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Small-Screen Jabber 21-27 February

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Sat, 21/02/2015 - 08:08

By Louise Bolotin

Drama
US TV is raiding the Israeli networks to remake their shows (think Homeland) – last year’s Hostages, starring Toni Collette as a surgeon pressurised by terrorists to botch the president’s operation and kill him else her family would die, was one such. It started off well but was faltering by the second episode and wasn’t recommissioned. The original Hostages (Sat, BBC4, 9pm) looks a better prospect. Same plot, but this time it’s the Israeli president at risk of assassination. It opens with a double episode and is in Hebrew with subtitles. Jed Mercurio’s latest drama Critical (Tues, Sky 1, 9pm) aims to do for hospitals what his Line of Duty did for the cops. This is high octane stuff, set in a major trauma centre with the gore of hardcore medical casualties squaring off against the stories of the staff’s personal lives. Casualty this ain’t, though. Mercurio doesn’t do fluff. Lennie James, headline actor in the first series of Line of Duty, stars alongside Claire Skinner.

Another chance to see: Burton and Taylor (Sat, Drama, 9pm) – the Bafta-winning last biopic made by BBC4 stars Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter as the star-crossed lovers. They both turn in brilliant performances as the film stars preparing to go on Broadway, with their ill-fated relationship causing havoc for their professional lives.

Factual
The media is so heavily focused on Nigel Farage and the party oddballs who make offensive statements that little attention is paid to Ukip’s rank and file. Meet the Ukippers (Sun, BBC2, 10pm) attempts to portray the reality of Farage’s foot soldiers. Director Kevin Hull took the cameras to Thanet to follow the party activists hoping to get their leader elected in the constituency and it lifts the lid on why and how Ukip is attracting voters. True to form though, offensive comments are expressed. Perhaps not entirely unlinked, the makers of the highly controversial Benefits Street have made Immigration Street (Tues, C4, 10pm). They’ve not risked a whole series this time, just a single one-hour film that has already attracted its own share of controversy over fears among the residents of Southampton’s Derby Road being misrepresented as a hotbed of racial tensions.

I spend a lot of time (and money) on trains, like many regularly frustrated at high fares and patchy services. The Nation’s Railway (Tues, BBC4, 9pm) is a delightful look at the heyday of the nationalised British Rail. Travel times in the 1970s were not much longer than they are today, which rather puts major question marks over the privatised franchise-holders and what the high fares are doing apart from lining shareholder wallets. So while this documentary may at times seem a nostalgia-fest it is in fact an incisive spotlight on what worked then and what doesn’t now. Although we can probably agree onboard catering has improved.

My documentary of the week, no scratch that, of the year is the extraordinary Citizenfour (Wed, C4, 11.05pm), which stars the whistleblower Edward Snowden (above). This Oscar-nominated, Bafta-winning film by journalists Laura Poitras and the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald reveals how Snowdon uncovered the abuses by the US National Security Agency, which scraped personal data from the internet on an unprecedented scale as it sought to spy on, well, everyone. Utterly compelling, the film adds an immediacy to the thousands of words in the press about America’s illegal surveillance. And I defy any viewers not to fall in love with Snowdon, who risked everything to tell the truth.

Music
The musical of the traditional American south is explored in Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South (Sat, 9pm, BBC2). This is a thoughtful three-part series in which the American standup comic looks at how the history of the region, and the wider US, has been shaped by its music from country to bluegrass via the now-controversial minstrels. It’s part-travelogue, as Hunter drives around in a very fancy Cadillac to visit festivals, former slave plantations and moonshine distilleries to grasp the finer nuances of the culture. Singer of the moment Sam Smith is up for five gongs in the Brit Awards (Wed, ITV, 8pm) but could lose out to Ed Sheeran, who was 2014’s biggest-selling artist. Along with Madonna and nominee Paloma Faith they perform live during the bash at the O2. British musicians had a phenomenal year globally – will the prizes reflect that?

