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  • Movies & TV Review

    Shrinking (Apple TV+) Premiere TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Shrinking (Apple TV+) Premiere TV Show Review
    Jason Segel's depressed post-death-of-his-wife shrink goes maverick, and Harrison Ford's gruff supervisor is barely able to hold on to the reins in Apple's latest, surprisingly thoughtful, comedy show.  
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    The White Lotus (Sky/NOW) Season 2 TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    The White Lotus (Sky/NOW) Season 2 TV Show Review
    Laying down fewer threads in its opening moments than its predecessor, the second season of The White Lotus still lands plenty of clean hits in its first episode. And it still looks incredible. *UPDATED FOR FULL SEASON*  
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    White Noise (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    White Noise (Netflix) Movie Review
    A densely layered and carefully constructed satire with a thorn in its heart, White Noise asks you to try and guess what it’s really about and then, when you guess right, it slow claps you as it walks away with over two hours of your life.  
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    JUNG_E (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    JUNG_E (Netflix) Movie Review
    Train to Busan’s Yeon Sang-ho moves into the distant future where families are coerced into signing away the personalities and likenesses of their dead loved ones so they can be mass produced as service robots…and the movie can’t quite decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.  
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    Project Wolf Hunting Movie Review

    by Mark Costello
    Project Wolf Hunting Movie Review
    Numbers never lie. And the stats for this brutal South Korean action-horror are very impressive: a body count of 57 litters its run time and over 2.5 tonnes of fake blood are gleefully splashed over, well, everything. As if you needed to know anything else...  
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    Rega Elex Mk4 Integrated Amp Review

    by Ed Selley
    Rega Elex Mk4 Integrated Amp Review
    The great Rega upgrade program reaches the Elex. Is this latest price increment the sweetest spot on the ladder yet?  
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    You People (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    You People (Netflix) Movie Review
    While everybody waits to see if Murphy can pull off a decent return to Beverly Hills Cop's Axel Foley, his streaming comeback continues courtesy of an unexpectedly good Jonah Hill flick.  
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    The Fabelmans Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Fabelmans Movie Review
    Hollwood's most beloved director removes whatever veil of mystery there was about his life and sensibilities in a barely fictionalised account of his own childhood. As sincere, as moving and as crowd-pleasing as you might expect, so why does it feel like something's missing?  
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    Plane Movie Review

    by Mark Costello
    Plane Movie Review
    Gerard Butler attempts something a little more low key and a little more grounded than his usual action fare and together with a dash of the unlikeliest Tom Hanks inspiration, almost admirably succeeds…  
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    Shotgun Wedding (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Shotgun Wedding (Amazon) Movie Review
    J-Lo and J-Duh share ZERO chemistry in one of the worst ideas for a romantic comedy action flick smash up captured on film.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Parasound Model 2250 v.2 Two Channel Power Amplifier Review

    by Martin Dew
    Parasound Model 2250 v.2 Two Channel Power Amplifier Review
    Parasound can be regarded as the pinnacle of home theatre power amplifier performance. Put a couple of these New Classic blocks in your AV rack and just watch your house slowly fall apart from the force. But does the Model 2250 v.2 UK price tag still reside in that sweet spot of which the company is so proud?  
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    Confess, Fletch Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Confess, Fletch Movie Review
    Jon Hamm finds his home with the martini dry sense of humour of Fletch, stumbling into a murder mystery he decides he probably ought to try solving.  
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    The Wandering Earth II Movie Review

    by Mark Costello
    The Wandering Earth II Movie Review
    How do you follow the insanely epic saving of Earth from plunging into the fiery hellscape of Jupiter? If you’re Chinese mega-director Frant Gwo and his team of six writers (SIX!) you somehow go even bigger in this insanely overblown and overwrought prequel to the 2019 sci-fi blockbuster that manages to be both better and so much worse than its predecessor…  
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    Echo 3 (Apple TV+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Echo 3 (Apple TV+) TV Show Review
    Oscar winning Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal's latest project, Echo 3, lands on Apple as a complex kidnap-and-rescue thriller set against an 'authentic' South American political backdrop - updated for full season review.  
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    Halloween Ends 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Mark Costello
    Halloween Ends 4K Blu-ray Review
    The forty-year journey of horror icon Laurie Strode and the original bogeyman Michael Myers ended in cinemas last autumn with a terrifying whimper instead of the bang fans everywhere wanted and demanded. As the dust settles on David Gordon Green’s franchise trilogy, is it time for a reappraisal of the possibly misunderstood and hugely divisive final entry on 4K UHD disc?  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Grado GW100x Wireless Headphone Review

    by Ed Selley
    Grado GW100x Wireless Headphone Review
    Grado, maker of trad looking headphones, has been dabbling in wireless products of which the GW100x is the latest. Is it any good though?  
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    SLC Punk! (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Mark Costello
    SLC Punk! (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    A blisteringly energetic coming of age frolic through the punk scene in Salt Lake City, James Merendino’s bolt of high-octane energy also brings unsuspecting smarts and hearts on another winner of a 4K disc from Grandmasters Sony.  
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    Hunters II (Amazon) Final Season TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Hunters II (Amazon) Final Season TV Show Review
    The Al Pacino-starring, gonzo Nazi-hunting romp rolls to its preposterous conclusion in unsurprisingly OTT fashion, somehow roping Pacino back in to tie up a bunch of ends that were far from loose, whilst getting Udo Kier's villain to afford it an epic conclusion.  
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    Call Me by Your Name (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Call Me by Your Name (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    Luca "Bones and All" Guadagnino's first collaboration with Timothée "Dune" Chalamet marked the actor's breakthrough role, and completed the director's thematic Desire Trilogy, following the preceding I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.  
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    Pioneer VSX-LX505 AV Receiver Review

