three to see

Missed it at the cin­ema or on TV? We round up the best streaming and DVD re­leases of the week

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DUNKIRK (12)

DUNKIRK is a stun­ning mo­saic of per­sonal sto­ries of hard-fought tri­umph and ag­o­nis­ing de­feat against the sprawl­ing back­drop of the largest evac­u­a­tion of al­lied forces dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Di­rec­tor Christo­pher Nolan adopts a stripped back ap­proach to sto­ry­telling that jet­ti­sons di­a­logue for long se­quences.

The en­sem­ble cast is ex­cel­lent, in­clud­ing One Di­rec­tion dream­boat Harry Styles, left, who con­fi­dently hefts the emo­tional weight of one stand-off in a sink­ing boat.

Avail­able De­cem­ber 12 on down­load and streaming ser­vices, avail­able from De­cem­ber 18 on DVD £19.99.

THE HIT­MAN’S BODY­GUARD (15)

THE Hit­man’s Body­guard is a fit­fully en­ter­tain­ing, testos­terone-sat­u­rated romp that or­ches­trates may­hem around the frac­tious on-screen chem­istry of its two leads.

Ryan Reynolds, left, and Sa­muel L Jack­son rel­ish the potty-mouthed di­a­logue, but it’s co-star Salma Hayek who sinks her painted talons deep­est into ev­ery scene. She is a deliri­ous de­light as the lat­ter man’s snarling, sex-charged wife.

Avail­able from De­cem­ber 11 on down­load and streaming ser­vices, also avail­able from De­cem­ber 11 on DVD £19.99.

THE DARK TOWER (12)

BASED on Stephen King’s com­pelling se­ries of fan­tasy nov­els, The Dark Tower is a mud­dled odyssey that re­duces the au­thor’s mag­num opus to an un­in­volv­ing hy­brid of The Hunger Games and Di­ver­gent. A sprightly run­ning time leaves no room for char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment, and the ema­ci­ated script fails to make ex­plicit the stakes or reper­cus­sions for the young hero.

A solid per­for­mance from ris­ing star Doc­tor Fos­ter’s Tom Tay­lor, left, can­not dis­tract from the dis­jointed nar­ra­tive.

Avail­able from De­cem­ber 11 on down­load and streaming ser­vices, also avail­able from De­cem­ber 11 on DVD £19.99.

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