The feature-length Joy Division (Fri, BBC4, 9pm) is a serious profile of one of the UK’s most important and influential bands, who formed after seeing an early gig by the Sex Pistols in Manchester (the same one that spawned the Buzzcocks) and whose trajectory above cult status was cut down by singer Ian Curtis’ suicide in 1980. It’s partly a portrait of Manchester too – grey and in post-industrial decline in the 1970s, but a hothouse of creativity and political activism. Interest in Joy Division is enjoying a renaissance, and this film portrays how four working-class lads created a unique sound that still informs pop culture today. All surviving band members participate here, despite their rancorous split as New Order, and the archive material it draws on – previously unseen archive gig footage, personal photos, period films and newly discovered audiotapes – brings a fresh perspective to their story.

Arts
The Oscars (Sun, Sky Oscars, from 7.15pm) are here at last and Sky has dedicated a channel to the entire shebang. There’s a warm-up in the early evening with a look back at past wins. The red carpet goes live at 11.30pm and the award ceremony starts at 1.30am. Oscars highlights can be seen on Monday on Sky Living at 9pm. In Mark Lawson Talks to Kazuo Ishiguro (Sun, BBC4, 8pm) the Booker prize-winning writer of Remains of the Day discusses his life and career with the renowned arts journalist, and talks about his newest novel, The Buried Giant. Picasso: Love, Art and Sex (Wed, BBC4, 9pm) profiles the artist within the context of his relationships with his lovers, female friends and muses.

Entertainment
After the red-nosed Bake Off comes The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief (Wed, BBC1, 9pm), in which six ordinary people pair up with the Strictly pro dancers to compete over the next four weeks to lift a charity glitterball on Red Nose Day. The contestants are on the floor by dint of being nominated by their friends and families for being good citizens. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 17/02/2015 - 19:31

Fifty Shades Of Grey sets Valentine's Day pulses racing while Kingsman kicks ass

By Rich Matthews

Over the four-day Presidents Day holiday weekend, Universal's adaptation of EL James BDSM romance novel Fifty Shades Of Grey easily won the weekend with a massive $81.7m, Friday through Sunday.

That's the second biggest February opening in history, narrowly behind the $83.8m for Mel Gibson's Passion Of The Christ, and easily the biggest Valentine's Day/President's Day gross ever. It's also the fourth-biggest opening for an R-rated movie, with the top R honour still going to 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, which posted an unadjusted $91.8m.

That means that Fifty Shades teased out $93m by end of play of Monday, mostly thanks to a 21 per cent spike in attendance on Valentine's Day itself to take $36.7m on Saturday. Internationally, Sam Taylor-Johnson's pulse-pounder also seduced its way to the biggest ever overseas opening for an R-rater, with $158m from 58 markets, which is also Universal's second best international opening after Fast & Furious 6's $160.3m. That leaves it's worldwide opening at a mighty $248.7m – a mammoth number when you consider it has no stars (sorry Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) and only cost $40m to produce. With two more books in the saucy trilogy, Universal must be wetting its lips in anticipation of even more whip-cracking S&M bondage bucks in the coming years.

Luckily for Matthew Vaughn and Twentieth Century Fox, the perverse Mr Grey didn't stop Kingsman: The Secret Service from shooting its way to a three-day total $35.6m and a four-day tally of $41.8m, which is well ahead of industry predictions. Clearly it was the alternative choice on Valentine's Day as the ultra-violent Bond spy spoof also spiked a massive 47 per cent from Friday. Costing twice as much as Fifty Shades, it will never be as profitable as its fellow new release but could easily pass $150m provided it shows some stamina in the coming weeks.

