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Inside Netflix’s risky bid for world domination

Inside Netflix’s risky bid for world domination

Netflix flexed its original programming muscle at a press event in Paris last week, bringing stars like Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Spacey and Ricky Gervais on stage to talk up its programming for the next few months. The company will spend around US$5bn

10 Cloverfield Lane: the little genre film next door

<i>10 Cloverfield Lane</i>: the little genre film next door

In a year where Hollywood seems determined to prove that more is more – more superheroes per film, more explosions, more garish special effects – the economically directed and scripted 10 Cloverfield Lane is a rare pleasure. It’s an unassuming genre film that

Best movies of 2015

Best movies of 2015

Though there were few genuine classics, 2015 offered plenty of variety at the movies – from smart biopics, war movies and dark crime dramas to stirring science-fiction, the usual superhero

Best videogames of 2015

Best videogames of 2015

This year marked a final break from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era as the new generation of consoles dominated. With developers no longer shackled to the older consoles, we saw a flood of great games that take advantage of the beefier processing muscle of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well

Spectre is haunted by ghosts of Bond’s past

Spectre is haunted by ghosts of Bond’s past

Daniel Craig looks tired in Spectre – not in the frazzled, intense way he was in Skyfall, but like a bored waiter who just wants to be paid so he can go home at the end of a long shift. This is how Craig’s James Bond probably ends: sleepwalking off the stage rather than flaming out in

Crimson Peak takes high-gothic crown

<i>Crimson Peak</i> takes high-gothic crown

Having channelled the giddy enthusiasm of a 10-year old boy watching mecha cartoons in 2013’s Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro taps into the fevered imaginings of a “bookish 14-year old girl” for

Metal Gear Solid V: the man who trolled the world

Metal Gear Solid V: the man who trolled the world

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has, over the years, alternated between trolling his fans and pandering to them and trolling them by pandering to them. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain might be his most intricate stunt yet, though it is disguised as a fairly routine action game for much of its running time

Netflix’s Narcos is as addictive as cocaine

Netflix’s Narcos is as addictive as cocaine

Netflix’s original programming is quickly becoming a better reason to subscribe to the video streaming service than the stash of months-old films and series it carries from other content producers. Its 2015 line-up has been consistently interesting, from the kooky delights of

Ant-Man cuts Marvel’s superheroics down to size

Ant-Man cuts Marvel’s superheroics down to size

Ant-Man – a smaller, leaner and more agile superhero film than anything Marvel has made in ages – shows that bigger isn’t always better. The latest entry into the comic book company’s universe of films is low-key in both story and presentation compared to the

Arnie’s back, and not in a good way

Arnie’s back, and not in a good way

Terminator Genisys understandably pretends that Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation never happened, yet fails to provide much justification for its own existence. It’s an awkward attempt to channel the success of

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