Marley & Me (DVD)

A dog’s life…

Based on the best-selling memoir by journalist John Grogan, Marley & Me tells the endearing story of his life as a husband, father and owner of bombastic labrador Marley who is a serious contender for the most badly behaved dog in the world. And, of course, it’s his canine adventures that steal the show, although Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are hugely likeable as Marley’s long-suffering owners John and Jennifer.

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Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

Ray of hope…

As we march unstoppably into blockbuster season, that yearly inevitability of bangs, bombs and bucks, it’s something of a relief to know that there is some sanctuary to be found amidst the fracas. Dotted between the budget-busting behemoths are smaller, quieter fare like Sunshine Cleaning, which is a powerful piece of cinema despite its diminutive size.

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