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‘Luke Cage 1×01: Moment of Truth’ Review

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“Ups ain’t the only brown that delivers.”

Actor Mike Colter’s guarded, injured, and ultimately good-hearted turn as Luke Cage was one of the few pleasures the first season of Jessica Jones had to offer. On his own and grounded in a much more immediate and organic sense of place and moment, he doesn’t disappoint. Luke Cage, adapted from the comics created by Archie Goodwin, George Tuska, and John Romita, Sr., is an atmospheric pleasure miles away from the one-note sarcasm of Jessica Jones or the relentless action figure workouts of Marvel’s blockbusters. The thoughtfulness and restraint with which the show approaches the struggle over Harlem’s identity, as embodied by the black men and women living, working, and dying on its streets, is refreshing.

Luke Cage sketches the historic neighborhood as a black community deeply divided along lines of culture, class, and generation. Money is either »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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‘Mycroft Holmes #2′ Review

30 September 2016 9:31 AM, PDT

Written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld | Art by Joshua Cassara | Published by Titan Comics

I missed the first issue of this series, so will have to try and read that at some point, but the first thing that struck me about this series was the fact it was being written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, That Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Turns out the former basketball superstar is also an actor, award winning writer and a Us cultural ambassador…and a writer of comic books featuring Sherlock Holmes more intelligent brother Mycroft. Apparently Kareem is a bit of a Sherlock fan, and has co-wrote a Sherlock prose novel too. Who says comics aren’t educational, I just learnt a whole lot I never knew. But I digress.

To those not up on their Sherlock Holmes background, Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock’s even more intelligent older brother. The two of them have something of a love/ hate relationship, »

- Dean Fuller

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‘Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 2′ Review

30 September 2016 7:31 AM, PDT

Having now played the second episode of the new Telltale Batman game, it can’t be easy for the writers, in fact it must be worrying. One of the biggest games the company has worked on, it is also one of the most protected of DC characters. With Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 – Children of Arkham, Telltale is taking Bruce Wayne in an interesting direction, but is it the right one?

Continuing from the first episode Bruce is having to come to terms with what he has learnt about his parents. Changing everything they have meant for him, and even making him question Alfred’s allegiance and actions, what does it mean for the man behind the bat?

Now that we’ve got the story set for Telltale’s take on Batman, episode two should be where everything is put into action. We know who Harvey Dent is and what he will be, »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘The Out-Laws (aka Clan): The Complete First Season’ Review

30 September 2016 5:38 AM, PDT

It is fair to say that if the UK or America handled The Out-Laws (aka Clan) it would be just another Suburban Housewives. Thankfully though the Dutch have a darker sense of humour and we are treated to a tale of potential homicide where things never go to plan.

The Out-Laws is the tale of the Goethals sisters who are inseparable due to the early death of their parents. When one of the sisters marries a domineering man in the form of Jean-Claude Delcorps (Dirk Roofthooft) the bond is weakened. As Jean-Claude manipulates and ruins the lives of each of the sisters, a plan is concocted to murder the evil brother-in-law. When his death finally takes place, the question is, who actually managed to do it?

When The Out-Laws starts we see the funeral of Jean-Claude and are introduced not only to the sisters, but also a whole host of »

- Paul Metcalf

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First look at Titan Comics’ new Hammer adaptation: ‘The Mummy’

29 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT

Titan Comics have revealed new artwork for The Mummy #1, a brand-new mini-series that reanimates the character, as imagined by legendary Horror studio, Hammer. This series is written by the comics scribe Peter Milligan (Justice League: Dark) and illustrated beautifully by Ronilson Freire (The Green Hornet).

For 2000 years the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity. On one night every 30 years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of the priestess Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality. But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel and she’s not going willingly…

This new book kicks off Titan’s exciting Hammer comics line which will see the publication of brand-new comic stories featuring classic Hammer properties, as »

- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win ‘The Evil in Us’ on Blu-ray

29 September 2016 11:01 AM, PDT

Cabin Fever meets Evil Dead in this stylish and blood-soaked horror! To celebrate the release of The Evil in Us on UK Blu-ray and DVD, we have a Blu-ray copy to give away to a lucky winner.