Over the four days, The SpongeBob Movie almost matched Kingsman, taking $40 to grow its domestic tally to a pretty mighty $103.1m and $149.4m worldwide. American Sniper was more than $20m behind Squarepants with $19.5m, but it also blasted past the $300m mark by more than $7m at the same time, growing its global gross to $393.8m. Hanging on by its pointy-eared fingertips, Jupiter Ascending continued descending with $10.7m still only making its homegrown tally a non-stellar $33.8m and its worldwide figure $95.2m, so Warner Bros is unlikely to see any of its $176m investment recouped at this rate. It's fare to say that Andy and Lana Wachowski won't be handing that kind of budget again any time in the near future – not how fantastic they say that future is.

From five to 10, Paddington continued his quest to earn enough dollars to actually buy Peru ($5.4m, $63.6m US, $217.8m worldwide), Universal's Seventh Son continued to be the only film that could possibly make Jupiter Ascending look like a hit ($4.8m, $14.1, $97.7m), Benedict Cumberbatch heads towards the Oscar weekend with The Imitation Game tracking to crack $100m ($4.1m, $80.2m, $157.1m), Kevin Hart and Josh Gad proving to not be such a happy couple in The Wedding Ringer ($3.7m, $60m, $63.2m), and Paramount's found footage sci-fi Project Almanac looking ever harder to find ($3.3m, $20.1m, $23.5m).

Next weekend we have to pin all hopes of Fifty Shades getting stripped of its hot spot by Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (which it won't) or Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus in two weeks (again, probably not).

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Small-Screen Jabber 14-20 February

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Sat, 14/02/2015 - 11:05

By Louise Bolotin

Drama
Two major new series go head to head this week. The Casual Vacancy (Sun, BBC1, 9pm) is the much-anticipated adaptation of JK Rowling’s first adult novel, a seething tale of grudges, class divides and secrets in the seemingly idyllic English country village of Pagford. Passions run high when businessman and councillor Howard Mollison (Michael Gambon, left) unveils plans to turn the community centre, a bequest to the residents, into a spa and controversy erupts. Then another councillor dies unexpectedly, leaving a vacant seat on the parish council and a question mark over whether it was murder. Gambon heads a top-notch cast that includes Keeley Hawes and Rory Kinnear. My drama of the week. Up against it is Indian Summers (Sun, ITV, 9pm), a ten-part genteel tale of the decline of the British empire, set in the raj of 1932 and starring Julie Walters. The focus is very much on the interwoven lives and histories of a number of characters, many of whom are the civil servants who actually run the show in one of the UK’s biggest colonies. Stick with this one, perhaps setting the PVR first, as it unfolds slowly but is no less compelling than the torrid three-parter that is its rival. I almost feel sorry for soapy Mr Selfridge, crushed between these two.

Ukip: the First 100 Days (Mon, C4, 9pm) is a provocative mockumentary that imagines Ukip have won the 2015 general election and Nigel Farage is prime minister. The stuff of your nightmares, frankly, in this mashup of contemporary newsreel and scripted drama.

Boxset binge: Tipping the Velvet (Sat, Drama, 9pm). Sarah Walters’ splendid tale of Victorian lesbians, adapted by Andrew Davies for the BBC in 2002, is both an urban adventure and a coming-of-age story. Rachael Stirling and Keeley Hawes star.

Factual
How We Got to Now (Sat, BBC2, 7.35pm) is a wonderfully geeky six-part series that looks at how unsung heroes used science to make the world a better place. Presenter Steven Johnson’s theme in this opening episode is cleanliness – he looks at how Dr Snow worked out London’s cholera was waterborne and the astonishing construction work that was undertaken to provide Chicago with a sewerage system. The Romanians are Coming (Tues, C4, 9pm) explores the lives of Romanians who came to the UK in search of a better life after the temporary EU immigration barrier was lifted. Many fewer arrived than expected, despite Fleet Street trying to whip up an immigration storm, and the stories told in this three-part series reflect some of the core issues on this touchy subject facing Britain today.

