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Best movies of 2014

Best movies of 2014

Who says cinema is dead? From intimate indie dramas to massive blockbusters, from slick thrillers to futuristic romances, and from downbeat dystopias to nostalgic remembrances of the past, the best feature films of 2014 showed that the movies are as vibrant and alive as ever. Here’s our pick

Best games of 2014

Best games of 2014

This hasn’t been a great year for blockbuster games, with most big publishers struggling to make a smooth and profitable transition to a new console generation. Many of the big game releases of the year have disappointed by being dull and faceless (Watch Dogs, Destiny), launching with serious glitches

New Bond raises spectre of Ian Fleming

New Bond raises spectre of Ian Fleming

The next James Bond film — the 24th in the series that began with Dr No in 1962 — is to be called Spectre. Although the plot remains a closely guarded secret, the name reveals more than it lets on. Spectre has an important place in the

Interstellar: hazy cosmic jive

Interstellar: hazy cosmic jive

“We used to look up in the sky and wonder about our place in the stars,” grumbles actor Matthew McConaughey as Interstellar’s former astronaut and reluctant farmer, Cooper. “Now we just look down and wonder about our place in the dirt.” He could as well be talking about the film itself, which

Interstellar’s spectacular view of hard science

<i>Interstellar’</i>s spectacular view of hard science

In Interstellar’s near-ish future, our climate has failed catastrophically, crops die in vast blights and America is a barely-habitable dustbowl. Little education beyond farming methods is tolerated and students are taught that the Apollo landings were Cold War propaganda hoaxes. Against this unpromising

Gone Girl: domestic disturbance

<em>Gone Girl</em>: domestic disturbance

A harrowing dark comedy about a collapsed marriage. A savage satire of media sensationalism. A meticulous police procedural. And a sleek neo-noir thriller. Gone Girl from director David Fincher confidently splices

Xbox One vs PS4: the ultimate showdown

Xbox One vs PS4: the ultimate showdown

Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) has sold more than 10m units to consumers since its launch in November last year, while Microsoft’s Xbox One has struggled to muster 5m sales to retailers during the same time. Is Microsoft still being unfairly punished for

The Equalizer: middle-age spread

<i>The Equalizer</i>: middle-age spread

In The Equalizer, the life of a Russian mafia henchman is nasty, brutish, short, and often terminated at the sharp end of a gardening tool wielded by its 60-year old star, Denzel Washington. As a retired secret service operative who protects the helpless

Nintendo, still games master at 125

Nintendo, still games master at 125

In the world of videogames, few companies have as long or vivid a history as Nintendo, which turns 125 years old this week. Founded in 1889 as a producer of toys and playing cards, the company is quite distinct from the typical perception of Japanese firms that have become global players

Sci-fi goes back to the Eighties

Sci-fi goes back to the Eighties

Much of the excitement of fantastical and science fictional worlds is the sense of history they have, their depth, and the joy of sharing them with others. Whether it be Star Trek, Star Wars or Back to the Future, they remain sacred spaces, oases of magic to which we can escape. And if these worlds are

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