Winter: A time for hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a good DVD

Jessica Chastain plays Antonina Zabinsk in 'The Zookeeper's Wife'.

Winter is a wonderful time to catch up on all the DVDs you hoped to watch in summer but never seemed to get around to.

It’s a time for hot chocolate, a fluffy blanket and a really great movie – be it the latest thriller, ‘chick flick’ or comedy.

However, in recent years I found the list of good DVDs on offer to be a short one indeed.

Not so this winter.

I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the wonderful films released in recent months and so, instead of boring you with yet another rant about poor service, I’m offering you a service of a different kind.

This is my list of movies you can put on your list for the rest of the cold, lazy Sunday afternoons we have stretching in front of us before the sunny summer days are back.

The Zookeeper’s wife

Based on a true story set in Poland in 1939, this film tells the tale of Antonina Zabinski and her husband Dr Jan Zabinski, who ran the Warsaw Zoo.

When the war breaks out and German soldiers shoot many of the animals for food, Antonia finds a different way to use the zoo.

The pair are said to have saved over 300 people from the Warsaw Ghetto during the war.

Watch next week’s paper for our review of this great movie.

Miss Sloane

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C,but when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

This is an edge-of-your-seat film with a twist few are likely to see coming.

Catch a review of this film in our paper next week.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.

But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies.

Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends.


Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant.

Naturally scared at first, she soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming.

As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants.

After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants – once and for all.

Me Before You

Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet.

Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed after an accident two years earlier.

Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living.

The Infiltrator

Federal agent Robert Mazur goes under cover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar.

Working with fellow agents Kathy Ertz and Emir Abreu, Mazur poses as a slick, money-laundering businessman named Bob Musella.

Gaining the confidence of Roberto Alcaino, Escobar’s top lieutenant, Mazur,must navigate a vicious criminal underworld where one wrong move could cost him everything.

Why Him

During the holidays, loving but overprotective Ned travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie, at Stanford University.

While there, he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward boyfriend, Laird.

Even though Laird is a multimillionaire, Ned disapproves of his freewheeling attitude and unfiltered language.

His panic level escalates further when he learns that Laird plans to propose to Stephanie.

The Accountant

Christian Wolff is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people.

Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organisations.

With a Treasury agent hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client.

As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.

Samantha Keogh

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