James McAvoy delivers the performance of a lifetime in the best screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's fiction since Trainspotting. Fuelledby drink, drugs, junk food and a twisted psychosis, DS Bruce Robertson treats Edinburgh as his plaything until horrors of his own making topple him from his vindictive perch. John Sessions, Martin Compston, Gary Lewis and Jamie Bell also star. Welsh teams up with director Jon S Baird for an audio commentary.
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Captain Philips (12)
The restlessness of Barry Ackroyd's hand-held camerawork left some cinema audiences feeling a bit seasick, but there is no doubting it brings an extra edge to Paul Greengrass's true tale of an American container ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks is the anchor around which the story chops and churns, but save some applause for newcomer Barkhad Abdi who brings layers of character depth to one of the pirates.
The Bridge: Season Two (15)
Another cross-border case for Sweden's Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) and Denmark's Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) as the detectives begin a murder investigation after the death of five kidnap victims found on a ship that crashes into the iconic Oresund Bridge. The relatonship between the damaged cops holds the attention as much as the plot. Also available in a six-disc set that includes the first series.
Muscle Shoals (PG)
Sometimes relegated to the shadows of music history by the likes of Sun Studio, Abbey Road and Motown's Hitsville USA, the recording studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama have a rhythm and blues pedigree like no other. Don't just take my word for it: listen here to firsthand testimony from Keith Richards, Bono, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and many others, who sing the praises of producer Rick Hall in this superlative documentary.
How I Live Now (15)
Kevin Macdonald, the Scottish director behind The Last King Of Scotland and The Eagle, turns to Meg Rosoff's novel for his latest feature, and perfectly captures the book's emotional clout. Saoirse Ronan plays a New York teen who reluctantly comes to the UK for a holiday with her cousins, only to find herself falling in love against the backdrop of an unexpected nuclear attack.
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (U)
The colours are bright, but we are miles away from Hollywood here - geographically, musically and thematically - as Jacques Demy uses a working class setting to bring the musical into the French New Wave. Catherine Deneueve is the teen in love with a young mechanic (Nino Castelnuovo) who is drafted into the Algerian war. Dialogue is half-spoken, half-sung, but Michel Legrand's melodies are often beautiful. DVD/Blu-ray includes various features and interviews, including one with current French star Virginie Ledoyen.