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Archive for April, 2011

By Matthew Badham on 28 April 2011 1 COMMENT

I have a confession to make. I’m a crap ‘Doctor Who’ fan. In fact, when it comes to the (Extraordinary?) League of Whovians, I’m definitely Fourth Division. When Season 24 was mentioned in the pub, I had to ask which one that was; I still can’t pronounce ‘Frontios’; and I switched off 10 minutes into [...]

By Mark Clapham on 26 April 2011 Comments Off

Great Odin’s Raven! Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Thor’ is remarkably uncompromised.

By Jonn Elledge on 20 April 2011 Comments Off

Elisabeth Sladen has a claim to be the most important actor to play a companion in ‘Doctor Who’.

By Jim Smith on 19 April 2011 Comments Off

The first issue of the Marvel revival of Mark Waid’s much-missed Eisner winning detective series features sharp dialogue, nice art and easily understandable characters

By Mark Clapham on 15 April 2011 Comments Off

Well, at least they’re not watering it down.
‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ sets its stall out in the first scene, an astonishing montage of brutal, gory combat in Capua’s old arena, a crude box of wood and cloth.
Shortly after, we get a scene of two old friends doing their business in both senses of the [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 07 April 2011 Comments Off

All you need to know about ‘Sucker Punch’ is that it is the slickest B-movie ever made.
Now, if you’re feeling bold and continued past that initial assessment, what else I can tell you about ‘Sucker Punch’ is that the movie is clearly an exercise in imagination. There is no end to the amount of good [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 April 2011 Comments Off

An amoral, conniving, manipulative- and possibly murdering- character. The makings of a tepid crime drama, ‘based on a true story’? Nope. We have the main character of a two-part miniseries collected on Region 1 DVD. Dubbed as a black comedy and staring Martin Clunes (of ‘Men Behaving Badly’ fame) as the aforementioned shady character, ‘Dirty [...]