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New to stream: The Outfit and Atlanta series three

Damon Smith

The Outfit: Johnny Flynn as Francis and Mark Rylance as Leonard Burling

THE OUTFIT (Cert 15, 106 mins, Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd, Thriller/Romance, available now via Premium Video On Demand rental, available from June 27 on Amazon/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, available from August 1 on DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £26.99/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray £34.99)

Starring: Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn, Dylan O'Brien, Simon Russell Beale.

MILD-mannered widower Leonard Burling (Mark Rylance) creates impeccable garments for the tough-talking men of 1956 Chicago from his shop, L Burling Bespoke, assisted by his chatterbox receptionist Mable (Zoey Deutch).

In the back room of Leonard's inauspicious premises is a lockbox used by associates of the mob headed by Roy Boyle (Simon Russell Beale).

Leonard turns a blind eye to visits from Roy's son Richie (Dylan O'Brien) and right-hand man Francis (Johnny Flynn) to collect brown paper envelopes stuffed with cash.

"If we only let angels be customers, soon we'd have no customers at all," he quietly reminds Mable.

When a mysterious organisation called The Outfit tips off Boyle about a mole in his organisation, Leonard and Mable are unwittingly drawn into the hunt for a traitor.

Set predominantly in the four interconnected rooms of Leonard's bespoke men's atelier, The Outfit is a handsomely tailored thriller, constructed almost as artfully as one of the lead character's suits.

Graham Moore makes an impressive directorial debut several years after he collected an Academy Award for his screenplay to The Imitation Game.

Alan Turing would have cracked the coded conversations before a final act of steadily spiralling tension fuelled by the incendiary lead performance of chameleonic fellow Oscar winner Rylance.

He is masterful as an unassuming pawn in a deadly game of strategy and subterfuge, gelling splendidly with Deutch's dreamer and Flynn's hot-headed thug.

The shop feels increasingly claustrophobic as the script holds our attention in a chokehold with emotionally charged interrogations that venerate the art of coolly saying one thing when you mean something else.

RATING: 4/5

Atlanta Season 3: Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles, LaKeith Stanfield as Darius, Zazie Beetz as Van and Donald Glover as Earn Marks

ATLANTA – SEASON 3 (10 episodes, starts streaming from June 29 exclusively on Disney+, Comedy/Drama/Romance)

CREATED by lead actor Donald Glover, comedy drama Atlanta has amassed a mantelpiece full of trophies including Emmy Awards and Golden Globes.

The third and penultimate season begins this week, continuing the haphazard journeys of rapper Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) and his manager and cousin, Earnest 'Earn' Marks (Glover).

A special episode inspired by a shocking real-life crime kicks off proceedings before before Paper Boi and Earn head to Amsterdam for a concert as part of a European tour.

Alfred's assistant Darius X (LaKeith Stanfield) is involved in a bizarre funeral and one member of the crew faces time in police custody unless they can post bail.

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