12th Oct2018

‘The Uninvited’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Ruth Hussey, Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Barbara Everest | Written by Frank Partos, Dodie Smith | Directed by Lewis Allen “Be afraid. Be afraid, for heaven’s sake.” This line may have inspired Geena Davis’s famous warning from David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Indeed, this 1944 groundbreaker provides a reference point for many a […]

09th Oct2018

‘Hereditary’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Christy Summerhays, Morgan Lund, Mallory Bechtel, Jake Brown, Jarrod Phillips, Ann Dowd, Brock McKinney | Written and Directed by Ari Aster [NOTE: With Hereditary out on Blu-ray this week, here's a reposting of one of our reviews from the films UK cinematic debut] Some critics might […]

05th Oct2018

‘Alwa’s Awakening’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Another indie hit from the Steam stable comes to Nintendo Switch. Following the likes of Shovel Knight and The Messenger, Alwa’s Awakening is a 2D pixel art platformer in an 8-bit style. It’s clearly a labour of love, but I must say I found it quite laborious. The introduction sequence kind of sums it up. […]

03rd Oct2018

‘A Star is Born’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle | Written by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters | Directed by Bradley Cooper Unsurprisingly, there’s little new or original in A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. Since the 1937 original, this is the third remake – it skipped a generation in […]

02nd Oct2018

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Louis Gossett Jr, Ivan Dixon | Written by Lorraine Hansberry | Directed by Daniel Petrie In the early 1960s, in a Chicago ghetto apartment, a black family is on the cusp of great change. It’s all because of an insurance cheque that the grandmother is about […]

21st Sep2018

‘A Simple Favour’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Joshua Satine, Ian Ho, Rupert Friend | Written by Jessica Sharzer | Directed by Paul Feig With its gleeful, primary-coloured, ‘60s-style opening titles, complete with jaunty French pop, you might think you’re watching a breezy rom-com. Then we see vlogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) breaking down in tears live on […]

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20th Sep2018

‘My Man Godfrey’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Carole Lombard, William Powell, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette, Alice Brady | Written by Eric Hatch, Morrie Ryskind | Directed by Gregory La Cava The fate of the stars of this socially-conscious screwball comedy, directed by former animator Gregory La Cava in 1936, couldn’t be more different. Carole Lombard was cruelly cut off in her […]

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19th Sep2018

‘Defunct’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

2014 must have been a quiet one for Swedish game development if Freshly Squeezed’s Defunct could take Game of the Year at the Swedish Game Awards. Its flashes of enjoyment exist in an ocean of half-baked ideas and poorly-implemented mechanics, and there’s an overriding sense of aimlessness in the moment-to-moment gameplay. You play a one-wheeled […]

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18th Sep2018

‘Mile 22′ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Sam Medina | Written by Lea Carpenter | Directed by Peter Berg Remember Sabotage, David Ayer’s dodgy DEA task force action thriller from 2014? Probably not, but Peter Berg’s fourth collaboration with muse Mark Wahlberg may jog your memory, with its similarly diverse elite squad (a […]

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13th Sep2018

‘Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It’s the brand that would spawn the Fallout franchise, and this throwback to late-‘90s roleplaying was directed by none other than the prestigious Brian Fargo. Sadly, while this sequel – which arrives on Switch (in its 2015 Director’s Cut form) 30 years after the first game – shows fleeting flashes of old school charm, as […]

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11th Sep2018

‘Cold Water’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, László Szabó, Smaïl Mekki | Written and Directed by Olivier Assayas This 1994 film from Olivier Assayas (known recently for Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper) ends ambiguously, with a blank piece of paper. It’s an image that aptly sums up this intriguing yet frustrating film as […]

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04th Sep2018

‘The Messenger’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

The debut game from Sabotage Studios, which was founded in 2016, is a decent enough hardcore platformer. It has great heart and a handful of neat ideas, but a myriad of niggles – not to mention a catastrophic late-game shift in gameplay – hold it back from sharing the pixel art pantheon with the likes […]

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03rd Sep2018

‘King of Jazz’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, The Rhythm Boys, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff | Written by Harry Ruskin | Directed by John Murray Anderson John Murray Anderson’s sole foray into cinema was this lavish revue, released in 1930. It missed the zeitgeist and bombed at the box office and Anderson retreated to the theatre thereafter. […]

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24th Aug2018

‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher | Written and Directed by Steven Soderbergh Another chance to see where it all began for (a then 26-year-old) Steven Soderbergh comes in the form of this sumptuous box set from Criterion. They might have missed a trick by not housing it in a Betmax-style […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘Heathers’ Review (30th Anniversary)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Peter Dawson | Written by Daniel Waters | Directed by Michael Lehmann It barely registered at the box office in 1988. Yet here I am, 30 years later, in a cinema packed with millennials, watching a 4K restoration in advance of Heather’s re-release on […]

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14th Aug2018

‘Okami HD’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It feels like Okami hasn’t been so much released as gradually rolled out since its launch on PlayStation 2 in 2006. The Wii version followed a few months later; then the HD update came to last-gen consoles and PC; current-gen consoles last year; and now it has finally made its way to Nintendo Switch. The […]

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10th Aug2018

Opinionated: Filip-in Hell – Why the Miucin Debacle Makes IGN Necessary

by Rupert Harvey

Filip Miucin had an inauspicious start at IGN ten months ago. Plucked from relative obscurity, he was thrust into arguably the world’s foremost Nintendo podcast, Nintendo Voice Chat. Its hugely popular former presenter, Jose Otero, just finished his tenure by nailing a job at Nintendo itself. Miucin was visibly and verbally nervous for several weeks […]

02nd Aug2018

‘Sleep Tight’ Review (PC)

by Rupert Harvey

The first game out of the gate for indie devs We Are Fuzzy, Sleep Tight is an inviting idea, one which is immediately engaging – although its unbridled childish joy, infectious as it is, comes with serious caveats. As soon as you boot up the game, you know you’re in safe hands in terms of […]

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01st Aug2018

‘Hello Neighbour’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

I have the red key in my hand. It is pointed directly at the red padlock. The cursor is acknowledging the union of these two items. Yet no matter how many times I push the “Use” button, however rapidly and however strongly, it simply will not register, and the neighbour grabs me again. It’s a […]

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31st Jul2018

‘Crossing Souls’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Originally conceived by Spanish developer Fourrattic via Kickstarter, before being adopted by indie outfit Devolver Digital, Crossing Souls now arrives on the Switch. It always seemed like a perfect fit for Nintendo’s machine, this eye-popping pixel art adventure with its overtones of Earthbound. On the very first screen there’s a NES on the floor of […]

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31st Jul2018

Opinionated: Octopath – Travelers’ Tales

by Rupert Harvey

Since its release a fortnight ago, one of the most consistent criticisms of Square Enix’s JRPG Octopath Traveler has been that its eight stories are almost entirely separate and don’t converge in any “meaningful” way. Having played around 40 hours of the game, I began to wonder why so many might feel this particular frustration. […]

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19th Jul2018

‘Another World’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

In 1991, Delphine Software was an obscure French developer, known at that point for the ravishing but deeply flawed point ‘n’ click adventure Future Wars and the spy-‘em-up Operation Stealth. With Another World, in the hands of auteur programmer Eric Chahi, they took their visual talents and movie narrative impulses to alien climes. A wonderful […]

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