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Review: Intruders (BBC America/BBC2)

Intruders - BBC America / BBC2 TVGlen Morgan’s dark and violent conspiracy thriller sets itself up as inheritor to the X-Files; but if that doesn’t put you off, then shades of The Da Vinci Code and Labyrinth just might.

Wearing its heart on it’s sleeve, Intruders blows its well-executed mystery set-up in the first episode to reveal its dark underbelly to the audience; reincarnation. Played like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. That’s it.

So all that John Sim, Mira Sorvino and the rest of the cast can do is plod through some familiar territory – Vancouver; standing in for Seattle and Portland, again. Continue reading

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Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner movie posterImpressive visuals can’t hide the lack of originality behind this “Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies” franchise opener. And with the long shadow of Lost cast front and centre, you know you can’t trust a thing that anyone says or does from start to finish.

Just as well The Maze Runner‘s Lost Boys are fine young performers to make this CGI-laden behemoth bearable; with Brits Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster a cut above.

Emerging lost and terrified from a supply elevator, supposedly 16-year-old Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) has no memory bar his name of who he is or where he came from – but the thirty or so Lost Boys of The Glade quickly fill him in; they are at the centre of a massive, industrial maze which shifts nightly; no one trapped there after dark survives the Grievers. This is clearly some twisted adult’s idea of a science experiment, but to what end? Continue reading


Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy movie posterSometimes feeling like a giant episode of the late lamented Firefly, it’s fun, inventive and spectacular to look at with some marvellous CGI work and a SCRIPT. An actual honest to goodness script. Some great performances, with the standout surprise that is Dave Bautista as the endearingly heartfelt vengeance-fuelled irony-free Drax stealing the show. Recommended. PH
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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


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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