Your new weekly look at what’s arriving on Blu-ray & DVD. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker; Mark Wahlberg stars in Patriots Day, the powerful story of how the city of Boston came together following devastating events, and 20th Century Women sees Annette Bening head a strong female cast, coming together to help teach a teenage boy about life and love. There’s also a 25th Anniversary re-release for Julie Dash’s acclaimed Daughters of the Dust, an avowed influence on Beyoncé’s album Lemonade, the film broke new ground in its representation of black women on screen.
20th Century Women (15)
Comedy | Drama
Dir. Mike Mills, US, 2016, 119 mins
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Written and directed by acclaimed writer and director Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker), and starring 4-time Academy Award® Nominee Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty), Greta Gerwig (France Ha, Greenberg) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8).
20th Century Women tells the story of three remarkable women, each from a different era of the 20th century, coming together to help teach a teenage boy about life and love, sex and freedom, men and women.
Set in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979, filled with punk-rock verve, 20th Century Women takes a humorous and heartfelt look at how we figure out who we are.
Daughters of the Dust (12)
Drama | History | Romance
Dir. Julie Dash, UK/US, 1991, 112 mins
Cast: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao
In 1902 South Carolina, at a pivotal moment in American history, three generations of women in the Pezant family grapple with the decision to migrate north, leaving behind their well-preserved Gullah culture inherited from their West African slave ancestors. An avowed influence on Beyoncé’s album Lemonade, Daughters of the Dust broke new ground in its representation of black women on screen and continues to inspire filmmakers and audiences alike. Lovingly restored for its 25th anniversary, Julie Dash’s luminous masterpiece is a bold, stylish and evocative odyssey, which remains as vibrant and necessary as ever.
Fifty Shades Darker (18)
Drama | Romance
Dir. James Foley, US, 2017, 115 mins
Cast: Bella Heathcote, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.
Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new instalment invites you to slip into something a shade darker. When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance.
As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.
Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.
Patriots Day (15)
Drama | History | Thriller
Dir. Peter Berg, US, 2016, 1339 mins
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons
Based on true events, Patriots Day is a powerful story of a community’s extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. An account of the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, the tension-packed dramatic thriller chronicles in detail one of the most sophisticated and well-coordinated manhunts in law enforcement history.
The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing shattered lives and tested the fabric of the American spirit. But in its wake, an entire city came together to bring the perpetrators to justice before they could inflict further damage. Rather than give themselves over to panic and fear, the citizens of Boston banded together, choosing solidarity over divisiveness in pursuit of a common enemy.
Stockholm My Love (PG)
Drama | Musical
Dir. Mark Cousins, Sweden/UK, 2016, 88 mins
Cast: Neneh Cherry
Stockholm My Love is a city symphony, a love letter to Stockholm, the fiction debut of director Mark Cousins and the acting debut of musician Neneh Cherry.
It follows one woman’s footsteps through the streets of her native city, on a journey of recovery from a bad thing that happened to her exactly one year before.
It’s an exploration of grief, identity and the power of architecture and urbanism to shape lives, and a celebration of the power of walking and looking to make us all feel just a little bit better.
With new music by Neneh Cherry, old music by Benny Andersson (of ABBA) and Franz Berwald, and images by Christopher Doyle and Mark Cousins.