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Review: Windows 10 ‘Threshold 2’

At one time, Microsoft used to release Service Packs for it’s software – Windows XP had three, versions of Windows Server would have a couple each. As Windows Update came to support more frequent and regular patches, Service Packs fell out of favour. Which is why Threshold 2 is a return to an old idea; … Continue reading

Review: John Wick (2015)

Another in the long line of middle-aged blokes with a gun blowing away the bad guys. That’s it. You want more? OK, Keanu Reeves is a grieving hitman after the son of a Russian Mafioso who killed the dog his dead wife gave him. John Wick is the assassin you hired to go kill the … Continue reading

Review: The Equalizer (2015)

This stylish, well-executed but empty, middle-aged-bloke-with-skills-on-mission-of-vengeance, sees Denzel Washington take on the Russian Mafia. In a bold re-boot of the 80’s TV franchise, only Denzel, Chloe Grace Moretz and Martin Csokas make this in any way interesting. Distinguished only by the graphic killings with improvised weapons (I always knew DIY was dangerous), this is a … Continue reading

Review: Dickensian (BBC TV)

It’s all abaht family, ain’t’ it… Eastenders writer Tony Jordan takes the rich tapestry of Dickens’ London characters from the body of novels and creates a complex back story in which they all knew each other – a unified prequel-of-everything. And what better way to kick-start the whole thing than with the murder of Jacob … Continue reading

Review: Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen Smart-phone

Three months with Motorola’s SIM-free smart-phone  – £129 as at Dec 2015 – and one thing’s for sure: there’s no going back to contract phones filled with telecoms carriers’ bloat-ware crap. With a fine, full HD screen, good performance, a pure, unsullied Android experience with automatic updates, it’s a reminder of Motorola’s place as a … Continue reading

Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

I just spent two hours watching J.J. Abrams playing Star Wars Greatest Hits – The Video Game, while Disney try to sell me shedloads of merchandise. Riding a wave of childhood nostalgia is all very well, but this is strictly by-the-numbers, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, replay-by replay. It’s like watching a rock band … Continue reading

Review: The Dressmaker (2015)

Genre-busting Aussie comedy-drama The Dressmaker brings Rosalie Ham’s book to the screen; part farce, part tragedy, part revenge-Western, the ensemble cast excel in this surreal 50’s tale of a broken outback town; but it’s Kate Winslet (Divergent, A Little Chaos) who delivers the central winning performance as the gunslinger with a Singer sewing machine – … Continue reading

Review: Last Kingdom (BBC TV)

Despite a funky electronic/tribal soundtrack and a leading man (Alexander Dreymon – Resistance) tilting at Luke Evans/Orlando Bloom charisma, this adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Dark Age British historical adventure is strangely inert. How do you make the violent years of Saxons resisting Danish invasion dull? Somehow the BBC managed it. Which is curious given the … Continue reading

Mockingjay Part II (2015)

The depressing and disturbingly violent 12A-rated Hunger Games finale draws to a close with a bleak procession of whining characters, uneven pacing and far too much politics. And an episode of bombing civilians in the Capitol, which is unfortunate given the recent events in Paris. Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdene is not so much the Girl … Continue reading

Review: The Lady in the Van (2015)

In 1973, lacrimose Northern playwright Alan Bennett allowed the homeless Miss Sheppard to park her van in his driveway in Camden’s smart Gloucester Crescent. She stayed fifteen years. Bennett (The History Boys) adapts his much-loved memoir and stage play to the screen, with the ineffable Maggie Smith (Best Exotic, Quartet) in the title role as … Continue reading

Review: Crimson Peak (2015)

Mia Wasikowksa’s young spinster Edith Cushing is swept off her feet by impoverished English aristocrat Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hidddleston), touring America with his chilly sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Ghost-whisperer Edith should have run a mile from both of them, but instead, marries into the Gothic monstrosity that is Allerdale Hall, crumbling into the red clay … Continue reading

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