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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 13, 2014  |  0 comments

This quick-witted and zany sequel to 2010's surprise animated smash finds former supervillain Gru having renounced a life of crime in favour of raising his three adopted daughters and using his gadgets to make jam. But when the Anti-Villain League asks for help tracking down a mystery criminal, Gru finds himself back in the game and up to his neck in something more terrifying than he ever expected: romance. Terrific cartoon fun – even if it's not quite as good as the side-splitting original.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 21, 2012  |  0 comments

Despicable Me tells the story of Gru, the world’s greatest super villain. Or, at least that’s what he thinks. Truth is, there are worse people in the world than him and his latest plan - involving the theft of the moon and three orphaned girls – could end up changing his life in ways he never imagined.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 02, 2013  |  0 comments

One of Hitchcock's middling works (even he once joked that he could have 'phoned it in'), Dial M for Murder stars Ray Milland as Tony Wendice, a former tennis professional plotting to kill his adulterous wife Margot (Grace Kelly) and grab the £90,000 he'll be left in her will. Sadly - for Ray, if not his wife - his elaborate plan doesn't run smoothly, but will Margot and her lover ever discover the truth about the attempt on her life?

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 20, 2012  |  0 comments

New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) just doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break. He spent Christmas 1988 dealing with terrorists holding his wife and other workers hostage in an LA office. Two years later his Christmas was ruined by mercenaries taking control of Washington’s Dulles Airport. No wonder that by 1995 he’d become a washed-up alcoholic, coaxed back in to action by a nutter with a vendetta against him. And then in 2007 he quit swearing and turned into a virtual superhero, surfing on the back of a jet in his quest to foil a computer hacker.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments

The 1970s saw the British film industry at its lowest ebb, with the biggest domestic box office hits of the decade coming from TV sitcom spin-offs (1971's On the Buses actually beat out Diamonds Are Forever at UK cinemas) and flaccid sex comedies. But cinema's loss was television's gain, and filmmakers interested in dealing with more challenging and experimental concepts found an outlet for their work on the small screen instead.

Anton van Beek  |  May 31, 2013  |  0 comments

Having killed Hitler in 2009's Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino is rewriting history again in his latest film. Thankfully Django Unchained is a much better movie than his tricksy World War II flick.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 04, 2017  |  0 comments

Having established the rules of its shared cinematic universe, Marvel Studios now sets about shaking it up by introducing magic to the mix with the tale of a crippled neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) who finds salvation in the mystic arts. While the actual story is nothing particularly new, the excellent cast and novel dressing (sparkling magical sigils and kaleidoscoping cityscapes) makes it feel fresh. It's also nice to see a comic book movie where the hero outsmarts the villain rather than simply beating them into a pulp.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 01, 2013  |  0 comments

This brilliant 1970 serial is notable for marking a number of firsts for Doctor Who. For one thing, It marks the debut appearance of John Pertwee as the third incarnation of the Doctor. The story also introduces those deadly shop window dummies, the Autons. And on top of that, it was also the first Doctor Who story ever to be shot in colour.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 17, 2018  |  0 comments
It's a new era for classic Doctor Who at home. And who cares if you’ve already got them all on DVD? Now you can start buying them all over again on Blu-ray!
Anton van Beek  |  Feb 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Last year saw the BBC's popular Saturday evening sci-fi series undergo another period of transition, introducing a new actor in the lead role. Unsurprisingly, Peter Capaldi's spiky portrayal of The Doctor upset some fans, but it was clearly a calculated move on the part of showrunner Steven Moffat, shaking up the status quo to keep the series feeling fresh and unpredictable.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 08, 2012  |  0 comments

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series saw two major changes in the popular sci-fi series, with the arrival of both a new Doctor (Matt Smith – quickly shaping up to be the best since Tom Baker) and new showrunner (Steven Moffat taking over from Russell T Davis). That said, neither change has made much of a tonal difference to the show itself, which continues to please kids of all ages with its magical mix of whimsical storytelling, scary monsters, daft jokes and crowd-pleasing special effects. And despite the odd dud like the redesigned Daleks, it’s easily the most consistent series since Russell T Davis’ first year running things. Roll on the Christmas Special.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 02, 2014  |  0 comments

The good, the bad and the ugly are all on display in these 15 episodes from the BBC's sci-fi smash – and we're not just talking about the freaky aliens the Doctor regularly encounters.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 22, 2014  |  0 comments

While the special celebratory episode of the BBC's hit sci-fi series is a resounding success, the same thing cannot be said of the Blu-ray itself. Our biggest complaint is that both the 2D and 3D versions have been converted from 1080i50 to 1080p24 for this release. While this was mandatory for the 3D version, the 2D incarnation should have been left as it was shot, due to the slowdown issues that result from the conversion process. Additionally, while this Blu-ray offers up a fair batch of extras (including The Last Day and The Night of the Doctor 'mini-sodes') it's not quite as comprehensive as fans might have hoped. Fingers-crossed that the BBC revisits it as part of the innevitable Series Eight boxset.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Arriving on the planet Vulcan in the distant future the freshly regenerated Doctor (Patrick Troughton) finds himself struggling to convince a colony of humans that the Daleks they recovered from an ancient space capsule trapped in a mercury pool are not the benevolent robotic servants the pretend to be, but actually galaxy-conquering alien killers.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 23, 2012  |  0 comments

When a young girl (Bailee Madison) is forced to move in with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in a spooky old home they’re restoring, she isn’t exactly thrilled by the idea. But things get even worse when she starts hearing voices calling her name and seeing little creatures running around the building.