A Quiet Place (2018) – Review

Guest post by Liam Springate-Jones A Quiet Place is an extraordinary piece of work. A masterstroke of suspense, thrills and survivalist dread, it racks up the tension and makes brilliant use of silence as a storytelling device. This film was stuck in my head for days after watching it. It’s a horror film that creates genuine terror and crafts scares in…

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Assassin’s Creed (2016) – Review

You’d be forgiven for harbouring a genuine degree of hope for this movie. Hope that it might finally buck the trend of rubbish video game adaptations. It didn’t look – at least on paper – like a studio simply cashing in on an established franchise; director Justin Kurtzel had arrived right off the seductive and bleak Macbeth, bringing the film’s two lead…

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Wind River (2017) – Review

Taylor Sheridan’s recent career shift has an air of Matthew McConaughey’s ‘McConaissance’ a few years back. Sure, Sheridan’s name bears none of the same weight, but the conviction is no less admirable. Sheridan was a working actor with a decent recurring gig on Sons Of Anarchy when finally he realised, at 40, what he was doing wasn’t giving him purpose. So he quits…

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It (2017) – Review

It’s finally here. With The Dark Tower earlier in the summer and the likes of Gerald’s Game and Mr. Mercedes gracing the small screen (plus a host of other adaptations in active development), it appears to be the year of Stephen King. Now it’s time to cast our eyes to the big one – the updated adaptation of one of his biggest, best and weirdest novels…

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The Future of Gaming

I’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto 5 since the day it came out four years ago (somehow it’s already been that long), and during those four years my time spent in-game has racked up to a whopping 35 days – 35 full, real-time days. And that’s just playing online, without taking into account the three times I’ve completed story mode. Unhealthy, perhaps,…

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Annabelle: Creation (2017) – Review

Stephen King once said everyone has a backstory, only most of it isn’t very interesting. Which in other words means origin stories aren’t inherently bad, but for every Godfather Part 2 there’s an Alien: Covenant. Too often it’s an area of cinema derived from the desire to sell tickets rather than an artistic yearning to tell a story, so it’s no surprise how…

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Wonder Woman (2017) – Review

It’s not like Warner Bros. haven’t made a few pennies with the three films currently comprising their DC Extended Universe – Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad made a combined $2b+ at the worldwide box office. But what they’re really desperate for is some critical success to go with all that money, and perhaps the kind of validation they used to…

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Alien: Covenant (2017) – Review

During the press rounds for Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott basically admitted that the only reason he made the film was to right the wrongs of Prometheus – specifically, its lack of the Xenomorph. Not too many people would argue the fact that there were problems with Prometheus, but despite the impression Scott seems to be under, I doubt this was everyone’s main issue. In fact, the very lack…

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Review

When James Gunn delivered Guardians Of The Galaxy to the big screen back in 2014, he surprised almost everyone. Here was this relatively unknown director of ‘squelchy’ independent films like Slither and Super (he also penned The Belko Experiment which is currently in cinemas), jumping into the well-established Marvel Cinematic Universe with a group of characters who no-one but avid comic readers would recognize. The ingredients were there…

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