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New Releases 23 June 2014

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Non-Stop (Early Digital Release)

Liam Neeson does the thing he does best these days: he lays the smack down on people trying to mess with him. This time, he plays an troubled US air marshall aboard a trans-Atlantic flight. However, sub-standard food and turbulence are the least of his worries. As it turns out, there’s a madman loose on the plane who threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless he’s paid $150 million.

This is pretty standard business for Neeson now, but that doesn’t stop it being trashy, disposable fun. Prepared to be puzzled by the sight of Lady Mary from Downton as a cabin attendant alongside with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (who has next to no lines)!

(image: Universal)

(image: Universal)

Ride Along (Early Digital Release)

One of the biggest hits at the American box office this year, Ride Along is a mis-matched buddy comedy in the vein of Midnight Run. Kevin Hart plays an insecure security guard whose fiancee’s brother is a real police detective (Ice Cube). Looking to test his mettle (and perhaps scare him off), Cube takes him on a ‘ride along’, during which things get a little out of control.

Kevin Hart might not be to everyone’s tastes, but its hard to deny that he’s quickly becoming America’s top comedy star. Check him out before everyone else knows who he is!

(image: Arrow Films)

(image: Arrow Films)

Stalingrad

Russian filmmaking doesn’t come any bigger than this blockbuster war epic. Based around one of the 20th Century’s most gruelling battles, it centres on a small team of Soviet recon troupes. Holed up in a town on the edge of the Volga, these brave troupes knuckle-down to protect the local residents from German soldiers. Shot in IMAX, using some of the most advanced technology, you’ll be surprised how much this movie is dedicated to the romantic plot-line.

If you’re looking for an accurate and chilling war re-creation, you won’t really find it here. But if you want a swooning melodrama with a beautifully shot war backdrop, Stalingrad is right on the money.

(image 20th Century Fox)

(image 20th Century Fox)

The Book Thief (Early Digital Release)

Staying on a theme of war, this new movie is an adaptation of Markus Zusak’s bestseller of the same name. In some way, it’s the story of the rise of the third reich through the eyes of a young girl (Liesel, played by Sophie Nélisse). Separated from her birth mother and sent to live with a kindly couple (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson), she observed the world around her changing: from book burnings to keeping the secret of Jewish boy hidden in their house, she’s forced to encounter some dark aspects of humanity.

However, this isn’t all doom-and-gloom: despite Liesel’s challenges, the film does manage to remain uplifting without hitting too many saccharine notes.

(image: Disney)

(image: Disney)

Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy

Disney’s evergreen fairy is back for another solo movie. This time, it’s a prequel to Peter Pan in which she encounters an outcast fairy who has turned to a life of crime… as a pirate captain!

As Disney direct-to-video movies go, this is designed for a slightly younger audience – which is absolutely fine. However, if you’re an adult who’s been forced to watch this, you might find yourself surprised by the starry cast. Zarina, the titular pirate fairy, is voiced by Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks while Tom Hiddleston plays a young cabin boy named James Hook.

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(image: HBO)

(image: HBO)

Game of Thrones Series 4

Hopefully by now, we won’t have to tell you what Game of Thrones is.

For fear of spoiling the plot for viewers who are not up to date, we can’t really talk about what happens in series 4. But needless to say, a number of significant characters meet an untimely end sometime during these 10 episodes. Four years on, the show is more popular than ever, with the cast and crew delivering some of the most enjoyable, epic television we’ve ever seen. Buy this latest season with blinkbox and get a free pizza, plus 1,000 extra Clubcard points.

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