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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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Guardians of the Galaxy - The Review

(1) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (23:38)

So, a year after your last blog on Guardians of the Galaxy, was it worth the wait?
Definitely. A fun, action packed, occasionally moving, occasionally filthy live action comic book fantasy.
The cast is terrific, Chris Pratt is perfect as the heroic Star Lord, while...

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The Knife That Killed Me - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (20:01)

I could have posted this review a week ago having been at the Bradford premiere of The Knife That Killed Me. But occasionally it's nice to let the dust settle for a while and then reflect on the experience.

When the cold reality of day hits, sometimes you look back...

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On the Set of 'Awaiting': The Hottest British Thriller of 2015?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2014 | (21:25)

It's one of the hottest days of the year, and anyone with any sense is out in the sunshine enjoying it. Personally, I've always preferred the air conditioning of a movie theatre on roasting hot days, but this particular Saturday I've gone one better.

I'm sat on a cosy sofa...

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Marley and Me: John Tobler Reflects on a Reggae Legend

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (20:59)

Music journalist John Tobler has spent decades chatting to iconic musicians. I spoke to him about his interviews with reggae legend Bob Marley.

For those who don't know your work, you've chatted to some of the biggest names in the music business...

"Having been a writer about popular music...

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Transformers: Age of Extinction - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (20:01)

"It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever..."

Thirty years ago, Kyle Reese offered those words of warning to heroine Sarah Connor in James Cameron's iconic sleeper hit The Terminator.

Having endured...

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Under the Skin - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2014 | (11:41)

How much exposition do you need in a film? Those clunky scenes when characters discuss plot, stitching Scene A to Scene B? Obviously film is a visual medium, so in theory nobody needs say anything.

In Under the Skin, director Jonathan Glazer decides less is definitely more, keeping dialogue...

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Blackbeard's Tea Party: THE Band to See at Glastonbury

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (15:11)

I'm a bit bored with generic bands these days. Everything seems to have been done, so thank heavens York-based musical troupe Blackbeard's Tea Party restored my faith in foot-tapping, fun, energy-packed music recently.
In short: they make shanties chic.
With the band making their Glastonbury debut at...

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If I Don't Come Home: D-Day Letters - A chat with Richard Bannerman

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (15:05)

Richard Bannerman was one-year-old when his father, Capt Alastair Bannerman, became one of more than 160,000 Allied troops involved in the D-Day landings of 1944.
Capt Bannerman, of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was due to lead his men ashore as part of the massive...

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22 Jump Street - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2014 | (15:52)

The beauty of 21 Jump Street was it was a movie version of a TV series hardly anyone was desperate to see.
The only place it could go was up, and was surprisingly hilarious.

So at the start of the sequel, 22 Jump Street, we wonder...

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A Chat With Holby/Rev Veteran Jimmy Akingbola

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (20:49)

Actor Jimmy Akingbola has been a stage an screen regular for years, making his mark in BBC cop drama Holby Blue (when we first had a phone chat). Since then he wowed the masses in BBC stethosoap Holby City and Bafta-winning sitcom Rev.

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Edge of Tomorrow - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2014 | (20:01)

For 30 years I've loved The Twilight Zone, a passion rekindled recently with the Blu ray box set.
Those relatively cheap black and white dramas, many penned by Rod Serling, were either 30 or 60 minute 'what if?' dramas. They created great premises for broader canvases, bigger budget,...

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Vera - Series 4 on DVD: A Chat With David Leon

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2014 | (17:21)

David Leon was born in 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne. A decade ago he made his film debut in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and went on to feature in hit BBC drama Cutting It, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. I spoke to the actor, producer and director about playing DS Joe Ashworth...

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X-men: Days of Future Past - the Review

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2014 | (22:41)

The future is rubbish. (Isn't it always in sci-fi epics?)
Shape-shifting Transform...er...Sentinels have laid waste to the mutant world.
Making a Last Stand, (another one), Storm, Professor X, Magneto, Kitty Pryde, Frozone from The Incredibles (oh, apparently not), and a few other mutants playing Portal (for real)...

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Godzilla: The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2014 | (16:19)

It's rare I get to feel like a kid on Christmas morning while watching a movie. More often than not filmmakers have contempt for the audience or signpost everything so far in advance, you feel like an A level student in a kindergarten.

Thank heavens Monsters director Gareth Edwards...
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Shetland on DVD: A Chat With Douglas Henshall

(1) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (00:00)

Douglas Henshall has been a TV and movie regular for almost 25 years, starring in This Year's Love, and Primeval among many other projects.
With the release of his hit BBC TV detective drama Shetland on DVD, I spoke to the Scottish actor about the show... and thoughts on...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (11:04)

For the most part, The Amazing Spider-man 2 is exactly what you expect: likeable teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to fight crime, while romancing gorgeous girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).

We have plenty of stunts, shots of Spidey freefalling towards the streets of New York City, and several...

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Noah - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2014 | (16:59)

I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of biblical epics I've seen on the big screen over the past 40 years.
Not that there have been many such big budget movies over that time, but the likes of The Last Temptation of Christ and The...

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The Raid 2 - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2014 | (16:37)

Put simply The Raid 2 involves the simple formula of bloke A hits bloke B for 2.5 hrs, alternating bloke B every 10 minutes.

Taking place a few hours after the first movie, it sees returning hero Rama sent undercover to infiltrate a lethal Jakarta crime ring to protect...

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The Tom Cruise Effect

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2014 | (22:54)

The other week I was lucky enough to attend the Empire awards.
A galaxy of stars were present, as you might imagine, and some of my favourite actors and film makers got the plaudits they richly deserved.

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Emma Thompson winning a...
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (19:55)

Given the advanced reviews for Captain America: the Winter Soldier, I expected it was going to be one of the best Marvel films so far.
Maybe because I had just sat through Martin Scorsese's three-hour epic The Wolf of Wall Street, or maybe because the premiere was at midnight,...

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