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Living just outside London, I represent Flixist’s entire UK branch. My film obsession manifested itself during a childhood spent watching Bond movies, Italian Westerns and all things samurai. In my spare time, I am an aspiring spy fiction novelist, run a blog doing TV and game reviews and occasionally freelance for Destructoid. I like everything Bond, most things Nintendo, plus crumpets, labradors, hammocks and nuns. Not necessarily in that order.

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Review: Shadow Dancer

Following in the footsteps of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shadow Dancer is an absorbing period thriller about divided loyalties, instability in the British intelligence services, and the personal cost of political turmoil. Dir...   more

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Review: Sightseers

In a year where Great Britain has been celebrated by its Queen's jubilee, a successful Olympics and the fiftieth anniversary of its greatest cinematic icon, there's something gleefully appropriate about the year's final sho...   more

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First Poster for The Star Trek Ris... erm, Into Darkness

Our first look at Star Trek Into Darkness will be arriving as a nine-minute preview ahead of IMAX showings of The Hobbit, but for now we'll have to make do with a poster which is ostensibly new, but bears a striking resemblan...   more

First Poster for The Star Trek Ris... erm, Into Darkness photo

Review: Killing Them Softly

[This review was originally posted in October to coincide with the UK release of Killing Them Softly. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] Killing Them Softly currently holds a 95% 'Fresh' rating...   more

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Quentin Tarantino talks retirement plans

In a directors' roundtable interview for Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino has admitted that he's already planning his eventual retirement from movie directing. The reason? In his view, the move to digital projection has...   more

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Rumour: Joseph-Gordon Levitt as Justice League's Batman?

I'm going to assume everyone who wanted to see The Dark Knight Rises has seen it by now, so won't be skirting around spoilers - as though the headline hadn't given everything away already. At the end of the movie, Christian B...   more

Rumour: Joseph-Gordon Levitt as Justice League's Batman? photo

Independence Day not being re-released in 3D after all

With sequels reportedly on the way, Fox has surprisingly opted to shelve a 3D re-release of 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day, which had been set for release on July 3rd 2013. No word has been given on any reas...   more

Independence Day not being re-released in 3D after all photo

New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker just under a month away from its US release and a new poster and set of images have been released for your perusal. The movie stars the ubiquitous Jessica Chast...   more

New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo


New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo
New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo
New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo
New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo
New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo
New images for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty photo



Review: Anna Karenina

[This review was originally posted in September to coincide with the UK release of Anna Karenina. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] After a run of trying-too-hard Oscarbait pictures, Joe Wrigh...   more

Review: Anna Karenina photo

Rick Baker awarded star on Walk Of Fame

Legendary make-up and prosthetic artist Rick Baker is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, recognising his iconic body of work over a career spanning more than forty years. While make-up artists are rarely recogni...   more

Rick Baker awarded star on Walk Of Fame photo

Anne Hathaway enters the Robopocalypse

Anne Hathaway is soon to grace our screens as Fantine in Les Misérables, while Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln is currently partying on, dudes, in New York and LA cinemas ahead of its nationwide release this Friday. ...   more

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Review: Skyfall

[This review was originally posted last month for the UK release of Skyfall and as a finale to our Across the Bond series. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] This review will be spoiler-free, ...   more

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WB interested in Casablanca 2, incites global facepalming

A long-standing joke about creatively soulless Hollywood executives has a young buck standing up and proposing a sequel to the 1942 Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman classic, Casablanca. Inevitably, that joke is now threatening ...   more

WB interested in Casablanca 2, incites global facepalming photo

Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots have a Need For Speed

Aaron Paul's award-winning run as the endearingly foul-mouthed meth dealer Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad is soon to come to an end, and in the meantime he has been earning rave reviews for his movie role alongside Mary Liz Wi...   more

Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots have a Need For Speed photo

First look at Jamie Foxx in White House Down

I had no idea that White House Down existed until just now, but am now completely in love with it. I have a weakness for really silly high concepts and this one sounds glorious: a Secret Service agent has to protect the Presi...   more

First look at Jamie Foxx in White House Down photo

Across The Bond: The World Is Not Enough

Brosnan's third Bond movie has compelling villains, a more complex and character-driven plot, but also Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Such miscalculations unfortunately undermine the whole movie, and both Matt and I ...   more

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Review: Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

Running at a touch over an hour and a half, some might suspect Everything Or Nothing to be a glorified DVD extra given undue prominence and a limited UK release due to 2012 being the character's 50th anniversary year. The un...   more

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MGM continuing Twilight without Pattinson or Stewart

Everyone loves R-Patz and K-Stew, correct? Him with his stupid hair and shiny face, her with her grumbly countenance and sloppy posture. Truly, 'tis a love story for the ages, except for when she cheated on him with a forty-y...   more

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Across The Bond: Octopussy

Octopussy frequently gets dismissed because of its name, but is actually one of the strongest movies of the Moore era. Bond gets a complex and sensibly aged loved interest, the villain is as charismatic as he is cunning, ther...   more

Across The Bond: Octopussy photo

Uma Thurman joins Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac

When bonkers Danish auteur Lars von Trier announced his intention to film a pornographic drama featuring genuine sex scenes and provocatively titled Nymphomaniac, plenty of people were wondering whether any vaguely respectabl...   more

Uma Thurman joins Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac photo

Fifty Shades Of Grey movie ties down a writer

Not satisfied with dominating the book charts, E.L. James' Fifty Shades Of Grey is set to firmly assert itself onto the big screen with a movie adaptation. Lord knows how Universal are going to sneak a story about S&M pas...   more

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Hungry Hungry Hippos is a movie, apocalypse to follow

Remember that time you read about Battleship, Monopoly and Stretch Armstrong being picked up for movie adaptations and snorted 'Yeah, when are they getting started on Hungry Hungry Hippos? Amiright?!' Hollywood just called your bluff, b*tch. [via LA Times]   more

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