The Rock is too big for the big screen

18th April 2018

Due to this, apparently, being Dwayne Johnson season, there were two trailers back to back starring the wrestling megastar in the cinema this week. This week’s Rampage and July’s Skyscraper both position Johnson as the audience’s protagonist. What they both do, though, is write him into a character that doesn’t fit his physicality at all. […]

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Charts and That

17th April 2018

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Charts and That, where Drake, Far Cry and Rampage are all chilling at the top spots. Drake’s new song Nice For What has rocketed to the top this week, so let’s take a look. Starting with music, as we mentioned, Nice For What has leapt to the top […]

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Rampage Stomps Box Office

16th April 2018

Dwayne Johnson has done it again, with his latest movie Rampage, which has ‘rampaged’ through theatres this weekend. It made $150 million this weekend alone worldwide. IT now sits atop the box office for the US and Canada. Rampage had its first big weekend domestically, however, it was projected to do far better than it […]

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Where are the Infinity Stones?

14th April 2018

Well… firstly- What are the infinity stones? Well, as the collector said in Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re concentrated ingots of singularities that existed before the universe was formed. Blah blah blah comics nonsense, they’re basically coloured gems that each hold ultimate power over a certain aspect of the universe. Bringing them together basically makes […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Place

12th April 2018

If there’s any film that supports my idea of abolishing food in the cinema, it’s this one. A Quiet Place is the latest joint from US Office alumni John Krasinski. It’s a horror film where the premise is that the majority of the film is completely silent. Krasinski and Emily Blunt play the parents of […]

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Film Review: Ready Player One

7th April 2018

Oh boy. Ready Player One is the latest offering from Steven Spielberg (you may have heard of him) and focuses on… erm… the world’s a video-game?… The government is corporations?… There’s a chosen one?…  Look, its a young adult novel. It features everything that that genre entails. Dystopian future? Check. Young team of resistance fighters? […]

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Film Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising

6th April 2018

Remember when people thought Charlie Hunnam could lead a film franchise? Lol. See ya Hunnam. Get on the pile with Sam Worthington and Taylor Kitsch. Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to the 2013 robot/monster flick that did well enough in Chinese markets to merit a franchise. The film concerns humanity’s continued efforts to survive […]

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Film Review: Justice League

5th April 2018

At long last, we have a review for what is generally the most okay movie DC has put out thus far. Justice League, you’re up. After it was revealed that Justice League was DC’s lowest grossing movie, all hope seemed a bit lost. If the public didn’t want to go see it, is there really any […]

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Movies This Month

5th April 2018

Welcome back to Movies This Month! While literally the only movie anyone is raving about is The Avengers later in April, we still have a collective list of all the movies headed to a big screen near you. Unless you’re reading this from space. Then…sorry about that. We’ll be honest there aren’t a lot of […]

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Dark Phoenix and New Mutants Delayed

30th March 2018

Oh, the X-Men Cinematic Universe. What are we going to do with you? 20th Century Fox has announced a delay for its upcoming movies X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants will both be moving release dates, thanks to a large number of major reshoots in both films. The news was reported first by ComicBook.com which […]

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Why video game movies don’t work

30th March 2018

With so many video game movies planned for the coming year, the statistical chance of the game movie curse being broken has never been higher. Despite the constant failure, studios seem determined to keep grasping for this slippery rope of potential. And I can see why. In principle, it appears so easy. A built-in fan-base […]

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Pacific Rim Uprising Review Roundup

24th March 2018

Is the follow-up to Oscar-winning Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 monster mash any good? Did Daredevil’s Steven DeKnight do it justice? Why are we asking you all of these questions? Yes, Pacific Rim Uprising is finally here, starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Jing Tian. It’s a direct sequel to del Toro’s Pacific Rim way back […]

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Sicario: Day of Soldado’s First Trailer

22nd March 2018

Sicario was a tense, cool and thrilling story of revenge, betrayal and intrigue. It followed the story of a cop, who accidentally exposes the US government’s involvement in the Mexican drug cartel. Emily Blunt was fantastic, but her co-star Benicio Del Toro is the focus of the sequel. A new full trailer has been dropped […]

