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Film: Baby Driver

"He had an accident when he was a kid, still has a hum in the drum. Plays music to drown it out. And that's what makes him the best."

A young man, nicknamed Baby (Ansel Elgort), works as a getaway driver to pay off a debt to a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), ‘Doc’. Might as well lead with the bottom line - you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a more stylish, original and entertaining film this year. Baby Driver ties action, music and romance together like never before. Everything is perfectly synced to the soundtrack, which is a...

Edgar Wright | Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

"This is the maintenance closet, Gwen. This is most cliched hiding place you could've chosen."

Spider-Man faces a new foe, this time in the shape of an old friend. They’ve flogged this horse so much it’s like Marvel are trying to open a glue factory. Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man surplus to requirements when it rebooted a barely decade-old franchise, then they decided to make a sequel. Where the first film was solid but futile this is just a bit of a stinker. Andrew...

Marc Webb | Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

Film: Passengers

"I laughed at a man with no pants, until I realized I have no legs."

This review contains spoilers A man and woman (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) are awakened from hibernation 30 years into a 120-year trip to another planet. They then must search for a way to avoid dying alone on the ship. At least that’s what the trailers tell you. The reality of how monumentally weird Passengers is slowly sinks in as you realise that the first 20 minutes of the film...

Morten Tyldum | Sunday, Jun 25, 2017

Book: The Cuckoo's Egg

"Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage"

In 1986, a sysadmin at Berkeley finds a $0.75 discrepancy in the accounting software, discovers a hacker in the system and unravels a whole network of compromised PCs. He spends the next 2 years hunting down the intruder with the help (and sometimes the opposite) of a few three-letter-agencies. This is a great first-person account of a cat-and-mouse chase. Stoll gets a whiff of a hacker using an old account...

Clifford Stoll | Sunday, Jun 25, 2017

Film: Tim's Vermeer

"There's also this modern idea that art and technology must never meet...in the Golden Age, they were one and the same person."

Technologist and inventor Tim Jenison is convinced that Vermeer’s paintings must have been accomplished with the aid of some sort of technology. He eventually forms a theory that Vermeer may have used a camera obscura beamed onto an angled mirror, then used the edge of the mirror as a reference point for which to accurately match colours. After a successful test with a photograph, Jenison rents a warehouse and recreates...

Teller | Sunday, Jun 25, 2017

Film: Hollywood & Wine

"Porn used to be so nice... these days it's all hate-fucking."

An aspiring actress (Nicky Whelan) can’t get work on account of her striking resemblance to an existing movie star (also Nicky Whelan). Meanwhile as her career finally gains traction her schlub boyfriend (Chris Kattan) begins to wonder if he needs to up his game to keep her, so he takes out a loan from the mob to bolster his bank account. This is a painfully unfunny take on a screwball...

Matt Berman, Kevin P. Farley | Sunday, Jun 25, 2017

Film: Assassin's Creed

"The blood that flows through you is not your own. It belongs to the Creed."

A man on death row is saved from his execution by a modern branch of the Knight’s Templar, who track him down on account of his being the last in the bloodline of ‘Assassins’. They believe they can use him to trace the location of ‘The Apple of Eden’ - the key to human free will - using his genetic memory. In order to do so he must relive the...

Justin Kurzel | Saturday, Jun 24, 2017