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Happy Death Day review

20 October 2017 9:47 AM, PDT

It’s a time-loop slasher laced with a hint of comedy. Here’s our review of Happy Death Day...

Imagine the obnoxious weatherman played by Bill Murray living the same day over and again, just as he did in the classic Groundhog Day, except Murray’s the target of a masked killer. If he wants to escape the seemingly unending loop of paranoia and death, he has to figure out who the killer is and why they’re so intent on sticking a knife in his chest.

This is, in a nutshell, the premise of Happy Death Day, where drunken, sharp-tongued college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) wakes up each morning, groggy from a monumental hangover, and finds herself hunted by a murderer in a grotesque baby mask. To make matters worse, there’s no shortage of suspects, from puritanical sorority housemates to the wife of a science professor she »

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Gunpowder episode 1 review

20 October 2017 9:23 AM, PDT

Aliya Whiteley Oct 21, 2017

There's a touch of Hammer Horror about the BBC's new, macabre gunpowder plot three-parter starring Game Of Thrones' Kit Harington...

This review contains spoilers.

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My early knowledge about the Gunpowder Plot came from a Ladybird book in their ‘Adventure from History’ series. It went into a good amount of detail about certain elements such as the people behind the plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament and how they were caught. It was an intriguing business, but it wasn’t until many years later that I made an emotional connection to it through Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. Desperation, fear, and persecution seeped into the mix. Every year, on the fifth of November, I think »

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The End Of The F***ing World: exclusive clip

20 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Oct 20, 2017

Morbidly funny, dark, violent comic book adaptation The End Of The F***ing World arrives on Channel 4 next week. Here's an exclusive clip...

Meet James and Alyssa. He thinks he's a psychopath; she hates everyone, except James, maybe, and the dad she hasn't seen for years. These two disaffected British teenagers embark on a road trip that takes them to some violent and unexpected places.

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Comic book adaptation The End Of The F***ing World is a caustic, wry story of adolescent rage and vulnerability. It's been carefully adapted from Charles Forsman's Us graphic novels by Charlie Covell, and stylishly directed by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak.

Think True Romance meets Submarine. With all the makings of a cult hit, »

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Should Star Trek use the F word?

20 October 2017 3:39 AM, PDT

Juliette Harrisson Oct 21, 2017

For the very first time this week, Star Trek: Discovery broke a linguistic taboo. Did it shock, annoy or amuse you?

Spoilers for Star Trek Discovery episode 5 lie ahead

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In one of the lighter moments in last week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, while working on a way to use Discovery’s spore drive without the tardigrade known as Ripper, Cadet Sylvia Tilly exclaimed, “You guys, this is so fucking cool!” Suddenly realising she was on duty in a military workplace, she immediately apologised, and Lt Paul Stamets reassured her, “It is fucking cool”. It was the first time anyone has ever used ‘the F word’ in canon on Star Trek. Some were amused. Some were horrified. »

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Geostorm review

20 October 2017 1:32 AM, PDT

Gerard Butler. Weather satellites. Reshoots. A camel. We take a look at Geostorm...

Your relationship with Geostorm may be best measured by where you stand on 1994’s Charlie Sheen skydiving movie, Terminal VelocityTerminal Velocity, by many, was dismissed as a trashy, throwaway action movie. But I always thought it was an absolute hoot. It was never going to challenge the awards season, but as a piece of filmed entertainment, it’s become the kind of film that Hollywood’s all-but-forgotten how to make. The joyously daft action and/or effects movie that the 90s at one stage thrived on.

What a pleasure, then, to report that Geostorm captures that spirit. I'm not sure if that's by luck or design, either. Still, I happily confess it had me early on, with the idea that a raging weather movie was being crossed with a presidential assassination thriller. As it turns out »

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Supernatural season 13 episode 2 review: The Rising Son

20 October 2017 12:13 AM, PDT

Bridget Lamonica Oct 20, 2017

Season 13's second episode slows things down while developing new plot threads and characters. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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13.2 The Rising Son

The second episode of season thirteen took things at a little slower pace, giving us a look at Jack’s development while also teasing us about Mary and Lucifer’s interaction in the alternate reality.

Jack is going to be an interesting yet challenging character to develop throughout this season. His parentage is certainly unique. Jack’s seemingly unlimited range of power will certainly be difficult to tackle and keep the audience interested if his character isn’t developed, and luckily it seems we’re getting that development as we travel from episode to episode. »

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Gotham season 4 episode 5 review: The Blade’s Path

19 October 2017 10:13 PM, PDT

Marc Buxton Oct 20, 2017

Tonight's episode of Gotham ushered in the arrival of a classic DC villain and a huge step in the evolution of Bruce Wayne...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.5 The Blade's Path

It’s been a while since I’ve done a full Gotham review, but I have been following the season with footnotes and Gotham Easter eggs. So even though I watch Gotham every week, I’ll still ask - since when has Gotham become an anthology series? 

