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Archive for 2007

By Jim Smith on 12 March 2007 Comments Off

One could say that ‘Ghost Rider’ takes a minor Marvel hero, casts a skilled, distinctive and under-appreciated actor to play him and – despite fiddling with the character’s continuity in doing so – gets right to the heart of his appeal.

By Jim Smith on 12 March 2007 Comments Off

What if ‘Midsomer Murders’ were directed by Tony Scott or Michael Bay?

By Mark Clapham on 07 March 2007 Comments Off

Remove the head or destroy the brain: ‘Plague of the Living Dead’, ‘When Zombies Attack!!’ #2 and ‘The Walking Dead’ #35.

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By Mark Clapham on 21 February 2007 Comments Off

The Thunderbolts get a new creative direction, while Zemo gets his own book…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 17 February 2007 Comments Off

Seventeen years since the last ‘Rocky’ film, Sylvester Stallone writes, directs and stars in the return of the character that made him famous, as Rocky Balboa tries one more time to prove that he has what it takes to be a champ.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 17 February 2007 Comments Off

Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, Hannibal Rising attempts to explain the motivation and origin of the world’s most famous fictional serial killer.

By Eddie Robson on 29 January 2007 Comments Off

E4 has given ‘Skins’ a massive hyping campaign in the last couple of weeks, to the point of irritatingly inserting a permanent reminder of how many days were left until the premiere just underneath its top-corner ident…

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By Eddie Robson on 28 January 2007 Comments Off

The Korean film industry currently enjoys the kind of confidence which its British equivalent can dimly remember possibly having had in the 1950s or 1960s… maybe.

By Mark Clapham on 26 January 2007 Comments Off

Subtitled French-language films are usually seen by a dedicated audience, but ‘Ils’ will appeal more to mainstream horror fans…

By Mark Clapham on 26 January 2007 Comments Off


By Jonn Elledge on 17 January 2007 Comments Off

Alistair Beaton’s new feature length comedy-drama ‘The Trial of Tony Blair’ stars Robert Lindsay as a Blair who’s finding that he can escape his mistakes no longer…

By Stephen Lavington on 12 January 2007 Comments Off

Autumn in the US always brings a new hatch of bright-eyed TV shows which, like sea turtles scurrying swiftly to the sea, emerge in the hope of being one of the few to grow to the strong maturity of syndication…

By Mark Clapham on 03 January 2007 Comments Off

No bite, but plenty of suck.

By Eddie Robson on 03 January 2007 Comments Off

Sometimes different versions of a text can complement each other, but this is a case where experiencing one first is pretty much guaranteed to spoil the other…

By Jim Smith on 02 January 2007 Comments Off

You could be forgiven for thinking that Sydney Newman’s forty year old creation had taken over Xmas 2006 entirely.