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BBC Libero football analysis tool and exactly how it works

BBC Libero football analysis tool and exactly how it works

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Sepp Blatter does not have Pocket-Lint in his RSS feed. As the head of Fifa and the most powerful man in world football, he has long resisted the march of technological progress, steadfastly refusing to embrace systems, such as Hawk-Eye, which could help... >>

A Serious Man - DVD
4.5 stars

A Serious Man - DVD

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I’d always thought that ours was a generation of pussies, that next to our parents, we’re a bunch of indulged wasters, with the intellectual teat of the internet killing our sense of wanderlust, encouraging us to expect everything on a plate. Not... >>

The White Ribbon - DVD
3.5 stars

The White Ribbon - DVD

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Having won his place in the hearts of countless suburban multiplex-goers with such joyous spectacles as Weekend At Bernie's 4: Suffer The Consequences and the more recent Harry Potter & The Ceaseless Pain Of Eternal Damnation, funny-guy movie director... >>

Fantastic Mr Fox - DVD
3.5 stars

Fantastic Mr Fox - DVD

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Even though we here at Pocket-lint are coaxed into gleeful states of frothy delirium whenever technological advancements come into our purview, what’s equally heart-warming is that, rather than rendered past inventions as obsolete, such creations actually... >>

Jennifer’s Body - DVD
3.0 stars

Jennifer’s Body - DVD

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It’s been a lively time for teen flicks in the past few years, from the multiplex-gobbling Twilight to the wry Superbad, and films like Juno and Adventureland have shown that there’s plenty of reasons for those of us who don’t look like members... >>

Up - DVD
4.5 stars

Up - DVD

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We could probably do this review in one short sentence: buy this DVD, schmucks.   But that would be unfair on you guys, plus my Editor may feel a bit short-changed. In truth, Up’s credentials are by now no secret or surprise, having hoovered up a vat... >>

Adventureland - DVD
4.0 stars

Adventureland - DVD

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Success in the Hollywood mainstream is often pretty much all about the maths – "from the people who brought you X" + "starring Y" x "vogue for Z" = smash. Here we have bloke behind Superbad, plus the girl from Twilight and the boy from Zombieland. Should... >>

Invention of Lying - DVD
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Invention of Lying - DVD

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God loves a trier, which is ironic when the trier in question is devout atheist Ricky Gervais. Never one to dwell on his achievements - both The Office and Extras refused to outstay their welcome - and after just a clutch of acting gigs stateside, his... >>

Mesrine: Public Enemy No.1 - DVD
4.5 stars

Mesrine: Public Enemy No.1 - DVD

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Able to brush off plaudits like so much dandruff, French gangster opus Mesrine has already folk pointing at it, saying things like: "best crime flick since Scorsese, that is". The crime scene genre is hardly a field that’s starved of cinematic action,... >>

Funny People - DVD
3.0 stars

Funny People - DVD

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Having helped reclaim the teen comedy from the American Pie gross-out gang, 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow attempts to move into a smarter, more mature, but no less funny terrain with the over-reaching, yet still perfectly satisfactory... >>

District 9 - DVD
4.5 stars

District 9 - DVD

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It’s suitably documented how Pavlov’s dog developed an innate response to repeated events, but did they stick around to see what happened when it got bored and sick of the sound of the bell? Was it ultimately able to fashion the "whatever" hand gesture... >>

Antichrist - DVD
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Antichrist - DVD

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Should there come a time that a film is released starring Dame Judi Dench, George Clooney and Nick Griffin as action heroes in a 3D costume drama period piece documentary written by Harold Shipman and Danny Dyer and directed by James Cameron, Michael... >>

The Hangover - DVD
3.5 stars

The Hangover - DVD

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Stag do, Vegas, booze, drugs, strippers, vomiting and the casting of Heather Graham - The Hangover boats a mighty number of signifiers that suggest that it was going for nothing nobler than the lowest common denominator. Which makes it all the more prop-worthy... >>

Inglourious Basterds - DVD
4.5 stars

Inglourious Basterds - DVD

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After cashing in a few of his critical acclaim chips to spend a fair few years paying homage to scuzzy 42nd Street grindhouse scene, Quentin Tarantino turned to more viable genre territory with this stunning, textured and ballsy WW2 flick.Inglourious... >>

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - DVD
3.5 stars

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - DVD

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When film was in its infancy at the fag end of the 19th century, the mere sight of a train pulling into a station would supposedly reduce cinema-goers to spasms of hysteria, fearful that the thing would leap from the screen. We can act all smug about... >>

Terminator Salvation - DVD
3.0 stars

Terminator Salvation - DVD

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While Governer A. Schwarzenegger summons up all his legendary might and braces himself for battle with feisty eco-warriors over his inability to protect California’s salmon stock, the fate of the Terminator franchise now lies in the hands of bolshy... >>

