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Da Vinci's Demons season 2 episode 5 review: The Sun And The Moon

21 hours ago

Review Ron Hogan 19 Apr 2014 - 21:23

Leonardo's dealing with a whole new world, but is it more than he can handle? Here's Ron's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.5 – The Sun and the Moon

I think one of the reasons Da Vinci's Demons has struck a pretty decent chord among the viewing public is because it shares a lot of similarities to Patty and Selma Bouvier's favorite television program, MacGyver. Leonardo, like MacGyver, is a world traveler and polymath who can solve pretty much any problem you put in front of him using primarily physical sciences. Leonardo has a sketchbook, MacGyver uses a Swiss army knife. Leonardo and MacGyver both try not to kill people unless they absolutely have to and associate with a variety of interesting characters during their adventures. Both of them have awesome hair. And, most importantly, both of them routinely get in over their heads.

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The 100 episode 5 review: Twilight’s Last Gleaming

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Review Caroline Preece 19 Apr 2014 - 19:37

The body count is quickly mounting up in The 100. Here's Caroline's review of the latest episode...

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 Twilight's Last Gleaming

The prospect of 300 residents of the Ark being ‘floated’ so that there’s more oxygen for the remaining population to breathe was always a dark notion but, on what we all perceived as a typical, though ambitious, teen drama on the CW, the notion that this plan would actually transpire seemed ridiculous. Kids killing kids is something that has become somewhat worryingly okay fare for young audiences, so long as there’s some commentary on human nature in there to support it, but the floating of 300 volunteers this week was more troubling than anything I could have imagined The 100 would do in its run.

We’re not even half way through the season yet, and the body count is ticking up at an alarming pace. »

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The Originals episode 18 review: The Big Uneasy

18 April 2014 6:45 AM, PDT

Review Caroline Preece 18 Apr 2014 - 14:45

Another fast-paced episode of The Originals ramps up the tensions between the various factions...

This review contains spoilers.

1.18 The Big Uneasy

It only took 42-minutes for Elijah quest for peace and inter-species party times to go belly up but, boy, was The Big Uneasy fun to watch. Exhausting, but fun. I’ve said it before but, if there’s one thing The Originals seems to have inherited from its parent show, it’s the fast, breakneck storytelling pace; able to explore a potentially season-long arc in just one brilliant episode and then just moving onto the next like it’s no big deal. That might have meant that we’ve seen allegiances change in this first season more times than we can reasonably keep track of, but, with The Vampire Diaries currently parked on its laurels and refusing to move, it’s a good thing. »

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Arrow season 2 episode 19 review: The Man Under the Hood

18 April 2014 6:39 AM, PDT

Review Caroline Preece 18 Apr 2014 - 14:39

Lots of different characters got a chance to shine in this week's episode of Arrow...

This review contains spoilers.

2.19 The Man Under The Hood

And just like that, Laurel is a character we can get behind again. The Man Under the Hood might have had a lot of Slade-related shenanigans going on but, for a lot of people, it was also the episode in which almost everyone’s least favourite element of Arrow found her place on the show again. I think we all expected Laurel to react badly to the news that her ex-boyfriend might also be the vigilante that’s been running around Starling City for a year, but just didn’t have the specifics. Instead, her reaction to the potentially earth-shattering news Slade deviously delivered was one of grace and acceptance.

So, with Oliver still under the impression that he’s »

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Community season 5 episode 13: Basic Sandwich

18 April 2014 2:10 AM, PDT

Review Caroline Preece 18 Apr 2014 - 10:10

Community's fifth season has come to an end. Here's Caroline's review of what could be the last ever episode...

This review contains spoilers.

5.13 Basic Sandwich

It’s a bit tricky talking about this season finale of Community, Basic Sandwich, without acknowledging the fact that this could be the last time we’re talking about Community at all. Unlike last year’s season finale, which felt like the final straw for a lot of fans and inspired a sense of “that’ll do” that should really never have been applied to a show so daringly, brilliantly original, this second part of last week’s Subway vs. Greendale debacle has the sense of sweet finality to it. But then, maybe it’ll be back, it depends on what fails!

