Law Abiding Citizen (DVD)

Rough justice

After ordinary guy Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) watches his wife and young daughter die at the hands of two violent burglars in his own home, he relies on hotshot Philadelphia district attorney Nick Rice (Jamie Fox) to see that justice is done and they are sent to prison for life for their heinous crime. But when Nick Makes a deal that sees one of the killers walk three, Clyde is unhappy to say the least. Fast forward 10 years and, following a stint in the military, Clyde is back on the scene to exact his own form of extreme vigilante justice. And when prison isn’t enough to stop him, Nick embarks on a race against time to save his own family.

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Bright Star (DVD)

Poetry in motion…

It’s 1818, and young Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is more interested in fashion than men, and when she meets 23-year-old poet John Keats (Ben Wishaw) she thinks his work – and his character – somewhat lacking. Over time, however, Fanny comes to realise the brilliance of Keats’s verse, and admiration soon spills over into a passionate love affair. Although their relationship seems doomed from the outset, given that Keats does not have the fortune or stature to be considered good husband material, the pair are determined to be together, understanding that theirs is a love that knows no obstacles. Yet when Keats falls seriously ill, their bond is pushed to the absolute limit…

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Shutter Island (2010)

Mind games

It’s 1954, and on an isolated island off the coast of Boston lies the notorious Ashecliffe psychiatric hospital. Housing some of the century’s most dangerous criminals, it is normally completely off-limits to outsiders but, when one of the patients mysteriously vanishes, Detective Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) arrive to solve the disappearance. Coming up against a secretive and tight-lipped staff, headed by Dr Cawley (Ben Kingsley), Teddy finds his investigation hampered at every turn. When he finally discovers what’s been happening in the heavily-guarded lighthouse, Teddy thinks he’s well on the way to cracking the case. But, as he begins having powerful dreams about his time spent liberating German concentration camps during WWII, and vivid hallucinations of his dead wife (Michelle Williams), can Teddy leave Shutter Island before it claims his sanity?

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