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Life – A Micro-Review

Moderately dull with a decent denouement, Life shows no ambition to break free from orbit of the movies that inspire it…

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Godzilla (2014) – A Reappraisal (& a comparison to Alien: Covenant)

Worthy of returning to, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla builds tension and delivers action with real impact (and loss) in elegant set pieces whose design and execution leave Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant in the shade…

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The Andromeda Strain – a short review

a slow but gripping exemplar of the thoughtful, serious sci-fi that was wiped out by the arrival of Star Wars in 1977…

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Blade Runner 2049 – Review

A triumph visually, aurally, thematically, Blade Runner 2049 extends the ideas of its predecessor and stands on its own as an exemplary work of grown-up sci-fi. Its misogyny is disturbing but expressive of its fascinating theme of the fragility of the new and the genuine in a world degraded and brutalised by capitalism…

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Night and the City

One of the best, though not best remembered noir classic, Night and the City does for a scarred post-war London what The Third Man did for Vienna, turning it into a mythic space of shadow, deceit and downfall. . .

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Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945)

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i saw Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’ last night. i remember seeing it as a teenager, and loving the Dali-designed dream sequence, which still stands up as a great, haunting sequence. the dated animation and practical sets seem to have an increased impact

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