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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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Alien: Covenant Review

Alien: Covenant is a delirious cocktail of ideas, preoccupations and horrors that will give fans of the series fat to chew on for years to come. But its joys and successes are matched by frustrations and failures that make it a confounding ride. . .

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