Tag Archives: Sci-fi

Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

ISLE OF DOGS…I…love…dogs. I only just got that. Anyway, I have a confession: I’m a cat person. I value their independence, their intelligence and their lack of need to be subservient to us. Anyway, while I don’t particularly like dogs … Continue reading

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Review: Annihilation (2018)

Fear not, viewers outside North America, despite reaching us through Netflix ANNIHILATION is not another straight-to-streaming stinker. In fact, Alex Garland’s second film as director is a thought provoking, odd and uniquely beautiful beast. A military-science expedition into a quarantined … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Colossal (2016/17)

When I first heard about COLOSSAL – premise: giant monster is mysteriously linked to drunk Anne Hathaway – I thought, yes, that does sound like just my kind of movie. And you know what? It is! Hathaway and Jason Sudekis … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Mute (2018)

I’m so pleased Duncan Jones got this one out of his system. It’s just a shame MUTE doesn’t feel fresher or more complete. Speechless protagonist Leo (Alexander Skarsgard, cast for his big sad eyes) is Amish . Except for when … Continue reading

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Review: Black Panther (2018)

I was thrilled and enthralled by BLACK PANTHER. I can’t imagine what it must be like to watch this if you’re black. Newly-crowned Kind T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to secretive high-tech African nation of Wakanda to rule. He must … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX is bad, but not bad enough to be interesting. It’s weird, but not weird enough to be memorable. A few neat visuals and tech demonstrations aside, it mostly amounts to 100 minutes of bad exposition, unanswered questions … Continue reading

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Review: Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

There was a lovely little moment in THE FORCE AWAKENS where Leia (Carrie Fisher) after reuniting with Han (Harrison Ford) comments with a wry smile, “Same jacket” and her paramour responds, with mock hurt in his voice, “No, new jacket”. … Continue reading

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Review: Marjorie Prime (2017)

MARJORIE PRIME took me by surprise. It’s a very well-acted, thoughtful chamber piece and dialed-back sci-fi has had great form over the last few years, but I wasn’t quite expecting the emotional content to hit me like a train. It’s … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Luc Besson has never been short on ideas, and what a story to carry those ideas, the one that inspired much of the aesthetic of both THE FIFTH ELEMENT and STAR WARS. VALERIAN opens with a hypnotic and feel-good montage … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT somehow feels like an arse-achingly long sit but incredibly rushed at the same time. I don’t blame Michael Bay and his writers room for putting out the silliest Transformers movie yet, but maybe cutting the amount … Continue reading

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