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New movies and series to download, stream and buy on DVD

Damon Smith picks some of the latest movies and series to download, stream and buy on DVD

Amandla Stenberg and Andre Holland in The Eddy
Damon Smith

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE (6 episodes, streaming from May 11 exclusively on NOW TV, Drama/Thriller)

BASED on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True is a compelling six-part drama written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, starring Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo in dual roles. The series screens in weekly instalments on Sky Atlantic and streams exclusively on NOW TV.

Ruffalo plays Dominick Birdsey and his identical twin brother Thomas, who live in Three Rivers, Connecticut.

Thomas suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and needs medication and his sibling's support to manage his condition and live in relative peace.

A shocking incident at a public library puts the brothers' bond under the spotlight and Dominick examines instances of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness, which have marked his life.

Meanwhile, the brothers rely heavily on social worker Lisa Sheffer (Rosie O'Donnell) and psychologist Dr Patel (Archie Panjabi) to support Thomas through his treatment.

THE EDDY (8 episodes, streaming and available to download from May 8 exclusively on Netflix, Drama/Romance)

VIBRANT multicultural neighbourhoods of present-day Paris provide a vivid backdrop to an eagerly anticipated eight-part Netflix original drama directed by Damien Chazelle, Oscar winner for La La Land, Alan Poul, Houda Benyamina and Laila Marrakchi.

Set in and around the titular jazz club, The Eddy weaves together the stories of club owners Elliot (Andre Holland) and Farid (Tahar Rahim), who face different moral dilemmas over the course of the series.

Elliot's strong-willed teenage daughter Julie (Amandla Stenberg) arrives suddenly in Paris, putting a strain on his relationship with on-off girlfriend Maja (Joanna Kulig), who is lead singer of the club's house band.

Meanwhile, Farid may be involved in questionable practices at the club to keep the business afloat, concealing the truth from everyone including his wife Amira (Leila Bekhti).

RAY DONOVAN – SEASON SEVEN (Cert 15, 508 mins, Paramount Home Entertainment, available now on NOW TV, available from May 11 on DVD £29.99, Thriller/Drama/Romance)

PROFESSIONAL "fixer" Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) and his associates are implicated in the murder of a police officer in the seventh outing of the gritty American crime drama created by Ann Biderman, which arrives on DVD this week.

This series, Ray is haunted by the terrible price that spunky daughter Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) pays for his actions and his jailbird father Mickey (Jon Voight) is declared dead after a devastating explosion.

Meanwhile, Smitty (Graham Rogers) betrays someone close to him by wearing a wire to gather incriminating evidence and Ray grows closer to Molly Sullivan (Kerry Condon), putting her in danger when old alliances are shattered.

The four-disc DVD box set includes all 10 episodes plus two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

JIHAD JANE (Cert 15, 93 mins, Wild Card, available from May 11 on Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, Documentary)

DOCUMENTARY film-maker Ciaran Cassidy chronicles the true story of an unlikely terror cell, which made headlines in March 2010.

Colleen LaRose travelled to Waterford, in the south of Ireland, to meet her internet date, Ali Charaf Damache.

He had promised her marriage and enduring love but the blonde-haired, blue-eyed American quickly discovered that Ali had an ulterior motive.

He planned to launch a devastating attack on Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in his drawings.

LaRose was radicalised, converted to Islam and adopted the identity of Jihad Jane.

She was subsequently arrested and publicly vilified as "the new face of terrorism".

Cassidy's film ventures behind the headlines to explore the fractures in post 9/11 America and LaRose's personal journey to the heart of a damaged terror cell.

A HIDDEN LIFE (Cert 12, 174 mins, Searchlight Pictures, available from May 11 on Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, War/Drama/Romance)

AWARD-winning director Terrence Malick dramatises the true story of a conscientious objector during the Second World War and plunders George Eliot's Middlemarch for his film's poetic title.

Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl) farms the land in the Austrian village of St Radegund with his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner) and formidable mother Rosalia (Karin Neuhauser) to provide for their three girls.

When the threat of conflict looms on the horizon in 1939, Franz trains alongside other men in the village. He is eventually called to fight but steadfastly refuses to pledge an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler.

This defiance risks death and creates deep divisions between Franz, Mayor Schlegel (Jurgen Prochnow) and his neighbours, who have all willingly declared their allegiance to the Third Reich.

Fani supports her husband's decision during this difficult time but Franz is eventually arrested and faces long-term isolation from the people he loves.

THE BOYS (Cert 18, 472 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, available now on Amazon Prime Video, available from May 11 on DVD £26.99/Blu-ray £32.99, Fantasy/Comedy/Action/Adventure)

SUPERHEROES willingly do the bidding of big corporations and are permitted to bend the law in pursuit of so-called justice in a violent and darkly satirical comedy series adapted from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic books, which arrives on home formats this week.

Powerful businesswoman Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue) owns The Seven.

This superpowered team comprises A-Train (Jessie Usher), Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell), The Deep (Chace Crawford), The Homelander (Antony Starr), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) and new recruit Starlight (Erin Moriarty).

When A-Train accidentally kills Robin (Jess Salgueiro), partner of Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid), the grief-stricken boyfriend vows revenge.

Hughie joins forces with a team of renegades known as The Boys comprising Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), Female (Karen Fukuhara), Frenchie (Tomer Kapron) and Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso) to dismantle The Seven and everything they stand for.

A touching bond between Hughie and Starlight provides The Boys with a way to undermine The Seven from the inside.

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