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Movie Catch-up: X-Men first Class


X-Men: First /class movie posterMore like X-Men Economy Class, this lack-lustre origins’ prequel plays like an X-Men tribute band.

Inserting itself into the Cuban Missile Crisis with a vast CGI extravaganza, light-weight superheroes and paper-thin villains First Class has nothing new to add to the back-story.

While the new intake of teen mutants make no difference at all, and James McAvoy is an unconvincing Patrick Stewart impersonator, the saving grace is Fassbender, as ever, in a class of his own. Continue reading

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Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)Five years on: the ‘vikings’ are still inexplicably Scottish, their kids remain, more inexplicably, irritating all-American teens; Jay Baruschel still sounds like Tom Hanks; but the dragons and the flying sequences are even more thrilling. Just as well, given some dodgy politics.

At times terrifyingly dark, intense and scary, the kinetic theme-park ride can’t conceal the broadest-brushed life lessons in a hackneyed script. But why does Kate Blanchett’s character look like a space alien, and what’s with the borderline racism? Continue reading

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Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


Edge of Tomorrow movie posterAlways watchable Tom Cruise fights another War of the Worlds in this rollicking, timey-wimey, CGI-laden Groundhog Troopers. Or should that be Starship Groundhogs? Or possibly Independence Groundhogs?

Five years after meteorites crash land carrying an alien invasion force, cowardly PR slime-ball Will Cage (Cruise) is sent to the front-line as cannon-fodder and is killed almost immediately – only to wake up again at the start of the previous day. Somehow he’s been infected with the aliens’ ability to ‘reset’ time. Under the training of Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), Cage lives the same day over and over; but foreknowledge of the battlefield doesn’t prevent the failure of the human counter-attack. Instead, the pair have to find a way to kill the alien central ‘mind’ before the attack even happens. Continue reading

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Review: Postman Pat The Movie (2014)


Postman Pat The Movie - posterNieces. That’s my excuse for going to see this. So what’s the producers excuse for what they’ve done to a beloved childrens’ TV character?

Why, when they make a feature length movie, do producers want to take the very thing they presumably paid a lot of money for the movie rights, then turn it into something else? Continue reading

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Humour: iPad fitting experience


iPad fitting service - Clarks
iPad fitting experience – signage at Clarks Village, Street, Somerset

The cyborgs are here, and they’re powered by Apple. Question is where are they having the iPAD fitted?!?! RC

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