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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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Eye in the Sky/The Jungle Book (2016) Reviews

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2016 | (16:26)

Eye in the Sky

There's something wonderful about watching a movie without reading or hearing any reviews. You have no expectations and haven't been told what to think, but given the calibre of the cast, you hope they won't let you down.
Such was the case with Eye...

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Doctor (Not That) Strange?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2016 | (10:17)

Many years ago, in an era before video recorders, (imagine that kids!), I stayed up late one Friday night to watch a 1978 movie. That film was Dr Strange, a forgettable TV fantasy epic starring Peter Hooten and John Mills, based on the classic Marvel comic of the same name....

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On the Set of David Tennant's New Film 'Mad To Be Normal'

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (21:18)

It's a bleak Thursday night in February as I arrived at the set of David Tennant's new movie, Mad To Be Normal.
In the twilight gloom of East Yorkshire, star trailers were being packed up and hauled off site, while the office of RD Laing had enjoyed its...

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Blade Runner's Future Becomes History

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2016 | (17:25)

He will go on to see things we wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. He'll watch C beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. And he will go on to give Blade Runner's Rick Deckard the biggest challenge of his life.
Friday,...

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The Best Films of 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2015 | (10:52)

2015: a year of extraordinary films, fascinating indie flicks and nostalgic blockbusters.
Here's my favourite 30 movies - and a few of the worst.

The bad and the ugly...
Spy - Jason Statham was a hoot as a gruff agent. The fact he was...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - A Spoiler Free Review

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2015 | (12:45)

It's around 12.30am, and the Imax 3D screening of JJ Abrams' long awaited Star Wars epic The Force Awakens is finally unveiled.
For around an hour the packed cinema is hushed, except for laughs in all the right places, as the drama unfolds.
We thrill to the sight...

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'The Peanuts Movie' and 'Sisters' Reviews

(1) Comments | Posted 13 December 2015 | (19:59)

Snoopy and Charlie Brown - The Peanuts Movie

Like millions I was hooked on the comic strip Peanuts as a kid. The TV specials were also a small screen delight, but then other things like Garfield and The Simpsons came along and Charlie Brown seemed like a chunk of childhood...

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On the Set of 'Await Further Instructions' - The Next Big British Horror?

(2) Comments | Posted 29 November 2015 | (21:15)

Christmas. What could be more enjoyable than getting the family together, having dinner, then crashing out in front of the TV?

However, for those featured in new movie Await Further Instructions, this will turn into a festive season none will forget... if any live to see the new year.

I'm...

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'Steve Jobs' and 'The Lady in the Van' - Reviews

(3) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (09:03)

"So I said to mother while buttering a cream cracker, 'Would you like a more expensive Apple computer; one that was self contained and incompatible with others?'
"She said: 'No Steve Jobs. I wouldn't. And why do you sound like Alan Bennett has written your dialogue instead of...

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Spectre - A Review

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2015 | (18:00)

For a spy in his mid forties it's apt that James Bond's latest adventure shows signs of middle aged - or mid film - spread.

Spectre, as you know, is the longest 007 epic so far, and it shows with a baggy second act.
However, despite mixed...

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Crimson Peak: The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2015 | (20:46)

I'm 30 minutes in to Crimson Peak and my eyes are closing. I've already spent 20 minutes talking to actual people to get two cinema tickets because it's sometimes nicer than just booking online. The assistant misheard me, gave me two tickets for Hotel Transylvania 2 and it took two...

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'Inside Out' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2015 | (10:02)

As a rule of thumb, when I'm feeling depressed Pixar movies usually do a good job of cheering me up.
So, fed up over rubbish weather and assorted life matters, I'd hoped Inside Out would lift my spirits.
Given the media saturation and ad budget capable...

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"More Astounds For Your Pound" - Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation Review

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2015 | (09:42)

A list blockbusters are essentially operas - larger than life with colourful characters, exotic backdrops and a rhythm to the storytelling that ebbs and flows in all the right places.

Perhaps most importantly the third act should reach a crescendo before ebbing into the closing titles.
And...

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Big Isn't Always Better - 'Ant-Man' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2015 | (15:14)

Two years ago I asked Edgar Wright what the tone of Ant-Man would be like.
He was a little cagey naturally, but I had no idea within months he would have left the project and Marvel bosses would be left trying to find a suitable replacement.

However,...

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Kings of Warwick Castle - Kaiser Chiefs Gig Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2015 | (21:10)

When offered the chance to see Kaiser Chiefs at Warwick Castle as part of the Sounds in the Grounds festival, I didn't need to think twice.

My last trip had been in 1977 when a best mate gave our school trip chicken pox by returning to school too early....

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Partial Recall - Terminator Genisys The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2015 | (23:08)

Thirty years ago, a nervous 16 year old bought a ticket for the 18 certificate The Terminator. In an age before he was able to worship the God of VHS, this was a major event. 
Writer/director James Cameron at the time was a relative unknown, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie stardom...

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Something Wicked This Way Comes - On the (Virtual) Set of Macbeth

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2015 | (17:23)

Did we really need another film version of Macbeth?
Probably not, but as one of the bard's greatest plays, when you and I are dust, filmmakers will still be turning out their interpretations of this Shakespeare classic.

Director Kit Monkman, one of the brains behind critically acclaimed...

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'Mr Holmes' - Review

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2015 | (21:00)

If Christopher Nolan wrote and directed a Sherlock Holmes film, chances are it would look like Mr Holmes, the new movie from director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters).

The story gives us a fresh take on the Baker Street legend, from his attire (no deerstalker) to his London address...

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Welcome to Generic Park? - 'Jurassic World' Review

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2015 | (21:37)

There's a scene in the original Jurassic Park when Samuel L Jackson decides to re-boot the eponymous complex's computer system.
It takes place within a matter of seconds, but as any fan of the series will tell you, it's been 14 years since Jurassic Park III bowed out...

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'Danny Collins' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2015 | (21:09)

A while ago I was writing a gig preview for a national newspaper, and the subject of a musician who eventually received a letter from John Lennon piqued my interest.
A great story thought I, and that was that. But now, about a year later, we have Danny Collins,...

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