BBC4’s Storyville strand comes up trumps with Sex Addict Heist – the Dog (Wed, BBC4, 10pm). The title alone is a draw and this is the true story of John “The Dog” Wojtowich, who was played by Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon. Bizarre doesn’t cover it – sex addict Wojtowich robbed a bank to pay for a lover’s gender reassignment surgery, but there was a much bigger story behind the events portrayed in Sidney Lumet’s film. Meanwhile, Reinventing the Royals (Thurs, BBC2, 9pm) is finally being aired after it was pulled last month under controversial circumstances. This two-part documentary profiles Prince Charles’ spin doctor Mark Bolland, whose role was claw back the prince’s shattered reputation after Princess Diana’s death and to pave the way for Camilla Parker-Bowles to take her place. An eye-opening story of media manipulation, connivance and secret agendas.

Music
To mark his 60th birthday, the legendary conductor takes us on a whirlwind tour of his working year in Simon Rattle: Making of a Maestro (Sat, BBC2, 9.05pm). It’s a fascinating glimpse into a life where the music literally never stops for him. A host of classical stars chip in with their insights and tributes, although Rattle’s life as narrated here by James Naughtie, seems a little depersonalised. Stay tuned, for what follows right after is The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over (Sat, BBC2, 10.05pm). It’s their 50th anniversary and this lengthy profile, the sort you normally see on BBC4 on a Friday, is a cracker. DC5 were oh so nearly the Beatles, the wild and sexual to the Fab Four’s saccharine moptops, and were part of the 1964 British invasion of the USA. The Tottenham quintet count the likes of Tom Hanks, Elton John, Sir Ian McKellen, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Gene Simmons of Kiss and Dionne Warwick among their fans. There’s some amazing rare footage from their appearances on Ready Steady Go! alongside the interviews, and Clark updates us on the band’s current activities.

The main attraction on Quo night is Status Quo: Live and Acoustic (Fri, BBC4, 10.20pm), an hour’s worth of compiled footage from last year’s unplugged gig at the Roundhouse in London, where they played acoustic versions of their biggest hits. It’s a bit folky but a refreshing change from their usual denim-clad blokiness. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt give good chat between songs.

Entertainment
Reality game shows usually aren’t all that, peppered with faded celebs trying to revive former careers. I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse (Sun, BBC3,  10pm), however, looks like a real goer. Set six months into a zombie outbreak, a group of ten “survivors” take refuge in an abandoned shopping centre. Avoiding the zombies is key, as the slightest touch means death. The contestants, all ordinary people, have to work as a team over seven days and eight episodes to avoid annihilation. Hilariously compelling.

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The EE BAFTAs Red Carpet 2015

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 09/02/2015 - 13:37

Highlights from the 2015 EE BAFTA Awards red carpet, and Stephen Fry’s "Fry Cam".

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 09/02/2015 - 09:55

SpongeBob sequel stops Jupiter Ascending and knocks American Sniper off perch

By Rich Matthews

A decade after his first cinematic outing, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water made a somewhat unexpected splash at the box office this weekend, finally knocking American Sniper off its high vantage point at the top spot by grossing $56m. That means you can expect to see even more of the Squarepants franchise in the very near future – and by opening on the same weekend as The Lego Movie last year, it cements February as the launch month for less conventional animated fare.

Internationally, the occupants of Bikini Bottom were outpacing the 10-year-old first movie by a factor of five, taking $26.8 million for an early worldwide tally just past $80m. It easily saw off the weekend's other two big releases, the Wachowskis' bloated sci-fi spectacular Jupiter Ascending ($19m) and fantasy flick Seventh Son ($7.1m), which stars Oscar nominee Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Narnia's former Prince Caspian, Ben Barnes. Son has already grossed $90.7m worldwide however, continuing the trend for Legendary Pictures movies recent tendency to do much better overseas than him – but it's still another costly dud after Michael Mann's monumental megaflop Black Hat starring Chris Hemsworth. Right now, Warner Bros may well be breathing a sigh of relief that Legendary upped sticks to Universal after all.

