From modern remakes of classics like IT, to new installments in well-loved series like Despicable Me 3, to big budget fact-based films like Dunkirk, the tail-end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 have been chalk-full of exciting DVD releases. New titles are being released everyday and we’re here to make sure you see what you might have missed in theatres.
We’ve pulled together a list of recently released movies and top-rated films that are coming out soon. Here’s what we think you should watch out for.
The UK has seen a whole host of exciting new movies on DVD throughout the year. So, make sure you watch these brand-new movies out on DVD…
Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, this horror/drama has the same suspenseful eeriness as Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. In the film, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose home is disrupted by uninvited guests. While it’s difficult to give a synopsis of the movie without re-telling the entire story, it’s about love and sacrifice and has sparked a lot of conversation about what it means to be a wife, mother, and homemaker.
Released 27 years after the 1990’s TV adaption of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, IT plays into a fear that most people can relate to: clowns. In Derry, Maine, children start disappearing. These disappearances are eventually traced back to a murderous clown called Pennywise. Audiences and critics alike agree that it’s well-made, well-acted, and deserving of its placement in the horror genre.
With A+ performances by two of the best actors of their time, Battle of the Sexes tells the true story of the 1973 tennis match between women's World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). The movie deals with women’s rights, equality, sexuality, sportsmanship, and even addiction but manages to do so in a way that’s just light-hearted enough to remain both evocative and comedic.
Christopher Nolan succeeds in writing and directing an action-packed period piece about real-life events that took place during World War II. Top notch performances by Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance are accompanied by spectacular special effects and a soundtrack expertly put together by Hans Zimmerman.
Released on DVD just before the new year, Despicable Me 3 delivers what we’ve come to expect from the animated franchise: good fun. Like with its predecessors (Despicable Me 1 and 2 released in 2013 and 2015 respectively), Universal Studios manages to make audiences laugh while still teaching them a lesson about family, friends, and what it means to be the ‘good guy’. The full, core cast remains as Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and - of course - the Minions continue on in their adventures to save the world.
One of the best reviewed films on the year, The Big Sick mixes standard romcom themes with relevant cultural ones. It tells the story of the real-life courtship of its writers, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, who play themselves. Nanjiani is Pakistani-born aspiring comedian and Gordon is a Grad student. The film follows the difficulties of merging their families while also dealing with life’s other hardships.
Unlike many of the other films on this list, God’s Own Country isn’t laugh-out-loud funny, didn’t have a blockbuster budget, and isn’t in-your-face scary. It’s a quiet story about loneliness, monotony, and head versus heart. Without a star-studded cast, it was only released in limited theatres but with such positive critic and audience reviews, it’s a movie you don’t want to miss.
Perhaps the most talked about movie of 2017, Get Out was finally released on DVD in the second half of the year. It was one of the best-reviewed movies on Rotten Tomatoes of all-time, swept up award show nominations, and earned director Jordan Peele credentials outside of the comedy world. It’s a story that seamlessly weaves together love, race, and stereotypes that manages to be just as scary as it is funny.
We want you to stay up-to-date on what’s coming out next. Here’s a preview of what’s coming out on DVD the first few months of 2018: Fifty Shades Freed, Lady Bird, I, Tonya, Justice League, Paddington 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Pitch Perfect 3, and Murder on the Orient Express.
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