three to see
Missed it at the cinema or on TV? We round up the best streaming and DVD releases of the week
PAIN & GLORY (15) HHHHH
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 (15) HHHHH
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