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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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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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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (20:48)

Do you ever watch a film and marvel at the construction, savour the script, relish the photography and soak up the score?

Of course you do. But by the time the film is over, do the sum total of those fabulous elements feel less because the story lacked a...

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Lucy - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2014 | (20:18)

It's 20 years since I've seen a Luc Bessonfilm as enjoyable as Lucy.
The French movie mogul created two of my favourite films in Leon and Nikita, but in the years since then his output has been erratic to say the least.

I loved The Fifth Element,...

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Guardians of the Galaxy - The Review

(2) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (00:38)

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 | (21:01)

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 | (22:25)

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 | (21:59)

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 | (21:01)

"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 | (12:41)

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 | (16:11)

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 | (16:05)

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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