Six school friends meet up for a drug-fuelled Fourth of July weekend on a remote island. What they don’t know is the drug they scored is not what it seems; it’s actually a new bioactive compound peddled by a sadistic right-wing terrorist organisation. Anyone consuming it is then exposed to a virus causing fits of psychotic rage, mind-bending chaos and cannibalistic murder. Only one refused to partake and now she must fight to survive as everyone around her, including her fiancé, tries to savagely kill her.

The Evil in Us is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 10 October 2016. Order today: http://amzn.to/2bRtRG6

To win The Evil in Uson on blu-ray, »

- Phil Wheat

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Trailer & poster for Netflix comedy ‘True Memoirs Of An International Assassin’

29 September 2016 10:01 AM, PDT

True Memoirs Of An International Assassin is the latest Netflix original movie – an action comedy stars Kevin James as Sam Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. When the book is a huge success, he is suddenly kidnapped, taken out of the country, and forced into an assassination plot.

The film - which premieres on Netflix on November 11th – also stars Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), Zulay Henao (Meet the Blacks), Maurice Compte (Narcos), Andrew Howard (Taken 3), Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street), Kelen Coleman (The McCarthy’s), Leonard Earl Howze (Memphis Beat), Yul Vasquez (The Lottery) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy).

Check out the trailer and poster for True Memoirs Of An International Assassin below, and let us know what you think in the comments:

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1′ Review

29 September 2016 8:01 AM, PDT

Written by Paul Cornell | Art by Christopher Jones | Published by Titan Comics

For most people, Tom Baker Is The Doctor, and he was certainly a big part of my TV viewing childhood. For me though, my favourite Doctor was always the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor. He just looked like a really cool granddad to me, with fab gadgets and a nice line in faux karate. Titan obviously needed to test the waters before granting the Third Doctor his own ongoing series, and I’m pleased to see the demand was there. You also don’t get a much safer pair of hands to get the book off the ground than Paul Cornell, not only a top writer for mainstream TV and Marvel and DC Comics, but also a writer of Who novels, audio books and comics. Artist Christopher Jones is also a solid addition to the creative team, having a »

- Dean Fuller

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‘The Haunting of Mary’ Review

29 September 2016 5:54 AM, PDT

Stars: Kaylee Bryant, José Zúñiga, Catherine Black, Anne Bex, Nick Mancuso, Emma Gruttadauria, Sam Myerson, Diana Porter, Mark S. Cartier, Karin Crighton, Kati Salowsky | Written and Directed by Jennifer B. White

Hollywood tag-line writer Jennifer B. White (Nora’s Return) pulls double-duty here, both writing and directing this paranormal/supernatural mystery starring Kaylee Bryant (Zugzwang) as the titular Mary.

The story of The Haunting of Mary (also known as Mary Loss of Soul) follows Mary Solis, a young 15 year old girl who disappears suddenly before reappearing without any recollection of what happened to her. Oh, and she’s missing part of her soul too. That part’s important. Mary and her family begin to suffer a terrible haunting from an angry spirit all the while Mary herself begins to tumble further down.

It’s hard to really go into a full-on overview of the plot here without giving away some of the interesting plot developments, »

- Chris Cummings

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‘Assassin’s Creed Last Descendants: Locus #1′ Review

28 September 2016 8:01 AM, PDT

Written by Ian Edginton | Art by Caspar Wijngaard | Published by Titan Comics

Until relatively recently, comics based on games were something that I would very rarely pick up. They were often just cheap cash-ins, primarily designed to drum up interest in the main product itself, and lacking in both quality and creator enthusiasm. Titan have seemingly taken this as something of a challenge as most of their game-based series have been very good, notably Deus Ex, Dark Souls, and of course Assassins Creed.

Assassins Creed has become the gold standard in that rather than just tread safe water, the creative teams have purposely expanded that universe, introduced new characters, played with the Assassin/Templar dynamic, mixed things up enough to make it seem familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Assassin’s Creed Last Descendants: Locus is the latest book to emerge from that, and this time the ‘hero’ is Tommy Greyling, »

- Dean Fuller

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Competition: Win horror anthology ‘Holidays’

28 September 2016 6:01 AM, PDT

Holidays is an anthology horror like no other and to celebrate its arrival on UK DVD, we have a copy to give away.

