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Friday, 28 January 2011 07:57

The Kids Are Alright & The Larry Sanders Show

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Worth catching on DVD: Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, for the sterling work of an ensemble cast led by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a couple whose kids open the proverbial can of worms when they discover the identity of their biological father.  That he’s handsome, successful, yet earthy Mark Ruffalo inspires the kids to some degree of hero-worship, while arousing varying levels of passion in a taken-for-granted Moore and a distrustful Bening. 
Friday, 21 January 2011 10:41

The Fighter

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In David O. Russell’s entertaining enough true-life boxing/dysfunctional family saga The Fighter, Christian Bale acts up a storm as Dickie Ward, former fighter turned unreliable (though undeniably knowledgeable) crack-addled trainer to Mark Wahlberg’s quietly determined Micky Ward.  But while Dickie knows his stuff inside the ring, outside the ring, he’s an unreliable, possibly dangerous mess who quite possibly will drag his talented, luck-starved loyal brother down with him.  
Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:03

Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran is the UK’s newest talent and at just nineteen years old he has five independent EP’s and one DVD under his belt. His latest work, No.5 Collaborations Project, which was also released independently with no publicity and very little radio play, has thrown him into the limelight. It also briefly knocked Rihanna’s album ‘Loud’ off the top spot of the UK iTunes album chart in just two days.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 09:44

Olly Murs

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When X-Factor finalist, Olly Murs, released his debuted self titled album I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean, I was backing him on the X-Factor (sadly he came 2nd) and I loved his number one hit ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’. However, we all know that many TV singing competition finalists often have a tendency to release a few good songs and then disappear into talent show limbo. Despite these doubts I got the album and I love it.
Monday, 10 January 2011 09:40


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Artist: JLS Album: Outta This World Location: London

The JLS boys are back to reclaim their place of top UK boy band with their new album ‘Outta This World’. The album entered the UK album charts at number 2 and has claimed two top spots in the singles charts. 
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 12:06

Cheryl Cole

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Artist: Cheryl Cole           Album: Messy Little Raindrops Location: Newcastle

Cheryl Cole is one of those celebrities who always seem to be in the limelight, whether it’s for being one of Britain’s most annoying talent show judges, going through a very long divorce or releasing her new album. When I got her album I genuinely didn’t know how good or bad it was going to be and I really did listen to it with an open mind.

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:15

True Grit: The Coens Do It Lean and Mean

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When it was announced that the Coen Brothers were doing a retake on True Grit, this reviewer was intrigued, since he held the earlier version in very high esteem-and still does. That being said, The Coen Brothers’ adaptation of Charles Portis’ classic western novel turns out to be a beautifully photographed (by Roger Deakins) if slow-moving tale of a determined girl named Mattie Ross who hires the resolutely drunk yet fearless U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn to bring her father’s killer to swift-and deadly justice. They are joined in this quest through a wintry landscape by Texas ranger LaBoeuf, and the three quarrel and spar, all the while developing some mutual respect enroute to their date with destiny. 
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 09:36

The Overtones

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Artist: The Overtones Album: Good Ol’ Fashioned Love Location: London

The Overtones defiantly have to be the UK’s most unique band of 2010. The five piece doo-wop boy band were discovered by a scout whilst they were working as decorators in a shop in London and were heard singing on their tea break. 
Their debut album is titled ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’ and it brings something original to the music scene; perhaps it may even revive the doo-wop genre. I found the album quite enjoyable to listen to and a good overall effort for a first album. It was by no means the best thing I heard this year, but it was nice to hear something different and if you’re bored of the same music or just want to hear something new then I would try this band out. The album is full of catchy tunes that I’m sure you will find yourself singing along with.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010 10:18

How Do You Know is not ‘As Good As It gets’

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James L. Brooks’ latest, How Do You Know has its moments, but overall it’s a meandering, lazy (cue some jaunty music to accentuate those nonexistent laughs) romantic comedy with a sprinkling of social commentary.  The plot in a nutshell: fading athlete Reese Witherspoon (cut from the US team in softball) is caught in a romantic triangle between very rich baseball player Owen Wilson and naïve, innocent corporate exec Paul Rudd who’s been set up to take the fall for falsifying financial documents.  An overacting Jack Nicholson plays his father (no points for guessing who set Rudd up to take the fall).
Sunday, 12 December 2010 19:46

T.I- No Mercy

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The King of the South T.I. returns with his long awaited seventh studio album ‘No Mercy’. There has been so much anticipation lingering around the release. When the first promotional single ‘I’m Back’ was released earlier this year in March, fans were eagerly expecting something big, especially as it was the first album out since T.I's release from prison earlier this year.

