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‘Star Trek Beyond’ movie review: Lightweight, throwaway fun

JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot stands up as one of the best blockbusters of the past decade. In cleverly establishing an alternate timeline, it paved the way for a raft of other part-sequel, part-remake, part-reboots – very few of which have managed to pull off the trick as successfully (hi, Terminator Genisys). Abrams’ 2013...

‘The Living And The Dead’ review: Episode 5 is utterly gripping

In the penultimate episode of the BBC’s spooky period drama, the village was besieged by the ghosts of a bloody Civil War atrocity. Yes, wouldn’t you know it, on top of all the other dark incidents in its past, it seems Shepzoy was the site of a bloody massacre too; Roundhead troops stormed the village...

‘The Musketeers’ Season 3 Episode 8 review: ‘Prisoner of War’

Great news: maybe the French won’t be at war with the Spanish for much longer in the world of The Musketeers? I’ll be honest: I’m fuzzy on the historical details.  Milady’s returned to possibly do some murders for Treville, and that’s bunches more interesting to me. So after some Spanish prisoners of war are marched...

‘Ghostbusters’ movie review: Kate McKinnon lights up the screen

Is it funny? Is it scary? Is it good? The answer to all three is yes. SPOILER WARNING IF YOU’VE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE! The new Ghostbusters has a hell of a job to do in the first half hour: attempting to be its own beast while setting up a world that we’re already overtly...

‘The Living And The Dead’ review: Episode 4 plays on our expectations

Taking us from the village into the nearby forest, this week’s episode plays on our expectations and provides a thoroughly a rotten harvest time for the residents of Shepzoy. After his attempt at a witch ducking last time, in a misguided attempt to prove the wheat harvest had been cursed, Jack Langtree (Joel Gilman) was...

‘The Secret Agent’ Episode 1 review: A drama of great care and quality

We say it every year: when it comes to drama, Summer TV is a desert. And in a year which has already turned every screen around you into a rectangular kaleidoscope of gibbering politicians, ball-moving sportsfolk, and Gregg Wallace shouting the time at people, terrestrial telly feels especially parched. Yes, there’s the odd drop to...

‘New Blood’ finale review: Episode 7 ties up all the loose ends

The final episode of New Blood concludes last week’s story of mystery con-men, dodgy lawyers, crooked charities and murdered accountants, as well as getting Rash and Stefan into and then out of the fiery danger with which it began. Although all the loose ends are tied up, it’s fair to say that some are rounded...

‘New Blood’ review: Episode 6 opens an exciting final case

The opening part of Case 3 in BBC One’s New Blood starts with Rash and Stefan in an overturned car, covered in petrol, and wrestling with a jammed seat belt while a trail of fire races towards them… If you’re detecting a slight hint of déjà vu mixed in with the petrol fumes, it’s because...

‘The Musketeers’ Season 3 Episode 7 review: ‘Fool’s Gold’

In this episode of The Musketeers, we see desperate people in desperate times doing desperate things. Ok, so that opening interrogation scene was a little mean, but he was a baddie, so I’ll let it pass.  The Musketeers are after the whereabouts of Grimaud, whom they have discovered to be a very naughty man indeed. ...