Religious biopic 'Mary Magdalene' leads this week's new releases

14 Mar 2018

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Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene

This engrossing biopic of one of history's most misunderstood figures tells the story of Mary Magdalene and her journey as Jesus of Nazareth's 13th disciple. In the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her home to follow a charismatic Rabbi after she sees him performing miracles. With his teachings, Mary believes that change is possible and focuses on making a difference in the lives of those around her, spreading Jesus' message of love, tolerance and understanding.

Also released in cinemas this week

Peter Rabbit is a blend of animation and live-action, adapted from the beloved series of Beatrix Potter books; Tomb Raider is an action-adventure reboot of a video game adaptation, featuring one of gaming's most recognisable characters; The Square is a satire on modern art which won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at Cannes Film Festival; and Gook is an indie drama which explores relationships between different ethnic communities in Los Angeles, set around the Rodney King riots of 1992.

New to order on DVD

Paddington 2

The most loveable marmalade-eating bear, originating from darkest Peru but since adopted by the Browns, returns for a second big screen adventure. Eager to buy and send his beloved Aunt Lucy a birthday present, Paddington gets a number of jobs in the local area to save up money. But when the book is stolen, Paddington is framed for the crime! It's up to those in the community who have been so charmed by his presence to rally round and free the bear from injustice, in this heartwarming family film.

Also new to order this week

The Florida Project

Set within a garish, rundown motel in the poverty-stricken outskirts of Orlando - just out of sight of Disney World - six-year-old Moonee is irrepressible, roaming around the premises with her friends, displaying a carefree childhood innocence. Her rebellious young mum Halley refuses to discipline her, causing further problems for motel manager Bobby. Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine continues his bubblegum aesthetic in this vibrant drama which balances realism and escapism on the fringes of American suburbia.

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