Friday, 10 December 2010 09:09

DVD: Toy Story 3 and Remember the Night

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On DVD:  if you haven’t seen Toy Story 3, do yourself a favor and see it.  Beautifully animated as only Pixar can do it, it’s a heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty as the discarded toys (Andy is going to college after all) try to find a place for themselves—and fall prey to terrible tykes and wily stuffed animals.  The voicework by all concerned is exceptional: the movie is at once funny, exciting and moving.  What are you waiting for?

Also on DVD (but I bet you didn’t know it—and maybe never even heard of it).  There’s a wonderful, relatively unsung holiday film with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck called Remember the Night.  In a nutshell, district attorney MacMurray spends the holidays with accused shoplifter Stanwyck in MacMurray’s hometown. Mitchell Leisen directed from a Preston Sturges script and you would be hardpressed to find better work from either of these men.  Rent it or look for it on TCM.

Friday, 10 December 2010 09:01

Black Swan: Are There No Happy Ballerinas

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Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a riveting, florid walk on the wild side of dancing, desire and self-destruction, wrapped inside a scenario that incorporates elements of “The Red Shoes,” “All About Eve” and even a little “Single White Female.”  The exquisite Natalie Portman is Nina, a New York ballerina who pushes her body and punishes herself in an everlasting desire for perfection.  
Monday, 06 December 2010 13:30

Ellie Goulding

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Artist: Ellie Goulding Album: Bright Lights Location: London
Ellie Goulding’s new re-release of her debut album ‘Lights’ includes an additional seven tracks including a hypnotic cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’; and also features a new album name ‘Bright Lights’. 
Friday, 03 December 2010 20:49

The Wanted

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Band: The Wanted Album: The Wanted Location: London

Newest boy band in the UK music scene The Wanted have released their self titled debut album. Their number 1 hit ‘All Time Low’ was exceptionally catchy and surprisingly unique for a manufactured boy band, and after hearing it I had high hopes for this band.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:49

The King's Speech

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Prince Albert of England certainly does have his share of problems.  Plagued since youth with a perpetual stammer, his position in the realm requires him to speak publicly at a growing number of ceremonial occasions.  A particularly painful address at Wembley Stadium is dramatized by screenwriter David Seidler in excruciating detail at the beginning of Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech.  

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 10:47


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I looked forward to John Curran’s Stone and really wanted to like it, but I felt something lacking.  I’m going to chalk it up to Angus MacLachian’s script which, though it provides one of Robert DeNiro’s best parts of recent years, still lacks a satisfying third act.  

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 10:46

The American

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Movie poster for The American starring George Clooney

 The American starring George Clooney is attractive to look at…and that’s about it. The plot deals with an assassin/weapon maker who wants to get out of the game (following a taut opening sequence that leads us to expect more from the movie). 

Thursday, 28 October 2010 10:44

Red and The Social Network Well Worth Your Time

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Two of the most enjoyable movies out right now probably don’t need my recommendation for you to see them-but I’m going to supply it anyway. Red
and The Social Network are both vastly entertaining films with assured direction, witty scripts, and enough twists and turns to satisfy the moviegoer looking for a modicum of intelligence with his entertainment.
Robert Schwentke’s Red (based on the comic book series) is probably the bigger and most welcome surprise.  A retired agent (a loose, funny, believable Bruce Willis) who passes the time chatting on the phone with a customer service rep (an engaging Mary-Louise Parker) finds himself a most wanted man for reasons unknown—at least at first...  
Thursday, 30 September 2010 10:42

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone revisit Gordon Gekko in the long-awaited sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. While it’s not the cultural touchstone its predecessor was, Money Never Sleeps is an enjoyable tale which brings Gekko into the 21st Century, replete with reptilian financiers who make him look like small change in comparison– and consequently, a more sympathetic character. It would be nice to say the recently released market master Gekko is the main player, but alas, this Wall Street has more players on its mind besides Gekko. 

