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Page to screen: children’s books make great films

Page to screen: children’s books make great films

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the hugely popular 2010 animation from DreamWorks, has been released in England behind the rest of the United Kingdom, but did you know the world Toothless and Hiccup inhabit is originally based on a book series? A lot of our favourite family films are based on...

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Noah: The Movie Preview

Noah: The Movie Preview

The upcoming release of the cinematic re-telling of one of the Bible’s most epic narratives, has certainly been fraught with controversy before we even get to see the movie! With reports of the film’s release already being banned in several countries around the globe, as well as protests against it before its...

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The Academy Award contenders

The Academy Award contenders

More than any Awards Season in recent memory, this year has been unpredictable. Speculation has only been that, with surprise wins cropping up all over the place. So with the 86th Academy Awards being held this Sunday and it's still difficult to name who the front runners are. To educate you a little on...

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The best films to look out for in 2014

The best films to look out for in 2014

As ever, some of the strongest films of the year are to be released in January and February in the run-up to the Oscars in March. But there will then be 10 more months of movie madness after the winter Oscar releases. Here is an overview of some the films we're looking forward to this year. Let's start...

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The TFR Weekend Marathon Guide

The TFR Weekend Marathon Guide

So, it’s Black Friday, and you’ve got a pile of new films to watch. Well, given it’s the weekend, you’ve only got one solution – a marathon. Most people don’t do marathons, because they’re responsible, mature adults. I say through that out the window, and set yourself up for an overnight...

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Gravitational pull: dissecting the science of Gravity

Gravitational pull: dissecting the science of Gravity

Gravity is something of a big deal in 2013's roster of big screen experiences. It's also turned the lens of the scientific community towards filmmaking. Earlier, I got a fairly hefty email from my editor, Mr Parrot, containing a list of Gravity science pieces I can only describe as "formidably comprehensive"....

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So, what’s going on with Preacher?

So, what’s going on with Preacher?

Preacher is a comic book series that’s been going on for years, now. But its journey towards a screen of any sort has slowed – until recently. For those who aren’t in the know (and you wouldn’t be to blame, this is hardly the mainstream comic book stuff you’ll find Marvel whacking into cinemas every...

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Disney/Marvel announce five superhero shows for Netflix in 2015

Disney/Marvel announce five superhero shows for Netflix in 2015

One live-action Marvel show on Netflix would be great. Two? Fantastic. Five? Five? Are you kidding me right now? I need some fresh air. In what's being dubbed an "unprecedented deal", Marvel and Disney are going to grant Netflix what may become some of its biggest ever content - five new shows, four of them...

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Successful British actors abroad

Successful British actors abroad

It would appear that American audiences have their favourite British actors, and they’re not necessarily the ones you’d expect. After responding to the bi-annual Q survey the US citizens who took the poll placed Sir Sean Connery as America’s favourite British actor. There were a lot of actors and actresses...

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A Guide to Surviving the Movie Apocalypse

A Guide to Surviving the Movie Apocalypse

Ah, the movie apocalypse. We know them well. From Independence Day to Shaun of the Dead, there's nothing better than watching humans battle against un-dead creatures, natural disasters and lab-created infections. World War Z joins this list of stellar cinema, and you can now own it on DVD and...

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