Roger Crow
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

Entries by Roger Crow

'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.

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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.


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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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'Spy' - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2015 | (20:42)

I haven't seen a good spy comedy in years. For some reason, filmmakers have had a hard job coming up with an espionage spoof that works as well as other genre classics Airplane or The Naked Gun. Leslie Nielsen comedy Spy Hard fell apart once you've got past those terrific...

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Stewart Lee - A Room With A Stew Review

(1) Comments | Posted 3 June 2015 | (10:20)

It's 4pm.

I leave work and walk a mile to the station, spend an hour on the world's most uncomfortable train to Bradford to see A Room With A Stew - the latest gig for edgy, acclaimed comedian Stewart Lee.

One second in and I'm already winning compared to...

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Man Up - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2015 | (21:00)

Simon Pegg is one of the most likeable British actors of his generation, but after the glorious highs of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, trying to land another consistently funny vehicle was far from easy. Yes, Paul came close while The World's End (featuring arguably Pegg's best turn), peaked...

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San Andreas - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2015 | (17:03)

The first I knew of San Andreas was (name drop alert) while interviewing Alexandra Daddario last year. The drop dead gorgeous, not bad actress was plugging True Detective and was hyped about the shoot in Australia. I tried to share her enthusiasm but Dwayne Johnson has never been top of...

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Tomorrowland - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2015 | (19:05)

Gorgeous George Clooney turns Grumpy George in Tomorrowland, the new movie from director Brad Bird.
The maker of The Incredibles is a master of animated flicks such as The Iron Giant, and did a good job with Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol. Alas, despite plugging the eponymous attraction, this looks...

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Fast and Furiosa - Mad Max: Fury Road - The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2015 | (16:04)

"The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of VCRs, ruined dreams... But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we called "Max." 

To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time..."

It's 1985 and Mel Gibson, in the...

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Spooks (The Greater Good) The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (10:18)

The fact I yawned my way through half of this big screen version of the hit BBC thriller series from a few years ago is not because Spooks (The Greater Good) is a bad movie, more the fact I was jet lagged from a week in the US, and needed...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron-The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2015 | (17:10)

"Daddy, I'm bored", moans a little voice a few seats away from me.
Clearly the noisy ankle-biter who's assembled for this Sunday morning IMAX 3D screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron is not feeling the love for Joss Whedon's sequel to his 2012 blockbuster Avengers Assemble.


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Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler - The Gig Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2015 | (21:01)

Have you ever listened to a podcast at twice the speed?
Fast, yet still intelligible, right?
Well that's like watching a Dara O Briain gig, or at least one of his recent Crowd Tickler performances in Newcastle.

When you travel 123 miles (one way) and book...

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Hipsters, Hip Hop and Hip Ops: 'While We're Young'-The Review

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2015 | (17:29)

The first act of While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists. 

In a week dominated by Cinderella, Fast and Furious 7 and a wealth of kids movies, it...

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Thunderbirds Are Go: The Preview

(8) Comments | Posted 29 March 2015 | (21:35)

Thunderbirds are back, but is the new version of Gerry Anderson's classic puppet saga any good?

Well, the answer is yes and no.
While the two characters in the opening scenes of the new series look like they could have been computer-generated 10 years ago, there is a...

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