Sat firmly at number two, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper racked up a further $24.2m for a whopping home soil tally of $282.3m – which is firmly in star Bradley Cooper's Hangover franchise box office ballpark. In the reverse to Seventh Son, the bulk of the Warner war flick's coin has come from the domestic wallet, with a global gross only $68m ahead at $350.6m.

From five to 10, the rest of the chart was comprised of family hit Paddington ($5.4m, $57.3m US, $208.1m global), Paramount's found footage sci-fier Project Almanac ($5.3m, $15.8m, $17.7m), Benedict Cumberbatch cracking WW2 codes in Oscar bait The Imitation Game ($4.9m, $74.7m, $139.4m), Kevin Hart failing to recapture that Ride Along magic this time with Frozen's Olaf Josh Gad in The Wedding Ringer ($4.9m, $55.1m, $58.3m), Kevin Costner's racial drama passion project Black or White ($4.5m, $13.1m), and Jennifer Lopez chiller The Boy Next Door ($4.1m, $30.9m, $32.4m).
Next weekend, expect to see watered-down S&M adaptation Fifty Shades Of Grey take pole position (even though it is unlikely to stay there), just pipping Bond pastiche Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Trips of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 08/02/2015 - 13:12

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips (hence trips) that caught our eye this week ...

Poltergeist

Magic Mike XXL

Fast & Furious 7

Marvel's Daredevil

Minions

Mortal Kombat X

Soldiers of the Damned

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Podcast: Wachowskis are strange, but Aardman is ascending

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 07/02/2015 - 16:12

Join Mark Searby, Amon Warmann and host Stuart O'Connor for reviews of the big new releases on offer in UK cinemas this week: Selma, Love Is Strange, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Interview and Jupiter Ascending.

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Small-Screen Jabber 7-13 February

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Fri, 06/02/2015 - 19:33

By Louise Bolotin

Drama
For the second week in a row, there has been no new drama series launching, with the exception of the Swedish 30 Degrees in February (Friday, Sky Arts 1, 9pm). Not so much Scandi-noir as Scandi-hols. A mixed bunch of Swedes, all fed up with the cold and their lives, head off to Thailand’s warm, sandy beaches in search of adventures and changing their lives. Written by Anders Weidemann, critically acclaimed in Scandinavia and nominated for an International Emmy in 2014, 30 Degrees unfolds languidly but is compelling as it explores whether anyone can really leave their past behind.

Factual
The Nazis planned to build their own Jurassic Park – a little-known fact. Hitler’s Hunting Experiment (Sat, More4, 9pm) tells the bizarre story of Hitler’s dream to breed extinct animals in an ambitious programme of genetic manipulation, so that his Aryan master race would be able to hunt for fun in a giant game park. Jolyon Rubinstein is on a quest to discover why the Facebook generation have voter apathy in An Idiot’s Guide to Politics (Wed, BBC3, 9pm). It’s not that our youth are disengaged – far from it. They may reject the ballot box but they are nonetheless politically active. Fewer than 25% of under-25s intend to vote in May. Political prankster Rubinstein tries to fundraise himself a dinner with the prime minister and also torments Ukip’s Nigel Farage to demonstrate why young people loathe politicians.

Arts
Ahead of the Oscars, glittering prizes will be handed out at the British Academy Film Awards (Sun, BBC1, 9pm). Your compere for this most prestigious ceremony for homegrown talent is Stephen Fry and the list of nominees includes Eddie Redmayne (above) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. The smart money is on Redmayne and his film about Stephen Hawking, but as I got Andy Murray winning the Australian Open last weekend very wrong you may well have other ideas. There’s a welcome return for Mark Lawson Talks to… (Sun, BBC4, 8pm), in which he interviews one actor, artist or writer in depth for an hour. First in the opposite chair is Celia Imrie, one of Victoria Woods’ regular collaborators – she discusses her very distinguished career and her debut novel, and is as charming and funny as you’d expect.