Basic Sandwich embraced the 80s-ness that has run through the show since the beginning, throwing »

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Supernatural season 9 episode 18 review: Meta Fiction

18 April 2014 12:17 AM, PDT

Review Anastasia Klimchynskaya 18 Apr 2014 - 08:17

Supernatural's always had fun breaking the fourth wall, and now there's nothing left of it. Here's Anastasia's review of a great episode...

This review contains spoilers.

9.18 Meta Fiction

Well, that was seriously one of the best episodes Supernatural has had in years. No, really.

The conceit of Meta Fiction, as its title makes evident, is just that: metafiction. Supernatural is already one of the most metafictional TV shows ever made – it’s written not only itself, but its own fandom, into the show itself, and featured episodes with fans reading fan fiction about its own characters. But it’s done more than that: a few seasons ago, it extended that conceit to its epic, seasonal story arcs. Back when the Winchesters were stopping the Apocalypse, they were “ripping up the rules and changing the ending” of a script written by God that insisted »

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What did you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

17 April 2014 11:16 PM, PDT

News Den Of Geek 18 Apr 2014 - 07:15

A place for spoiler-filled chat about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is now in UK cinemas...

Beware: lots of spoilers.

Now playing in cinemas across the UK, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 builds on the last movie, and sets things in place for where Sony wants to take the Spider-Man cinematic universe next. It also leaves behind lots of things to discuss and digest, and so we're opening this post to allow as much spoiler-filled discussion as you'd like.

To be clear: if you head into the comments below, you do so at your own risk. All spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are allowed from this point onwards.

Over to you, then...!

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The Rover, starring Guy Pearce: first trailer

17 April 2014 11:13 PM, PDT

Trailer Ryan Lambie 18 Apr 2014 - 07:13

It's a promising post-apocalyptic crime thriller starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Here's the first trailer for The Rover...

In 2010, David Michod brought us Animal Kingdom - a brutal and gripping drama about an Australian crime family and a teenager's attempts to escape its clutches. It was a superbly acted and observed film, which Michod spent several years writing and perfecting. In fact, we liked Animal Kingdom so much, it made the number one spot in our list of underrated films of 2010.

Four years on, and Michod's back with his second feature, The Rover. Set in a post-apocalyptic, near-future Australia, it stars Guy Pearce (who was great in Animal Kingdom, incidentally) as a traveller whose car is stolen by a gang of vicious criminals, who also leave a seriously injured member of their own group (that'd be Robert Pattinson) in the process. Together, they »

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First trailer for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys movie

17 April 2014 11:09 PM, PDT

Trailer Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 07:06

Clint Eastwood directs the long-mooted movie version of the hit musical Jersey Boys. Here's the trailer and poster...

The movie of the award-winning musical Jersey Boys has been chatted about for a while, and at one stage, it looked as if Jon Favreau was going to direct it. However, Clint Eastwood became interested in the project relatively late in the day, when it didn't have a director, and signed on the dotted line to make the film.

Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons will thus arrive in cinemas on June 20th. And we've got the first trailer and poster for it right here. The movie, incidentally, has already picked up an R rating in the Us...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 indefinitely postponed on Xbox One

17 April 2014 8:46 PM, PDT

News Aaron Birch 18 Apr 2014 - 04:29

The upcoming movie tie-in for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 won't be swinging onto Xbox One any time soon...

Here's an odd one, and news that isn't all that great for Xbox One fans. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is only a few weeks away from release, has been delayed indefinitely for Microsoft's console.

Activision confirmed the delay, which was originally believed to only affect specific regions, but it was noted on NeoGAF that all traces of the Xbox One edition of the game had been rather covertly removed from the international website, including Xbox One assets and pre-orders.

Confirmation was issued to trade magazine, McV, with a statement from Activision.

“We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for ASM2 on Xbox One. When and whether ASM2 is released on Xbox One is Tbd.”

