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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Super Mario Bros.

Back in the early nineties, Nintendo ruled the world, having a massive impact on pop-culture. With their mascot Mario already a massive icon, with a strong run of games from the original Donkey Kong onwards, and already markete...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla

Godzilla, arguably cinema’s most iconic of monsters, has in recent memory been relegated to an also ran thanks to a misguided film in1998 followed by films such as Cloverfield and Pacific Rim that rift on the premise to a grand...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Search for Simon

The SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival has been running on over a decade, with the promise of being the Science Fiction festival for people who don’t like science fiction. It has made its name being a great location for original...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RPG: Real Playing Game

A concept that does keep cropping up in science fiction is the concepts of some sort of tournament or game where the goal is to be the last one left alive. While the roots of this can be found in classic pulp adventures like Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Divergent

There are two current hot topics in Hollywood; superheroes and young adult adaptations. Divergent fits perfectly into the latter continuing the form of Twilight and The Hunger Games. Based on Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape From Planet Earth

While Pixar, and increasingly Dreamworks, seem to have cornered the market when it comes to Hollywood animation it’s not going to stop others from taking a shot at the title. The Weinsteins are more commonly associated with Osc...