DVD review: Mary Queen of Scots


Theatre director Josie Rourke makes the transition from stage to screen with her feature film debut Mary Queen of Scots. Based on historian John Guy’s novel, the period drama chronicles the 1569 conflict between Scotland and England. When Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns widowed to her native land at the age of eighteen, she and her Catholic nobles attempt to depose her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) from her throne.

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DVD review: Suicide Squad

In storytelling, it is commonplace to pit good against bad in order to create conflict in the narrative, whether it is cowboys versus indians or cops versus criminals. DC Comics offer a twist in the formula when bad meets evil in Suicide Squad, the latest cinema adaptation written and directed by David Ayer. Following on from the events that unfold in Batman v Superman, government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) compiles a motley crew of supervillains to protect the world from powerful metahuman threat. Among the dirty-dozen-esque collective are hitman Deadshot (Will Smith) and former psychiatrist Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who join forces with elite soldier Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and are deployed to a supposed terrorist attack at a subway station.

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