I mean, how else to explain the weird, sort of wonderful disjointed chaos this series has become? First you have the main story of Bruce Wayne confronting an imprisoned Ra’s Al Ghul. Ra’s wants Bruce to kill him for some reason. »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: putting something in your diary

19 October 2017 9:57 PM, PDT

Den Of Geek Oct 20, 2017

A few words on battling inactivity...

Hello and a warm welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we try and talk about things that may be affecting you, or people around you. Our ongoing rules are there’s no magic wand, and not every article works for every person. But we’re here every week with ideas that may help.

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This week, though, we’re cheating. Earlier this week, we interviewed Matt Lucas on the site, and at the end of the piece – that you can see here - we asked him what his advice would be for those going through tough times. We had such a response to his words, that we »

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World War Z 2: David Fincher gives brief update

19 October 2017 9:49 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Oct 20, 2017

David Fincher has been developing World War Z 2 for the last year - but there's no script ready yet.

There’s not been an awful lot of obvious progress where World War Z 2 is concerned, with no confirmed release date in sight at the moment. The project does have, though, David Fincher involved. He’s set to direct the film if all goes to plan, the first time he’s taken on a sequel since his directorial debut, the ill-fated Alien 3.

Fincher is behind Mindhunter, that’s just landed on Netflix. And he’s given a brief update on the state of World War Z 2 to Empire while promoting that show.

“I worked on a show for HBO that didn’t see the light of day and at the same time was doing [Mindhunter], and did [Mindhunter] and I’ve been working for about a »

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Tolkien movie starts filming in northern England

19 October 2017 9:44 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Oct 20, 2017

Nicholas Hoult is playing J R R Tolkien in a new biopic, that's started shooting in Ellesmere Port...

The planned biopic of J R R Tolkien, cunningly going by the name of Tolkien, has begun production. What’s more, it’s been shooting this week on location in the north west of England.

The National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port has been playing host to the production, specifically the Porters Row Cottages there, that were also utilised for Peaky Blinders filming.

Nicholas Hoult is taking on the title role in the movie, with the cast also featuring Lily Collins and Colm Meaney (Meaney was announced as joining the cast a week or two back). The latter two have been shooting scenes in Cheshire, under the eye of director Dome Karukoski.

No release date has thus far been announced for the film, but we’d expect to see »

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Arrow season 6 episode 2 review: Tribute

19 October 2017 7:13 PM, PDT

Delia Harrington Oct 20, 2017

Arrow retreads old ground and set up new conflicts in its latest season 6 episode. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.2 Tribute

Tribute sputtered out of the gate with a main storyline that even the characters admit we have all seen before. It also serves to remind us of how ridiculous it is that anyone in Star City ever bought that the Hood and the Green Arrow were separate vigilantes – I mean come on, the suits weren’t even that different. On the positive side, this episode set up or built upon several points of conflict between Oliver and people who are fundamentally good (or at least not evil), which will likely be richer in the long run.

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I, Tonya trailer, starring Margot Robbie

19 October 2017 11:13 AM, PDT

Joseph Baxter Oct 20, 2017

The I, Tonya trailer has arrived, showing Margot Robbie as the scourge of the figure skating world, Tonya Harding.

The upcoming dark/comedic biopic, I, Tonya, looks to capture the period when the Winter Olympics, and the skating in particular, captured the attention of the world. In this case with Margot Robbie playing the scandal-conjuring Olympic figure skater, Tonya Harding.   

The first I, Tonya teaser trailer has now arrived, focusing on Margot Robbie’s onscreen manifestation of former American Olympic figure skating prospect Tonya Harding, whose dreams of grabbing the gold led to one of the most ignominious events in Olympic history. The sight of Robbie’s Harding performing a triple axel (Harding was the first American woman to successfully land one in competition,) is coupled with a voiceover soliloquy of self-pity as the Aussie actress – in an American accent that brushes close to her Suicide Squad »

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12 Strong trailer: Chris Hemsworth stars in war drama

19 October 2017 10:13 AM, PDT

Kayti Burt Oct 20, 2017

Based on the book Horse Soldiers, Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon star in war drama 12 Strong...

Warner Bros. just dropped the trailer for 12 Strong, a new Chris Hemsworth film based on the Afghanistan war book Horse Soldiers.

The film will tell the story of the real-life U.S. Special Forces team first sent into Afghanistan following the events of September 11th. Hemsworth stars as Captain Mitch Nelson who, with his men, must work together with the soldiers of the Northern Alliance — including General Dostum (Navid Negahban) — to fight the Taliban. 

The experience is a culture shock in more ways than one, as American soldiers learn to communicate with, work alongside, and trust their Afghan comrades, but also must adapt their tactics to the more rudimentary ways of the Afghan horse soldiers, which work better in the Afghan mountains.

