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Film review: The Sweeney

Before John Thaw was listening to classical music and solving crimes in Inspector Morse and Dennis Waterman was minding George Cole (as well as writing the theme tune, singing the theme tune), the pair were keeping the streets of London safe in the seminal seventies TV show The Sweeney.

Director Nick Love, who has a penchant for directing tired, violent-for-violence’s-sake films (The Firm, The Football Factory), felt the need to take this much loved TV show and do what many characters in his films often do – knock it to the ground and kick the living daylights out of it. What a slag.

Within the Met police there’s a unit that runs by its own set of rules. It’s known as the Sweeney. Heading this tough bunch of nuts is Jack Regan (Ray Winstone). Regan is a no-nonsense copper who does what he needs to to get the job done. This often means bending the law all over the gaff. But as he and his team get results, they are more or less left to their own devices…

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Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

It’s amazing what a bit of hype can do for a film. It can turn ordinary, well-meaning folk into the most boorish and obnoxious of fanboys, who will swear allegiance to a film, regardless of whether it’s actually any good or not. The Dark Knight trilogy could be considered the Holy Grail for film zealots in recent years; Christopher Nolan’s two previous bat outings were subjected to almost religious fervour by its fanboy followers.

In fairness, director Nolan gave Bruce Wayne and his alter ego a thorough cinematic make-over, giving the series a contemporary feel over, say, Tim Burton’s more comic book approach with his 1989 Batman and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns.

For Nolan, this final part of his trilogy is his swansong to the franchise, and it will no doubt prove to be a satisfying conclusion for the loyalist of fans. But does it do enough for those who aren’t so emotionally attached to the material?…

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Movie review: Juan of the Dead

Although we live in a digital age where anyone can make a film if they want, it’s still not easy to make a proper film: one where you actually get financed to produce it.

It’s easy to take the whole film-making process for granted; after all, there are still countries on this planet that aren’t exactly democratic.

One such place is Cuba. Sure it’s opened its doors in recent years to middle class tourists with money to spend on cheap booze and cigars, but Castro’s shadow still looms large over his people. But if this film is anything to go by, there’s definitely a thriving underground movement waiting to rise.

There aren’t that many opportunities to make a fast Cuban Peso on the island, but it doesn’t stop Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas ) and his friends from trying their luck. Juan is beginning to feel his age a bit now, and when he learns that his daughter has returned to the island, he’s keen to meet up and attempt to prove he’s a different man…

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Film review: The Avengers

The problem with so many of these superhero films is the dreaded origins story. The worst nightmare for any fan is a film explaining how Spiderman, for example, became the web-slinger in the first place. Answer? He was bitten by a radioactive spider. That was easy enough, let’s move on. But that’s not how Hollywood works. The golden rule appears to be that if you’re going to introduce a superhero character to the masses, regardless of how familiar they may all be with said hero’s background, you must spend at least two hours on re-telling their origin story…

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Game review: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are just around the corner for old London Town, and it’s still getting difficult to summon up any excitement for them. That would change of course, if Mario and Sonic were to compete in the real games, but that, sadly, is unlikely to happen.

So instead, their attempts at taking part in this massive sportathon have been condensed down for the playing pleasure on the 3DS.

On the back of the box it declares “over 50 exhilarating events”, which sounds like a whole lot of gaming to be had. The reality is, is that there is and there isn’t.

For the most part, this title is an Olympic themed WarioWare title; many of the games are nothing more than micro games that feel like they’re over before they’ve even started. That’s not to say they’re not fun however. A large majority of the events are incredibly addictive…

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Film review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The marketing people behind this new film want you to believe that this is a Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film; even the poster has the pair as equal top billing. And it’s true that they do appear in it, but the truth is that the real star of the film is the extremely young and incredibly talented Thomas Horn.

You probably haven’t heard of him before, as he makes his acting debut in this film. He did make a name for himself some other way however. Question: Who won $31,800 on the US quiz show Jeopardy! during Kids Week? Answer: Thomas Horn.

Legend has it that the film’s producer Scott Rudin was so impressed with the youngster, that his appearance on the show led to him being auditioned for the main role of Oskar…

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Film review: The Muppets

It’s a sad sign of the times when the word ‘muppet’ is probably best known by today’s generation for being used as a derogatory term. But it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise; after all, it’s been 12 years since the last theatrical outing (the somewhat obscure Muppets from Space) and the classic TV series ended in 1981, after a run of just five series.

In 2004 Disney decided to buy the Muppet brand, so presumably they believed that there was still life in the old gang yet. But how relevant can a frog, pig and bear be to modern audiences? It’s a canny question, and one that actually features at the heart of this new film…

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Film review: Sherlock Holmes:a Game of Shadows

Business must be brisk in the murky world of detectiving, if Sherlock Holmes’ current workload is anything to go by. Not only is he back on the small screen with the return of the series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) on New Year’s Day, but he returns to the big screen too with Guy Ritchie’s blockbusting sequel, once again starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

It appears that the long-running partnership between Sherlock Homes (Downey Jr.) and his faithful companion Dr Watson (Law) is finally coming to an end. Watson,ou see, is about to get married…

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Film review: The Thing (2011)

For most horror aficionados, 1982’s The Thing was the last great film from director John Carpenter. Sure, Big Trouble in Little China followed it, and although it was a lot of fun, tonally it was completely different.

Like many films now termed ‘modern classics’, the film didn’t do all that well at the box office on release. It wasn’t helped by going up against a film about a cute little alien landing on Earth and wanting to phone home, which dominated box offices worldwide.

However, the word soon spread when it was released on a format known as VHS that would play back films at home on tape, of all things. Talk about the crazy eighties.

Somehow it joined a very small group of films that are deemed somehow untouchable when it comes to being remade. Despite the same title, this is actually a prequel to the events that took place in the first film, so much so that its ending leads smoothly into the opening scene of the original…

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Film review: Hugo

Martin Scorsese is one of those directors that couldn’t really be considered child-friendly. Most of his features are, quite rightly, for adults only. Even when he does a film with a broader certificate rating (like Age of Innocence and Kundun, for example), it’s unlikely to appeal to the Harry Potter crowd.

Hugo, however, must be considered the first family film that Scorsese has made in his career. Unfortunately for him, it might not be as friendly for younger audiences as he might have hoped, or any other for that matter.

Railway stations are busy places, but even more so in a big metropolis like Paris. In one such station lives young Hugo (Asa Butterfield); since his father died (Jude Law), Hugo has been living behind the scenes in the station, maintaining the clocks that are so vital where trains are concerned…

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