With Hollywood and horror favourites, Kevin Smith, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore and Seth Green on board, among many others, Holidays is a portmanteau horror which challenges our perception of annual festivities, subverting them and laying their darker side bare. From a seriously bloody Valentine to an extremely gruesome Easter and a Christmas slay ride for good measure, Holidays is an anthology horror that puts a grisly twist on some of our most beloved seasonal events.

Holidays is available to buy on DVD from Monday 10 October 2016. Order it now: http://amzn.to/2d5zT7F and check out our review here.

To win Holidayson on DVD, just answer the following question:

Holidays actor Seth Green voices which character on Family Guy? Is it:

a) Chris Griffin

b) Peter Griffin »

- Phil Wheat

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‘The Conjured’ Review

28 September 2016 4:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Jill Evyn, Lane Townsend, Jeremy Walker, Emily Claeys, Pamela Finney, Sergio Alejandro, C.S. Boris, Anne Hallinan, Val Garrahan, Dixon Phillips | Written and Directed by Bidisha Chowdhury

Known also as Adaline, The Conjured is a paranormal horror movie both written and directed by Bidisha Chowdhury (whose only previous film work includes a couple of short films). Daniella (played by Jill Evyn) inherits a place in the countryside and decides to move in and attempt to make it her home. The house, though, seemingly has a history that isn’t so great and thus the horror of the film begins.

I didn’t know anything about The Conjured before watching it but the opening and eventual happenings seemed very cliché to me. I was expecting everything that happened to happen, and not in the best way. It found itself entering tedious territory on a number of occasions, and in the end, »

- Chris Cummings

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‘Warcraft’ Review

28 September 2016 2:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Callum Rennie | Written by Duncan Jones, Charles Leavitt | Directed by Duncan Jones

The failure of video game films has been well documented. Although video games have been a major part of pop culture for decades we have yet to see a fully successful crossover hit the big screen. On paper Warcraft seems like the movie that could do it mainly due to the man behind the camera Duncan Jones. With Jones Warcraft has both a talented filmmaker and someone who is well familiar with the source property. This will not be another Super Mario Bros that barely resembles the video game it is depicting. Unfortunately, Warcraft is vapid, dull, and empty – but not completely void of merit. The search for a great video game movie continues. »

- Dan Clark

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Competition: Win creepy horror ‘Shelley’ on DVD

27 September 2016 8:01 AM, PDT

To celebrate the UK DVD release of creepy horror film Shelley, we are giving you the chance to win a copy.

A moody, haunting Rosemary’s Baby for the 21st century, Shelley is an arty, atmospheric horror film that blends the shocks of Inside with the surreal, unsettling worldview of David Lynch.

When Elena arrives in the countryside to work as a housekeeper for Louise and Kasper, she finds the isolated cottage deep in a dense, eerie forest, cut off from modern society. Soon, Louise approaches Elena with a lucrative deal: begging her to carry a baby for her as she is unable to conceive, and desperately yearns for a child. Elena’s pregnancy brings joy into the cold, dark home, but it isn’t long until strange events, sensations and hallucinations lead the household to believe that something is terribly wrong. The life growing inside Elena is taking shape too fast, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Assetto Corsa’ Review (PS4)

27 September 2016 6:01 AM, PDT

While there aren’t too many racing games on the PlayStation 4 at the moment, there are still some really good ones dominating the console. With the likes of Project Cars and Driveclub which are my personal favourites, Dirt Rally and F1 2016 are adding quality for the racing fans. With Gran Turismo Sport also on the way there is great anticipation for that release. With this in mind where does Assetto Corsa sit in the list of racing games?