Moon - DVD
4.0 stars

Moon - DVD

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The term reboot is one that’s becoming more and more familiar to film buffs, a frankly irritating high concept notion that implies Hollywood fat-cats seeking to wring the life out of franchises, rather than adhere to any noble creative impulse.Only... >>

Football Manager 2010 - Mac
4.5 stars

Football Manager 2010 - Mac

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Damn you, Sports Interactive. We’d just about managed to wean ourselves off FM09 and re-emerge into civilised society, one that doesn’t care about how well our under-18s did in the Youth Cup or whether a 4-2-3-1 formation is the way forward, when... >>

Public Enemies - DVD
2.5 stars

Public Enemies - DVD

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Director Michael Mann, he of Heat and Collateral glory, return for yet more tough guy hilarity with this old-school tale of guns, gals and gangstersThe ever-reliable Johnny Depp ventures into a dark era of modern American history, playing John Dillinger,... >>

Drag Me To Hell - DVD
3.5 stars

Drag Me To Hell - DVD

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They say, well the non-biblical they, that the geeks shall inherit the earth – but it’s clear that the horror film directors among their number are already making serious headway. After making their name with their fanboy-chic low-budget horrors,... >>

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - DVD
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine - DVD

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Hugh Jackman busts out his fulsome sideys for a fourth time, as the X-Men creative team attempt to discover if three films in a series really is the cut-off point before the rot sets in. Focusing on the pedicure-phobic firebrand, XMO:W delves into Logan’s... >>

Synecdoche, New York - DVD
4.5 stars

Synecdoche, New York - DVD

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I’m worried about Charlie Kaufman. His films show such an unwillingness to adhere to the crushing universal guidelines that we all live under, basics like the laws of physics and the tedious linear rigidity of time, that I wonder that he might decide... >>

Crank: High Voltage - DVD
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Crank: High Voltage - DVD

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Jason Statham, I owe you an apology. I snarkily sneered every time I heard you utter the phrase: “Remember, you are not a salmon” in those Kit-Kat adverts. I was non-plussed as you carved out a cushty niche for yourself as Guy Ritchie’s main geezer.... >>

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle - DVD
4.5 stars

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle - DVD

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The noble visitor to Pocket-lint, boasting a heightened awareness of the furtherment of technological accomplishment and a keen love of newness, may feel short-changed by me pushing a DVD of something that they may well have already watched for free,... >>

The Damned United - DVD
3.0 stars

The Damned United - DVD

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With sensible economic decisions being to the fore at the moment, actor Michael Sheen has got in on the act and offered us cineastes a two-for-one special offer. As British cinema’s number one exponent of character studies, here he’s offering his... >>

In The Loop - DVD
4.0 stars

In The Loop - DVD

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While Sacha Baron Cohen may currently be a global poster child for British comedy, In The Loop sees one of comedy’s unsung heroes trumping him and delivering one of the sharpest, funniest British films of recent years. Armando Iannucci’s name has... >>

Paul Blart: Mall Cop - DVD
2.0 stars

Paul Blart: Mall Cop - DVD

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Ten minutes of watching this and I was fixing to put my smart-arse put-down critic head on, lining Paul Blart up for a sound critical kicking. Bland, unimaginative, generic, clichéd and lame – it wasn’t looking good, to be honest. After failing to... >>

Knowing - DVD
3.0 stars

Knowing - DVD

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If it was possible to be down on a massive multi-million pound venture that hundreds of people spent months pouring their heart and soul into on the basis of a mere eight-word sentence, then I was only too glad to give it a go. "What happens when all... >>

Watchmen - DVD
3.0 stars

Watchmen - DVD

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It’s weird. To me as a comic geek, the release of the Watchmen film felt more of cultural landmark than just two and a half hours of entertainment. Supposedly unfilmable, it had knocked around various film studios for over 20 years, its legendary status... >>

Hush - DVD
3.5 stars

Hush - DVD

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A low-budget horror, saddled with a 15 certificate, a little-known cast and an unknown first-time director - doesn’t sound too promising, does it? Mercifully, the sum total is greater than its parts, as Hush proves to be a smart, taut, tense and neatly... >>

Religulous - DVD
2.5 stars

Religulous - DVD

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With one of the key men behind Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm calling the shots, it should come as no surprise that Religulous is edgy and thought-provoking satire. Stand-up comic Bill Maher has a bee in his bonnet about organised religion – and Religulous... >>

Gran Torino - DVD
3.5 stars

Gran Torino - DVD

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Is there any kind of entry procedure for Mount Rushmore, or is it a closed shop and you have to be a long-dead president or summat? I’m just wondering, 'cos it’s clear there’s an argument that Clint Eastwood should be up there, something that Gran... >>

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil - DVD
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Anvil! The Story Of Anvil - DVD

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While the rockumentary isn’t exactly a genre that’s in need of expanding, few of us will ever moan when its ranks swell. Following in the path of such behemoths as This Is Spinal Tap and Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, Anvil! The Story of Anvil confirms... >>

