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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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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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Brian Clemens: The Professional Behind Bodie and Doyle

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (21:33)

Brian Clemens is one of the most influential British writer/producer/directors in history having created The Avengers, The New Avengers and a string of international hit series and films. With the release of his classic TV series The Professionals on Blu-ray, DVD and download, I spoke to Brian about his life...

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The Haunting Appeal of Katee Sackhoff

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (20:01)

Thirty years ago, this aspiring writer, weaned on Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, spent three weeks in Lake Oswego, Oregon, while The Goonies was being shot a few miles away.

At the time, Trek-loving Katee Sackhoff was also growing up a few miles away. And yes, she also became...

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2014 | (20:46)

Contains spoilers

Is there a clear and present danger of any Jack Ryan-related gags here?
No, so stop there.

Okay. Are Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin in it?
No, it's not that sort of Shadow

How about members of an alien invasion task force?
No, that's...

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We Are Most Amused: Giggles Live

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (18:33)

Did you hear the one about the bloke who belched in front of the Queen at The Royal Variety Performance?

No, there is no punchline.

His name was, and is Howard Read, and one critic described him as 'One of the hottest and most original comedy acts working...

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Frozen - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (10:18)

"DO YOU WANT SOME MALTESERS?" yells the large woman behind me, either oblivious to the fact she's sat in a cinema addressing her ankle-biter or couldn't care less about the audience around her.

I'm trying to watch Frozen, the latest CGI masterpiece from the Disney stable. Their 53rd animated...

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Preview: House of Fools

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (18:28)

Remember when Vic and Bob were funny? I do.

It was 1993 and a The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer debuted on BBC2.
Each episode was a gloriously surreal mix of musical intros, frying pan in the face desk intros, surreal sketches and general nonsense.

More...

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American Hustle - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (19:55)

I liked David O Russell's latest movie. Like Ridley Scott's similar American Gangster, it was sprawling, ambitious and featured a superb cast amid a 1970s setting. But while I was dazzled by Christian Bale's combover and pot belly, mesmerised by Amy Adams' acting prowess, and marvelled at Bradley Cooper's impressive...

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The Best Films of 2013

(7) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (21:49)

2013: a year of some despicable films, many addressed in a previous post. However, while a few left me desolated, others were life-affirming, tear-inducing, rib-tickling, memory-scarring masterpieces.

From tales of protagonists desperate to stay airborne to those determined to land, I laughed, cried and tried to ignore...

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The Most Disappointing Films of 2013

(4) Comments | Posted 29 December 2013 | (14:00)

So that was 2013, a year when men of Iron and Steel dominated the box office; when a despicable sequel left millions giggling the world over, and when Sandra Bullock added gravitas to Gravity. All of which was moving, fun, dramatic and great value for money.

However, there were...

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Drama To Leave You 'Breathless'

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (17:10)

Paul Unwin may not be a household name, but in TV terms he's a serious mover and shaker as one of the brains behind British TV's longest running medical saga, Casualty

I spoke to the amiable writer, director and photographer about his recent project, ITV's period medical drama Breathless, the...

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The Hobbit 2 Review: Smaug is Bored and I Am Desolated

(1) Comments | Posted 15 December 2013 | (20:39)

Contains spoilers

I've never toured the Lake District or Venice with a bunch of diminutive roadies. Nor have I felt the urge to, as fun as it might be.

But now I feel I've had that vicarious experience in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and felt utterly bemused...

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Saving Mr Banks - Practically Perfect in (Almost) Every Way

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2013 | (20:56)

Walt Disney's attempts to get PL Travers' permission to make Mary Poppins is a wonderfully simple story.
She can't stand animation, bad grammar, pears, fun, over familiarity and a hotel room full of his stuffed Disney toys.
He's used to folks melting at his excess charm...

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Memories of a Hellraiser - A Chat with Chatterer

(1) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (18:44)

September 1987, and the face of horror changed forever.
Hellraiser, Clive Barker's debut movie, turned out to be one of the most visionary and influential films of the decade.

A low budget, blood-soaked chiller, it starred Dirty Harry's Andrew Robinson and Clare Higgins (Dr Who short, The Night...

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Review

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2013 | (20:22)

The future is grim; the masses are suffering; the rich are prospering. A TV game show keeps most entertained, but at a price.

Yes, the much hyped, YA global sensation Hunger Games is back for a sequel, and once more Jennifer Lawrence is magnificent as the heroine, Katniss Everdeen....

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