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Arrival

It is perhaps fortuitous, or perfectly planned, that as a certain orange faced leader of the world looks to alienate countries against each that Arrival should, arrive. Because it’s rare you encounter a science fiction film bas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Metropolis

Based on Osamu Tezuka’s comic book by the same name, Metropolis was the first Japanese animie after Akira to be as big over here as it was over there. Penned by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo and Directed by Rintaro, Metro...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Man Who Fell To Earth

At the end of the day it’s all about Bowie.  Nicholas Roeg’s iconic tale is based on a sci-fi classic novel of existential loneness in which an alien – Bowie – arrives on Earth with a plan to save his dying homeward...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Equals

It seems odd that a film starring former flavour of the month Kristen Stewart should be making its debut on the home formats. But if Equals proves anything it is that Stewart was, and is, a very dependable actress. A teeny fran...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stalker

Since his untimely death in 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky has come to be seen as one of the most respected and influential of art house filmmakers. However, while the world cinema community are well within their rights to adopt Tarkov...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Solaris

  Andrei Tarkovsky began work on his third feature film under something of a cloud. His previous film Andrei Rubiev had gone unreleased and the semi-autobiographical project that would later become Mirror was still struggl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

So here we are, the grand finale to The Hunger Games, the reason you’ve sat through close to  eight hours of Katniss journeying all the way to the capital to put President Snow in his place. There’s no doubt that getting here h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the second act of the Maze Runner trilogy adaptations. Ask any writer and they’ll tell you that the second act is always a tricky one. It’s the point where things have to get a little down and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Martian

It’s a curious fact that Ridley Scott’s most engaging and commercially successful film in years doesn’t feel at all like a Scot Free product. Along with his brother, the late Tony Scott, Ridley Scott honed his filmmaking skills...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Define Hollywood Courage: The same filmmaker revisiting a franchise thirty years after the less than impressive last instalment and recasting it’s original, at the time, iconic star. George Miller apparently had the inspiration...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monsters: Dark Continent

Monsters: Dark Continent marks the inevitable follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ stunning 2010 low-budget feature debut Monsters. Daring to tackle such a sequel is a brave move because the original film is a delicate, moving love sto...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men Days Of Future Past: The Rogue Cut

As director’s cut re-titles go it doesn’t get much more on the nose than X-Men: Days Of Future Past – The Rogue Cut. Because if you cast your minds back to the promotional material for the cinematic release of Days Of Future Pa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vice

There was a time when – 1973 to be precise – our fantasies involved pretending to be cowboys, gladiators and knights in shining armour. That fantasy was called Westworld and like all good sc-fi movies it was a cleve...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bad Land: Road to Fury

Do not be fooled by the title and cover; if you had a look, you may think this is some sort of cheap cash-in on Mad Max: Fury Road (In fact, this films’ title was originally Young Ones). With the near future, desert setting, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Automata

Robots and A.I.s have recently been the subject for quite a few movies, particularly in relationship to the concept of the Singularity, the idea that technology will become self-evolving. The Machine, Ex Machina, Her, Transcend...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Predestination

Predestination marks the return of The Spierig Brothers after 2009’s solid Daybreakers. And like their skew on the vampire mythology, albeit playing on Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, this time out the Spierig Brothers are givi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rollerball

Norman Jewison began his career as a film director with a series of light comedies that landed him a contract with Universal Studios. Worried that making back-to-back Doris Day vehicles might wind up tying him down to a particu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Extraterrestrial

Alien abductions, ever since tales of this phenomena started, have fuelled many a film and show, to the point where the image of the Grey (the big headed, black eyed alien) is a recognised pop-culture staple. These have varied ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Picking up just after where Catching Fire left off, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should come with the warning: if you haven’t seen anything up to this point you’re not welcome. That being said if you have seen the films ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Maze Runner

Based on James Dashner’s novel The Maze Runner is the latest addition to the seemingly unstoppable genre of Young Adult adaptations. But while the likes of The Hunger Games and Divergent go to war with evil governments The Maze...