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‘Assassin’s Creed: Uprising #8′ Review

9 hours ago

Written by Alex Paknadel, Dan Watters | Art by Jose Holder | Published by Titan Comics

With all the great stuff out there on the shelves at the moment, even the great stuff being put out by Titan Comics alone, this title has fallen a little under the radar. Although I wouldn’t put it at the very top of my reading pile, it is consistently a solid, entertaining read. Paknadel and Watters take the best elements of the games and mythology, fuse them with their own ideas, and create a book that while being wholly true to the Assassin’s Creed brand is definitely its own creature.

So to date we now know that the followers of Juno, known as The Instruments of the First Will, are trying to bring about a New World Order by destroying everything. That means destroying both the Templars and the Assassins, and both groups have »

- Dean Fuller

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‘Catch the Moon’ Board Game Review

10 hours ago

Essentially a skill game of stacking ladders – think Kerplunk or Jenga in reverse, adding pieces rather than taking them away – Catch the Moon sees players stack ladders on top of each other in order to build the ladders into the sky and literally… catch the moon. Only these ladders aren’t as sturdy as you think, and the rickety wooden objects sometimes just don’t want to play the way you intend; and the tower of ladders can topple over at any time.

Of course it doesn’t help that how you stack those ladders is not only determined by skill and dexterity but also the roll of a dice, which determines how ladders are placed: touching another ladder, touching Two ladders or, and this was surprisingly the most difficult, reaching the highest point possible above the rest of the construction. All of which sounds easy. But its not. The »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×05: Real Life’ Review

11 hours ago

When will Virtual Reality go too far, becoming a little too comfortable for us to want to leave it? That is the question raised in Real Life, the latest installment in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Sarah (Anna Paquin) is a policewoman who shares so-called “headspace” with George (Terrence Howard) a brilliant game designer. Both are pursuing violent killers whose plans have shattering consequences for their worlds. With the connection between the two realities merging closer and closer, the question has to be…what happens when one reality takes too much control?

Real Life is interesting because we’ve seen this type of scenario replicated in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The idea that another reality can feel much more comfortable than the one we live in always raises the same question. If we had the choice, which one would we stay in? In this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Black Panther’ – New Trailer and Poster

12 hours ago

Black Panther - directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) – follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…

Set for release on February 16th 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lee Daniels »

- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win horror ‘Nails’ on DVD

12 hours ago

To celebrate the release of Nails, out now on Digital Download and available on DVD 16th October, we have a DVD available to giveaway courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A nerve-stretching horror thriller from the executive producer of Assault on Precinct 13 and producers of Let Us Prey and The Hallow, that sees your worst nightmare brought to terrifying life in the form of new horror icon ‘Nails’, starring genre favourite Shauna Macdonald (The Descent 1 & 2) and Stitches star Ross Noble.

Blending elements of Paranormal Activity, and the hospital-set Halloween 2, with a ghoulish creature that wouldn’t look out of place in The Descent (the horror classic starring Macdonald) debut director Dennis Bartok delivers an ingenious, throat-grabbing chiller that provides so many jolts it should come with a general anaesthetic.

“Genuinely chilling” Starburst

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Ninja Shodown’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

13 hours ago

Not to be confused with the legendarily terrible Flash game Ninja Showdown, Ninja Shodown is an appealing, super-fast-paced hack ‘n’ slash party game from UK-based developer Bitmap Bureau.

The controls are simple: jump, sword-swipe, shuriken and special. The shoulder buttons also give you access to a virtually useless block move, as well as an amusingly reckless dodge manoeuvre, which sees your ninja flip hurriedly across the screen, usually to his death… Death is common in Ninja Shodown. Indeed, in terms of its crisp pixel graphics and hilariously oversensitive controls, it’s reminiscent of Super House of Dead Ninjas, which was equally over the top in its splatter violence and high challenge.

It goes like this: Select your ninja and give him a name; drop into a single-screen room with various platforms and doors; slaughter anything that enters the room. Bigger rooms might zoom in and out, and have different arrangements of platforms, »

- Rupert Harvey

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Trailer, poster & images will make sure you ‘Keep Watching’

13 hours ago

Sean Carter, editor of the excellent, if underrated thriller, The Killing Room, makes his directorial feature debut with Keep Watching, which is unleashed in cinemas this Halloween.

