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TV Programme of the Week – Bad Education

As my choice of programme is starring the rather wonderful Jack Whitehall, I couldn’t resist watching the new series of Bad Education when it restarted a few weeks ago. Continuing from a very successful first series, the show had quite a lot to live up to. Gently humorous with an adult form of kiss chase becoming a continuous theme throughout the episodes it was actually similar to many other programmes on television at the time although it was charming in its own way. » >

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Film Review: Kick Ass 2

Kick-Ass was a great film.That said, if you saw it and you didn’t like it, I can tell you right now not to bother with Kick-Ass 2. It’s just more of the same. If you never saw Kick-Ass in the first place, just go watch that instead. It’s better than Kick-Ass 2.

Kick-Ass 2 diverges from the comic-books by picking up four years after the original film. Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) is now over her lust for ultra-violence and is more interested in cheerleading and teenaged boys whilst Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is conversely skipping school to work-out and pick fights with crackheads as Kick-Ass.» >

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Film Review: This is the End

I am not one very much into spoof style movies but surprisingly felt myself getting somewhat excited by the advertisements of the movie ‘This is the End’. It seemed like it would be a light hearted, obvious but none the less amusing movie. I was wrong. It took me more attempts than is normal to finish this movie and had it not been for this review, I would have given up and consigned this movie to oblivion.» >

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Film Review: After Earth

As the title rather unimaginatively indicates, the plot takes place in the future: General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) leads the Ranger Corps, a peace-keeping force defending the planet Nova Prime.  They use Ursas, fearsome creatures which sense fear in order to hunt, as weapons, which became possible after Cypher learned to ‘ghost’, a term used to describe the suspension of fear.

Cypher’s son Kitai (Jaden Smith) is dismayed after his application to join the Rangers is denied. » >

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Film Review: One Direction: This is Us

ONE Direction: This Is Us simply doesn’t work as a film.

The premise is ludicrous. I mean, who would ever believe that five random boys (who refer to themselves as ‘lads’, a term that immediately warrants a stern slap around the back of the head) would be plucked out of nowhere by a seemingly popular talent show and raised to global stardom? Where is the struggle? Where is the emotional journey?» >

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Film Review: We’re the Millers

Although it may seem like all the funny parts of this film are showcased in the thirty second trailer, much like a lot of family comedies, I urge you to not be fooled. Usually I would wait to watch this kind of film online or on DVD, rather than to pay money to see it on the big screen, as it appeared to be like many other American comedies with stereotypical characters and a mundane plotline.» >

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Film Review: The Lone Ranger

Directed By: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson

Running Time: 149 Mins

Genre: Action/Western

A lot of fuss has already been made over Disney’s revival of the iconic American hero and most of it has been negative, whether it be the adverse reaction to Johnny Depp playing an Indian, the problems during production or the overwhelmingly negative critical response in the States that in turn has probably ensured the film’s status as a flop for the company.» >

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Film Review: The Wolverine

In this instalment of Wolverine, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan to meet Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), a mysterious Japanese mogul who wishes to say his final goodbye before he dies. This short trip to Japan is extended as he ends up protecting Yashida’s granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), from villains that want her dead as she is set to inherit his wealth. In addition, an unknown source tries to harvest Wolverine’s powers (and in the process kill him), so he ends up fighting for both Yashida’s and his own life.» >

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