Interesting here is the mention of »

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Trailer for In The Flesh series 2

17 April 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

Trailer Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:24

Get a taste of In The Flesh series 2 with this new teaser trailer...

Heading to BBC Three next month is the return of In The Flesh for its second series run. The first series of the zombie drama ran for three episodes, and picked up a fair amount of deserved acclaim. We're expecting more when series two finally gets going.

Dominic Mitchell, who created the show, is writing again, and we've taken a spoiler-free look at episode one right here.

Futhermore, and the reason for this post, the BBC has now released a new trailer for In The Flesh series 2, which you can see right here. We'll have a lot more on the show closer to its transmission...

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Where Amazing Spider-Man 2 leaves Sony's superhero universe

17 April 2014 9:52 AM, PDT

Feature James Hunt 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00

What hints did Amazing Spider-Man 2 give us about the rest of Sony's planned Spider-Man franchise?

This article contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may have lacked the next-movie teaser Marvel Studios likes to pin onto their films, but that doesn't mean we haven't got any clue as to where the Spider-Man franchise is going. With Sony's stated goal of turning the property into its own universe of films, we got to thinking: what clues are there in Amazing Spider-Man 2 that might get followed up as the franchise expands?

Just so you don't get spoiled, we're going to put a big picture up here. After that, it's spoiler territory...

Still here? Right then...

"Felicia"

Felicity Jones' all-too-brief appearances were a highlight of Amazing Spider-Man 2, and not least because anyone familiar with Spider-Man has »

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Things we learned from the Birmingham premiere of Locke

17 April 2014 8:31 AM, PDT

Feature Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00

Locke had its UK premiere in Birmingham this week, attended by Tom Hardy. And us. We learned, er, fascinating facts...

We don't often cover movie premieres at Den Of Geek, but on the flip side, movie premieres don't often come to the city of Birmingham. And as a resident of said city, I make it policy to pop along when someone dares to roll out the red carpet on Broad Street.

Such was the case on Wednesday night when the UK premiere of Locke took place, and Tom Hardy was guest of honour. Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight, who is currently working with Hardy on series two of Peaky Blinders. And the pair made up the list of three people I instantly recognised.

Now, the last time Birmingham staged a premiere, it was for The Lorax, which was attended by Danny DeVito and Emile Heskey. »

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Locke review

17 April 2014 5:36 AM, PDT

Review Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00

Could this thriller be Tom Hardy's best performance to date? Simon reviews Steven Knight's Locke...

By his own admission, Tom Hardy is a man who sometimes veers between - and enjoys - overacting and underacting. For Locke, however, he doesn't have that luxury. Instead, it's a concentrated 85 minutes of acting and character we get here, in a compulsive thriller set, basically, on the British motorway system. People have already called it Hardy's best performance, and there's little evidence throughout Locke's running time to disprove the theory.

Locke is a single actor in a single (moving) location piece, not unlike Buried (with Ryan Reynolds) and All Is Lost (with Robert Redford). The single location in this case however is a car, as Hardy's Ivan Locke leaves his place of work where he's supervising the following morning's arrival of hundreds of trucks carrying concrete, »

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Star-Crossed episode 9 review: Some Consequence Yet Hanging in the Stars

17 April 2014 5:25 AM, PDT

Review Caroline Preece 17 Apr 2014 - 13:25

This week's episode is a bit of a family affair. Here's Caroline's review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.9 Some Consequence Yet Hanging In The Stars

Family loyalty has been a theme running throughout Star-Crossed, beginning with Roman and Emery’s fathers and the legacy they leave their children, and now the various rivalries brewing in the increasingly complicated family trees for both the Atrians and the humans are starting to bleed down into the lives of our central teenage characters. Grayson has been brought up by Red Hawk parents but doesn’t agree with their beliefs, Emery’s dad killed Roman’s politically important father, Drake’s mother and Roman’s uncle are on opposing sides of the sector and, now, the kids have to choose between people they love in order to land on the right, not to mention the winning, team.

