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Jack Pelling

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Review - Skyfall

The masterstroke of casting Judy Dench as M way back in <em>Goldeneye</em> is still paying off, and <em>Skyfall</em> is unquestionably her finest hour. The relationship between Bond and his mothering commanding officer has always been an intriguing one, and now it is fully explored for the first time.
19/10/2012 17:36 BST

Review - Avengers Assemble

Ever since Marvel announced plans to finally produce an <em>Iron Man</em> movie, rumours of an <em>Avengers</em> film have been circling the internet. 
19/04/2012 17:16 BST

Review: Doctor Who- The God Complex

Amongst the guest stars is a barely recognisable David Walliams as Gibbis; a member of an alien raced famed for it's cowardice.  It has become somewhat of a tradition to cast popular comedians in <em>Doctor Who</em>, with previous parts for Simon Pegg, James Cordon, Peter Kay and Catherine Tate, and Walliams put in a good performance.  He was given some of the best lines in an episode whose gag rate was a bit hit and miss.
19/09/2011 08:36 BST

Top 5 Summer Blockbusters of 2011

It's September. Glastonbury, Wimbledon and Edinburgh Fringe seem a distant memory. The air grows colder and the days get darker as the curtain begins to fall on another British summer
08/09/2011 15:53 BST

Jason Momoa Talks Conan The Barbarian (Video)

Jason Momoa is perhaps best know for his role as Khal Drogo in HBO's hit fantasy epic, <em>Game of Thrones</em>, but the Hawaiian- born actor is about to make his big screen debut, taking on the iconic role of Conan in the most recent update of Robert E. Howard's <em>Conan the Barbarian</em>, and is hotly tipped to be going places in Hollywood.
18/08/2011 15:51 BST

Conan The Barbarian: A Pantomime of Swords & Gore

Conan the Barbarian 2011 is unlikely to win over any new fans but if your keen on frantic pacing, blood by the bucket load and abs and biceps galore, you may well have a decent night out, just remember to set your brain to pantomime mode!
17/08/2011 23:16 BST

3D: For and Against

The discussion of 3D is a horse that has been flogged to within an inch of its life over the last few years, with powerful film writers such as Roger Ebert being particularly vocal in their resentment of cinema's latest technological development. But with the vast majority of critics uncharacteristically singing from the same hymn sheet, and audiences beginning to turn their back on inflated ticket prices, what do people on the creative side of the film industry think?
12/08/2011 08:25 BST

A Cynic's Guide to Doctor Who

It is about a year since my secret addiction started, a balmy Summer Saturday when, due to the sheer laziness of not wanting to reach down to the coffee table for the remote, I found myself doing something I hadn't consciously done for at least 20 years: watching an episode of Doctor Who.
29/07/2011 23:18 BST

Cars 2: The Sequel Nobody Asked For

In 2006 something happened that no one could have conceived of - Pixar produced it's first bad picture. Cars still performed at the box office but it lacked the warmth and exemplary story telling that the studio was famous for and was expected to produce. It seems strange, then, for a studio which has for the best part resisted sequels to make one that no one asked for.
18/07/2011 11:02 BST

Sex Toys: Michael Bay's Sexualisation of Transformers

Although, as a critic, I have always hated Michael Bay's films, until now they could simply be dismissed as rubbish, but his sexualisation of Megan Fox and her replacement has no place in a franchise about toy robots. Let's hope he realizes this before the next, inevitable instalment.
18/07/2011 10:48 BST

Illegal Movie Downloads up 30% but it's the Industry That Needs to Change

I don't condone video piracy, far from it; if the movie industry collapsed I would be out of a job. What I find more objectionable however, is the blame being laid solely at the feet of the young "tech" generation when the industries reaction to the rise of internet piracy has been so lacklustre.
15/07/2011 16:11 BST