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Justice League DC’s Lowest Gross Film

22nd March 2018

The box office total for Justice League is WB’s lowest yet in the DC series of movies. The films theatrical run ended on a total of $657.9 million, which is the lowest gross since DC’s first movie in the franchise, Man of Steel. The Superman origin story made $668 million. The movie after that Batman […]

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Charts and That

21st March 2018

Hello and welcome to this week’s Charts and That. Things have actually changed this week! We have a few new entries on the lists! Huzzah. Tomb Raider, Kirby and Drake. Again. Well, you can’t have everything can you? So, we’ll start with movies. Tomb Raider just missed the top spot, being beaten out by Peter […]

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Film Review: Tomb Raider

20th March 2018

Tomb Raider (2018) is one of the very best video-game movies of all time. Regrettably, that’s really not saying a lot. Tomb Raider tells the story of the 2013 game of the same name… sort of. It features a young Lara Croft on a quest to the island of Yamatai to investigate her father’s mysterious […]

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Your Plan Sucks

17th March 2018

We’ve been treated to another Avengers Infinity War trailer, featuring the new release date April 27th. The movie will see every single hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe team up to take down the biggest bad, Thanos. The trailer gives another look at the scale of the film. Battles between Thanos’ armies and the heroes […]

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John Boyega on Inclusion Riders

17th March 2018

Star Wars and Pacific Rim actor John Boyega has said he is ‘100%’ on board with inclusion riders. This is a clause where an actor can ask that projects have a diverse cast and crew. It was brought up at the Oscars when Frances McDormand talked backstage after accepting her award for Three Billboards. Boyega […]

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Ready Player One Early Reviews

14th March 2018

Early audiences have finally gotten their eyes on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One after it premiered at the SXSW festival. The most recent trailer showed an explosion of nostalgia, with numerous IPs including Halo. You can see that along with all the other movies coming out this month here. Other noticeable characters include the Iron […]

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Charts and That

14th March 2018

Hello, ladies and jellyfish and welcome back to another edition of Charts and That, where we’ll be reeling off this week’s most popular movies, music and games. Drake, FIFA and Black Panther all sit on top this week. Again. This week, Black Panther continues its reign atop the box office chair. It has so far […]

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Review: Tyneside Cinema

13th March 2018

With a lot of people looking for ways to tighten their belt, plagiarism and pirating have become popular ways to watch films on the cheap. Or for free. It is no lie that this has been pretty detrimental for the film (and music) industry, particularly for cinemas. After all, in the case of Odeon, who […]

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Joker Movie Details Emerge

11th March 2018

While Jared Leto’s Joker may not have been to everyone’s taste, the upcoming Joker spin-off movie is on it’s way to being made. We now have some details on who the character will be and what kind of origin we’ll see for the clown prince of crime. According to The Wrap, the movie will portray […]

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Infinity War is Going to Be Really Long

9th March 2018

You’d better hold in your bathroom breaks because Infinity War is going to be one long movie. According to AMC Theatres, Avengers: Infinity War is going to be the longest Marvel movie yet, by about 10 minutes. The film clocks in at 2 hours and 36 minutes, topping the runtime of Captain America: Civil War […]

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Why the Oscars don’t matter

7th March 2018

Now. This may seem like I’ve been building up to this punchline for a month and in a sense I have. For the idiot who just finished spamming the site with endless Oscar talk to turn round and say they don’t matter seems cheap. And it is. However, I feel that the issue does need […]

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Derren Brown’s ‘The Push’ Will Change You

5th March 2018

Could wearing the wrong clothes to an event and mislabelling vegetarian food lead you to push somebody to their death? Would gradually escalating social pressure drive you to blindly obey a total stranger? Would you pretend to be someone who you knew was dead? If you answered no to everything, you may change your answers […]

