Black Mirror: White Christmas – The DVDfever Review

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black-mirror-white-christmasBlack Mirror: White Christmas begins with Matt Trent (Jon Hamm, below) relating three stories to Joe (Rafe Spall, bottom pic) while Matt makes Christmas dinner, and Joe drinks himself into an early night.

The first sees Matt advising people what to wear for going out – as he describes, “helping dorks trawl the single bars”, picking up women, while he goes through social media sites on the fly to help them get the most out of the evening, by knowing the names of people in a works do, for example. Meanwhile, Matt is streaming this online, which the ‘dork’ doesn’t know about.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 3D IMAX – The DVDfever cinema review

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The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies takes us back into J.R.R. Tolkein‘s Middle Earth for the final time. The poster hypes this entry as being “The Definining Chapter” – it’s not, it’s just the last one.

The film begins with Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) travelling towards Laketown to blow it apart with fire – which you know is going to happen, whether you’ve read it in the book or simply by knowing that, at the end of part 2, the dragon was heading in that direction. That is an amazing sight to see, particularly in 48fps HFR, but for a long time after that, an awful lot of not-a-lot happens. Then, the battle in the title begins around halfway through the film and never really ends. It’s an amazing spectacle, but as they say – less is more. Okay, so this film is shorrter – 144 minutes long compared to Part 1′s 169 minutes and Part 2′s 161 minutes – but the whole affair could easily have been cut down to two films, not least by cutting out much of the singing in the first film.

Dumb And Dumber To and Night at the Museum 3 lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e December 19th 2014

dumb-and-dumber-toThis weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from, and from the list below, the last two are actually released the next day, December 20th – the latter of the two clearly trying the trick of “We’ll get a 9-day ticket count for high box office entry”, but I’m listing them here as Boxing Day has a number of big films which will dominate the schedules: comedy in Dumb And Dumber To and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, bizarre sort-of comedy in PK, British drama in Dragonfly and a horror of a musical remake in Annie.

Dumb and Dumber To reunintes Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd and Harry, 20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, and they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.

I never saw the first film, nor the follow-up without them which everyone seems to have forgotten about so it must’ve sucked, but this one is again directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, and stars Angela Kerecz, Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden and Paul Blackthorne, and it does look good from the trailer so will be worth a look when it’s released.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

GTA Online Heists – new trailer – coming early 2015 to all formats

gta-v-pc-600GTA Online Heists is a new four-player co-op mode for Grand Theft Auto Online coming early 2015 to all formats, which allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County.

These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.

GTA Online Heists are due in early 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Check out the trailer below:

Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e December 14th 2014

December 14th 2014This week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e December 14th 2014 is as follows:

    1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    2. Paddington
    3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
    4. Penguins of Madagascar
    5. The Imitation Game
    6. Get Santa
    7. Tinker Bell And The Legend of the Neverbeast
    8. Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?
    9. Horrible Bosses 2
    10. Interstellar (review)

Blackhat – Official Trailer #2 – Chris Hemsworth Movie HD

blackhatBlackhat is a new Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, a man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.

The film also stars Viola Davis, William Mapother and Wei Tang.

Blackhat is released in the UK on February 20th 2015 and looks like another great thriller from Mann.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-sized image:

Wild Card – Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Jason Statham, Sofia Vergara Movie HD

wild-cardWild Card is the latest in a never-ending line of Jason Statham action movies where he plays the good guy, beating seven bells out of each bad guy.

Statham plays Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes… and this time, it’s all or nothing. From two-time Academy Award-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President’s Men, 1976).

Wild Card stars Hope Davis, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Sofía Vergara and Anne Heche and is released in the US on January 30th but doesn’t yet have a UK release date.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-sized image:

Kate Russell climbs the fiction charts with debut novel – Elite: Mostly Harmless

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Kate Russell is best known for presenting the Webscape section of BBC’s technology programme Click, but as well as being an accomplished journalist, she has also turned her expertise in a whole new direction. Her debut novel, Elite: Mostly Harmless, burst on to the scene and has since been taking the fiction world by storm.

Kate’s own personal journey to the planet Slough can be followed live on Twitch TV from the 18th December, and Kate will be appearing next year at Sci-Fi convention FantastiCon 2015.

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending December 13th 2014

week ending December 13th 2014In this week’s all-formats video games charts for week ending December 13th 2014, there are no new entries, but FOUR re-entries.

    1 (1) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
    2 (2) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision) (review)
    3 (3) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
    4 (4) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft) (review)
    5 (5) Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros Interactive)
    6 (11) Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft)
    7 (8) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
    8 (9) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    9 (16) Destiny (Activision) (review)
    10 (7) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft) (review)

12 Monkeys – The TV Series: Cole’s Moral Sacrifice – Science Fiction Series HD

12-monkeys12 Monkeys was a phenomenal Terry Gilliam film released in 1995 (albeit as Twelve Monkeys), and this follows the path set by series such as Fargo where they branch out into Tv territory, this one starring Aaron Stanford as Bruce Willis’ character, James Cole, plus Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly (compared to Madeleine Stowe’s Kathryn Railly) and Oz‘s Kirk Acevedo as Ramses.

The series follows the journey of time traveler Cole from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

12 Monkeys: The Series begins in the US on January 16th 2015, but has yet to get a UK air date.

Check out a featurette about it below:

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