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DVD releases: Thriller lacking real suspense

By Damon Smith

Our Kind of Traitor (15, 104 mins) 3/5

University lecturer Perry Makepeace (Ewan McGregor) and barrister girlfriend Gail (Naomie Harris, both above) are on holiday in Marrakesh, hoping to salvage their relationship after his indiscretion.

At a bar, they encounter rowdy Russian businessman Dima Krasnov (Stellan Skarsgard), who unexpectedly takes Perry into his confidence.

Krasnov secretly gives the academic a flash drive to deliver to British intelligence with the instruction that it is "a present from the number one money launderer in Moscow".

Adapted from John Le Carre's 2010 crime novel, Our Kind Of Traitor is a serpentine thriller, which simmers pleasantly but never turns up the heat sufficiently on McGregor and Harris' do gooders.

Director Susanna White choreographs some memorable interludes, but protracted chase sequences aren't particularly suspenseful.

Girls just wanna party hard too

Bad Neighbours 2 (15, 90 mins) 2/5

Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) agree a sale on their current house and buy a new home where they can safely raise their cherubic two-year-old daughter, Stella (Elise Vargas).

The couple are placed in escrow by the estate agent, allowing the new buyers a 30-day period to survey the property before signing a contract. In the interim, a new sorority led by wild child Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein) moves in next door and prepares to party with a vengeance.

The Radners resolve to drive out the sorority, aided by Mike's pal Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and his pregnant wife Paula (Carla Gallo). However, the girls of Kappa Nu have a secret weapon - Mac and Kelly's old adversary Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron).

Bad Neighbours 2 is lewd and crude like its predecessor. Timely messages about the perils of modern parenting, gender equality and the political incorrectness of fraternities who put bros before hoes are merrily flung into the scatological mix.

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