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Movies This Month

4th March 2018

Wow, there are actually movies coming out this month. Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim, Red Sparrow and Ready Player One all release this month. Let’s have a look at some trailers. Tomb Raider will be in cinemas on 16th March. It will follow the recent game’s storyline, with a grittier, bloodier Lara Croft. Might break the […]

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2018 Oscar predictions

2nd March 2018

I’m not a betting man. I’m not willing to stake actual money, which is worth something, on my hunches. I am, however, willing to stake my reputation, which is worth nothing, on them. These predictions are based on the awards season so far, the Academy’s historical preferences and last and probably least, the films themselves. […]

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Netflix to Literally Dominate

1st March 2018

In case you hadn’t noticed, Netflix has its fingers in all the pies. By pies we mean IPs. With every week gone, more and more original shows are added to the service, building a library that could rival, or even surpass the biggest TV packages. According to Variety, the service will have roughly 700 original […]

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Film Review: Lady Bird

28th February 2018

We did it. More specifically, I did it. The final Best Picture nominee and the 2nd coming of age drama featuring Timothée Chalamet at this years Oscars is Lady Bird. Lady Bird was always going to be how I ended what I perhaps unfairly call my ‘yearly Oscar slog’. I knew it was a comedy. […]

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Charts and That

27th February 2018

Hello there and welcome back to Charts and That. We have our regular line-up of games, movies and music to rattle through. Maybe you’re enjoying Drake’s new song in the comfort of your home as snow batters the UK. Or playing Metal Gear Survive. Why you’d want to we have no idea. First up, we have […]

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Film review: Call me by your name

26th February 2018

Very much unlike the film, I’m writing about, I’ll get straight to the point. Call Me by your Name is the penultimate best picture nominee I have vowed to review ahead of the Oscars. It’s also the one I’ve heard the least about so I was curious to see what merit the academy had deemed […]

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They’re Making a Cheetos Movie

24th February 2018

A biopic about the man behind Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is in the works at Fox Searchlight, the studio behind Juno and Slumdog Millionaire. The movie, which will be titled Flamin’ Hot (good God) and will follow the life of Hot Cheetos inventor Richard Montanez. Variety reported the news today, saying that multiple studios were all […]

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Film review: The Shape of Water

24th February 2018

Say what you want about this film, it certainly features more human/fish sex than any other nominee. No one can take that away from it. The Shape of Water is a truly puzzling experience. Director Guillermo del Toro returns to his Pans Labyrinth weirdness in a disarming love story between a mute cleaner and a […]

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Can we still watch Aziz Ansari?

23rd February 2018

I threw on Parks and Recreation the other night as a comfort watch. It’s my favourite US sitcom and my go-to for a few easy laughs mixed in with a healthy touch of gooey sentiment. However, as I chuckled at the cringey antics of MVP-wannabe Tom Haverford, a pang of guilt struck me. I thought […]

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Mark Hamill to Receive Hollywood Star

23rd February 2018

Mark Hamill is finally due to get his mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March. This will be the 2,630th star on the walk with the ceremony taking place at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Captain Theatre. George Lucas and Harrison Ford will help emcee with Leron Gubler, the president […]

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Black Panther: Movie Review

22nd February 2018

After months of waiting, we can finally relay to you that Black Panther, is in fact, one of Marvel’s greatest triumphs in terms of casting, motive and culture. There was one thing everyone wanted more of in Civil War. It wasn’t more Tony Stark angst. It wasn’t more fights at poorly CG’d airports. It was […]

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Transformers 6 Removed from Release State

22nd February 2018

While Michael Bay’s Transformers series has been commercially successful, The Last Knight may have spelt the end of its streak, being the least successful film yet. In other words – there is a God. The toy manufacturers Hasbro confirmed at the company’s Toy Fair 2018 Investor Preview, that the series will be reset completely. The […]

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Charts and That

21st February 2018

Drake’s newest song God’s Plan gets a music video, FIFA 18 is at the top on games and Black Panther is roaring at the box office. It’s Charts and That! We’ll start with games this week. FIFA 18 has jumped right to the top of the list, with a newcomer slipping into second. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was released last […]