Comedy
Monday night sees a triple bill of laughter. Asylum (BBC4, 9pm) is a new sitcom about whistleblowing asylum seeker Dan Herne (played by Ben Millar), who has been holed up in the El Rican embassy for a year, with a poke at Julian Assange’s own situation as a guest of the Ecuadorian ambassador. Before long, the self-styled harbinger of justice is joined by minor hacker Ludo Backslash (a nod to Kim Dotcom) and the pair jostle to relieve their boredom. Character-led and laidback, it’s nonetheless biting in its satirical take on real events based in the online world. It’s followed by series two of Bob Servant (BBC4, 9.30pm), the unlikely cheeseburger tycoon turned MP, played by Brian Cox. It’s been two years since the ranty politician was last on our screens, but Servant has given up the back benches and returned to flogging burgers from a van on the seafront of his former constituency Broughty Ferry. Daniela Nardini is the jobsworth council official trying to nail him on health and safety breaches. American standup John Oliver launches a new series of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sky Atlantic, 11.10pm), his weekly take on US current affairs that sees him riffing effortlessly and at length.

Entertainment
As Valentine’s Day looms, chef Heston Blumenthal takes up the challenge to cook a special dinner in Heston’s Recipe for Romance (Mon, C4, 9pm). His five courses all contain chocolate, which would be enough for me to flee the Fat Duck and head to the nearest chippy. Naturally, molecular gastronomy plays its role – he creates a Cupid cocktail whose fragrance is designed to trigger romantic memories and a pair of chilli “apples” served with a live snake. Five lucky couples are his lovestruck guinea pigs. The Great Comic Relief Bake Off (wed, BBC1, 8pm) returns to The Tent to raise cash for the forthcoming telethon. In a slight format change to 2013, there won’t be a finale to crown the star star baker, but each team of four celebs will compete against each other. Expect mess and inedible cakes. In the first week Dame Edna Everage battles it out with Joanna Lumley, Lulu and Jennifer Saunders.

Travel
Broadcaster John Sergeant takes to the water in Barging Around Britain (Fri, ITV, 8pm), an eight-part ramble along some of the UK’s finest canals. It’s a bit like Michael Portillo’s railway trips, with Sergeant stopping off hither and thither to explore their history and visit interesting places. First up is the UK’s longest canal – the Leeds-Liverpool, which cuts its swathe across the Pennine to link two historic industrial cities. Chef Giorgio Locatelli teams up with art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon for a new three-part series of Italy Unpacked (Fri, BBC2, 9pm). They start out from the instep of Italy’s mainland “foot” to explore the dramatic east coast, which includes the Matera UN World Heritage site at Basilicata, and try regional food specialities.

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Win a copy of A Perfect Man on DVD

Posted by Competitions | Thu, 05/02/2015 - 17:10

Featuring the star of Ray Donovan, Salt and X-Men: Origins, A Perfect Man comes to DVD on February 9, making it the ideal gift this Valentine’s Day. To celebrate its release, we are offering THREE readers the chance to take home a copy of A Perfect Man on DVD.

Since the day they met, James (Liev Schreiber) and Nina (Jeanne Tripplehorn) have challenged, infuriated, enraged and adored each other completely. They are seemingly the poster couple for the perfect marriage, until, one day, Nina sees James embracing her best friend. Suddenly, her world falls apart and she is left questioning the very foundation of their marriage.

Believing she has nothing to lose, Nina pretends to be another woman, striking up a relationship over the phone with her husband in an attempt to prove his infidelity.

However, it is only when she is certain that her womanising husband has fallen in love with her that Nina must face her true feelings and decide whether to walk away or give love another chance

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The competition will close at NOON on Sunday 22 February, 2015. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Screenjabber Podcast: Five big heroes

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 01/02/2015 - 10:35

Join Mark Searby, Amon Warmann, Tom Mimnagh, David Watson and host Stuart O'Connor for a little bit of movie news – Fantastic Four, Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones – and reviews of the big new releases on offer in UK cinemas this week: Big Hero 6, Inherent Vice, Son Of a Gun, Trash, Tales of the Grim Sleeper and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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