Science fiction and fantasy                                            

Film Reviews

These reviews cover some of the latest fantasy and science fiction movies, including some blockbusters, and some lesser-known films. They are as spoiler-free as possible so you can still enjoy the movie.

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Beauty And The Beast directed by Bill Condon

4 star rating
A bookish young woman is taken prisoner in an enchanted castle by a beast. But is he as terrible as he seems?

30th July 2017

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Moana directed by Ron Clements and John Musker

5 star rating
A young woman in ancient Polynesia sets off on an epic quest with the demigod Maui to restore her island, against the wishes of her father.

29th December 2016

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Rogue One directed by Gareth Edwards

3 star rating
A young woman becomes a reluctant ally of the rebellion when the galactic Empire builds a Death Star. A prequel to the Star Wars film A New Hope.

30th December 2016

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Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig

3 star rating
A group of physicists struggling to prove the existence of ghosts are called upon to save New York from a ghostly invasion.

17th July 2016

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Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller

3 star rating
Max is embroiled in a wild road trip through a post-apocalyptic desert, in search of redemption and freedom.

12th June 2015

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J. J. Abrams

2 star rating
In the seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga, a young woman helps a droid get important information into the hands of the Resistance, whilst a sith lord once again terrorises the galaxy.

24th December 2015

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 directed by Francis Lawrence

5 star rating
Katniss must choose between sparking a rebellion against the repressive Capitol, or laying low in an attempt to protect those she loves who the Capitol still holds hostage. The third film in The Hunger Games.

7th December 2014

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Maleficent directed by Robert Stromberg

3 star rating
This re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty tells the story from the point of view of the fairy who curses Aurora.

17th June 2014

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire directed by Francis Lawrence

5 star rating
Katniss may have survived the Hunger Games, but what can one person do to prevent the districts breaking out into open rebellion? The second film in The Hunger Games series.

24th March 2014

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Elysium directed by Neill Blomkamp

4 star rating
In the future the mega-rich live in luxury on a space station, whilst everyone else lives with poverty and disease on Earth, until one man gets the opportunity to change the system, if only he can survive long enough.

6th January 2014

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Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine

4 star rating
A zombie falls in love with a human. But can he protect her from the dead, and can she stop her father from shooting him, in this story of love across the boundary of life and death?

21st July 2013

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Star Trek: Into Darkness directed by J.J. Abrams

4 star rating
Kirk and his crew face an adversary who seems to be better than them in every way. The second film set in the rebooted Star Trek universe.

30th May 2013

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Beautiful Creatures directed by Richard LaGravenese

4 star rating
A young man wants to leave his small town, until Lena arrives and brings magic and madness into his life. An adaptation of the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

24th February 2013

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Oz The Great And Powerful directed by Sam Raimi

3 star rating
James Franco plays a magician who is struggling to convince anyone of his value, when he is swept away to the magical land of Oz.

29th March 2013

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Brave directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell

4 star rating
In a fantasy Scotland full of bears, kilts, and haggis, Princess Merida fights for the right to decide her own fate.

19th August 2012

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The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross

4 star rating
The odds are against Katniss when she volunteers to take part in a vicious televised fight to the death.

27th March 2012

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The Cabin In The Woods directed by Drew Goddard

3 star rating
Five friends take a break at an isolated cabin in the woods, where dark forces start to lay into them.

20th November 2013

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey directed by Peter Jackson

3 star rating
Bilbo Baggins leaves his comfy home to go on an adventure, little realising how much it will change him. But storm clouds are gathering over Middle Earth as he joins the quest to retake the dwarf homeland. The first in a trilogy.

28th December 2012

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Snow White and the Huntsman directed by Rupert Sanders

3 star rating
Does my kingdom look big in this? Queen Ravenna gets upset when her magic mirror doesn't tell her what she wants to hear.

4th June 2012

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Men In Black III directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

3 star rating
Earth is once again in danger from alien attack, but Agent J is on his own unless he can go back in time and save a young Agent K.

28th May 2012