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Hardback: Call Me a Literary Padawan

Did you know that “anil” is a word? I didn’t. But my AI opponent has just scored a preposterous 4 points on a word that doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. So much for my university degree in English. On the bright side, I have been meaning to combat exposure to cat memes and emojis by expanding my ...

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Final Space

WARNING: FOR YOUR SAFETY – Please ensure that you are SUFFICIENTLY HYDRATED for any viewing of FINAL SPACE. Individuals with HIGH-BLOOD PRESSURE or a HEART CONDITION should seek guidance from a MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL before consuming this 2018 scifi, animated adventure. Okay, what I’m trying waaaaay too hard ...

8.5

Great

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Ahhh McKinnon, you’ve done it again. Yes, that was a weak re-purposing of the McCain commercial catch-phrase. “What’s that?” you ask? Please don’t embarrass us both with that question. I went into The Spy Who Dumped Me with fairly low expectations. I knew I’d at least enj...

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Sonic Mania Plus

I forgot how hard Sonic is. Or how bad I am at Sonic. Actually, remembering back to the mid 90s, being a NES kid, I remember being pretty rubbish at Sega games in general. Alex The Kidd always saw me being killed by ghosts way too early in the game, losing Paper, Scissors, Rock, and marveling at the fact th...

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Mission Impossible: Fallout aka The Big Dumb Stupid Explosion Tom Cruise Film

I’m beginning to think I’m too harsh on films sometimes. My wife and I went to see a pre-screening of Mission Impossible: Fallout at IMAX this week with a whole lot of C-Grade celebrities and were super excited (not because of the C-Grade celebrities). Big screen! Explosions! Old man Cruise doing young man ...

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Could do without

On Chesil Beach

Ten years after it was originally published and shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Dominic Cooke brings “On Chesil Beach” to the big screen in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Brooklyn) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) as two virgin newlyweds, Florence and Edw...

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Flippin' great

Alto’s Odyssey

I get home from an especially full on day. I’m feeling tired and a bit stressed out. I have one of those tension headaches lurking around, making me frown and fueling some serious grumps. I pull out my phone, open Alto’s Odyssey and feel it all melt away…. It sounds annoyingly dramatic, bu...

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Whitney

Whitney is one of those documentaries that’s equal parts beautiful and sad. It’s beautiful to see this woman, unparalleled in vocal ability, catapulted to the heights of super-stardom and adoration. It’s hard to see cocaine addiction ravage her, and those closest to her take advantage of her wealth an...

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6 Games You Can Play On A Potato

They say “write what you know” and while I don’t know who “they” are I do know good advice when I see it. I happen to find myself in a situation where the only gaming I can afford to indulge myself in comes through the medium of a crappy ASUS laptop that was absolutely not made for gaming or photo editing o...

9.5

Flippin' great

Adrift

Okay, I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had such a visceral reaction at the movies. I’ve never squirmed as much, tensed as much or made so much noise! And before you call me a wimp, I wasn’t the only one either! Whenever I winced at another shocking moment, I’d look over and see my best friend Reuben...

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Meh

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Guns, guns, guns and they all come with the fingers to pull them. But where is the heart of it all? It’s probably in Benicio’s eyes as he empties another clip. I don‘t even know what that means, but it sounds cool. I guess. But just like this movie, it’s kinda pointless in the end. F...

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Great

Istanbul: Digital Edition – As Close to a Market as You’ll Get with a Board Game

My take on board game ports has increasingly been “yes please”. So I was excited to see Acram Digital bringing Rüdiger Dorn’s Istanbul to mobile, especially with it being such a high-scorer on Board Game Geek. I have to admit that I’ve never played the physical board game. But I’m no stranger to similar eco...

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