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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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Fast and Furiosa - Mad Max: Fury Road - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2015 | (16:04)

"The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of VCRs, ruined dreams... But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we called "Max." 

To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time..."

It's 1985 and Mel Gibson, in the...

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Spooks (The Greater Good) The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (10:18)

The fact I yawned my way through half of this big screen version of the hit BBC thriller series from a few years ago is not because Spooks (The Greater Good) is a bad movie, more the fact I was jet lagged from a week in the US, and needed...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron-The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2015 | (17:10)

"Daddy, I'm bored", moans a little voice a few seats away from me.
Clearly the noisy ankle-biter who's assembled for this Sunday morning IMAX 3D screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron is not feeling the love for Joss Whedon's sequel to his 2012 blockbuster Avengers Assemble.

Given...

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Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler - The Gig Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2015 | (21:01)

Have you ever listened to a podcast at twice the speed?
Fast, yet still intelligible, right?
Well that's like watching a Dara O Briain gig, or at least one of his recent Crowd Tickler performances in Newcastle.

When you travel 123 miles (one way) and book...

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Hipsters, Hip Hop and Hip Ops: 'While We're Young'-The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2015 | (17:29)

The first act of While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists. 

In a week dominated by Cinderella, Fast and Furious 7 and a wealth of kids movies, it...

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Thunderbirds Are Go: The Preview

(8) Comments | Posted 29 March 2015 | (21:35)

Thunderbirds are back, but is the new version of Gerry Anderson's classic puppet saga any good?

Well, the answer is yes and no.
While the two characters in the opening scenes of the new series look like they could have been computer-generated 10 years ago, there is a...

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50 Shades of Meh: 'Insurgent' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2015 | (22:37)

The latest chapter in the Divergent series is a film of two halves. The first has all the appeal of wandering around one of those abandoned concrete-filled cities due for demolition.

Greyness abounds. Grey skies, grey suits, grey landscapes of steel and stone. Grey people. Grey dialogue. In short,...

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The Duke of Burgundy - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2015 | (22:40)

The Duke of Burgundy is quite unlike any film I have seen.

Inspired by the works of Jess Franco and assorted other European filmmakers, director Peter Strickland, the brains behind Berberian Sound Studio, has created arguably the best film of the year.

Released within a few weeks of that other...

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - The Review

(2) Comments | Posted 2 March 2015 | (20:21)

What happens if you mix classic British sitcom Waiting For God with Slumdog Millionaire? You get a bittersweet comedy with a Bollywood feel, aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Those key elements helped rinse many a pensioner of their grey pounds, dollars and the like a few years ago....

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'Focus' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2015 | (20:30)

Given a couple of key reviews for the new Will Smith/Margot Robbie con man caper Focus, you'd think the cast had gone round the critics' houses with a swag bag and walked out with the contents.

Okay, it's not as clever as some of the best episodes of Hustle...

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Blackhat - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2015 | (17:52)

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 | (08:57)

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 | (17:44)

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 | (15:33)

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 | (14:01)

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 | (19:51)

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 | (16:58)

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 | (17:49)

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 | (21:39)

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 | (21:27)

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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