Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Incredibles 2. Venom. Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Deadpool 2. Ant-Man and the Wasp. When it comes to worldwide box office, the eight highest grossing movies of the year were all franchise movies, further cementing the trend for studios to put the majority of their eggs into just a few gargantuan baskets that cost anything from $150m to $350m to weave.For some years now, the decline of mid-budget, character-driven dramas has rightly been bemoaned. Even in the high-concept 1980s, Tom Cruise, the world’s biggest movie star, frequently appeared in knotty dramas like The Color of Money, Rain Man, and Born on the Fourth of July. It’s hard to imagine such a thing now, with 2018 doubling down on the ethos that size does matter.Love film?Subscribe to Total Film magazine and get your film fix every month with a digital or print version of the mag delivered straight to you door“Franchise movies have … [Read more...] about Movie 2018 Year in Review: Superheroes rule the multiplex, but will Netflix save mid-budget movies?
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Need a 4K TV but don’t have space to put one of those behemoth sets on your wall, yet don’t want to settle for a tiddly telly either? The 2018 model 49-inch Sony Bravia 4K TV and its smaller 43-inch model is the cure for what ails you. Not only will it make some of our best Cyber Monday game deals look rich and vibrant thanks to its LED backlighting and HDR tech, it also comes packed with all of the Smart TV features you could ever want to shake a remote at, including Netflix in 4K. A perfect time, then, to check out the best shows on Netflix as you head to the checkout. But be quick: this deal ends in mere hours.Sony Bravia KD43XF8096BU 43-Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV for £469 (48% off) The smallest in the range, this 43-inch 4K HDR Smart TV will get the best out of your Xbox One X and PS4 Pro titles.View DealFirst up, the 49-inch set. It’s 50% off and only £549. Simply put, you’re probably not going to find a cheaper quality 4K TV at this size all … [Read more...] about This 2018 model 49-inch Sony Bravia 4K TV is only £549 (50% off) on Amazon, but the clock is ticking…
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 is currently only available in a 2GB flavour (though a 3GB version is imminent), and it's the cheapest 10-series card from the firm's Pascal range that we can recommend for a gaming rig. It's actually a capable piece of kit, outstripping the capabilities of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One GPUs, but its 2GB of memory is a problem. In this comparison of the best graphics cards on a budget, we're measuring up the GTX 1050 2GB against its value-orientated competitors - two flavours of Radeon RX 560, and Nvidia's own GTX 1050 Ti, which features more memory and the fully enabled version of the GP107 processor found in the 1050. Suffice to say that in terms of purchasing recommendations, the 1050 Ti is by far and away the best choice - but the arrival of a three gig 1050 at a reasonable price could change the situation somewhat. Meanwhile, the situation with the RX 560 is messy to say the least. Two versions of the silicon are available, featuring 14 and 16 compute … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB benchmarks: a good budget card but it needs more RAM
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is based on a fully enabled version of the GP107 processor and is delivered with four gigs of RAM. It offers performance broadly in line with the last-gen GTX 960, meaning that although capable enough for 1080p gaming, 60fps is off the table for the most part at ultra or very high presets - and significant settings tweaks are required. There's much to commend the GTX 1050 Ti. Out of all of the budget GPUs available, it is the most powerful, outperforming the top-end versions of the Radeon RX 560 comfortably. Many versions of the card also have no need for additional PCI Express power, meaning that it's a straight plug-in upgrade, drawing all the power it needs from your motherboard. In fact, when we tested another GTX 1050 Ti with additional power inputs, we only found marginal increases to performance. The GTX 1050 Ti can be a little pricey - especially compared to its cut-down 10-series counterpart, the GTX 1050 - so in addition to that, we've also … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti benchmarks: the best budget gaming GPU, but also the priciest
Destiny 2 left 2017 on quite the cliffhanger. Players were abandoning the game in droves, and those sticking around were overflowing with salt about the anaemic endgame and obnoxious use of microtransactions at the expense of actual content. Would Bungie be able to satisfactorily address the complaints and start turning things around? Or is it doomed to become one of those sequels that somehow managed to break what was good about the first game? Today we finally got some detail regarding how the studio hopes to solve various issues, which were best summed up last year by game director Luke Smith when he admitted: “Destiny 2 is a game that doesn't have enough excuses, or reasons, to play for those hobbyist players.” The guy tasked with leading the recovery effort is Christopher Barrett, who heads the live team at Bungie. This afternoon he published a whopping Destiny 2 development update blog outlining the changes coming over the following weeks and months. There’s … [Read more...] about Bungie outlines how it plans to fix Destiny 2 in 2018