21st May2020

‘1917’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: George MacKay, Dean Charles-Chapman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Mays, Pip Carter, Andy Apollo, Billy Postlethwaite, Paul Tinto | Written by Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns | Directed by Sam Mendes The first World War (WW1) has been a topic that has gone largely under explored in the world […]

30th Apr2020

‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

The Nintendo Switch may be a little console, but it has big ideas. Being able to play a huge RPG on the go is fantastic and honestly, the Switch is my favourite games console since the Dreamcast. With Fire Emblem: Three Houses we are in classic, turn-based JRPG territory here. In terms of gameplay think […]

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29th Apr2020

‘Among the Shadows’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Charlotte Beckett, Gianni Capaldi, Dominik Madani, Reynald Biales, Barry Jay Minoff | Written by Mark Morgan | Directed by Tiago Mesquita There is surely a market for an Underworld B-movie knock off, even a badly made one…. Is what I thought before I saw Among the Shadows. The film mashes the Underworld […]

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09th Apr2020

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, Tom Hopper, Brett Azar, Diego Boneta, Tábata Cerez, Steven Cree, Pete Ploszek | Written by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray | Directed by Tim Miller You’re terminated… The stakes seem higher than ever these days, whether a AAA action film is a […]

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01st Apr2020

Rewind: ‘Hellboy 2: The Golden Army’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander, James Dodd, Seth MacFarlane, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt | Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro In ten years time everyone is going to be saying “The Marvel films were actually quite rubbish, for the most part, weren’t they?”. This is because, […]

17th Mar2020

‘Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

I am rubbish at “bullet hell” shooters. There are two main reasons for this, the first is, despite playing video games for over 30 years, I am not very good at video games. This has been masked somewhat by the fact that modern games are far easier than the games of my childhood. The second […]

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17th Mar2020

‘Reality Queen’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Denise Richards, Julia Faye West, Mike Tyson, John Witherspoon, Charles Fleischer, Kate Orsini, Loren Lester, Candace Kita, Greg Lindsay, Shelli Boone, John R. Colley, Ben Begley | Written by Steven Jay Bernheim, Schuyler Brumley,Chris Cobb, Gabby Gruen, Greg Lindsay, Allan Murray, John-Paul Panelli, Chandler Patton | Directed by Steven Jay Bernheim Did you ever […]

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12th Mar2020

‘IT: Chapter 2’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård | Written by Gary Dauberman | Directed by Andy Muschietti When I was about 10 I had a friend whose parents really didn’t seem too bothered what he got up to. I remember thinking at the time how […]

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09th Mar2020

‘Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Starter Box’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

Fallout is typically an RPG videogame but, now, as a “franchise” (cringe) it is brought to us as box of lovely, preassembled miniatures in a table top miniatures game. The miniatures are all glorious and come on coloured plastic / resin, so if you want to treat this as a board game you need to […]

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14th Feb2020

‘Aristeia!’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

I am someone who puts huge value in something being “fun”. There are hobbies that might be fun, but also teach a skill (playing the clarinet, reading about Prince2) but as I get older, I believe that “fun” has its own intrinsic value and should be cherished. I love playing tabletop games with a friend, […]

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03rd Feb2020

Nicolas Cage Appreciation Society: Mandy (2018)

by Chris Thomas

Oh, Mandy. Well, you kissed me and stopped me from shaking. And I need you today. Oh, Mandy! Lots of fun things have been said about the life, and the career of Nicholas Cage. He came from Hollywood royalty to be feted for his early works, such as Leaving Las Vegas before surviving a string […]

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27th Jan2020

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Josh Gad, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Adam Garcia, Lucy Boynton, Michelle Pfeiffer | Written by Michael Green | Directed by Kenneth Branagh I recently expressed my enjoyment of Hercule Poirot in my review of Knives Out, a film I […]

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23rd Jan2020

‘Knives Out’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan | Written and Directed by Rian Johnson An 85-year-old author is found dead in his attic study, an apparent suicide. Perhaps, something […]

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16th Jan2020

Retrospective Review: ‘The Spoils’ Collectable Card Game

by Chris Thomas

Magic: The Gathering is probably the best example of a “collectable card game” (“CCG”) and you have probably heard of it. A CCG is a game where, players typically buy a starter deck, with a fixed set of cards included but are then in the dangerous lottery of buying sealed packs of random cards. If […]

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08th Jan2020

‘Into the Breach’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

Into the Breach is a challenging, turn based tactical game featuring charming pixel based, “retro” graphics and a “retro” style sound track. The plot is simple – giant aliens invade the planet, humans of the future try to fight back with giant mechs. The game is structured into runs, where a player selects their 3 […]

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07th Jan2020

‘Kings of War: 3rd Edition’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

I am a semi experienced tabletop wargamer and what brings me into Kings of War is both a “push” and a “pull” effect. The “push” is, quite honestly that Games Workshop games are driven by model and book sales. As a publicly traded company that makes a lot of money from tiny plastic men and […]

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30th Dec2019

‘Chaos on Deponia’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

I am a 30 something (pushing 40 something) who owned an Amiga and wasn’t allowed to own a games console back when the Amiga was a thing. The Amiga was a brilliant machine, with terrible anti-piracy protection, but to be fair the state of the games on those floppy disks was so poor you genuinely […]

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20th Dec2019

‘The Dwelling’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Colin Price, Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andres, George Krissa, Hamza Fouad, Alex Loubert, Mary-Elizabeth Willcott, Craig Cyr, Tom Marasovic, Dwayne Bryshun, Samantha Cole | Written by Cody Calahan, Jeff Maher | Directed by Jeff Maher The Dwelling is also known as Bed of the Dead, and the poster is a loving homage to […]

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23rd Oct2019

‘Overwatch: Legendary Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

If you have somehow missed it, Overwatch is a team based multiplayer shooter that has been very popular for about 3 years. It comes from Blizzard, so you know it seems simple but has been obsessively designed. It is now up to something like 31 playable characters, which are all wacky cartoons that really do […]

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09th Oct2019

‘Diablo 3’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

The PC / video games market is a strange beast. Once a game is released with huge fanfare, it immediately withers on the vine and as the lustre of those shiny treats dims, we can see significant price cuts after only a week or so on the market. There is always something new, something that […]

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27th Sep2019

‘Doll Factory’ DVD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Justin Herman, Nicole Elliott, Andy Palmer, Eric C. Schneider, Boo Gay, Tracy Collins, Milo Rubi, Will Allday, Chris Fender, Patrick Sane, Nasir Villanueva, Larry Wade Carrell | Written and Directed by Stephen Wolfe Send in the dolls… Doll Factory is in the fine tradition of campy, low budget horror comedy films that leans heavily […]

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18th Sep2019

‘Lie Low’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Debra Baker, Isis Davis, Alfie Field, Ryan Hayes, Jake Phillips Head, James Hyland, Andi Jashy, Jasmine Jobson, Craig Miller, Joshua Osei, Elinah Saleh, Taz Skylar, Johnny Vivash | Written and Directed by Jamie Noel Starting with a stabbing and quite a bit of artistic flare, Lie Low‘s story immediately join an English family as […]

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