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Review: The Snowman (2017)

20 October 2017 6:52 PM, PDT

Ever looked at something and thought where did it all go wrong? Sometimes a movie has everything going for it, a great concept, a great cast, a great crew and some stunning ideas and then it just flat out does not work. Remember Hancock and how it derailed? Or Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? Well, I’m sad to report that director Tomas Alfredson’s (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let The Right One In) adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel The Snowman is a real disappointment to fans of the book and newcomers alike.

From the bleak first scene to the impressive who’s who opening credits backed by Marco Beltrami’s unnerving scoring (which practically melts away into unremarkable territory after this point), this is a film that looks like it could have that lingering Scandinavian Drama/Thriller inspired chill and a real horrific thrill. A »

- Jack Bottomley

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Win Blast Out on PC

18 October 2017 7:49 AM, PDT

Arena brawler Blast Out receives a free update 19th October including a new arena and additional character and to celebrate we have 10 codes (that’s right, 10!) for a free full version of the game, to giveaway.

Blast Out heavily revolves around player ability and mastering the mechanics of intense close quarters combat through a Knock-back system, and rapid reflexes are essential to outmanoeuvre opponent attacks.

New content for Blast Out coming 19th October includes:

New Arena ‘Whispers of the Jungle’ – Whispers of the Jungle is the newest addition and 4th map to the game. This map features portals that allow the player to quickly travel from one side to the other side of the map. On top of this, the map is crumbling to pieces giving way to the poison vines that are consuming the jungle. After a while the poison vines will invade and spread poison on half the arena, »

- Roobla Team

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Win The Princess Bride on Blu-ray

18 October 2017 7:40 AM, PDT

As you wish. The classic fantasy romance, The Princess Bride, celebrates its 30th Anniversary by returning to cinemas nationwide for one day on the 23rd October alongside an anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate we have 3 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway.

Directed by Rob Reiner and with an all-star cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Mel Smith & Peter Cook, and written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter William Goldman, The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale; full of swashbuckling swordplay, giants, pirates, an evil prince and a beautiful princess… all woven into the love story to end all love stories.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Cary Elwes’ character Westley goes by what other name?

Your Answer Dead Pirate PetersDread Pirate RobertsRed Pirate Roberts

UK entries only. One entry per person. Competition closes 17th November. »

- Roobla Team

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Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

17 October 2017 4:23 PM, PDT

In 2014, many feared the worse from The Lego Movie. They dreaded a corporate, cold, product-flogging animation, devoid of cinematic value and joy, and while we did actually receive such a film in this year’s lamentable The Emoji Movie, The Lego Movie was a huge – and welcome – surprise. Filled with innovative set pieces, anarchic action, bullet-like gags, references aplenty and an unexpectedly poignant punch that took the title product and applied it to a really human story. Then, the Lego Cinematic Universe continued to click (if you will), with this year’s incredibly fun and loving parody/homage The Lego Batman Movie. So is it three times lucky for the Lego team?

Well there may be some level of debate about that but make no mistake about it this new instalment in the Lego movie series is still fun, if a lot more inconsistent. The Lego Ninjago Movie is based »

- Jack Bottomley

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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4

17 October 2017 12:40 PM, PDT

And thus, a new era began.

Buffy Season Four is a controversial Season amongst fans. To put it simply – it’s not the favourite for many. This was a bit of an interesting year for the show – for one thing, it lost two of its principle cast members to a newly launched spin-off, the familiar high school location was no more and the characters were officially adults. Times were moving on for Buffy, and the things that we had gotten used to were going to have to change.

Thus, the show moved onto the life of a Slayer at College, and the adventures that ensued. Adventures that are a little, well, daft at times. Don’t get me wrong – Season Four is by no means a failure, and does hit some serious heights on occasion. If anything, it lacks the consistency of Season Three and the brilliance of Season Two. »

- Ben McCarthy

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