Victoria Pritchard

Columnist, reviewer, author and sometime sports coach
Victoria Pritchard has written 34 posts for Everything Express

Review: the Woman in Black (2012)

Scared or Sceptical? The Woman in Black tries very hard to be scary. And it ought to be. It has the ingredients of a good story – a ghost bent on revenge, dense fog, chilling graveyards, preternatural children, and a creaky old house set on an island from which, when the tide is in, there … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Parents, if you’re looking for a crash course in Greek gods for youths, this is the film to choose. For children, Percy Jackson makes classics cool. It may not have created a surge of wannabe Latin and Greek speakers, but at least you know that, by the end of the film, your kids will finish … Continue reading

Another Movie Catch-up: The Twilight Saga

It’s a good thing Edward’s a vampire. If he wasn’t, he’d be creepy. He climbs through Bella’s window uninvited and watches her sleep; he stalks her; he’s prepared to die for her. In a human relationship, Bella would be fed up with this needy obsessive within a week. As it is, for the target demographic … Continue reading

Another Movie Catch-up: Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time

The Prince of Persia would have been great for me with the sound muted. This might sound harsh, but I spent most of the film marvelling at why it had been made. We all know why, of course – money, and it proved lucrative deal, with thousands of gaming punters swarming to the cinema to … Continue reading

Review: Nick Hornby – High Fidelity

High Fidelity is an entertaining self-help novel for men on how not to handle relationships. How much men will enjoy this, I don’t know, but I can tell you, from a female’s point of view, it is very funny. It lays out men’s insecurities and relationship foibles to a tee, with an egotistical hero who … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A curious case, but nothing more. Optimistic pensioners insist that life begins at eighty. Anyone watching this film will be glad it doesn’t. Benjamin Button, played skilfully by Brad Pitt, is born a baby with a wrinkly, aged face. Rejected by his father (his mother dies in childbirth), he is left on the doorstep of … Continue reading

Review: Cecilia Ahern – Thanks for the Memories

The quotes in praise of most of Cecelia Ahern’s novels are from women’s magazines, and this sums up the quality of these stories. Ahern spins out some original ideas, but in Thanks for the Memories these aren’t developed between the initial turning point (when Joyce starts sharing Justin’s memories thanks to a blood transfusion) and … Continue reading

Review: Lady Gaga – Born This Way

I have fallen prey to Gaga-dom and bought the next album. I didn’t like Born This Way as a single, but Judas and The Edge of Glory were good enough songs, and, anyway, it’s Gaga. To be honest, this album’s a disappointment. It’s nowhere near the quality of her first, and with her ground-breaking early … Continue reading

Review: Britney Spears – Femme Fatale

Who is Britney Spears? She began as an innocent schoolgirl; in the second and third albums she grew up; then suddenly she transformed into a dominatrix, like most long-term pop stars who want to boost their sales. Now that image seems old, what part of the personality spectrum will she visit next? Femme Fatale is … Continue reading

Review: Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

Bones of Contention If you’re into crime fiction, The Lovely Bones isn’t the book for you. It may look like a whodunnit, but it’s about the emotional repercussions of crime. And unlike most murdered characters in crime stories, 14-year-old Susie Salmon has one advantage: she gets to show us what she’s really like. She’s unnervingly … Continue reading

Review: Bring It On Again

Go, team, go! Just go… Nobody expects a sequel to be up to much, especially a sequel to a cheerleading chick flick. Bring It On Again lived up to that expectation. The first film overrides the myth that cheerleading is just for pansies and blondes and gives us a genuinely funny teen romance. Its sequel … Continue reading

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