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The Knife That Killed Me

20 Oct 20143 stars

Ambitious but flawed teen drama from Kit Monkman and Marcus Romer boasting a bold visual style

Given the title, it's no spoiler to say The Knife That Killed Me opens with a lethal stabbing. Paul Varderman (Jack McMullen) then narrates his way through the events that led to this fateful encounter with the blade: moving to Leeds after his mum dies…

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

16 Oct 20144 stars

Glossiest album to date from one of the world's most successful metal bands does not disappoint

Masked nine-piece Slipknot are one of the biggest metal bands in the world but.5: The Gray Chapter finds them in a state of flux. A few years ago even the idea of a fifth Slipknot album seemed unlikely. After bassist and founder member Paul Gray's death…

Northern Soul

13 Oct 20143 stars

Elaine Constantine's directorial debut takes a look at the titular youth scene

For the uninitiated, northern soul was a youth movement that gripped the North of England during the 60s and 70s, fuelled by high octane funk and soul records from the States. DJs were on a permanent quest for ever more elusive tracks, unearthing gems…

A guide to the TV shows reinventing comic icons

10 Oct 2014

Including Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter and Daredevil

After the massive popularity of superhero movies at the worldwide box-office, it should come as no surprise that TV producers have now sat up and taken proper notice. While many viewers still have fond memories of Adam West and the biff! pow! capers of…

Gotham

10 Oct 20143 stars

New police procedural drama set in the years before Batman

Gotham is probably the most famous city in the world of comics. An even darker, crime infested version of New York, home to the Batman and his rogues gallery of nefarious villains. New TV series Gotham takes you onto the city's dangerous streets several…

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A guide to the best horror DVDs to watch this autumn

9 Oct 2014

Including Soulmate, The Purge, Afflicted, Zombeavers and Night of the Comet

Hallowe’en is almost upon us so it's the perfect time to rifle through the darkest corners of the DVD cupboard for a selection of horror movies available this October. And it's a grab bag witches brew of genres starting with British ghost story Soulmate…

Alien: Isolation

9 Oct 20143 stars

Despite thrills, repetition in latest Sega videogame ensures frustrating experience

Ridley Scott's world of Alien has proved fertile ground for sci-fi imaginations. Not only a series of sequels (including James Cameron's superlative Aliens and David Fincher's directorial debut Alien 3) but a plethora of comics, videogames and…

A guide to the best lesser known TV series

9 Oct 2014

Including Treme, 15 Storey's High, Hannibal, Generation War and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Treme Who? Writer David Simon's follow-up to The Wire. What? The lives of a cross-section of the New Orleans community as they come to terms with life after Hurricane Katrina. Where? The fourth and final season is coming soon to Sky Atlantic, with…

A guide to the best videogame releases this autumn

9 Oct 2014

Featuring The Evil Withinm Fable Legends, Sunset Overdrive and Little Big Planet 3

The Evil Within The last-ever game from Mikami Shinji (the creator of Resident Evil) looks like a fairly generic survival horror but expect a few twists. Bethesda Softworks, out now. Fable Legends Sword and sorcery prequel based around a…

Interview: Skid Row guitarist Dave 'The Snake' Sabo discusses the band's new EP release

26 Sep 2014

After reforming in 1999, the 80s heavy metal rockers are set for series of UK shows

'Tomorrow call tour manager Toad and he will put you in touch with Snake.' It's the kind of email you only get when arranging an interview in the heady world of heavy metal. Of course the Snake in question is Dave 'The Snake' Sabo guitarist with hard…

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Interview: composer Clint Mansell discusses music making ahead of his first UK wide tour

19 Sep 2014

Ex-Pop Will Eat Itself frontman talks about Hollywood and composing for Darren Aronofsky

Grebo punk becomes the most celebrated film composer in modern cinema. It’s an unlikely story, for sure. In the late 80s / early 90s, Clint Mansell was the lead singer with Pop Will Eat Itself, an industrial electro-rock band famed for piling samples…

Radiophonic Workshop, Future Islands, Pere Ubu: a guide to experimental artists on tour this autumn

19 Sep 2014

This autumn's gig calendar also features Steve Beresford, Ilan Volkov and more as part of GIOFest

The Radiophonic Workshop British electronic music might have taken a very different path if it wasn't for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. From its inception in 1958 as the Beeb's in-house special effects and music production unit wholly unconcerned about…

