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Reading- Your brave new world!

What do you need to know if you have just moved to Reading and you are starting a new life – an academic journey and a period of self-discovery? Apart from knowing where the best pubs are one thing is sure: you need a sense of place! If you wonder ‘what Reading is all about and what can you do here’ I suggest you start with Cormac McCarthy’s observation from the novel Cities of the Plain: ‘The world to come must be composed of what is past.» >

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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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TV Review – Game of Thrones – series 3

The end of last (university) year saw the finale of the third series of hit tv show Game of Thrones. The show, broadcast on Sky One, as well as being annually the most pirated show of the year, has a large following and rightly so. Series Three has matched in calibre with the previous series, the show losing any of its initial clunkiness as the characters and their actors are comfortable and developed and the show’s success means a budget that matches the extent of fantastic imagery in A Song of Ice and Fire (the book series the show is based on).» >

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Film Review: Elysium

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matt Damon

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Running Time: 109 minutes

Genre: Sci-Fi Action-Thriller

Big Sci-Fi films seem a very rare breed these days. You can get gripping cop dramas in bulk, you can view “charming” comedies 24/7, you can wallow in Twilight rip-offs until you’re fully convinced that there is no truly merciful being in the universe… But big Sci-Fi releases can usually be counted on one hand, and good big Sci-Fi releases can often be counted on even less than that.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – The Office (US)

At the start of the summer, series seven of The Office was released on Netflix and once again I found myself completely hooked; suffice to say, all twenty-six episodes were watched in a matter of days. What can be said, without giving too much away, is that this series gets very emotional, with Steve Carell’s hilarious character Michael Scott saying goodbye to the ‘Dunder Mifflin’ office (I’m not really the crying type, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I was weeping like a small child).» >

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An artistic year- 2013

What a year it has been in the art world! If you missed the fantastic exhibitions on offer, make sure you earmark some other great exhibitions in 2014 and don’t forget to check the archives online. Do not fear, there are still opportunities to go to the annual Frieze, Moore & Rodin and Sarah Lucas’ first major solo exhibition…find out below.

Damien Hirst: revamped Brit Awards
Hirst’s legacy in the art world and powerful iconic works commanded his ambitious retrospective exhibition last summer, flourishing with intelligence, self-confidence and oozing with artistic brilliance while exposing the underlying themes of mortality, aesthetic desire and the conflict between religion and science.» >

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Grease is the word!

I comfortably took position in my red velvety chair surrounded by pink ladies (and many others) humming the legendary tunes of this epic musical. As I sat waiting for the show to start with Galaxy Minstrels planted in my hand, I thought to myself, although I’ve seen Grease many times on stage and on the silver screen, there is something about the story that is timeless and puts a lovable energy through my veins.» >

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