    by Doug Pyper
    Pioneer VSX-LX505 AV Receiver Review
    Pioneer’s VSX-LX505 brings Dirac to the masses, along with all the modern convenience one could ask for. But does it live up to the promise of its feature set?  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Bowers & Wilkins 705 S3 Standmount Speaker Review

    by Ed Selley
    Bowers & Wilkins 705 S3 Standmount Speaker Review
    The latest version of the 700 Series keeps the fundamentals of its predecessor but tweaks the recipe with some ingredients from the 800 Series - is this where the high end begins?  
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    Triangle of Sadness Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Triangle of Sadness Movie Review
    Ruben Östlund’s second Palme d’Or winning film arrives on digital platforms to buy and rent but, despite the accolades, is anyone really clamouring for yet another on-the-nose ‘eat the rich’ social satire?  
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    The Devil's Backbone (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Mark Costello
    The Devil's Backbone (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    Guillermo Del Toro’s sublime Spanish Civil War-set chiller now dazzles even more on this ravishing 4K release as part of the Sony Classics 30th Anniversary 4K Collection from Sony in the US.  
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    The Last of Us (Sky/NOW) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Last of Us (Sky/NOW) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
    As the guitar strums across the opening sequence of Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann's adaptation it's as if the show is making a promise to fans of the acclaimed survival videogame. Can it deliver?  
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    Copenhagen Cowboy (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Copenhagen Cowboy (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Boundlessly stylish, but infinitely navel-gazing, Nicolas Winding Refn's latest TV run is a tolerably pretentious 80 minute Danish flick about nothing stretched out to an unbearable 300 minutes courtesy of a seemingly limitless supply of slow 360 degree pans.  
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    M3gan Movie Review

    by Mark Costello
    M3gan Movie Review
    Another decade and Hollywood take another stab at the killer doll movie. Only this time Chucky has been sent packing and, in his place, comes M3GAN...  
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    Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+) Season 2 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+) Season 2 Premiere TV Show Review
    After an extended hiatus, Dave Filoni’s continuation of his Clone Wars saga returns to Disney+ settling right back into that groove of being a bit hit and miss.  
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    Top 10 Blu-rays (UK) for January 2023

    by Mark Costello
    Top 10 Blu-rays (UK) for January 2023
    A month of truly eclectic renowned international film makers – from John Hughes to Terry Gilliam to Lukas Moodysson – and some young up starts making their cinematic debuts give us our January release blu-ray schedule and as ever, there’s some wonderful films and releases coming our way that are worthy of your consideration… UPDATED WITH NINE COMPETITIONS  
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    Tár Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Tár Movie Review
    Almost certain to earn star Cate Blanchett at least an Oscar nod, the initially dense and overtly dry Tár tests your patience with its protracted build-up but eventually delivers the goods.  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    System Audio SA Air 9 Compact Wireless Speaker Review

    by Martin Dew
    System Audio SA Air 9 Compact Wireless Speaker Review
    As the active speaker revolution continues its march, lesser-known Danish brand System Audio offers up a powered bookshelf speaker pair to challenge the competition. In an increasingly crowded market, does the SA Air 9 deserve to be heard above the noise?  
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    Yellowstone Season 5 - Part 1 (Paramount+) TV Show Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Yellowstone Season 5 - Part 1 (Paramount+) TV Show Review
    Paramount's core Yellowstone saga attempts to recover from its anticlimactic fourth season with a more confident fifth season, even if we have to wait for Part 2 to see if it's a complete success.  
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    The Old Way Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    The Old Way Movie Review
    Nicolas Cage's first foray into Westerns may be modestly budgeted and limited in originality, but it has a decent vibe to its low key thrills that leaves it a solid enough revenge flick.  
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  • Movies & TV Review

    Synecdoche, New York (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Synecdoche, New York (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    Charlie "Eternal Sunshine" Kaufman's ambitious directorial debut is a magnum opus within a magnum opus, with Philip Seymour Hoffman never better.  
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    The City of Lost Children (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Mark Costello
    The City of Lost Children (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s fantasy steampunk masterpiece finally comes to disc in a manner that does justice to its sublime art and award-winning production design.  
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    The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix) Movie Review
    Following the generally well-received Out of the Furnace and Hostiles, Christian Bale again teams up with director Scott Cooper for a gloomy bit of period drama which, for all its mythologising, is a surprisingly fine detective story.  
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    Still Alice (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Still Alice (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's heartbreaking 2014 drama draws a painfully poignant portrait of early onset Alzheimer's, with an Oscar winning powerhouse performance from Julianne Moore.  
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    Run Lola Run (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Run Lola Run (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run is a propulsively scored experimental thriller, with a blistering lead performance by Franka Potente, earning pride of place in the Sony Pictures Classics 11-film 30th Anniversary 4K Collection.  
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    Orlando (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Orlando (Sony Classics) 4K Blu-ray Review
    The Sony Pictures Classics 11-film 30th Anniversary 4K Collection kick-starts with Sally Potter's lavish period fantasy Orlando, starring a marvellously dynamic Tilda Swinton.  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    iFi Audio Neo Stream Network Streamer Review

    by Ed Selley
    iFi Audio Neo Stream Network Streamer Review
    iFi Audio delivers a one box streamer for the first time - and being iFi - it’s laden with features that set it apart from the pack. Is it any good though?  
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    Violent Night Movie Review

    by Cas Harlow
    Violent Night Movie Review
    If you're still in the mood for something festive, this David Harbour Santa meets Die Hard romp is breezily, bloodily entertaining, but probably would have better suited a streaming service over the season.  
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