The biggest question mark of this episode, »

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Snowpiercer review

17 April 2014 5:14 AM, PDT

Review Ryan Lambie 18 Apr 2014 - 06:25

Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt are among the cast in Snowpiercer. Here's our review of a brilliantly bleak sci-fi film...

While Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer was ploughing ahead in the director's native South Korea, making $65m in that country alone last year, the sci-fi dystopia's release in English-speaking markets ground to a halt. The intentions of The Weinstein Company were much-publicised: to lop out around 25 minutes of character development from the film's 125-minute duration. There were also (thankfully false) internet rumours about a plan to paste in a Neil Gaiman-penned narration over the footage which remained.

The stand-off between director Bong and the Weinsteins, who wanted to make Snowpiercer accessible to "audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma" has, thankfully, been resolved since, and it seems that Snowpiercer will soon be screened uncut in countries such as Britain and America. In a strange parallel between life and art, »

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First trailer for incoming sci-fi film, The Anomaly

17 April 2014 4:55 AM, PDT

Trailer Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 12:53

Ian Somerhalder stars, as the first trailer lands for Noel Clarke's upcoming sci-fi film, The Anomaly...

The ever-industrious Noel Clarke has been busy again, with the first of his new films heading into cinemas this year. This one is The Anomaly, which arrives in UK cinemas on July 4th.

The plot follows a former soldier who finds himself captive in the back of a van, and time not on his side to work out what's going on. With a theme of mind control in there too, and a cast led by Ian Somerhalder (along with an appearance from Brian Cox), this one looks really quite interesting.

Clarke has directed The Anomaly as well, and both the first trailer and poster have landed. Without further ado, trailer first...

And here's the poster...

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Hayden Panettiere "nothing to do" with Heroes reboot

17 April 2014 3:12 AM, PDT

News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 11:11

Don't expect Hayden Panettiere to pop up in Heroes Reborn. She didn't even know it was happening...

One of the shining lights of the original Heroes TV series was Hayden Panettiere, who shot to fame of the back of her role as Claire Bennet in the show. However, in conversation with Cosmopolitan, a source we regularly cite at Den Of Geek, she's revealed that she has absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming revamp, Heroes Reborn.

The original plan with Heroes Reborn was to bring back some of the original cast members from Heroes. But Panettiere said that "it was a shock to me" that the show was returning at all, admitting that "I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it".

Panettiere confirmed that she hadn't been asked back for the new show, »

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Game Of Thrones, spoilers, and good manners

17 April 2014 2:02 AM, PDT

Feature Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:43

This week, a major plot twist happened in the Game Of Thrones TV show. It was a moment spoiled for many in advance. But why?

This article contains no spoilers, but does hint at major plot points in Game Of Thrones season 3.

There is also a spoiler for Doctor Who: The Night Of The Doctor.

We may as well start with those words just up there. See how clear that bit in bold at the top is? Those two lines took me a few seconds to type out, and it gives you a clear indication of whether what I'm going to talk about will spoil something for you or not. Note that the headline doesn't include spoilers, either.

It's simple. It does the job. It's a system used around the planet by many far better websites than this one.

Unfortunately, it's not a system used by all. »

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Hannibal season 2 episode 7 review: Yakimono

17 April 2014 1:16 AM, PDT

Review Laura Akers 17 Apr 2014 - 09:16

Some of the characters in Hannibal are acting pretty stupid, for such supposedly smart people. Here's Laura's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 Yakimono

Hannibal is a show about smart characters.

We know that there are many kinds of intelligence, and Bryan Fuller’s series represents several of them. There’s Katz, Zeller, and Price - all clearly keen at critically evaluating evidence. They may not know what that evidence means, but they are rarely wrong about what it says. Then there’s the craven but quite cunning Freddie Lounds. You obviously do not stay in her line of business without being particularly skilled at reading people and determining what weakness will be most effective to exploit. There’s Will's ability to pick so much up from so little trace and imagine not just what happened but why. And of course, the intellect driving so »

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