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Home Alone: the best Christmas movie of all time?

James Clayton Feature Dec 19, 2014

Could 1990 comedy Home Alone be the best Christmas movie of all time? James lays out his argument...

The Hobbit: Farewell and thank you to Middle-earth

James Clayton Feature Dec 12, 2014

As The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies lands in cinemas, James looks back at what the Middle Earth movies have managed to do...

More of 2014's supporting characters that deserve a spin-off

James Clayton Feature Dec 5, 2014

From Gone Girl's Tanner Bolt to the ladies of Pride, James lists a few more of 2014's supporting characters who deserve their own movie...

Future blockbuster hype: the lost art of living in the now

James Clayton Feature Nov 28, 2014

We all enjoy speculating about future movies, but can this distract from the films already out now, James wonders...

Examining the side-effects of The Hunger Games

James Clayton Feature Nov 21, 2014

As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...

The Imitation Game and important biopics

James Clayton Feature Nov 14, 2014

With Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, James explores the importance of a good biopic...

Why our little world needs cinematic space odysseys

James Clayton Feature Nov 7, 2014

As Interstellar arrives in cinemas, James salutes those films that take us, well, somewhere else...

Bringing HP Lovecraft to the big screen

James Clayton Feature Oct 31, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, James considers the weird tales of HP Lovecraft, and the ones that could make great films...

Getting under the skin of Anaconda

James Clayton Feature Oct 24, 2014

Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?

Turtle acceptance and suspension of disbelief

James Clayton Feature Oct 17, 2014

Have modern movies increased our ability to accept outlandish heroes like the Ninja Turtles? Yes, and it's a good thing, James writes...

Movie objects that deserve their own spin-off

James Clayton Feature Oct 10, 2014

If the Annabelle doll can get a The Conjuring spin-off, what other movie objects are primed for future stardom, ponders James?

Dracula Untold, Dracula undying, Dracula overdone?

James Clayton Feature Oct 3, 2014

Dracula Untold bites the UK box office this week, but are we reaching vampire overload, James wonders...

Railing against the international release date conspiracy

James Clayton Feature Sep 26, 2014

Will we ever get Snowpiercer in a UK cinema? James ponders the international release date conspiracy...

Liam Neeson and the modern masculinity crisis

James Clayton Feature Sep 19, 2014

Liam Neeson again plays a tough guy with a past in A Walk Among The Tombstones. James looks at the masculine thread in Neeson's films...

Sin City and the eternal, seductive allure of film noir

James Clayton Feature Aug 22, 2014

The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...

Elderly action heroes and Hollywood age issues

James Clayton Feature Aug 15, 2014

The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...

2014's supporting characters that deserve their own spin-off

James Clayton Feature Aug 8, 2014

James Clayton argues the case for spending more time with some supporting characters, crying out for a movie of their own...

How the movies are making space fun again

James Clayton Feature Aug 1, 2014

The launch of Guardians Of The Galaxy leaves James thinking about space movies, and how Marvel have made them fun again...

Keeping cinema's surprises

James Clayton Feature Jul 25, 2014

In this week's column, James looks at the tricky task of retaining movie surprises in modern cinema...

Performance capture, Serkis, movies, videogames and Apes

James Clayton Feature Jul 18, 2014

The James Clayton column: James explores the path to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and where we might be heading next...

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