Three to see

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

Bangor Mail - - The film review -

IN­STANT FAM­ILY (12) ★★★★★

TOUCH­ING com­edy drama. After get­ting into a de­bate about foster par­ent­ing, Pete Wag­ner (Mark Wahlberg) and wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) un­dergo a train­ing course run by so­cial work­ers Sharon (Tig No­taro) and Karen (Oc­tavia Spencer), who ham­mer home the emo­tional toll that lies ahead. Once Pete and Ellie qual­ify, they of­fer a home to 15-year-old Lizzy (Is­abela Moner) and her two younger sib­lings. After a bliss­ful honeymoon pe­riod, the Wag­n­ers clash with Lizzy and rel­a­tives of the cou­ple rally round.

■ Down­load/stream and avail­able on DVD/ Blu-ray from June 10.


FAM­ILY-FRIENDLY spin on the sword in the stone. Alexander El­liot (Louis Ash­bourne Serkis) falls vic­tim to bul­ly­ing class­mates at Dun­gate Academy. Flee­ing his tor­men­tors, the 12-year-old seeks refuge in a building site where he pulls a sword from a block of stone just like in Arthurian legend. This stirs King Arthur’s evil half-sis­ter Mor­gana (Re­becca Fer­gu­son) who re­an­i­mates fallen war­riors to slay Alex and steal Ex­cal­ibur. In re­sponse, Mer­lin (An­gus Im­rie) ma­te­ri­alises and in­spires Alex to un­der­take an epic quest.

■ Down­load/stream from June 10 and avail­able from June 24 on DVD/Blu-ray.

HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (15) ★★★★★

DIS­AP­POINT­ING AND con­vo­luted se­quel. Tree Gelb­man (Jes­sica Rothe) wakes re­peat­edly on Septem­ber 18 and en­lists the help of dorky beau Carter (Is­rael Brous­sard) to un­ravel the mys­tery. Power surges on cam­pus lead to a lab where stu­dent Ryan Phan (Phi Vu) has con­structed a time-al­ter­ing ma­chine for his the­sis. Fa­mil­iar faces reap­pear, in­clud­ing Tree’s fa­ther (Ja­son Bayle) and es­caped se­rial killer John Tombs (Rob Mello). As the clock ticks down to her daily demise, Tree searches for a way to stop her­self tum­bling down the rabbit hole.

■ Down­load/stream from June 10 and avail­able from June 24 on DVD/Blu-ray.

Ellie (Rose Byrne) and Pete (Mark Wahlberg)

Louis Ash­bourne Serkis as Alex

Jes­sica Rothe as Tree

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