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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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Film Review: Despicable Me 2

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig & Benjamin Bratt

Runtime: 98 mins

Genre: Animated Comedy

In Despicable Me 2, Gru (Steve Carell) is enlisted by the government to track down an unknown super villain who stole a chemical weapon from them. He goes undercover to do so, and struggles to juggle his new job, identity while caring for his foster-children and avoiding his annoying neighbour’s attempts to set him up with someone – and those are just the Primary Plots.» >

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Film Review: Now you see me

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Running Time: 115 minutes

Genre: Caper

Now You See Me is a film about four magicians who are called together by a mysterious benefactor to pull off a series of elaborate heists. If they do all that he orders they’ll be allowed to join a secret order of magicians, if they don’t they’ll be faced with the rest of their lives in jail.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – Downton Abbey

To many, Downton Abbey looks like a rather grand, albeit isolated mansion set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. Who knew that such a majestic façade should house such scandals and plots that would rival anything that the characters of Eastenders could produce. The premise of the series is following the lives and gossip of the fictional Earl of Grantham, his family and their servants who all live within the vast house.» >

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