Sci-fi & fantasy

Star Trek Beyond – Review

Through the 2009 reboot Star Trek and follow-up project Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams and Co. have successfully resurrected a larger-than-life sci-fi franchise for younger generations. The films have been beautiful and exciting, and at the new series’ core, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have been...

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Under The Skin – Blu Ray review

Under The Skin – Blu Ray review

Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin announces itself on the screen in much the same way as does its cloaked alien protagonist. Here is a unique and perplexing cinematic UFO that hovers peculiarly and unnervingly before you. 10 years in gestation, Glazer’s third feature-length film went from long awaited...

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Maleficent – Review

Maleficent – Review

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, as told by Disney’s adaptation. The evil fairy Maleficent casts a spell on the young princess Aurora, so that on the day of her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep, only to be awoken by True Love's...

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RoboCop – review

RoboCop – review

With the recent unveiling of Detroit’s very own 10-foot tall RoboCop statue, as featured here, it’s an interesting time to assess José Padilha’s reboot of the original that this bronze giant was built in ode to. While it likely won’t inspire statues to be cast in its name, it’s certainly a decent...

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Godzilla – review

Godzilla – review

The word ‘epic’ is bandied around an awful lot these days, both inside and outside the cinema. The entire Expendables franchise thus far – epic! Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ – epic! Danny Dyer in East Enders – epic! Displaced from its roots, the very nature of a cinematic ‘epic’ has lost its...

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Gravity – Review

Gravity – Review

Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s long anticipated new film, five years in the making, eloquently harnesses the raw mystical power of near space for self-reflective emotional weight as well as utilising its majestic, at times terrifying setting for staggeringly compelling action sequences. The profound...

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Grimm Series 2

Grimm Series 2

From a giant fly that craves human eyes, to an army of haggard-faced zombies, the disturbing creatures in Grimm have never been more grotesque. The second series of the American supernatural drama combines a thrilling and intriguing plot with compelling characters and gruesome graphic effects which makes you...

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Pacific Rim – Review

Pacific Rim – Review

Inter-dimensional breaches housing gargantuan alien Kaiju, Ron Perlman wearing golden shoes, colossal mecha-warriors and Idris Elba with a nosebleed. All of this and more can be found in Guillermo Del Toro’s triumphant monster mash-up, Pacific Rim. Set in a world initially identical to our own, the...

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Beautiful Creatures – Review

Beautiful Creatures – Review

It seems like vampires are out and witches are in this year. Beautiful Creatures tells an enchanting love story with intriguing characters, and marrying gorgeous backdrops with slick effects. Beautiful Creatures is based on the young-adult best-selling novel of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret...

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Life of Pi – Review

Life of Pi – Review

With its indulgent backdrop of French India and its stunning digital graphics, the Life of Pi delivers a constant stream of breathtaking scenes. Despite a slow beginning, the film takes you on a magical and spellbinding adventure which captures the imagination. Adapted from Yann Martel's 2001...

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