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Manchester Evening News - - FILM REVIEWS -


BEAU­TI­FULLY cal­i­brated, semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal drama. The best days of film-maker Sal­vador Mallo (An­to­nio Ban­deras) are be­hind him, but when a lo­cal cin­ema hosts a screen­ing of one of his most cel­e­brated works, Sal­vador ex­tends the hand of friend­ship to hand­some star Al­berto Cre­spo (Asier Etx­e­an­dia). The pair have not spo­ken in 30 years. The re­union sparks mem­o­ries of his child­hood, where nine-year-old Sal­vador (Asier Flores) or­bited his mother (Pene­lope Cruz). She hired a hunky labourer (Ce­sar Vi­cente) to re­paint the fam­ily’s home and this pres­ence kin­dled Sal­vador’s sex­ual awak­en­ing. ■ Down­load/stream from De­cem­ber 16 and avail­able from Jan­uary 13 on DVD/Blu-ray.


CRAWL is es­sen­tially Jaws with al­li­ga­tors, al­beit with con­sid­er­ably more on-screen gore. Haley Keller (Kaya Scode­lario), a mem­ber of the Univer­sity of Florida’s in­ter­col­le­giate swim­ming team, gets a call from her sis­ter Beth (Morfydd Clark). Hur­ri­cane Wendy is about to pum­mel the east coast and their father, Dave (Barry Pep­per), isn’t an­swer­ing Beth’s calls. Haley drives to the fam­ily home and ven­tures into the base­ment to dis­cover Dave un­con­scious and bleed­ing from a bite wound to one shoul­der. The stu­dent comes face to snout with a hulk­ing al­li­ga­tor, which has en­tered the un­der­ground space via a storm drain. ■ Down­load/stream and avail­able on DVD/ Blu-ray from De­cem­ber 16.

AN­GEL HAS FALLEN (15) ★★★★★

HEAVY-HANDED se­quel. Se­cret Ser­vice agent Mike Ban­ning (Gerard But­ler) vis­its doc­tors com­plain­ing of dizzi­ness and in­som­nia, which are af­fect­ing his abil­ity to pro­tect US Pres­i­dent Al­lan Trum­bull (Mor­gan Free­man). Mike re­turns to his post, but a drone at­tack leaves Trum­bull in a coma. When Mike re­gains con­scious­ness, he is hand­cuffed to his hos­pi­tal bed, ac­cused of the at­tempted mur­der of the pres­i­dent. Des­per­ate to un­cover the truth, he soon turns to un­likely al­lies to help clear his name and save the coun­try from im­mi­nent dan­ger. Down­load/stream from De­cem­ber 14 and avail­able from Jan­uary 13 on DVD/Blu-ray.

An­to­nio Ban­deras as Sal­vador Mallo Kaya Scode­lario as Haley Keller

Gerard But­ler as Mike Ban­ning

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