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Baftas: The Biggest Winners

19th February 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the top prizes at last night’s Baftas, winning five trophies. The drama won the trophies for best film, best British film and best actress for leading lady Frances McDormand. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the 2018 #BAFTAs.https://t.co/I8MlzDyeAG pic.twitter.com/uLegqzIok5 — IGN (@IGN) February 19, […]

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Marvel’s daddy issues

19th February 2018

So I saw Black Panther. Rather than lengthen an already gruelling month of reviews, I thought I’d pinpoint a trend I’ve noticed in Marvel’s recent output. Without spoiling it, Black Panther has, amongst many motifs, a pervasive theme of dealing with a father’s failures. And T’Challa isn’t alone in the MCU with his daddy issues. […]

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Film review: Phantom Thread

17th February 2018

When I heard Daniel Day-Lewis had done a movie about sewing, my Oscar-bait senses lit up like a switchboard. No movie has been so clearly directed at the Academy since Eddie Redmayne dressed as a trans-woman for whatever that movie was called. Phantom Thread tells the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis), a couturier (someone who […]

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Film review: Get out

13th February 2018

Get Out was very much the surprise hit of 2017. Director Jordan Peele plucked himself out of comedy world and threw himself headlong into the horror genre with dizzying success. Not only that, the film is now nominated for Best Picture, director and actor at the Academy awards; in a series of commendations that have […]

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Peter Rabbit Boycotted

13th February 2018

Of all the movies we thought would get boycotted, we really didn’t think it’d be Peter Rabbit. Allergy sufferers are appalled. The scene in question shows a gang of rabbits pelting blackberries off of someone who suffers from an allergy. In a joint statement, Sony Pictures and the filmmakers said ‘they should not have made […]

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Film review: Dunkirk

10th February 2018

Who would have predicted Harry Styles would be in your dad’s favourite movie of the year? It’s weird to think that Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s first Oscar nomination for directing. Ever since his landing craft touched down in Roswell and he began producing human movies, he’s been fantastic. He’s even kept to genre sci-fi films […]

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Venom: First Official Trailer

9th February 2018

Finally, after months of waiting, we have the first teaser of Venom, starring Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed, by Sony. Sony still owns the rights to many of Spider-Man’s villains, so naturally, they were going to make a spin-off at some point. This first one in a line of spin-offs, Venom is scheduled for release […]

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Fifty Shades Worse Than the Last One

9th February 2018

In a move literally everyone saw coming, Fifty Shades Freed has been panned as the worst of the bunch in the raunchy series. We wish we could even say it was raunchy. Most of the bits that are supposed to be tongue in cheek and sexy come off as uncomfortable and weird. It would appear […]

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Movies This Month

9th February 2018

Better late than never eh? Yes, this month we have the likes of Black Panther, Cloverfield and even a Peter Rabbit reboot. Starting chronologically, what’s coming to theatres on 9th February? For starters, we have the panned Fifty Shades Freed movie, the last instalment in the Fifty Shades series. Thank heavens. Watch as two actors […]

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Film review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

8th February 2018

Is it just me that thinks, if a film has an annoyingly long title, it’s probably good? It implies confidence that you’ll remember the film regardless. That’s why The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro was so good… right? Explicit warning for the trailer. In Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri‘s case, that confidence is warranted. […]

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Jumanji is Now The Rock’s Biggest Movie

7th February 2018

If you’d have said Jumanji would have made more money than The Last Jedi we’d have called you crazy. Well. We’re about to eat some words. Sony’s Jumanji: Enter The Jungle left audiences and critics alike dumbfounded as if smashed the box office over the holiday season. It is now a smash hit for the […]

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Charts and That

7th February 2018

Welcome back to Charts and That, where we have a gander at what the general public has been watching, listening to and playing. This week we have The Greatest Showman, Monster Hunter and Drake leading the lists. This week, we’ll start with movies. The Greatest Showman is on top this week, after Coco’s brief time […]

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