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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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Chasing Shadows on DVD - A Chat With Alex Kingston

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2014 | (10:11)

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 | (19:01)

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 | (09:54)

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 | (12:47)

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 | (19:48)

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 | (19:18)

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 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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