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New on DVD/Download: Honey Boy and Ozark series three

Noah Jupe as Otis in Honey Boy
Damon Smith

HONEY BOY (Cert 15, 94 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Drama, available from March 30 on Amazon Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services) Starring: Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges, Shia LaBeouf, Laura San Giacomo.

FILM star Otis (Lucas Hedges) crashes his car under the influence of alcohol and exchanges harsh words with police attending the scene. He avoids a prison sentence by agreeing to undergo a prolonged stint in rehab under the care of counsellor Dr Moreno (Laura San Giacomo).

She recognises the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and encourages Otis to seek answers in his past. Otis is initially reluctant to open deep psychological wounds but he eventually reminisces about formative years as a child star (played by Noah Jupe) and the fractious relationship with father James (LaBeouf).

The old man, a former rodeo clown, verbally and physically abuses his boy when he isn't chaperoning the lad to and from film sets. By confronting the demons of those early years, Otis edges towards long-overdue healing.

Honey Boy is a mesmerising coming-of-age story, which marks an impressive narrative feature debut of music video director Alma Har'el. She deftly navigates Otis's emotional traumas, projected through the lens of actor and writer LaBeouf's turbulent childhood memories.

His script spares the characters few blushes, while LaBeouf's portrayal of a single parent, who is reliant on his child to pay the bills, sears white hot into the memory.

OZARK Season 3 (10 episodes, streaming and available to download from March 27 exclusively on Netflix, Drama/Thriller/Romance)

JASON Bateman and Laura Linney reprise their roles as Marty and Wendy Byrde in the engrossing Netflix crime drama set in the Missouri Ozarks.

In the gripping conclusion to the second series, Wendy made the decision to keep her family including her teenage daughter Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and son Jonah (Skyler Gaertner) in the Ozarks rather than flee to the Gold Coast, while a bitter labour union dispute sent Marty's office up in flames.

These 10 instalments unfold six months later with the Byrdes' casino up and running. Marty urges his loved ones to keep their heads down and maintain the status quo but wife Wendy refuses to listen: She draws on her alliance with attorney Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) and drug cartel leader Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) to solidify plans for expansion.

Her ambitions are seriously thwarted by the arrival of her brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey), who leaves chaos and destruction in his wake.

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