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GAME REVIEW – Metroid: Other M (Nintendo Wii)

By Stewart Sutherland

Metroid Other M

Released in 2010, Metroid: Other M is an exclusive title for the Nintendo Wii. Following the success that Retro Studios had with the Metroid Prime series, Nintendo and Team Ninja worked together to make a game with the classic Metroid navigational feel, while still featuring the graphics and first-person mode of the last trilogy.

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FILM REVIEW – 50/50

By Adele MacGregor

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Inspired by a true story, 50/50 follows the painful journey of a 27 year old man who discovers he has a rare form of cancer, leaving him with a 50/50 chance of recovery. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) plays Adam, a good law abiding citizen working at a Seattle radio station with his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogan, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin), living an ordinary existence until a doctor’s appointment turns his whole life upside down. Almost overnight Adam’s life becomes consumed by the alien world of hospital appointments, chemo and therapy sessions.

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GUEST POST – My Ten Favourite Holmesian Movies

By Kim Newman

Kim Newman Guest Post

Give me a hansom cab, a magnifying glass, a diabolical mystery, a deerstalker, a rattled-off deduction and Dr Watson being baffled, and I’m usually happy. I enjoy most Sherlock Holmes films – with the exception of the Peter Cook and Dudley Moore version of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the likes of Sherlock Homie: The Ass Detective, of course – but here I select my particular favourites, highlighting slightly off-the-beaten-track efforts.

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GAME REVIEW – Sanitarium (1998, PC)

By Jamie Downes (Guest Writer)

Sanitarium

Originally released in 1998, Sanitarium is a PC adventure game created by Dreamforge and more recently re-released and made playable on modern machines by GOG.com. Despite receiving a mixed reaction from adventure outlets back in the day, it is still often cited by fans of the genre as a classic for its twisted and unsettling atmosphere. As a fan of psychological horror and thrillers across all forms of media, I was understandably excited when given the chance to belatedly discover what all the fuss was about. With the credits now behind me, I’m unfortunately no nearer to finding out.

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FILM REVIEW – The Rum Diary

By Adele MacGregor

The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp as protagonist Paul Kemp, follows the booze fuelled journey of a newspaper journalist making a new start on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in the 1960s. Directed by Bruce Robinson, the film is adapted from the novel by the eccentric and brilliant Hunter S. Thompson, who also penned the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness

By Ian McCabe

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The Last Hundred Days is a political and historical thriller and the debut novel from Oxford University professor and poet, Patrick McGuinness. Long-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, it is told via the perspective of a young and wide-eyed English student in Bucharest, as he experiences the final days and sudden demise of Nicolae Ceausescu’s tyrannical regime and communist rule over Romania.

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FILM REVIEW – The Help

By Adele MacGregor

The Help

Set in Mississippi during the Sixties at the height of segregation, The Help is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, inspired by the African-American maids who raised white children in the South.

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