This Week's VoD gems on Google Play and iTunes
20th October 2014
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If you don’t fancy bracing the upcoming week’s semi-hurricane conditions, this selection of content available to buy or rent at the click of a button or smartphone will keep you entertained. From a black and white drama set in Poland about a nun to one of this year’s surprise horror treats, these titles are varied, exciting and, in the case of some, still waiting to be discovered. To help, the prices are listed with each title (correct at time of publication) and where you can get it from. Happy viewing! Time for a film... What Maisie Knew (2013) This charming drama from 2013 (pictured above) is a modern adaptation of Henry James’s story of the same name. It stars Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as separated parents, with their daughter largely being looked after by their respective new partners (Joanna Vanderham and Alexander Skarsgard). It’s touchingly observed, with a wonderfully honest central performance from Onata Aprile as Maisie. Available to rent for £1.49 (HD & SD), or buy for £9.99 (HD)/£7.99 (SD). Ida (2013) If you can’t get to a cinema nearby showing this new work by acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love), this moving and intimate drama is available to rent on Google Play. It’s about a young novitiate nun in Poland during the 1960s who discovers a dark family secret linking back to the years of Nazi occupation. Quietly distressing and utterly unforgettable. Available to rent on Google Play for £9.99 HD/£8.99 SD. Oculus (2014) One of the biggest surprises of 2014, this high-concept horror stars Karen Gillen and Brenton Thwaites as siblings whose life has been touched by tragedy. They believe an evil spirit within an old mirror is the cause and set up an experiment to see if they can lure the spirit out. This might sound silly, but it’s very effective and includes a memorably nasty scene involving a light-bulb. Available to buy on Google Play for £11.99 HD/£9.99 SD. Wodehouse in Exile An involving, fascinating film featuring a stellar cast (including Tim Pigott-Smith, Zoe Wannamaker and Julian Rhind-Tutt) about how the author PG Wodehouse was faced with a charge of treason during the Second World War and how the creator of Jeeves and Wooster became exiled from his homeland. Available to buy for £2.39(HD)/£1.49 (SD). Loving Miss Hatto (2012)
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