Author: Scott Hocking

Battle of the Sexes on DVD and Blu-ray January 17

Tennis pro Billie Jean King’s 1973 match against former champ and self-styled male chauvinist Bobby Riggs was a circus that captured global attention, while also highlighting the disparity in pay and respect between male and female players – issues that are still being battled today. This entertaining dramatisation from Little Miss Sunshine duo Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton is an ebullient romp through the early seventies, with the rampant sexism and dinosaur attitudes of the era played mostly for laughs. Emma Stone is simply ace as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell is also at the top of his...

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Happy Death Day on DVD and Blu-ray January 17

Groundhog Day just keeps on giving and now it’s the slasher movie’s turn to get stuck on repeat. Happy Death Day has a lot of fun with the premise of a victim who relives the day of her murder over and over, and must stop the killer in order to escape the loop. Sorority girl Jessica Rothe wakes up in a boy’s college dorm after a wild night. It’s her birthday, and she’s not keen on the fact there’s a ‘surprise’ party planned. She never makes it, however, after running into a knife-wielding maniac in a sinister baby mask....

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Mother! on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K January 17

There’s a reason the title has an exclamation point – this is Darren Aronofsky’s most bonkers movie since The Fountain. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a married couple living in a big old house in the middle of nowhere, which they have just restored after a fire. He’s a poet struggling with writer’s block and she’s focused on painting walls, behind which something weird and organic pulsates. Their hermetic world is shattered by the arrival of two strangers (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer), who Bardem treats like old friends. Then an act of bloody violence brings more uninvited...

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