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Film Review – The Awkward Moment

The latest in a hopefully short-lived trend of rom-coms which attempt to subvert and modernise the genre, That Awkward Moment details the ‘romantic’ adventures of Jason (Zac Efron), a shamelessly misogynistic twenty-something who fears relationships to an unnerving degree. With his two closest friends also finding themselves single – Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) having recently discovered his wife’s infidelity – Jason seizes the opportunity to relive the hedonistic college days which he has not yet outgrown.  » >

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Film Review – Jack Ryan

From the director who brought you Thor, comes a forgettable film based on one of Tom Clancy’s famous characters: C.I.A Agent Jack Ryan. Whilst watching the film, I was enthralled by the thrills of the chase and amazed by Kenneth Branagh’s impeccable Russian accent. But once the credits rolled and I had dusted off the popcorn that managed to get lodged behind my knee, I had forgotten what I had just watched.» >

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Feature – Cinema Etiquette

Why my love of films is being tainted by a hate of cinema

I should make it clear before starting this article/rant that I don’t actually hate the whole culture of cinema; my hyperbole was intentional but my intention is truthful. My greatest memories of movies are ones in fully packed auditorium with a crowd of people reacting to the movie on screen as the filmmakers intended. From the recent chorus of laughs and gasps in The Wolf of Wall Street at the Reading Vue to my first movie memories of watching a re-released Toy Story with children of my age loving it just as much as I do, my love of film has always been connected to my enjoyment of the big screen.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – Coronation Street

The Death of Hayley Cropper

When I first started watching Corrie in the late nineties/early noughties, the first storyline I remember was Roy and Hayley deciding to ‘kidnap’ a boy called Wayne, who, was being beaten by his mother’s partner, Alex. They had been fostering him and were shocked by the treatment he was receiving so of course when I say kidnap, they felt they were doing him a favour and so did he but kidnap is kidnap in the eyes of the law.» >

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Film Review – Inside Llewyn Davies

At many an occasion Inside Llewyn Davis plays like a musical; the narrative is stopped to play songs at their whole length, with lyrics reflecting a character’s feeling at that given moment (including a very catchy pop hit about lacking aspiration and staying where you are). In fact it seems all aspects of the movie – its tone, themes, structure and musical choices – centre around its protagonist, the movie hinging almost entirely around Oscar Isaac’s performance.» >

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Film Review – Grudge Match by Oliver Dickinson

I had little expectations. The cinema was empty apart from one hooded figure at the very front (why choose to sit in the front row of a vacant cinema? I have no clue) and a couple sitting right at the back. We were all there to see Grudge Match, in which rival boxers and best enemies, Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp (Stallone), come out of retirement for one last brawl dubbed ‘Grudgement Day’.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – Sherlock

Some people are deluding themselves that the first two episodes of ‘Sherlock’ were disappointing. They weren’t, they were brilliant but in different ways that show the writers’ eagerness to push the show beyond a simple ‘solve-a-crime scenario’. Certainly ‘The Sign of Three’ was considerably more character-driven and although it didn’t look promising to start with, it paid off by the end. ‘His Last Vow’ in many ways sees a return to more traditional ‘Sherlock’, with a villain taken from the books in the form of Charles Augustus Milverton, here changed to Magnussen.» >

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Round Up of Christmas Television

Christmas may seem like a distant memory now but we thought we would embrace it for just a little while longer! Throughout the period our whole team were glued to the box, watching all those fabulous little treats that are saved for this special time of year. So here is what our writers thought of a few of the most publicised shows of Christmas 2013.

Doctor Who

When the opening scene means reviewers can use the phrase “cooked a turkey”, Stephen Moffat should have known he was going to have to produce an episode worthy enough to not let us take the bait, especially as this was Matt Smith’s final run as the Doctor.» >

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