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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Freaks: You're One Of Us directed by Felix Binder

4 star rating
A downtrodden fry cook discovers that she has special powers after she meets someone who shows her the truth about her kind in this superhero movie.

6th November 2020

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Double World directed by Teddy Chan

4 star rating
A deadly contest to find the best warrior from a number of clans attracts hopefuls from across the kingdom in this fast paced martial arts fantasy.

6th August 2020

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The Old Guard directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

4 star rating
A group of immortals set out to hunt hostage takers, only to find that they themselves are being hunted and their secret identities are at risk of exposure.

17th July 2020

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Venom directed by Ruben Fleischer

4 star rating
When alien organisms come back to Earth, an investigative journalist tackles the corporation that wants to conduct unethical experiments on them.

15th September 2020

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The Thousand Faces Of Dunjia directed by Yuen Woo-Ping

4 star rating
A secret clan of martial artists and masters of disguise fight to keep a dangerous item out of the tentacles of mysterious creatures in order to save mankind.

10th June 2020

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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