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Blade Runner 2049

Within a matter of minutes of the opening of Blade Runner 2049 you sense this film has captured the essence of the original film. From the close-up of an eye, a vast, sprawling vista of a dystopian future and a world seeped in ...

War Of The Planet For The Apes

There is a point around midway through the latest apes trilogy, roughly two thirds of the way through Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, where you realise you are no longer rooting for the humans to win. It’s a stroke of genius be...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Five reasons you HAVE to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming

I know what you’re thinking. Haven’t we been here before? How many times do we have to go through a Spider-Man remake only to be hit with the same ‘that was good but not GREAT’ feeling? I have one word that will change any nays...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alien Covenant

Close-up body horror, a strong female protagonist, epic visuals, and lots of slavering monsters are pretty much a requisite for any Alien film. Covenant delivers on all of those counts but somehow fails to be memorable in the w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The KAOS Brief

Sci-Fi London may be celebrating its seventeenth year, but the geekiest festival in town hasn’t let age wither its infinite variety. This year’s offerings were the usual eclectic mix of indie, quirky, cult, and off-radar films ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 rocks. It’s big, it’s glossy, and it’s tons of fun. Ok, so maybe there aren’t too many surprises plot-wise. Maybe it’s a little over sentimental at times. Maybe it’s not the laugh-out-loud ride th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Logan

Hugh Jackman was never meant to be Logan, or his more popular alisa Wolverine for that matter. He was supposed to be played by Dougray Scott. Let that sink in for a moment. Let the horror and dread fill you at 17 years of Dougr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Passengers

A beguilingly misleading trailer and marketing campaign do nothing to lift the ever-so-slightly uncomfortable feeling resulting from the plot in Passengers. By turns a slick and sweeping adventure thriller, then glitzy star-veh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Arrival

Arrival starts as it means to go on, with a hyper-stylish and realistic approach to the Sci-Fi genre. No wonder on the style front, as at the helm is Denis Villeneuve, the director behind Prisoners and Sicario. The realism play...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Morgan

There must have been something in the water at the Scott household at some point in time. Because Morgan is the debut feature of Luke Scott, son of Ridley, nephew to sadly departed uncle Tony, brother to Plunket & Macleane’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Trek Beyond

If you plan on catching up with Kirk and crew you’d be wise to bring a sick bag. Justin Lin takes over directing duties from the departing JJ Abrams (what’s he been doing lately?) and the man’s a tad overenthu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Independence Day: Resurgence

Twenty years ago the original Independence Day turned the summer blockbuster volume up to eleven. It’s taken a long time for another close encounter to rear its head but after all that time the wait is over as Independence Day:...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight Special

Hands up who is frustrated by the current state of cinema? Most of you? Between films that are essentially Celebrity Death Match on a bigger budget and those films that seem to jump up and down around awards seasons screaming “...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deadpool

A Hollywood life is not always as glamourous as it seems. There have been many a hot actor, who have uglied-up themselves for a role in a desperate bid to get an Oscar in their hot little manicured hands. Take Charlize Theron, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Martian

Space has always been cinema’s final frontier. With a long successful history of exploring the outer regions of our galaxy, Hollywood has engaged, humbled and awe-struck audiences the world over. Considering the recent cr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pixels

Pixels feels like a missed opportunity. And a big one at that. Classic ’80s video games (somehow) manifest themselves in our three dimensional world and come down from outer space to challenge the people of Earth/America ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fantastic Four

Created by Stan “The Man” Lee and Jack “King” Kirby back in 1961, the Fantastic Four were the first superheroes of Marvel’s “Silver Age”. They pioneered the company’s style, storytelling style and ideas for years, with many of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ant-Man

At some point it is inevitable that Marvel’s run of genuinely enjoyable and hugely successful blockbusters is going to come to an end. When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he and co-writer Joe Cornish had been working on for ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Terminator Genisys

Another big sci-fi action franchise gets a reboot… kind of. The thing about the Terminator franchise in regards to its continuity is that, since changing history, alternate timelines and such are in the core concept of the seri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jurassic World

If you’d asked the multiplex hoards a few years back whether they’d like the ol’ Raptor-pack back for some gallivanting round Isla Nublar, you’d bet they’d have burst into side-splitting laughter. ...