Tag Archives: Steve Coogan

ADIFF Review – Mindhorn

Actor Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) was at the top of his game in the 1980s; star of the hit TV show Mindhorn – on which he played a secret agent with a bionic eye that could always see the truth – Thorncroft was sure that he was one step away from the big time. In 2016, however, things are not so rosy for Thorncroft; washed up and making TV ads for orthopaedic socks, Thorncroft is still suffers from delusions of grandeur. When a killer on the Isle of Man will only speak to Mindhorn, however, Richard Thorncroft is drafted in, and dusts off his most famous character one more time. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Minions

In this spin off from the Despicable Me films, we learn the history of the little yellow Minions, who so delight in helping the biggest villain they can find, long before they ever met the Despicable Gru. After they accidentally destroy all their masters – including a dinosaur, Napoleon, a vampire and a large portion of Ancient Egypt – the Minions isolate themselves in Antarctica, but three of their number – Bob, Kevin and Stuart – set out to find a villain they can serve, and thus fulfil their life’s purpose. Enter Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first female super villain, who has her eyes set on the throne of England. The Minions vow to help, but of course it is not long before things go awry. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The magic tablet that brings the inhabitants of New York’s Natural History Museum is becoming corroded and weak, so Larry (Ben Stiller) must take Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) to London to find out the history of the ancient magic from his parents. Of course, Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jed (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan) and the gang tag along for the ride, and they make friends with Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) along the way. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Northern Soul

John (Elliot James Langridge) is considered by his family and those in his Lancashire neighbourhood to be a bit of a reclusive oddball. When his mother convinces him to go to a youth club to try and make some friends, John becomes fascinated with Matt (Josh Whitehouse), his music taste and his dance moves. The pair become fast friends, and dream of going to America to procure records that no-one in England has ever heard. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Philomena

Former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) finds himself at a career crossroads and wants to fall back into his previous profession, although he is unsure how to do so until he is introduced to Philomena Lee (Judi Dench). Philomena is an Irish woman who fell pregnant at a young age, and was sent to live in a Magdalene Laundry. She was forced to give her son up for adoption, and has been searching for him ever since. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

When North Norfolk Digital is taken over by a media conglomerate, and Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) is fired, Pat lays siege to the station in protest. The only person he will allow to speak to the police on his behalf is long time colleague Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan), but Alan may have had more to do with the personnel shake up at the station than Pat thinks. Continue reading

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Retro Review – Hot Fuzz

When exceptional London police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred to a small country town – in the hopes that he’ll stop making other officers look bad – he is less than pleased at his new assignment. What he doesn’t realise, however, is that there is a sinister conspiracy afoot in among the community there. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Despicable Me 2

Gru (Steve Carrell) has mended his ways for the better, and is devoting his life to the three little girls who found their way into his life in the first film. When a new villain arises, however, Gru is drafted into the Anti-Villain League and must use his skills for good. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Ruby Sparks

Calvin (Paul Dano) was a successful writer when he was a teenager. Since then, he has struggled to follow up his first novel, but that all changes when he dreams of, then writes about a character called Ruby Sparks, who he somehow wills to life. Continue reading

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