Kingsman: The Secret Service - Film Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service - Film Review

This adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' 2012 comic book series The Secret Service takes on the spy genre with its tongue lodged in its cheek. Colin Firth plays upmarket intelligence agent Harry Hart, who grooms an unlikely new recruit...

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The Gambler - Film Review

The Gambler - Film Review

In Rupert Wyatt's remake of 1974's James Caan-starring The Gambler , a leaner than usual Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a literature professor whose gambling addiction results in a $260,000 debt to the owner of an underground gambling ring...

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Big Hero 6 - Film Review

Big Hero 6 - Film Review

As with 2014's Guardians Of The Galaxy , you'd have to be the most obsessive of Marvel completists to own the eight comics featuring Japanese superhero team Big Hero 6. And, just like with the Guardians film, that doesn’'t matter at all. This...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (28/1/2015)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (28/1/2015)

Drenge - We Can Do What We Want Their faces might still be fresher than most, but new single ‘We Can Do What We Want’ sees Eoin and Rory Loveless return sounding revved up. “Balaclava on my boyfriend’s head/Like he said, we’ve got...

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Paper Souls - Film Review

Paper Souls - Film Review

In this Paris-set film from Belgian director Vincent Lannoo, widower and former novelist Paul (Stephane Guillon) writes funeral eulogies composed from recollections of his clients’ relatives. A woman named Emma (Julie Gayet) asks him to write...

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Beyond Clueless - Film Review

Beyond Clueless - Film Review

Written and directed by film journalist Charlie Lyne, this 90-minute documentary promises a "dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie". There's no doubting Lyne's passion: he's picked clips from over 250 films and set them...

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A Most Violent Year - Film Review

A Most Violent Year - Film Review

After starring as a hapless folk musician in last year's Inside Llewyn Davis , Oscar Isaac is starting 2015 in stellar form. Compelling in Ex Machina , he is magnificent here, and has to be: in this enthralling third film from JC Chandor (...

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Ex Machina - Film Review

Ex Machina - Film Review

From Interstellar or Transcendence to the lovelorn smartphone in Her , artificial intelligence was cinema’s hot new theme in 2014. But novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland ( The Beach , 28 Days Later ) is not merely surfing the...

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Inherent Vice - Film Review

Inherent Vice - Film Review

Renowned for their denseness and complexity, reclusive American author Thomas Pynchon’s novels have long been dismissed as unfilmable. And with good reason: frankly, you’d have more luck adapting a banana for the big screen than trying to...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (21/1/2015)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (21/1/2015)

The Cribs - An Ivory Hand The Jarman brothers promised us pop from their new album, and judging by this first taste of 'For All My Sisters', they'll deliver in spades. 'An Ivory Hand' is a masterclass in anthemic indie-pop, feeling like chorus...

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