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After more than 22 years of penning celebrity features, film guides, travel features, and TV highlights for the world's Press, Roger thinks he's finally got a handle on this reviewing business. Raised by Wolves (football ground), he's an adopted Yorkshireman who spends his free time watching movies, TV shows, gaming and writing reviews for his blog, Crow's Feat

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Blackhat - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2015 | (18:52)

Contains possible spoilers

Cyber thrillers can fall flat if they slip into the realms of cliche, but thankfully Blackhat gets the cardinal sin out the way early: assorted close up tracking shots of data transfer through chips and microscopic tech landscapes.

Chris Hemsworth is terrific as Nicholas Hathaway, the...

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Twenty Thoughts on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Movie

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (09:57)

The Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was bound to generate a lot of controversy. If you've seen the film or don't want to read any potential spoilers, then perhaps best go somewhere else. For those that have seen the movie, or just don't care, here are some of...

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'Fifty Shades of Grey': The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 15 February 2015 | (18:44)

So that was the most talked about adult film of the year then, a long awaited version of the EL James best seller - S&M for the M&S market. (I imagine a few of their brass curtain rings and drape ties will fly off the shelves in the coming weeks.)

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"Bees don't lie" - 'Jupiter Ascending': The Review

(6) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (16:33)

Popular culture has taught us many things about right and wrong over the years. We have learned that Bucks Fizz's camera never lies, and neither do Shakira's hips. Now, thanks to the glorious bonkersness that is Jupiter Ascending and Sean Bean, we discover that bees never lie either.

The latest...

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2015 | (15:01)

A few months ago I was on the set of a low budget British movie called Slapper and Me. Wandering around the soundstages was a young actor with the air of someone who was destined for great things. He looked like the sort of bloke breathing rarefied air.
After...

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Into The Woods - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (20:51)

Director Rob Marshall's latest movie, Into The Woods, is a curious one.
I had no knowledge of the Stephen Sondheim musical, or its songs. Thankfully many were a joy. The excellent cast, including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, were all on good form.

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'Done In' - the Review... and the Joy of Short Films

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (17:58)

The short film can be a thing of beauty, getting to the point obviously far faster than most features 10 times their length.
So I am happy to say that Done In, starring one of my favourite actors, Guy Henry, is the best short film I have seen...

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Birdman - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 5 January 2015 | (18:49)

Michael Keaton gives the performance of his life in Birdman, a stunning, surreal, funny, at times savage study of one man's obsession with a Raymond Carver stage play which he's adapted, and is directing and starring in on Broadway.

The fact Riggan Thomson once played the eponymous superhero in...

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Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Review

(5) Comments | Posted 4 January 2015 | (22:39)

Ridley Scott, in my opinion, had not made a great film in years, so I didn't hold out much hope for his latest, the biblical saga Exodus: Gods and Kings.
However, like 2014's Noah, this huge, visionary epic holds together well and is worth a look on the big...

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Thirty Shades of Great: THE Films of 2014

(2) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (22:27)

So that was 2014, a year when a comedy compromised the free world, when a tree and a raccoon stole millions of hearts, and when Gilliam, Scorsese, Godzilla and Jack Ryan returned to cinemas, but what, you may yawn, was THE film of the past 12 months?

30: Dallas Buyers...

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The Hobbit-The Battle of the Five Armies: The Review

(1) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (19:18)

So that's it then, the final chapter of Peter Jackson's so-so Hobbit trilogy, and the good news is this: The Battle of the Five Armies is better than the last two episodes put together.

Essentially it's one long clash between assorted races - dwarves, orcs, elves and others.

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One of the Most Gripping Thrillers of the Year: 'Awaiting' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2014 | (00:24)

I like thrillers that take their time and avoid the obvious cliches. Fast cutting and overly stylistic lighting can detract from the finished movie. Above all I like a cracking tale well told.
Awaiting ticks all of those boxes.


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Nightcrawler - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2014 | (09:32)

When Jake Gyllenhaal made Donnie Darko in 2001, it marked the arrival of a major force in the movie business.

Of course we didn't know it at the time. That cult time travel offering could have been a fluke and Jake might never have made another movie.

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Paddington - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (20:26)

Paddington is one of those rare movies which makes you glad to be alive.

When I heard that Harry Potter/Gravity producer David Heyman was working on a live action/animated version of the classic Michael Bond tales, I got nervous.

And as much as I love director Paul King's little seen...

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Interstellar - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2014 | (18:48)

The shadows of several films loom large over Interstellar. The Abyss, The Right Stuff, Sunshine and Contact to name but a few.

However, Christopher Nolan's latest epic is still a force to be reckoned with.
Matthew McConaughey is on good form as Cooper, the cowboy pilot with the right...

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'Gone Girl': In 60 Seconds - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2014 | (23:45)

Nick Dunne may have killed his missing wife, Amy. We assess their lives in two parallel stories, while a media circus unfolds.
Thankfully, Nick is helped by his sister and a hotshot lawyer.
David Fincher's version of Gillian Flynn's novel is gripping. Ben Affleck good, Rosamund...

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Chasing Shadows on DVD - A Chat With Alex Kingston

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2014 | (11:11)

I'm really bored of serial killer thrillers. If you'll excuse the pun, I think they've been done to death.

When I found out ITV were releasing a DVD of their new drama series Chasing Shadows, I rolled my eyes (having seen 60 whole seconds of the show the week...

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A Most Wanted Man - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (20:01)

Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) orders a black coffee, doesn't say thanks and drinks it.
Later, he lights a cigarette and smokes it.
Then, another black coffee (still no thanks) and a chat with a chirpy colleague who seems to have wandered in from another, sunnier...

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Lee Mack - Hit the Road Mack - Review

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (10:54)

Around half an hour into Lee Mack's routine at Sheffield City Hall, he asks one of the technicians to put a spotlight on audience members to his far right.

In a coincidence, Sheffield suffers a power cut that leaves the next 10 to 20 minutes of Mack's routine bizarre to...

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The Cinema Events of 2014... So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (13:47)

Ahead of the obligatory end-of-year round-up, here's my verdict on the best cinematic events of 2014*.

You will disagree with most. You will have seen many not on the list. You may wonder why many films are here. And if this annoys you, wait three more months for my...

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