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New films and DVDs for February 2017

Written by · Published Jan 31, 2017

The Girl on the Train, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, A Street Cat Named Bob

The Girl on the Train

“Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett star in this psychological thriller, adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel. The film follows Rachel Watson (Blunt) who, after getting divorced from her husband Tom (Justin Theroux), takes the train to work every day, passing by her old home and fantasizing about a couple, Megan and Scott Hippwell (Bennett and Luke Evans), who live down the same street, and their perfect life together.

“After seeing Megan with another man, Rachel is so distraught she turns to alcohol and heads out for a night in the city. The next morning, with no memory of what she did the previous night, Rachel awakens to discover that Megan’s disappearance is headline news. She quickly becomes obsessed with the case and tries to find out more about Megan’s life but discovers her own interest in the couple’s lives also makes her a suspect in the eyes of the police.”

Trolls

“Animated comedy featuring the voice talents of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani and James Corden. Branch (Timberlake) is a grumpy, paranoid loner who is quite content living on his own, away from the ridiculously happy population of Troll Village. When the village is invaded by troll-eating Bergens, the overly optimistic and annoyingly chirpy troll leader Poppy (Kendrick) comes to Branch for help. As the unlikely pair go on a journey to rescue their kidnapped friends, they both find themselves realising what they have been missing.”

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

“Tim Burton directs this fantasy adventure based on the bestselling book by Ransom Riggs. When Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield)’s grandfather dies, he leaves him clues to a mysterious place called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob determines to discover the story behind this strange establishment and the unusual Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), he finds that the peculiar children in question are so-called because they have extraordinary powers and it is his destiny to protect them from an evil force intent on destroying them. The all-star cast includes Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd and Rupert Everett.”

Inferno

“Mystery thriller directed by Ron Howard and based on the novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as professor of religious iconography Robert Langdon. After waking up in a hospital bed in Florence, with no memory of the events that brought him there, Langdon suddenly finds he is being pursued and his life is in danger. He must use his knowledge and skills to solve the mystery of a criminal plot connected to Dante’s Inferno with the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones).”

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

“Tom Cruise returns to star as the eponymous ex-military police officer in this action sequel, based on Lee Child’s novel. Upon returning to the Virginia headquarters of his old military unit, Reacher discovers commanding officer and trusted contact Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) has been arrested and that he is now the prime suspect in a 16-year-old murder case. After learning that Turner is being made a scapegoat for a government conspiracy involving a rogue American soldier, Reacher breaks her out of prison, resolving to clear her name and expose the truth. With time running out and government operatives in hot pursuit, the pair find themselves on the run across the country, facing a desperate battle to remain one step ahead.”

A Street Cat Named Bob

“Roger Spottiswoode directs this feature film based on the true story that was adapted into the international bestselling autobiographical novel by James Bowen. Luke Treadaway stars as James, a homeless man struggling with drug addiction and busking to get by on the streets of London. When James comes across an injured stray cat he nurses him back to health and names him Bob. They become inseparable and make for an unusual street music act. Bob’s companionship inspires James to overcome his drug addiction and share his story. The cast also includes Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Ruta Gedmintas.”

Brandon King

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