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FILM REVIEW – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

By Marty Mulrooney

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a British comedy directed by Declan Lowney. The film stars comedian Steve Coogan, reprising his role as fictional radio and television presenter Alan Partridge in the character’s first feature film outing. When the staff of Norwich radio station North Norfolk Digital are taken hostage by DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney), Alan must save his colleagues – and the day – by working with the police as a hostage negotiator, with mixed results…

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FILM REVIEW – The World’s End

By Marty Mulrooney

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The World’s End is a British science fiction comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. The final film of the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy (following on from 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz), the film stars Simon Pegg as Gary King, an alcoholic ‘free spirit’ who never grew up. When Gary decides he wants to complete the Golden Mile (a 12 pint pub crawl that he didn’t get to finish as a teenager), he tracks down his old school friends Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver ‘O-Man’ (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andrew (Nick Frost) and convinces them to return to their sleepy hometown of Newton Haven. Upon arrival they discover that not much has changed… apart from the fact that most of the population has been replaced by alien robots!

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BOOK REVIEW – Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge (Graphic Novel)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Lenore, The Cute Little Dead Girl is a series of dark comedy comics created by Roman Dirge. Lenore Volume 1 consisted of Noogies (Issues 1-4), Wedgies (Issues 5-8) and Cooties (Issues 9-12), all published by Titan Books in the UK. Lenore Volume 2 begins with Lenore: Swirlies, a new collection of the creepy and hilarious comic strip, which was released in August 2012 – just in time to celebrate Lenore’s 20th Anniversary!

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FILM REVIEW – Bad Teacher

By Elena Cresci

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Cameron Diaz returns to the big screen in Bad Teacher, where she takes on the role of a foul-mouthed junior high teacher in a screenplay penned by Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg (Year One). The film sees Diaz share the screen with former beau Justin Timberlake, last seen in The Social Network, and Jason Segel of I Love You, Man fame.

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COMEDY REVIEW – Rhod Gilbert & The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 09/01/11

By Marty Mulrooney

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After postponing his scheduled show last September, Rhod Gilbert finally made it to Liverpool last night with a quick apology, followed by an even quicker flurry of abuse aimed at the Philharmonic Hall’s management, various members of the audience and a 12-year-old boy who he was convinced was going to ruin his entire act. He ranted and raved like a lunatic, arguing with hecklers and losing his cool more times than I could count. It was a brilliant opening to the show, setting the tone perfectly. Then Rhod explained that he hadn’t even started his routine yet…

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FILM REVIEW – Tamara Drewe

By John Fanning (Guest Writer)

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Tamara Drewe, based on Posy Simmonds’ Guardian comic strip and graphic novel of the same name, is the latest in what looks to be an interminable line of films making the jump from glossy page to screen. It’s not your usual adaptation though: this one may as well have been called “A Romp in the Country”. With a plot loosely derived from Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd, Stephen Frears’ (High Fidelity, The Queen) latest offering is a bourgeois bonkfest.

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GAME REVIEW – The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition

By Marty Mulrooney

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Released last year at the same time at Telltale’s new Tales Of Monkey Island, The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a remake by LucasArts of  the adventure game where it all began, in beautiful, fully orchestrated and fully voiced high definition. It is available on PC, Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and iPhone/iPod touch.

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