Category: Movie reviews

Movie review: Avengers: Infinity War

Superhero movies are becoming increasingly common. It feels like only last week that Black Panther was in cinemas, and on the small screen The Defenders, Runaways and Jessica Jones season 2 have only just been released… Far from being event movies, the frequency of these releases means that audiences are becoming desensitised to the heroic in…


Movie review: Black Panther

Since Black Panther’s inclusion in Captain America: Civil War, comic book fans have been eagerly awaiting T’Challa’s stand-alone movie. Black Panther is a character with a huge cult following – a unique superhero, who stands apart from the standard Marvel fare. But the film has had a troubled history; dwelling in development hell since as…


Top 5 superhero movies of 2017

As I promised last week, this week’s post is all about superheroes, and specifically my top five superhero films of 2017. The superhero concept continues to excite both the SF enthusiast, and the public at large. It is, of course, the latter category that feeds the hero machine that is Marvel – and with a…


Top 5 SF movies of 2017

The year is drawing to a close, and it’s time to look back on the highs of science fiction… For me, this has been a strange year so far as SF on the big screen is concerned. There have been some incredible films, sure, but they seem to have been few and far between. I’ve…


Movie review: JUSTICE LEAGUE

JUSTICE LEAGUE continues DC’s attempt at a shared universe, which commenced with 2016’s BATMAN v SUPERMAN. BvS faced a challenging fan reaction, and despite the premise’s promise, it was widely regarded as being overly dark and melodramatic. SUICIDE SQUAD attempted to redress that balance, by bringing some humour and fun back into the mix, but…


Movie review: THOR: RAGNAROK

THOR: RAGNAROK is the latest instalment in the increasingly-broad Marvel Universe, and the third Thor-specific movie. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the superhero genre is becoming ever-more crowded. A movie in this field has to do something different, and offer something unusual, to justify itself. So, does RAGNAROK succeed, or is…


Movie review: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is the most highly-anticipated sequel in SF, if not this decade, then certainly this year. We’re living in a world in which sequels are becoming the norm. We’ve recently been treated to sequels or prequels to many seminal SF series, and nothing seems sacred. BLADE RUNNER is one of those films that…


Movie review: TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Michael Bay is a man who likes spectacle. He loves his effects, he loves his big character moments, and he loves his robots. If you’ve seen any of the TRANSFORMERS movies, you’ll know what to expect with THE LAST KNIGHT. Despite the promise of a “reboot” when AGE OF EXTINCTION was released (the predecessor to…


Movie review: WONDER WOMAN

The WONDER WOMAN movie hasn’t had an easy journey to the big screen. Diana’s quest started all the way back in 1996, and the project has had various obstacles and delays before finally settling on Patty Jenkins as director in 2015. Much noise has been made about the inability of a female superhero to attract…


Movie review: ALIEN: COVENANT

Ridley Scott is responsible for some of my favourite films of all time. BLADE RUNNER approaches perfection on so many levels. BLACK HAWK DOWN is a seminal war movie. But it’s really ALIEN that has always captivated me; a film that I return to again and again, and which has spawned (much like the titular…


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