Long Live The Angels – Emeli Sande
The second full-length release for the Scottish soul singer features guest appearances from Jay Electronica, Joel Sande & The Serenje Choir, and Áine Zion.
Sande has produced a special sound with her follow up album, more mature and a real showcase for her singer-songwriter abilities.
Tracks like “Every Single Little Piece” and “Highs and Lows” are radio-friendly, chart pleasing compositions but look a little deeper past the more commercial fare and there are also less predictable but beautiful songs such as “Give Me Something” to feast on.
In short, there’s something here for everyone and the Emeli Sande bandwagon rolls on successfully.
Long Live The Angels is out now on CD and digital download.
The BFG (PG)
The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country.
Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions.
This film is a great example of how to take a story from the page to the screen and the master of the medium, Stephen Spielberg does a wonderful job. Visually the film is a treat but the real star is Mark Rylance who carries and makes the movie from his first scene to the last.
The BFG is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today.
Die-hard fans of the original may be sceptical of this reboot but with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones all on fine form, it turns out to be a fun movie for the millennial generation and there are welcome cameos from many of the original cast members.
Chris Hemsworth makes an entertaining turn as the company receptionist but former movie heartthrob Andy Garcia is slightly wasted as the mayor.
Ghostbusters is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Star Trek: Beyond (12)
A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world, where they soon discover that the assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that's aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.
In case you hadn’t noticed it by now all three of this week’s movies are either remakes or reboots of some kind, which whilst satisfying on one level, does tend to suggest there’s a dearth of originality in Hollywood at the moment.
In the case of this latest Star Trek movie it doesn’t detract from a fun experience but one had to wonder whether these big budget blockbusters need a little rethinking if they are going to compete with the more cerebral offerings that now appear to be coming from television.
It’s still Star Trek, Jim but not quite how we know it.
Star Trek: Beyond is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Farming Simulator 17
Assume the role of a modern farmer in Farming Simulator 17. Immerse yourself in an open world loaded with a harvest of new content. Explore farming possibilities over hundreds of acres of land, including a detailed new North American environment.
Mention the idea of this game to millennials brought up on Call Of Duty and FIFA and you may get howls of derision but get past the title and there’s a very good simulator here that is a lot more engrossing then the title might suggest.
If there’s any doubt about the appeal of this title just take a look at the number at the end of it. You don’t make 17 unless you’re doing something right!
Farming Simulator 17 is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
George R Vaughan