Cradle To The
Grave – Squeeze
Cradle To The Grave marks the first body of original work from one of music’s most underrated bands for 17 years.
Songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook are probably the best British pop composers since Lennon and McCartney and they have returned with an impressive collection of material that sounds as fresh and inventive as any of their work from their heyday in the 70s and early 80s.
Longstanding fans will be more than satisfied whilst newcomers will find more than enough here to justify an exploration of the back-catalogue!
Cradle To The Grave is out now on CD and digital download.
When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already struggling with the aftermath of a fatal mining accident, three people are drawn together in a web of lies that are born out of the community’s collective grief.
Devastated by the disappearance of her son, Diane (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away from her husband (Josh Lucas), a mining executive whose role in the accident has made her family the main target for the town’s anger.
She forms a bond with the sole survivor of the disaster (Boyd Holbrook) that threatens to tear apart the last threads of a life that is slowly unravelling.
Little Accidents is a tight drama that benefits from strong performances by the principal leads but because of the dark subject matter on show, it can sometimes be a hard watch.
Little Accidents is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Ruth And Alex (12)
Ruth And Alex is a fairly bland, late-life comedy drama that is a little too sentimental for its own good.
Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play the loving couple who have lived together for 40 years in a Brooklyn two-bed apartment now worth a small fortune.
Alex (Freeman) is an artist who uses one bedroom as a studio for his work but when he and his wife Ruth (Diane Keaton) consider the value of their home they decide to cash in and sell.
And that is pretty much all this film is about. It is regrettably full of plot holes and unconvincing and often unsatisfying story arcs that lack humour and try to cover the inconsistencies with soft-focus film.
Shame really as there are two key Hollywood stars here who are wasted on a tired script.
Ruth And Alex is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
It’s here again, hot on the heels of the PES 2016 release and FIFA 16 promises a lot of changes but in reality there are less than you might have expected.
Some fans will be disappointed with the limited new features but on the plus side FIFA 16 is more balanced than its predecessor in terms of gameplay and the visuals continue to stand it apart from the competition.
As a single-player exercise FIFA 16 has a great deal to offer and the official licenses certainly give it an advantage but one of the areas where I think EA have stolen a march is with the inclusion for the first time of women’s teams. This potentially opens up the series to a whole new demographic of players and no doubt looks to capitalize on the recent rise of the women’s game, especially after the successes of this year’s World Cup.
The online module of the game is also as fluid as ever and this is one of the benchmark features of the long-running franchise.
All in all we still remain fans of PES as the definitive game on next-gen consoles at the moment but FIFA 16 does have its merits and plays a good match for those drawn to its approach.
FIFA 16 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One.
George R Vaughan
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