Assetto Corsa feels a little more of a simulator than an arcade style racer, which means that straight away there is a steep learning curve when racing. With 90 cars to drive over 15 famous racing tracks there is a lot of variety for the driver and the cars do look good. The problem comes when you start to take a look around the car and at the quality of the circuits and the presentation of the game itself. »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Review

27 September 2016 4:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach, Sope Dirisu, Sam Hazeldine, Sam Claflin | Written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin | Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Looking back at Snow White and the Huntsman, I remember liking it but the movie itself was overshadowed by the drama behind the scenes. This may be one reason I was surprised with the announcement of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Unsurprisingly though, Kristen Stewart is not part of this one… but does it manage to deliver without Snow White’s presence?

This time, The Huntsman is somewhat of a prequel as well as a sequel to the first film. We see Ravenna (Charlize Theron) up to no good, but also the introduction of Freya (Emily Brunt) her sister. When Freya’s heart is broken her resultant transformation to the Ice Queen brings about the introduction of »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Just Cause 3: Bavarium Sea Heist’ Review (PS4/PC)

27 September 2016 2:01 AM, PDT

When Just Cause 3 was originally released I had a lot of fun with it. After completing it though I didn’t purchase the Air, Land & Sea Expansion Pass but waited until it was fully released. With Just Cause 3: Bavarium Sea Heist the set is now complete, but is it worth playing?

If you’ve played the other downloadable content you’ll know that Sky Fortress gave you a jet pack and Mech Land Assault gave you the ability to use mechs in battle. Bavarium Sea Heist gives you a new lightening based gun which gives you even more power, making you pretty much overpowered for the rest of the game.

What these tools do though is to add a lot of fun to the game, especially if you start a new game and enter the Dlc levels early to gain access to the new tools and weaponry. The big »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Ninja: Immovable Heart’ DVD Review

26 September 2016 8:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Rob Baard, Roger Neave, Danny Glover, John Balazs, Blaze Broadway, Cassandra Gava, Aliante Youngdino, Jacob Fyfe, Vivian Langham, Jennifer Rose, Christopher Bunworth, Melinda Di Natale | Written by Rob Baard | Directed by John Balazs, Rob Baard

Ninjas, Danny Glover and a man wearing a terrible spandex suit – it’s like the 1980s never went away! Resolutely refusing to be trendy, Ninja: Immovable Heart blunders on head first into a story so niche you almost have to admire writer/director/star Rob Baard. For all its faults, there’s no doubting that this is a real labour of love for its multi-talented leading man, even if very little of it sticks.

No-one is more confused than sole famous name Danny Glover, who looks utterly perplexed for every moment he appears on screen. Locked in a small room (against an obvious CGI backdrop), Glover spends the whole time on his phone, »

- Joel Harley

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‘The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship 24/7′ Review

26 September 2016 6:01 AM, PDT

If you’ve been a WWE fan for long enough, you’ll know both the good and the bad side of the Hardcore Title. For the most part though you’ll have fond memories of the title that started as a joke, but slowly gained credibility. Now the The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship 24/7 has been released we get to relive it all.

The best discovery when watching the set is that it is presented by Mick Foley, Raven, and Rvd. Talking candidly about the matches they reveal how the title was seen backstage. For the fans it turned into memorable “hardcore” matches, and for the lower card wrestlers it turned into a division where they could finally be noticed.

Some of the best part of The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship 24/7 is when the three wrestlers are talking about the title and offering their thoughts. In terms »

- Paul Metcalf

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Competition: Win ‘Blindspot: The Complete First Season’ on Blu-ray

26 September 2016 4:01 AM, PDT

To celebrate the release of Blindspot: The Complete First Season – on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray 3rd October – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

From creator Martin Gero (The L.A. Complex) and Berlanti Productions (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Blindspot: The Complete First Season features 23 thrilling episodes plus loads of bonus material, including new featurettes, commentaries and deleted scenes from nearly every episode of the show’s first season.

Blindspot tells the story of a beautiful woman (Jaimie Alexander, Thor: The Dark World, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who is found naked in Times Square, with her body completely covered in cryptic, intricate tattoos. With no memories of her past, and clueless about her own identity this Jane Doe ignites the attention of the FBI, when it’s discovered that one of her mysterious tattoos bears the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton, »

- Phil Wheat

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