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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18th Jul2018

Review: Xenon Pictures ‘Blaxploitation’ VOD line-up

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, D’Urville Martin, Melvin Van Peebles, Lady Reed et al. | Written by Frank R. Salteri, J. Robert Wagoner, Cliff Roquemore, Melvin Van Peebles et al. | Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, D’Urville Martin, J. Robert Wagoner, William A. Levey et al. Following their success with 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, […]

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13th Jul2018

‘Hotel Artemis’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Kenneth Choi | Written and Directed by Drew Pearce Head nurse Jean Thomas (Jodie Foster) has been running Hotel Artemis – a sacred place where criminals can come to have their bleeding bodies healed, […]

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10th Jul2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Miles & Kilo’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Miles & Kilo, a new 80s-esque platformer now available on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re not quite ready to dive into […]

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06th Jul2018

‘The First Purge’ Review #2

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Marisa Tomei, Patch Darragh, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul | Written by James DeMonaco | Directed by Gerard McMurray With The Purge franchise, creator James DeMonaco has done the near impossible: develop and expand an implausible, high-concept idea into an engaging socio-political saga. Better still, […]

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06th Jul2018

‘Figment’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

From Danish developer Bedtime Digital Games, previously known for Back to Bed, comes Figment – another isometric puzzler set in the surreal world of the unconscious mind. Figment starts with an unseen car crash. A child pleads for his parents to wake up. Then we meet Dusty, who lives in the weird world of Mind. […]

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04th Jul2018

‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

The last time we saw William “BJ” Blazkowicz, in 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, he was in a pretty rough state. For this sequel, ported to Switch by Doom geniuses Panic Button, we get a prologue bringing the player up to date, and then the game kicks off from the moment of Blazkowicz’s resurrection. Since […]

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03rd Jul2018

‘Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered’ Review (PS4)

by Rupert Harvey

It was hardly a vintage year, but 2009 did bring us a few classics: Minecraft, Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2, Red Faction Guerrilla… Wait, what? That’s right, THQ Nordic have just updated the third and best of the bonkers third-person shooter/smasher series. This PS4 version boasts 60 glorious frames, and on the Pro we’re blessed with […]

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29th Jun2018

‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Isabela Moner, Elijah Rodriguez, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine | Written by Taylor Sheridan | Directed by Stefano Sollima 2015’s Sicario was the film that elevated its director Denis Villenueve and got him the Blade Runner gig. Relentlessly grim and sometimes frustratingly evasive, it might not have functioned brilliantly as […]

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