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Ralph Breaks the Internet’s Exploration of Online Culture Isn’t Flawless, But It’s a Lot of Fun

Ralph Breaks the Internet is an insanely ambitious movie. It is jam-packed with fascinating ideas and important themes to go along with all the humour, heart, and excitement one would expect from a Disney Animation film. For the most part, that ambition adds to the film, providing it with memorable scenes, emotional heft, and timeliness. Other times, though, it can hold it back a bit – if only because balancing and weaving all those pieces together can feel a little forced. Read More >>

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Is Criminally Underbaked

There’s a moment near the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldwhen I realised the scene I was watching could have been the second one in the movie. Instead, it was near the end, climactic and important. Yet it took so long to get here and everything that happened prior was so superfluous to the events unfolding, it dawned on me that the latest film in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World simply wasn’t up to par. Read More >>

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Bright Eyes Axed From BBC’s Watership Down Reboot

Art Garfunkel's legendary solo tune Bright Eyes has been sensationally booted out of the BBC's baffling and uncalled for CG reboot of Watership Down, with the sad rabbits to get a theme tune recorded by some young buck who goes by the name of Sam Smith instead. Read More >>

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A Star is Born Isn’t Showing At Vue Cinemas Due to Ongoing “Discussions”

I don't know about you, but if a mainstream film gets released, I expect to be able to see it at whichever cinema chain takes my fancy. And usually, that is very much the case. Providing the film isn't a more obscure title getting a limited release, whether your local cinema is a Cineworld, Vue or Odeon, that latest Hollywood release will undoubtedly be scheduled to show at some point. Apparently that isn't the case for A Star is Born, a film released last week starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. For reasons that remain pretty unclear, it currently isn't being shown in Vue cinemas. Read More >>

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First Man Gives Humankind’s Greatest Adventure a Personal Touch

For a movie about going to the moon, First Man sure is grounded. That’s a good thing though, mostly, as the film provides a layered and at times painful look at what that legendary trip cost not just America but also astronaut Neil Armstrong. However, First Man is not a hugely patriotic roller coaster like Apollo 13. Director Damien Chazelle has taken one of humankind’s greatest adventures and turned it into an intimate character portrait. It’s engaging and emotional, but just the slightest bit underwhelming. Read More >>

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Unrestored 2001: A Space Odyssey Heads to IMAX in November

A new and yet also old version of Kubrick's dazzling 2001 is set to show on the London Science Museum's IMAX cinema screen this November, with the event proudly using a new version of the film made from the original 70mm negatives and therefore free from any modern restoration or digital retouching. Read More >>

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“First Man” Would Work Better If It Told The Story From Buzz Aldrin’s Perspective

It seems surprising that until now no one has really tried to make a film about Neil Armstrong. The first man on the Moon will be rightly remembered by history as a hero. The problem is, as First Man demonstrates, being a hero doesn’t necessarily make you interesting. Read More >>

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All the Cosmic Clues and Mysteries We Saw in the New Dark Phoenix Trailer

The first Dark Phoenix trailer is here, and short and cryptic though it may be, it’s still chock-full of intriguing hints about what’s in store for the X-Men and their most formidable foe yet. Read More >>

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Councils Overrule BBFC to Show Sweary Northern Drama to Kids

Modern movie drama A Northern Soul -- which follows the hard life of Hull warehouse worker and hip-hop fan Steve -- has benefited from a campaign to downgrade its BBFC rating, with several local councils deciding that some swearing and the odd f-bomb is no reason to give the worthy film about the realities of present day life in the city a 15 rating. Read More >>

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Reading the Star Wars: Episode IX Script Has Made Domhnall Gleeson Paranoid

One would think that reading the script for a new Star Wars movie would be a thrilling privilege. But it might be more terrifying than exciting. Read More >>

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How The Shining’s Camera Creates Constant Unease

The Shining is a brilliant film, and it’s a scary film, and those two things are for the same reason. Read More >>

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Marvel Messed Up The Box Art of The New Avengers Blu-Ray Box Set

On Monday, a Blu-ray box set of the three Avengers films releases. Featuring The AvengersAvengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War, it's a nice little box set. However, an eagle-eyed Reddit user has spotted something a little awry with its box design: it's wrong. It's all very wrong. Read More >>

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Ed Sheeran Lands Part in New Danny Boyle Film

Ed Sheeran is about to make a proper move into ack-ting after his one-off cameo in Game of Thrones, with the popular* singer taking on a larger role in a future production by short-lived Bond director and honorary 2012 Olympian Danny Boyle. Read More >>

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Peter Jackson Jazzes up WWI in 3D and Colour to Traumatise the Kids

Peter Jackson's about to release a film about the Great War, but it won't feature 10,000 CG soldiers rampaging across a CG France. It'll star the actual soldiers of the first world war, with archive footage restored, colourised and thrust through a 3D filter in order to give today's generation a small sense of what it was like to almost certainly get slaughtered in a wet trench 100 years ago. Read More >>