Review: Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios

19th April 2018

5/5 Harry Potter will be remembered for the rest of history as classic children’s fiction. There will be other books about wizards, but there are always classics. It’s just that, with this classic, there is a huge studio tour you can embark on in the leafy suburb of Leavesden near London. The Warner Brothers Studio […]

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Game Review: Far Cry 5

8th April 2018

Been a while since our last game review hasn’t it? Ever wonder what’d it be like to romp through Montana with a slew of weapons at your belt, dozens of side quests to complete and a fanatical cult to mow down? Well… Far Cry 5 might be your cup of tea. We begin with a rookie, […]

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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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Guide to First Newcastle Night Out

4th April 2018

With Year 13s approaching the end of their exams and slowly all turning 18 along the way, the only thing on anybody’s mind is how to properly celebrate the end of school. A popular party option is a night out in the UK’s party capital, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. While many Year 13s will have already been out […]

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BenDeLaCreme Spills The Tea

23rd March 2018

Being a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race irrefutably comes with emotional baggage.  As Shangela often put it with her onslaught of Game of Thrones references, shock eliminations and unexpected departures –  namely BenDeLaCreme’s – are merely part of the narrative. However, I can speak for everyone when I say this series of ‘All Stars 3’ […]

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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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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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Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

27th February 2018

Okay, I know I’m late to the party but I have finally read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I knew it was going to be a good read from the start as Agatha Christie is the best selling novelist of all time, having been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. I’m in […]

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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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TV Review: The Fall

18th February 2018

4.5/5 Crime and thriller TV series are some of the most successful in the world. Broadchurch, Silent Witness and Breaking Bad are some of the most popular, and the best. But some of them have been absolute flops, trying to fit in with the trend and utterly failing to do so. The Fall is the […]

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Review: Sofar Secret Gigs

12th February 2018

Attending secret gigs is everything for music lovers. Being aware of the intimacy and ‘exclusivity’ at such performances is undoubtedly appealing. Perhaps it reflects a more selfish human trait, in that some people are forbidden and it feels more of a privilege to be there. Introducing Sofar Sounds I had never heard about it on […]

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Review: Trump and Piers: The Interview

28th January 2018

It goes without saying that President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial figures in the world at the moment. Piers Morgan is also one of the most controversial figures in Britain too. So ITV must have thought it would be a good idea to put them together in an interview. This was no […]

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Film Review: The Post

28th January 2018

4.5/5 It’s not often a film trailer captures my eye so much I’m desperate to go and see it. But, with The Post, I was captivated. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Spielberg, the Vietnam War and Lyndon B Johnson is always a couple of hours well spent for me. But this film is not just one […]

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Review: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

24th January 2018

The Greatest Showman is clearly one of the smash-hit films of 2018 – and we expect to see many nominations for awards for the film in next year’s Oscars. Aside from the fact that The Greatest Showman bypasses the animal cruelty its subject, P. T. Barnum, subjected some of the world’s most beautiful animals to, […]

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John Wick 2: Movie Review

24th January 2018

Yes, it’s as good as the first one. Yes, I want Keanu Reeves as my bodyguard. John Wick was an instant classic in terms of its visual style, cinematography and no holes barred, over the top fight sequences. It follows the rather simple story of a man out for revenge and it’s bloody brilliant. John […]

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Review: The End of The F***ing World

22nd January 2018

This week’s most raved-on-about series is Channel 4’s The End of the F***ing World starring Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther. Barden plays Alyssa, a 17-year-old girl from a broken, borderline abusive home with a lot of issues. Lawther plays James, an aspiring psychopath who selects Alyssa as the perfect victim for his first murder. Based on […]

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Film Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

21st January 2018

2.5/5 Filling the shoes of Robin Williams’ 1995 Jumanji was never going to be an easy task, despite the fact that the audience for 2017/18’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel would be a completely different generation. So, for that reason, we’re going to be kind to the sequel based on the fact that the […]

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Fire and Fury Heads to TV

21st January 2018

The bestselling novel Fire and Fury, centred around America’s worst president to date, will reportedly become a TV show soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the author Michael Wolff has sold television rights for a seven-figure sum. Trump has condemned the book, which depicts chaos in the White House and a president unfit for duty. […]

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Venomverse: Comic review

11th January 2018

Weird, I’ve never reviewed a comic before. Let’s give a shot, starting with the latest from Marvel Comics, Venomverse. As we already know, when it comes to comic books, there are thousands of alternate universes. From Spider-Man being Gwen Stacey in one, to Spider-man (and everyone else) being zombies. It’s a way to form countless […]