A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game. As the night unfolds, the game’s mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted viewers all over the world, who are compelled to Keep Watching…not knowing if what they’re seeing is real, or staged…

Starring Bella Thorne, Natalie Martinez, Chandler Riggs, Leigh Whannell and Ioan Gruffudd, Keep Watching is released in the Us on Halloween, October 31st – for one night only!

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- Phil Wheat

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First Look: ‘Spider-Man/Deadpool #23′

14 hours ago

The tables have turned. No longer an Avenger, Deadpool is living a life of crime. There’s only one super hero who can guide him to the right path and that’s… Spider-Man?! That’s the Marvel Legacy story that will begin in November, when Robbie Thompson (Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer’s Supreme) teams with artist Chris Bachalo for Spider-Man/Deadpool #23.

The Merc with the Mouth and the webslinger may have their differences, but they’ve got one thing in common: they’re both at odds with each other. And despite Spider-Man’s best efforts, Deadpool is back to his old ways – he’s become an arms dealer in the absence of S.H.I.E.L.D.

But Spider-Man determined to bring his frenemy back to the right side of the law. And when a familiar villain from Spider-Man’s past makes an appearance, the two super heroes »

- Phil Wheat

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Lff 2017: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99′ Review

15 hours ago

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Tom Guiry, Udo Kier, Rob Morgan, Geno Segers, Fred Melamed | Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler

The second feature from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler, stylishly executed, ultra-violent prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99 features a revelatory performance from Vince Vaughn that will make you see the actor in a whole new light.

Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas, a scary-looking recovering alcoholic with a shaved head and a big old crucifix tattooed onto the back of it. When Bradley winds up in prison after a spot of drug-running goes south, he’s visited by a sleazy henchman (Udo Kier) and given an ultimatum: he has to get himself transferred to a nearby maximum security prison and murder an inmate there or horrible things will happen to his kidnapped wife (Jennifer Carpenter) and unborn child. »

- Guest

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‘Hellraiser’ back in cinemas and on Blu-ray

15 hours ago

Starring Andrew Robinson (Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick), Clare Higgins (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, Silent Witness), Ashley Laurence (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, Lurking Fear), Sean Chapman (Made in Britain, Scum) and directed by Clive Barker (Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions), Hellraiser is returning to cinemas and receiving a gorgeous Blu-ray Steelbook just in time for Halloween!

That’s right folks Pinhead and his Cenobites are back in the cinema to celebrate the big 30th year anniversary and guess what… The folks at Arrow Films/Video are releasing a beautiful steelbook on October 30th too! If your a horror hound this is a must buy steelbook and a must revisit in the cinema. The 30th Anniversary re-release of Hellraiser – appropriately debuting on Friday 13th October – gives audiences a chance to see it once more in all its gory big screen glory and for the uninitiated to have their souls torn apart for the first time!

For those who are unfamiliar with Hellraiser, »

- Kevin Haldon

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Jen Walters returns to her Legacy in ‘She-Hulk #159′

16 hours ago

The once-green (now gray) goliath otherwise known as Jen Walters is reclaiming her name in Marvel Legacy – starting in She-Hulk #159; and series writer Mariko Tamaki is being joined by new series artist Jahnoy Lindsay to blast off this Legacy run.

Since Bruce Banner’s death, Jen has been going through her own issues as she attempts to get used to being Hulk again and regain control of her life. Now, she’ll face the classic Hulk villain The Leader… who is more obsessed with Jen’s Hulk persona than ever before, now that Jen has been changed by her previous adventures.

The Leader’s goal is simple – Kill Jen Walters…but is that even possible? And where does that leave Hulk?

She-hulk #159 (SEP170842)

Jen Walters Must Die Part 1

Written by Mariko Tamaki

Art by Jahnoy Lindsay

Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

Foc – 10/16/17, On-Sale – 11/08/17 »

- Phil Wheat

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Interview: Mike Todd talks ‘Shankly: Nature’s Fire’

17 hours ago

In his latest podcast/interview, host Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Mike Todd about his new documentary Shankly: Nature’s Fire; which has its World Premiere Sunday 29 October at the Liverpool Philharmonic. Tickets at www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/shankly-natures-fire

Shankly: Nature’s Fire will air on BBC Autumn 2017 – check local press for details. Available on DVD from Monday 4 December. Distributed by Thunderbird. Check for further screenings www.thunderbirdreleasing.com

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- Stuart Wright

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