Reviews & hands-on

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Heavy Rain - PS3 review

    By 18 February 2010

    Heavy Rain is everything Quantic Dream promised that it would be: a powerful, emotional, ground-breaking experience with stunning visuals and believable virtual actors. Gripping, moving, intelligent and visionary, it's the richest synthesis of game and...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Catch a Fire - DVD review

    By 31 July 2007

    Catch a Fire is the true story of political activist Patrick Chamusso who was sentenced to 24 years in prison after attempting to blow up a South African oil refinery in 1980. Derek “Antwone Fisher” Luke plays Chamusso, a loving husband and father...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    The Good Shepherd - DVD review

    By 29 June 2007

    Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a high flyer at Yale University in 1939 when he is recruited to join the American secret service. His hidden life gives him first hand experience of the Second World War and the Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe while...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Blood Diamond - DVD review

    By 23 June 2007

    Set amid the carnage of the Sierra Leone civil war of the late-1990s, Blood Diamond tells the story of Solomon Vandy (Hounsou), a Mende fisherman forced into slavery after his village is decimated by rebel guerrillas. Put to work in the diamond mines,...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Apocalypto - DVD review

    By 16 June 2007

    Three years on from The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson returns to the director’s chair for a brutal action thriller set against the backdrop of the fall of the Mayan empire. When a savage tribe decimates a peaceful village, Jaguar Paw (Youngblood)...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Infamous - DVD review

    By 14 June 2007

    Following directly in the footsteps of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn in 2006, Toby Jones now takes on the role of Truman Capote - the famously eccentric American novelist, playwright and screenwriter - in Infamous. The story begins as...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Bobby - DVD review

    By 12 June 2007

    Bobby follows the stories of 22 fictional characters in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 4th 1968, when Presidential hopeful Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated moments after claiming victory in the crucial California primary....

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Babel - DVD review

    By 25 May 2007

    The third collaboration between Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams) is a multi-stranded epic, spanning three continents. A rifle shot in the African desert sparks a chain of events linking a group...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    The Last King of Scotland - DVD review

    By 23 May 2007

    Based on Giles Foden’s best selling novel, The Last King of Scotland is an enthralling political thriller set amid the destruction of Idi Amin’s (Whitaker) murderous reign as Ugandan president during the 1970s. A mixture of fact and fiction, the story...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    London to Brighton - DVD review

    By 17 May 2007

    Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) is a prostitute, forced by Derek (Johnnie Harris) her bullying pimp to find a child to satisfy a ruthless gangland boss’ sexual appetite. When things turn nasty, Kelly escapes with 11-year-old Joanne (Georgia Groome) to the...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Black Book - DVD review

    By 7 May 2007

    Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's oddball career has given us classics such as Robocop and Basic Instinct, but also howlers like Showgirls. We're happy to say that Black Book is in the first camp. A beautiful Jewish singer, Rachel (Carice van Houten) is...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Miss Potter - DVD review

    By 25 April 2007

    Just the sight of the name in the title may have some people clicking quickly to another review but, thankfully, this Potter film has nothing to do with the four-eyed dope that has blighted our Christmas schedules for the last 6 years. Miss Potter is...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    The Prestige - DVD review

    By 23 March 2007

    Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan reunites with Christian Bale and Michael Caine for a twisted murder mystery set in the world of Victorian-era magicians. Bale plays Alfred Borden, a conjuror accused of murdering his rival, Robert Angier (Jackman),...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    The Queen - DVD review

    By 22 March 2007

    Director / writer team Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan reunite for a follow-up to their critically-lauded Channel 4 film “The Deal”, which imagined Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s strained relationship before Labour’s 1997 election win. This sequel...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Down in the Valley - DVD review

    By 15 March 2007

    Following the recent trend for modern-day westerns (think "Brokeback Mountain" and "Three Burials") Ed Norton’s latest is a cowboy drama set in the suburban sprawl of today’s San Fernando Valley. When high school student Tobe (Wood) meets a charming...