Author Lance Harris

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Age of Ultron: too much, yet not enough

The Marvel Comics money printing machine rolls on with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the headlining act in “phase two” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s predictably big, slick

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Chappie: sentient but not intelligent

Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 debut feature, District 9, seemed to signal the arrival of a major new talent with the dark wit and visual flair to become the new Paul Verhoeven of Total Recall and Robocop fame. Elysium’s poor scripting and wooden performances left his potential

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Nightcrawler: if it bleeds, it leads

“All the animals come out at night,” said one of cinema’s most memorable misfits in Taxi Driver, and among nocturnal prowlers, few are hungrier, more relentless and more cold-blooded than Nightcrawler’s

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Kingsman: licence to mock

This will be a busy year for cinematic spies with James Bond to return in Spectre, Ethan Hunt back for another Mission: Impossible and director Guy Ritchie rebooting the cult 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E as a feature film. First off the mark is

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Best movies of 2014

Who says cinema is dead? From intimate indie dramas to massive blockbusters, from slick thrillers to futuristic romances, and from downbeat dystopias to nostalgic remembrances of the past, the best feature films of 2014 showed that the movies are as vibrant and alive as ever. Here’s our pick

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Best games of 2014

This hasn’t been a great year for blockbuster games, with most big publishers struggling to make a smooth and profitable transition to a new console generation. Many of the big game releases of the year have disappointed by being dull and faceless (Watch Dogs, Destiny), launching with serious glitches

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Interstellar: hazy cosmic jive

“We used to look up in the sky and wonder about our place in the stars,” grumbles actor Matthew McConaughey as Interstellar’s former astronaut and reluctant farmer, Cooper. “Now we just look down and wonder about our place in the dirt.” He could as well be talking about the film itself, which

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Gone Girl: domestic disturbance

A harrowing dark comedy about a collapsed marriage. A savage satire of media sensationalism. A meticulous police procedural. And a sleek neo-noir thriller. Gone Girl from director David Fincher confidently splices

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Xbox One vs PS4: the ultimate showdown

Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) has sold more than 10m units to consumers since its launch in November last year, while Microsoft’s Xbox One has struggled to muster 5m sales to retailers during the same time. Is Microsoft still being unfairly punished for

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The Equalizer: middle-age spread

In The Equalizer, the life of a Russian mafia henchman is nasty, brutish, short, and often terminated at the sharp end of a gardening tool wielded by its 60-year old star, Denzel Washington. As a retired secret service operative who protects the helpless

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