The Good The Bad The Weird - DVD
3.5 stars

The Good The Bad The Weird - DVD

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Surely we should feel a little bit sorry for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il? The whole world is on his case over the small matter a few weapons of mass destruction, but all he really wants is to be loved for a glorious career in films. Well into his... >>

Valkyrie - DVD
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Valkyrie - DVD

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With Germany picking the scab of their own dark past cinematically in the form of Downfall, it seems to have given the green light for WWII to be explored with subtlety rather than jingoism by the Americans. Based on a true account of one of the many... >>

The Wrestler - DVD
4.5 stars

The Wrestler - DVD

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There can’t have been too many oohs and aahs when Darren Aranofsky announced he was making a film about wrestling. After all, it hasn’t exactly been a fertile source material for film-makers. From the limp Nacho Libre to the mondo B-movies of Mexican... >>

Martyrs - DVD
3.5 stars

Martyrs - DVD

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Plenty has been written about "torture porn", with the idea being that films like Saw and Hostel have stepped over the line of what is acceptable in horror and fetishised violence, desensitising us to the gravity of the acts. In truth, there’s little... >>

Frost/Nixon - DVD
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Frost/Nixon - DVD

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When a stage play is adapted for the cinema, there’s always a risk that it loses its potency, such are the differences between the mediums. While the stage is more intimate and emotional, those traits can be sucked dry by the more expansive, dynamic... >>

Role Models - DVD
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Role Models - DVD

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It was surely an evolutionary moment, on a par with us progressing from Cro-Magnon man or whatever to modern man, when the post-American Pie brigade bought a ticket to the modern world and started making movies like Knocked Up, films that could see beyond... >>

The Boston Strangler: The Untold Story - DVD
1.5 stars

The Boston Strangler: The Untold Story - DVD

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I think we can all agree that the existence of serial killers is, pretty definitely, a bad thing. But for film-makers, they’re a goldmine. Whether it’s Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter or Leatherface, none of them would have been able to captivate the... >>

Undead Or Alive - DVD
2.5 stars

Undead Or Alive - DVD

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When George A Romero gave the dead a new lease of life with Night Of The Living Dead, who knew there was such scope for comedy in the zombie genre? Sadly not the people behind this curiosity, though they didn’t let that bother them. When there’s so... >>

Waltz With Bashir - DVD
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Waltz With Bashir - DVD

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Like Persepolis before it, Waltz With Bashir uses animation to give an objectifying distance from the subject, giving fresh scope to the the Middle East crisis that has been so amply covered. Folman makes himself and his experience of the war as the focus,... >>

Quantum Of Solace - DVD
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Quantum Of Solace - DVD

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Driven with rage following the death of his lover Vesper at the close of Casino Royale, Bond’s pursuit of his nemesis Mr White leads him to uncover the existence of a shadowy organisation, which has infiltrated MI6, and has nefarious plans on a global... >>

W. - DVD
3.0 stars

W. - DVD

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Oliver Stone, the once-potent beehive-shaker who proudly waded in the murky waters of the Kennedy assassination with JFK, again returns to unseemly side of US political history with this biopic of the hella controversial George W Bush As the victim of... >>

Quarantine - DVD
2.5 stars

Quarantine - DVD

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It’s now some 10 years after the release of Blair Witch Project and still the effects are being felt. Proving that you can have a mainstream hit with a reliance on imagination instead of big bucks, A-listers or over-used narrative conventions, the likes... >>

Charlie Bartlett - DVD
3.0 stars

Charlie Bartlett - DVD

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It’s one of the great tricks of cinema to make you give a damn about those who you’d scarcely give the time of day to. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to high school kids. From Ferris Bueller to Napoleon Dynamite, these kids have... >>

Righteous Kill - DVD
2.5 stars

Righteous Kill - DVD

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The sight of De Niro and Pacino reunited should be enough to trigger the saliva glands of even the most casual of cineastes, and the fact that they do so in a crime flick, the genre that they virtually built over the last lord knows how long, should make... >>

Burn After Reading - DVD
4.0 stars

Burn After Reading - DVD

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Seeing how the monstrous success of No Country For Old Men came on the back of a streak of comparative meh-ness, a phase that spawned the love ‘em or hate ‘em The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty, it was always going to be intriguing to see what... >>

Rocknrolla - DVD
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Rocknrolla - DVD

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Oh Guy, what a curious case you are. Are we to take you seriously as a film-maker, or are you just a next-level David Furnish – an A-lister’s plus one with a camera? After such a blistering start to a career which found him at a happy crossroads –... >>

Tropic Thunder - DVD
3.5 stars

Tropic Thunder - DVD

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You have to hand it to Ben Stiller: he’s a pretty safe pair of comedy hands. Whether it’s rom-com, screwball, kids’ flick or gross-out, he rarely sets a foot too far wrong. And as the director of cult faves Cable Guy and Zoolander, he’s also shown... >>