Author Lance Harris


Arrival is best sci-fi film of 2016

Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve directed one of the best films of 2015 with Sicario, a bleak look at the moral toll the US government’s war on the Mexican drug cartels takes on its frontline warriors. With Arrival, he shifts genres to


Doctor Strange: across the Marvel universe

With Robert Downey Jr likely to throw his Iron Man suit on the scrapheap within the next two years, there will soon be a gap in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for an obnoxious but brilliant playboy turned world saviour. Enter Benedict


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

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