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:41

Get Low

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Aaron Schneider’s Get Low is only now getting a wider release, and it’s about time. Beautifully filmed by David Boyd to evoke the Depression era, the film is a gentle, charming, funny, moving tale starring Robert Duvall is a hermit (on a fairly large tract of land) in self-imposed exile from his small town (and life, in general) who decides he wants to throw himself a funeral while he’s still around to see it. 

Thursday, 26 August 2010 10:40


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Finally caught up with Christopher Nolan’s Inception and I’m glad I did. While I don’t think it’s as profound as it thinks it is, or wants to be, it’s perfectly enjoyable as a thrill-packed action ride. Yes, there is the “dream team” and corporate espionage, as well as a dead wife who keeps causing problems. 

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 09:32

The Other Guys

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The Other Guys, courtesy of director Adam McKay, is a funny buddy movie with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as mismatched desk jockeys living in the shadow of supercops Samuel Jackson and The Rock, until something happens…

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 09:30

The Expendables

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There are some other films worth checking out if you haven’t already… The Expendables, a muscular old-fashioned action yarn from writer/director/actor Sylvester Stallone, pits a singular group of mercenaries led by Stallone and action stalwarts such as Jet Li and Jason Statham, against a regime consisting of a corrupted ruler and an evil rogue operative, played with relish by Eric Roberts.   

Friday, 30 July 2010 09:29

Despicable Me

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I’ve managed to catch up with a few of the many summer films that the major studios have pinned their hopes on.  Let me start with two films that might be worth your time. The animated, 3-D Despicable Me is a joy from beginning to end, including the closing credits (stay for them).

Steve Carell voices Gru, a supervillain (with financial support from the Bank of Evil) whose grandiose schemes have resulted in diminishing financial returns. 

Friday, 30 July 2010 09:27

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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 was pleasantly surprised with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, as I haven’t been the biggest fan of  director Jon Turtletaub’s National Treasure opuses.  However this fantasy of rival sorcerers (Nicolas Cage, the good; Alfred Molina, the bad) who keep their feud going for centuries (over a beautiful woman—what a surprise) manages to mostly enchant from beginning to end.  

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:26

The Last Airbender

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What can I say about M. Night Shamaylan’s latest exercise in tedium,The Last Airbender?To begin with, I don’t think it’s a good thing when you want all those characters who are hunting the young hero (a boy with airbending powers and a reluctant, would-be Avatar to boot) to actually catch up with him and put him—and us—out of our misery. 

Thursday, 01 July 2010 09:26


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Predators, with a chiseled Adrien Brody in action hero mode (there’s no avoiding those soulful eyes as he tries to proclaim how soulless he is), is a pretty good thrill ride for about two-thirds of the way.

Various human predators (soldiers, convicts) are dropped in a very remote area to do battle with some skillfully constructed (go special effects!), monstrous predators.  In another words, it’s The Most Dangerous Game all over again, as the unwilling but skilled human prey try to evade, outwit, and overpower the beasts, while trying to figure out how to “get off the island.”  Director Nimrod Antal successfully creates a feeling of dread, and the early action sequences are savage and well-staged, even if we know it’s only a matter of time before the characters cash in their chips.  However, after Lawrence Fishburne’s character is introduced-as the world’s unlikeliest stealth fighter- the movie disintegrates into a series of unlikely, prolonged battles, unnecessary sacrifices, and a few jawdropping surprises.  But for about 65 minutes, the movie delivers the goods—too bad it didn’t know how to finish the trip.


Wednesday, 30 June 2010 09:24


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After all this escapism, I escaped to Jay and Mark Duplass’ intelligent, entertaining comedy of terrors, Cyrus. A very endearing John C. Reilly is John, a divorced man on a downward spiral who drunkenly meets lovely Molly (a very appealing Marisa Tomei) and proceeds to hit it off with her—so much so, that even in the light of day, these two troubled souls seem to have found each other’s salvation.   

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