­son) and a ’70s muted look make this is a richly re­ward­ing watch. Out on Dig­i­tal HD, DVD and Blu-ray on March 21.

The Lady In The Van

the best of Bri­tish over a funny, mov­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing 104 min­utes. adapted from alan Ben­nett’s play, it­self ripped from his own life, it charts the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the writer (a pitch­per­fect alex Jen­nings) and the ec­cen­tric pen­sioner (maggie smith) he lets stay in his drive af­ter the ‘lib­eral’ neigh­bours and coun­cil want her moved on. Ben­nett him­self is a qui­etly fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter, but the film is at its best when it de­liv­ers smith in full flow, Down­ton’s dowa­ger down­sized to a mo­bile home (a crème brûlée has never been ac­cepted with such glo­ri­ous dis­dain). chief Ben­nett in­ter­preter ni­cholas hyt­ner keeps it cosy, but never de­scends into sen­ti­ment. Out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 7.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

This time, it’s war... Af­ter the rel­a­tive wa­tertread­ing of Mockingjay — Part 1, Part 2 sees the Dis­tricts launch a ma­jor as­sault on the ru­ined Capi­tol, as Kat­niss (Jen­nifer Lawrence, still the fran­chise’s trump card) dodges booby traps amid the im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture on her mis­sion to bump off Pres­i­dent Snow (Don­ald Suther­land). In­ter­est­ingly for a block­buster it doesn’t shy from trauma or po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment, but also de­liv­ers fan­tas­tic ac­tion. A sad good­bye to Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, who ex­cels in his fi­nal mo­ments on film, and a fit­ting good­bye to our favourite trib­ute. Out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 21.

Crim­son Peak

A huge house. Windswept moors. A doomed love story. This is Gothic ro­mance Guillermo del Toro-style, a sump­tu­ous, scary, in­tox­i­cat­ing treat that blows the cob­webs off literary sta­ples. Mia Wasikowska plays an Amer­i­can nov­el­ist (named Cush­ing — very Ham­mer hor­ror) swept back to Bri­tain by a dash­ing baronet (Tom Hid­dle­ston) to start a new life in his im­pos­ing coun­try pile, where his un­hinged sis­ter (a ter­rific Jessica Chas­tain) is also res­i­dent. De­spite the ex­cel­lent A-list cast, the star is Allerdale Hall, a beau­ti­fully de­signed man­sion of menace — the walls bleed blood, for starters — and the sense of dread is tan­gi­ble. You’ll be check­ing un­der the floor­boards for days. Out on DVD and Blu-ray now.


Af­ter Skyfall, Sam Men­des re­turns for a sec­ond ex­hil­a­rat­ing ad­ven­ture with Mr. Bond. Trig­gered by a mes­sage from Judi Dench’s M (via video, not a ouija board), 007 (Daniel Craig) trav­els across the globe (Mex­ico, Aus­tria, Tang­iers, Mill­bank) on the trail of an or­gan­i­sa­tion so wicked it holds its board meet­ings in the dark. Sump­tu­ous to look at, it weaves to­gether dark, knotty threads from pre­vi­ous Craig-era Bond films but is also a glo­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion of what we love about the se­ries: great ac­tion (planes, trains and au­to­mo­biles), arch hu­mour, style in spades plus the re­turn of a cer­tain white cat. Roll on nu­mero 25. Out on Dig­i­tal HD, DVD and Blu-ray now.


On pa­per, it sounds like a wor­thy pe­riod drama, but Sarah Gavron’s evis­cer­at­ing fea­ture is any­thing but. Rather than present a top-down view of the Suf­fragette move­ment, Abi Mor­gan’s sharp, in­tel­li­gent screen­play finds a way in through Carey Mul­li­gan’s put-upon fac­tory worker who is slowly drawn into a fight she can’t ig­nore. Mul­li­gan is mov­ing as the woman try­ing to re­main true to new po­lit­i­cal con­vic­tions in the face of her old life, while Gavron’s work is equally im­pres­sive, the strug­gle shot with an en­ergy and ur­gency that out­strips most ac­tion films. What’s more, its much-dis­cussed end­ing high­lights how this is a bat­tle that is very much on­go­ing. Out on Dig­i­tal HD now. Out on DVD and Blu-ray on Fe­bru­ary 29.

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