Here's the trailer...

Video of 12 Strong - Trailer | Chris Hemsworth »

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The Walking Dead: Rick vs Negan - who's the better leader?

19 October 2017 9:49 AM, PDT

Jamie Andrew Oct 19, 2017

With The Walking Dead returning, we appraise the respective leadership skills of Mr Rick Grimes and smiling villain Negan. Spoilers...

Warning: contains seasons 1-7 spoilers.

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As we prepare for an imminent return to the post-apocalyptic, pre-war, pro-tiger world of The Walking Dead, this feels like the perfect time to evaluate the leadership skills (or lack of them) of the show’s main protagonist and antagonist: watery-eyed psycho-sheriff Rick Grimes, and the bonce-bashing batsman y'all like to call Negan, but whose real name is probably Graham or something. Are these two guys effective leaders? Worthy leaders? Great leaders? And, more to the point, should either of them have survived this long into the zombie apocalypse?

Let's start with Rick: Rick is a great leader. »

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Salvation has been renewed for season 2

19 October 2017 7:13 AM, PDT

Michael Ahr Kirsten Howard Oct 20, 2017

Salvation season 2 is now assured, after the meteor-headed-for-earth thriller struck a note with audiences...

CBS has given Salvation season 2 the go-ahead - the disaster thriller has landed a renewal at the network. The show was a modest ratings winner this summer with its tale of a meteor headed for Earth, and since the production is owned by the network's CBS Television Studios (in league with Secret Hideout) the renewal is no big surprise.

The series follows MIT student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) as his graduate project reveals a celestial object on a collision course with Earth. His eventual involvement with tech genius Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) leads to a connection with top secret government forces led by Secretary of Defense Harris Edwards (Ian Anthony Dale) working to combat the problem. Defense press secretary Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) bridges the two groups as the effort to »

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Red Dwarf Xii episode 3 review: Timewave

19 October 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Mark Harrison Oct 20, 2017

Available to stream now on UKTV Play, here's our spoiler-filled review of the latest Red Dwarf Xii episode, Timewave...

This review contains spoilers.

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12.3 Timewave

“Are you criticising me?”

This is awkward. If it weren't for the fact that no one sets out to make bad TV, we'd almost think that Doug Naylor was going meta with this one. How rubbish can an episode that lampoons criticism possibly be?

Well, contrary to the dopamine release that reviewers supposedly get from slagging something off, (cheers, Kryts) it gives us no pleasure to say that Timewave is not up to the high standard that Red Dwarf Xii has set in the last two weeks. In fact, we'd go so far as »

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Thor: Ragnarok review

19 October 2017 6:55 AM, PDT

Thor: Ragnarok is a Marvel movie that's less keen to play by Marvel rules. Here's our review...

One of the more valid criticisms levelled against Marvel’s films is that for all its claims of being filmmaker-led and tonally diverse, they’re increasingly unimaginative productions. Slick action scenes, a smattering of Whedonesque quips and the occasional fan-servicing cameo are all staples of any movie with the Marvel logo, and while that formula might prevent another (relative) failure like Thor: The Dark World, it also robs audiences of the chance to be truly surprised.

Enter Thor: Ragnarok, which gives proof, just as we need it, that Marvel Studios will still give movies the chance be surprising. The film is directed by Taika Waititi, a filmmaker made famous by his eccentric, genre-lampooning horror mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. There’s no mistaking his fingerprints all over Ragnarok, with its constant »

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S. Craig Zahler interview: Brawl In Cell Block 99, Bone Tomahawk

19 October 2017 6:52 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Oct 20, 2017

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler talks to us about his films, his approach, and Ridley Scott adapting his work…

I loved Brawl In Cell Block 99, the second feature film from novelist and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler. His first? Bone Tomahawk. I love that too, for the record. Zahler already feels like a very different voice in American film, a man content for his budgets to be low and control over his material to be high.

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He spared me some time for a chat to talk about the film, his approach, and what he feels about Drew Goddard and Ridley Scott adapting one of his books.

I came out of the movie being glad that a grown-up was allowed to make grown-up films. »

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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

19 October 2017 6:34 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. An alcoholic »

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Beyond Skyline review

19 October 2017 5:48 AM, PDT

Seven years after the release of Skyline, a belated sequel to the alien invasion tale is about to arrive...and it's extremely good.

DVD & Bluray

Whilst the first Skyline movie, released back in 2010, made a decent profit at the box office (almost $80 million from a $10 million-ish budget), the majority of the reviews dished out to the sci-fi yarn were not exactly kind. With 15% on Rt and a current 4.4% from users on IMDb, the film has often received widespread derision from both critics and general audiences alike.

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Even in the microcosm of Den Of Geek, it has its fans and its…not fans. One reviewer here was only just recently championing the film, comparing it favourably to another sci-fi flick released around the same time, »

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