Author Lance Harris


The Magnificent Seven: the old West rides again

Widely dismissed upon release as a second-rate remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven (1960) has been elevated over the years into a much-loved classic. It’s unlikely that time will do the same for The


Jason Bourne has a little less conversation

Even by the standards of Hollywood’s most laconic tough guys, Jason Bourne is terse. Returning to the role after an absence of nearly a decade, Matt Damon gets to say just 45 lines or less than 300 gruff words as the


The Nice Guys: LA noir with a comic twist

“Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains.” Humphrey Bogart said it in The Big Sleep, but he could have been talking about the collection of klutzes, goofballs and goons that populate late 1970s Los Angeles


10 Cloverfield Lane: the little genre film next door

In a year where Hollywood seems determined to prove that more is more – more superheroes per film, more explosions, more garish special effects – the economically directed and scripted 10 Cloverfield Lane is a rare pleasure. It’s an unassuming genre film that


Best movies of 2015

Though there were few genuine classics, 2015 offered plenty of variety at the movies – from smart biopics, war movies and dark crime dramas to stirring science-fiction, the usual superhero


Best videogames of 2015

This year marked a final break from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era as the new generation of consoles dominated. With developers no longer shackled to the older consoles, we saw a flood of great games that take advantage of the beefier processing muscle of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well

Editor's pick

Spectre is haunted by ghosts of Bond’s past

Daniel Craig looks tired in Spectre – not in the frazzled, intense way he was in Skyfall, but like a bored waiter who just wants to be paid so he can go home at the end of a long shift. This is how Craig’s James Bond probably ends: sleepwalking off the stage rather than flaming out in


Crimson Peak takes high-gothic crown

Having channelled the giddy enthusiasm of a 10-year old boy watching mecha cartoons in 2013’s Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro taps into the fevered imaginings of a “bookish 14-year old girl” for


Metal Gear Solid V: the man who trolled the world

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has, over the years, alternated between trolling his fans and pandering to them and trolling them by pandering to them. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain might be his most intricate stunt yet, though it is disguised as a fairly routine action game for much of its running time

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