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Shazam!, Pet Sematary, Us – The Electric Shadows Podcast

The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches its 60th episode! To celebrate Robs Daniel and Wallis cram in discussions of four releases.

First up, DC’s Shazam! Has the (justice) beleaguered studio finally cracked the code for how they can make superhero films to rival those over at Marvel? The Robs swoop down to deliver their verdict.

They also dig deep into sour ground to ruminate on the latest adaptation of Pet Sematary. Based on the bonkers 1983 Stephen King bestseller, this version features Jason Clarke as the doctor who discovers he has worse things than overly acidic soil on his land. Our intrepid casters in pod reveal why this horror is plagued with unintentional giggles.

Then onto Jordan Peele’s Us, a superior slice of shiversome entertainment, though not also without issues...

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch, posterDirector: Morten Tyldum

Writer: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges (book)

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong

Cert: 12

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Alan Turing, the tragic father of modern age computing, is the focus of Headhunter’s director Morten Tyldum’s engrossing biopic. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a performance of pathos and intelligence as the genius mathematician and cryptanalyst who led the team which cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code machine, turning the tide of the war, while hiding a damaging secret of his own. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance round out a great cast in a moving and gripping portrayal of one of Britain’s most unsung heroes.

The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark StrongThe Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, Mark Strong

The full verdict: Easy c...

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Welcome to the Punch

WTTP_Quad_Art 4Director: Eran Creevy

Cast: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Angela Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Peter Mullan

Cert: 15

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Writer/director/Ridley Scott protégé Eran Creevy follows micro-budgeted winner Shifty with an ambitious crime epic.  James McEvoy and Mark Strong lead a strong British cast and there is plot and gunfights to spare, but what Welcome to the Punch lacks is a ring of authenticity or voice of its own.  Creevy remains an undoubted talent to watch, but will need to bring something fresh to his style if it’s going to replace his substance.

WTTP - McAvoy, glass bulidingWTTP - Strong

The full verdict: The title appears onscreen piece-by-piece, Alien style...

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