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Film Review: Patriots Day

9th January 2018

4/5 The Boston Marathon bombings were difficult to stomach on 15th April 2013. The Western World faced bombings for, what it felt like for my generation, the first time. It was the first time we were old enough to interpret what was going on: we were just one when the Twin Towers fell and only […]

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Film Review: All the Money in the World

8th January 2018

2.5/5 All the Money in the World hit cinemas in the UK with a head-start after garnering much press attention towards the latter end of 2017 following its abandonment of shamed Hollywood star Kevin Spacey. Director Ridley Scott cut Spacey from the film weeks before it was released and re-filmed all of his parts with […]

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Film Review: Django Unchained

3rd January 2018

5/5 Released in 2012, Django Unchained received critical acclaim and box office glory, gaining five stars pretty much everywhere and two Academy Awards for the Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. It is the script and the story of Django Unchained that makes it such a successful film. Set two years before the American Civil War which […]

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Injustice 2: Review

2nd January 2018

Injustice 2 offers a sleek fighting game, with a fair loot system and a strong line-up of characters. Plus, Deadshot is still over-powered as heck. Injustice was a better fighting game that it deserved to be. It followed the story of a crazed Superman after the Joker tricks him into murdering a pregnant Lois Lane. […]

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Netflix Review: American Vandal

2nd January 2018

Netflix never misses the mark when it comes to original series and movies- American Vandal was no exception. The 8 part series is a crime mock-umentary that follows two young documentarians trying to prove the innocence of an expelled class clown named Dylan. From creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, American Vandal is a whodunnit without […]

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Song Review: Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2

23rd December 2017

4/5 I’ll admit it: I’m no Stormzy fan. Nor am I a fan of what’s usually in the charts. Back in the days of 2010, I was well into the charts, but now the rap and the dance is just not for me. So when I heard that Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2 was […]

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: Review

22nd December 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming is a wonderful re-introduction to everyone’s favourite neighbourhood hero that doesn’t feel ham-fisted or cheesy. Spider-Man, as a character, has had a rough time. As an IP he’s been tossed between multiple studios and in the last 20 years, there have been five movies, including this one. Two of those movies were good. […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Review

18th December 2017

This is not going to go the way you think – a line that couldn’t be more suited to the film if it tried. The Last Jedi is here, and it did not disappoint. Where to begin? Let’s cut to the chase. Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke’s forces are closing their grip on the […]

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Harry Potter and the Predictive Computer

14th December 2017

Harry Potter has brought joy to millions of people around the world. Now it’s doing it again, but for some weird reasons. Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is a new story created by a predictive keyboard. The story is ridiculous and hilarious. It was created by […]

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Review: Bollywood Jazz 2017

12th December 2017

5/5 Of all the combinations in the world, ‘Bollywood Jazz’ initially seems an unlikely pairing. However, in order for cultures to truly respect one another, combinations like this are a must in today’s world. It’s not just an appealing idea, though: it sounds good too. What is Bollywood Jazz? The project is the brainchild of Supriya […]

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Crisis on Earth-X: Review

7th December 2017

This week the four primary CW Arrowverse shows had their annual crossover event. Over two days and four forty minute instalments the likes of Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow were pitted against a world ending threat in the closest thing the CW gets to an exciting premise. As the sole […]

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Review: The Sex Robots are Coming

6th December 2017

4/5 In a world where we’re talking about everything apart from the things we should be talking about, Channel 4’s new documentary, The Sex Robots are Coming, is a breath of fresh air. I’d say it was relieving someone’s talking about it, but, actually, the documentary is quite scary. The prospect of artificial intelligence is frightening […]

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Jaden Smith’s SYRE: A Weirdo Rap Artwork

4th December 2017

2017 has been a great year for rap/R&B/hip-hop music. We’ve had Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Khalid’s American Teen and Drake’s More Life. Now we have Jaden Smith’s debut album SYRE. Reviews for this album haven’t exactly been great, but you know what? I enjoyed it. Given his reputation as a bit of an oddball, I was […]

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TV Review – Alias Grace

2nd December 2017

Alias Grace is the latest adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, following the huge success of The Handmaid’s Tale. The Netflix series documents the attempts of Simon Jordan to establish whether convicted murderess Grace Marks could be gotten off her charge by reason of insanity. It is a fictional story based on fact, with Atwood’s […]

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Review: X Factor 2017 so far

27th November 2017

The X Factor has been on our screens since 2004 and since that night in September, the show has become part and parcel of British life and television history. Series 14 of the music competition is well underway now with the final (thankfully) next weekend, when an act will win and we’ll probably never hear […]

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Animal Crossing PC = Instant Uninstall…

26th November 2017

Every 90s and 00s kid spent hours and hours playing Nintendo’s top-selling game Animal Crossing. Having seemingly understood the nostalgia that kids born in this era experience once they grow out of handheld game consoles, Nintendo has released an app version of the game- Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. The app has barely been out for […]

