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Solo: A Star Wars Story – Review

Neither a hit nor a miss, Solo is a fair addition to the franchise, though I can’t shake the feeling that it has inevitably and irreversibly eroded the mystique and magic of Star Wars for the sake of a buck…

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Ready Player One – Review

Spielberg delivers a fast, fun movie that pleases at a superficial level, contains a heartfelt tribute to Kubrick’s The Shining, but keeps things far cosy for it’s ideas to get under the skin…

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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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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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The Last Jedi – Review

Director Rian Johnson burns down the conventions of the Star Wars movie at the same time as revelling in them. It’s a stunning, wildly entertaining feat….

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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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War for the Planet of the Apes – Review

Serious themes, superlative mo-cap animation, but the movie is a little ‘off’ with its curiously clich├ęd score and tearful monologues. But the anxieties over contagion and de-evolution resonate with our times….

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