The Walking Dead returns for Season Five

19 Sep 2014

Zombie series starring Andrew Lincoln is highest rated cable show of all time

Season four of The Walking Dead closed with a massive cliffhanger. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his cohorts thought the colony of Terminus would offer them safe haven from the ever-present zombie hordes but now they find themselves stripped of their…

DragonForce - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Sep 2014

19 Sep 20143 stars

Ridiculous but unapologetic virtuoso speed-metal hampered by technical gremlins

Like an over-amped 80s metal band, DragonForce play with power, speed and intensity. Why settle on one guitar solo when you can have five? The 'Force sound like every Iron Maiden album ever recorded all playing at once, on double speed, so it’s…

Creative Assembly's Alien Isolation aims to revive the sci-fi survival horror videogame franchise

19 Sep 2014

Latest Sega videogame based on 1979 Ridley Scott movie, with voice acting from original cast members

The world of Alien has been the inspiration for multiple videogames. Most have focused on the all-out action of James Cameron's Aliens rather than the creeping terror of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror hybrid. After the misfire of 2013's reviled Aliens…

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season One

16 Sep 20144 stars

Andy Sandberg finds the perfect vehicle for goofy humour in hilarious series

Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Sandberg has found the perfect vehicle for his goofy humour in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He takes the lead as Detective Jake Peralta, the precinct's top cop who butts heads with the uptight new Captain Ray Holt (Andre…

Singles and downloads - August 2014

28 Aug 2014

Featuring Nozinja, Franz Ferdinand, Rustie and Mark Lanegan

Nozinja – 'Tsekeleke' (Warp) ●●●● South African beat maker Nozinja (aka Richard Mthetwa) makes his debut on Warp Records, coming out the blocks like a demented circus theme tune before morphing into hyper-speed afrobeat. This amalgam of traditional…

FrightFest 2014: White Settlers

28 Aug 20143 stars

Referendum-themed horror starring Pollyanna McIntosh offers entertainment but little depth

Simeon Halligan's second feature White Settlers takes the argument for Scottish independence to bloody extremes. Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh) and Ed (Lee Williams) are a young couple from 'down south' taking advantage of the Scottish housing market to…

Replaceable Things

27 Aug 20144 stars

Brilliant contemporary classical music from Ensemble Thing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Ensemble Thing's contemporary classical is a challenging but thought provoking start to a day of Fringing. Starting as a four-piece – Laim Lynch on violin, Emily Walker on cello, Elizabeth Stirrat on accordion and Jennifer Stephenson on clarinet – they…

Preview: Destiny, a huge multiplayer open world shooter from the makers of Halo

26 Aug 2014

'The worlds we’re building are larger than anything we’ve ever given players to explore'

Destiny is the most ambitious project that Bungie has tackled in more than 20 years of making games. 'The worlds we’re building are larger than anything we’ve ever given players to explore. You’ll find destinations that stretch out past the horizon…

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Black Sails - Season 1

26 Aug 20142 stars

The swashbuckling series is a po-faced Pirates of the Caribbean knock-off

Black Sails is prequel of sorts to Treasure Island following the lives of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and John Silver (Luke Arnold) 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate adventure. But this is no salty sea yarn for the kiddies: there's far…

The Hypnotist

26 Aug 20143 stars

A small-scale, intimate, Nordic noir thriller from director Lasse Hallström

After a series of mawkishly sentimental films for the British and American market (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) Swedish director Lasse Hallström takes a sideways step into Nordic noir. Based on a…

Tom Neenan: The Haunting of Lopham House

26 Aug 20144 stars

Sharp wordplay and bizarre comedy characters at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tom Neenan is a master storyteller vividly bringing to life his ghostly tale The Haunting of Lopham House. He draws on the works of MR James and his ilk for inspiration as a young man finds himself staying in a haunted mansion. With just a few simple…

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories!

26 Aug 20143 stars

Silly comedy ghost stories at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Rather than long-form narrative, Will Seaward opts for a selection of short nonsense tales in the Gilded Balloon. You'll encounter salty sea dogs, vampires and ghosts aplenty. Perhaps a bit too silly to be genuinely scary but Seaward is a natural…

Anna Morris: Would Like To Thank

22 Aug 20143 stars

Well-written comedy with clever framework and comic timing at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Structuring her Fringe show as a Woman of the Year final (sponsored by YouthAnasia Anti-Ageing Products), Anna Morris has come up with a clever framework to showcase a series of comic characters. All of whom are presided over by last year's winner…