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DVD review: I Am Zlatan

 Winning trophies and causing controversy wherever he goes, Swedish superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović certainly knows how to make an impact. His illustrious story has now been given the cinematic treatment by director Jens Sjögren, with the leading role shared between actors Dominic Andersson Bajraktati and Granit Rushiti as he grows older. Based on the player’s autobiography, the biopic charts the early chapters in his life, from his challenging childhood in Malmö through to his turbulent spell at Ajax. 

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Film review: Paris, 13th District

 Four years after making his first English-language feature, the acclaimed writer and director Jacques Audiard returns to his roots for his latest drama Paris, 13th District, or Les Olympiades to give it the French title. Loosely inspired by the work of American graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, the script is co-penned with Léa Mysius and Céline Sciamma and follows the intersecting tales of three millennials within a high-rise Parisian neighbourhood. Streetwise but stuck in a dead-end job, Émilie (Lucie Zhang) rents out a room to teacher Camille (Makita Samba), and they quickly become flatmates with benefits. Meanwhile, mature student Nora (Noémie Merlant) arrives in the city to continue her law degree.

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DVD review: The Worst Person in the World

This is the third film in what’s being referred to as Joachim Trier’s ‘Oslo Trilogy’, where the acclaimed writer and director shifts his focus to tell a tale from the female perspective. Co-penned with regular screenwriting partner Eskil Vogt, romantic drama The Worst Person in the World spends four years with Julie (Renate Reinsve), a thirtysomething student who finds herself at a crossroads in life. Deciding to embark on a career in photography and a relationship with older man Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), the film tracks her path to self-discovery in a millennial coming-of-age story.

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DVD review: The Batman

 There have been many caped crusaders on the big screen; even within the last twenty years we’ve had Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy, Will Arnett’s satirical LEGO version, and Ben Affleck’s dour turn within DC’s shakily constructed extended universe. Despite this cinematic saturation, anticipation has been rife for the latest adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves, best known for his stellar work on the Planet of the Apes reboots. The Batman sees Robert Pattinson don the cowl, playing vigilante as the deeply disturbed Riddler (Paul Dano) begins a killing spree, leaving clues to his crimes that leads to revelations of government cover-ups and corruption in Gotham City.

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DVD review: Licorice Pizza

 Acclaimed writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson gets nostalgic in his latest feature Licorice Pizza, set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles where he grew up. The hangout romantic comedy follows confident teen-actor Gary (Cooper Hoffman) and 20-something photographer’s assistant Alana (Alana Haim) after they cross paths on high school picture day. After some unrequited flirtation, the pair strike up a friendship and begin an entrepreneurial partnership selling waterbeds.

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DVD review: Belfast

Of late, there has been a resurgence of a movement in which filmmakers bring their own stories to life for the big screen. The latest visionary to follow the trend is Sir Kenneth Branagh, writing and directing coming-of-age drama Belfast. Inspired by his childhood during the beginning of The Troubles in the late 1960s, the semi-autobiographical plot centres around mischievous nine-year-old Buddy (Jude Hill) as he navigates school, religion, and his first crush. As hostility descends onto his close-knit working-class street, his ‘Ma’ (Caitríona Balfe) and his ‘Pa’ (Jamie Dornan) struggle with the rising tensions and are faced with a potentially life-changing decision for the family.

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DVD review: C’mon C’mon

Inspired by early interactions with his infant son, writer and director Mike Mills tells a contemplative tale with latest feature C’mon C’mon. The tender drama centres around Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix), a journalist of sorts travelling state to state conducting philosophical interviews with the youth of today about their future. When his sister Viv (Gaby Hoffman) is called upon to care for her mentally troubled ex-husband, she asks if Johnny will look after his nephew Jesse (Woody Norman) for a while. Despite their obvious gulf in age and life experience, the mismatched pair learn a lot from one another during a trip to New York City.

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DVD review: King Richard

Venus and Serena Williams are undeniably household names in tennis, and across sport in general, but King Richard, the latest drama from director Reinaldo Marcus Green tells the lesser-known tale of their controversial father. As well as producing the film, Will Smith stars in the eponymous role as Richard, raising his five daughters with wife Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis) in Compton, California. His unorthodox methods in priming Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) for success see him butt heads with charismatic coach Rick Macci (Jon Bernthal) and many others along the way.

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DVD review: The Card Counter

Writer and director Paul Schrader has explored masculinity and redemption throughout his career, going way back to when he penned the script for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver in the 1970s. Revisiting these motifs once again, his latest crime drama The Card Counter treads the complex path of William Tell (Oscar Isaac), a mysterious ex-con who turns to betting after a stretch in prison. On his travels, he takes troubled youngster Cirk (Tye Sheridan) under his wing and when presented with a lucrative opportunity by new friend La Linda (Tiffany Haddish), he embarks on a poker-playing mission in an attempt to atone for his sins.

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