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DVD Releases: A shattered life goes off the rails

The Girl On The Train (15, 112 mins)

Following an acrimonious divorce from her cheating husband Tom (Justin Theroux), Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) takes regular train journeys past her old house where he is now settled with his mistress Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and their baby.

The railway tracks also pass by the residence of neighbours Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), and Rachel fantasises about the couple's seemingly perfect relationship. One morning, Rachel stares bleary-eyed out of the train window and glimpses Megan in a clinch with another man.

Megan subsequently vanishes and Detective Sergeant Riley (Allison Janney) becomes interested in Rachel's hazy recollection. Adapted from Paula Hawkins' novel, this is a smart psychological potboiler anchored by a strong performance from Blunt as a self-destructive woman, who is figuratively going off the rails in her darkest hour.

It's an entertaining though not exactly pulse-quickening ride.

Fun tale close to flyaway success

Storks (U, 87mins)

For centuries, storks have delivered babies but financial pressures force the noble birds to diversify their business model and transform their hilltop home - Cornerstone - into a warehouse for online shopping consignments.

Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), current CEO of this global empire, prepares to hand over the reins to his nervous protege, Junior (Andy Samberg). The only fly in the ointment is 18-year-old Tulip (Katie Crown), the last baby out of the machine, who couldn't be flown to her parents because of an accident with her tracking beacon.

Junior's ham-fisted attempts to evict Tulip from Cornerstone coincide with the arrival of a letter from 10-year-old Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman), who pleads for a baby brother to remind his workaholic parents (Ty Burrell and Jennifer Aniston) of their priorities.

Solid vocal performances keep the film airborne despite a paucity of sparkling one-liners for the comically gifted cast.

Damon Smith

Belfast Telegraph

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