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Film Review: Risk

24th November 2017

3.7/5 Renowned documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras returned to the screen in this year with a new project, Risk. This new film documents the character of the controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, using footage gathered over five years. For those who are unaware of Julian Assange, it’s best to do some reading up on him before the film […]

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Film Review: Citizenfour

22nd November 2017

5/5 World-renowned director and producer Laura Poitras brought the documentary film Citizenfour to our screens in 2014, documenting the revelations of whistle-blower Edward Snowden. For those who’ve heard of Snowden but don’t know the ins-and-outs of what he did, that’s why Poitras’ film and style is so excellent. She is able to communicate the severity […]

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The Punisher – Review

21st November 2017

Straight up, The Punisher is probably my favourite Marvel Netflix series yet. It’s a thriller-esc, action-oriented drama to put it one way. It’s a massive step above the most recent series, The Defenders, with better characters, cooler set-pieces and an overall better story. For those who don’t know, The Punisher revolves around Frank Castle, out […]

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K Pop Arrives at AMA Awards

20th November 2017

It was an eventful night at the AMA Awards over in America last night. The star studded event, held in downtown Los Angles, saw tributes made to some of the biggest names in music past and present. However, we are going to talk K Pop, or more specifically: BTS. The seven piece sensation otherwise known […]

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery

14th November 2017

This week saw the final episode of the newest Star Trek series before it takes its mid-season break. This seemed a shame really as the series just appeared to be hitting its stride. After an action-heavy two-part premiere the show slumped a bit once the producers realised that that kind of momentum would be a […]

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Review: Murder on the Orient Express

13th November 2017

The following spoils no plot details of an 85-year-old book (who says Hollywood has no original ideas?). Agatha Christie’s steam-powered ‘whodunnit’ has been adapted more times than Piers Morgan’s job description and with Oscar-nominated actor/director Kenneth Branagh in the engine room, this latest version had all the opportunity to leave previous attempts under its wheels. […]

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Concert Review: Little Mix

10th November 2017

4/5 Little Mix returned to the Metro Radio Arena last weekend with their Glory Days Tour to tens of thousands of adoring fans. The show was filled from top to bottom with the theme of girl power. From Beyoncé’s Run the World played before the girls came on stage to the interlude before their hit […]

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Review: 1D Niall Horan’s Flicker

23rd October 2017

4/5 We’ve long been a fan of the One Direction boys here at b**p and have taken great pleasure in following their journey to stardom from the beginning. Since the biggest band ‘break-up’/hiatus (depending on what you read) in showbiz since Take That in 2016, the boys have been going solo, with each one of them releasing […]

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Film Review: Suffragette

16th October 2017

5/5 I could absolutely kick myself for not watching Suffragette sooner. Released in 2015, it has taken me a long while to get round to watching it – mainly due to not being in the “right” mood to watch it. Turns out I’d been putting it off for no reason. You don’t have to be in a […]

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Film Review: All the Way

12th October 2017

5/5 It is rare that a recent film documenting monumental events in history is as good as HBO’s All the Way. While we had Selma and 12 Years a Slave, some of Hollywood’s historical outputs are a total flop. 2016’s Jackie documenting the life of Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of JFK was dull and plain and made me wonder […]

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Anne Frank Diary Illustrated

12th October 2017

One of the most read books in the world has been made into a comic-book format, visualising what the young girl must have gone through all those years ago. The diary, which Anne Frank nicknamed Kitty, has been given a splash of colour by the creators of Oscar-nominated animation Waltz with Bashir, with an animated […]

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Battlefront 2 (2017) Beta Thoughts

11th October 2017

It’s a sordid love affair Battlefront and I have. While the first game (2015) left a bitter taste in my mouth, this next one could be something worth looking at. A number of changes and tweaking are to be commended, so let’s jump in, shall we? We’ll start with the most important aspect, gameplay. While […]

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Call of Duty WW2 Impressions

8th October 2017

Oh, where to start? I have to be honest, I wasn’t confident going into this. Call of Duty WW2 looked like it could change the meta of how the games were played. How they were received, putting a focus on infantry battle, grouping together to form one tight unit and try to take the win. […]

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The Best Banned Books

4th October 2017

You know, the thought of books being banned due to their content, for the creative vision of an author to be banned in certain countries, must be a hard pill to swallow. If you’re in school you may have seen displays showing the books that certain people may not want you reading. But these aren’t […]

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

4th October 2017

4.5/5 When we saw the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle and saw that Colin Firth (Harry) was in it, we were all a bit confused. How can a man who got shot straight in the face be alive? So my expectations for the new film were low – it was going to be another franchise that […]

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