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Films released in 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean : At World
Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End directed by Gore Verbinski
5 star rating
In the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series can the crew rescue Jack Sparrow and keep Lord Beckett from eliminating piracy forever?
Transformers poster
Transformers directed by Michael Bay
4 star rating
Robots living amongst us, cunningly disguised as common machines and vehicles, go to war.
The Golden Compass poster
The Golden Compass directed by Chris Weitz
4 star rating
Northern Lights is adapted for film in this lavish CGI feast featuring armoured bears and daemon companions.
Stardust poster
Stardust directed by Matthew Vaughn
4 star rating
Life is hard for a star: there's no privacy, you get hounded wherever you go, your heart cut out and eaten...
Shrek The Third poster
Shrek The Third directed by Chris Miller
4 star rating
The grumpy green ogre faces his biggest challenge yet: fatherhood.
Beowulf poster
Beowulf directed by Robert Zemeckis
4 star rating
An adaptation of the classic Anglo-Saxon poem about Beowulf's defeat of Grendel, done entirely in 3D.
Perfect Creature poster
Perfect Creature directed by Glenn Standring
4 star rating
In an alternate late industrial-age world vampires and humans live together peacefully, but one of them has become a bloodthirsty killer.
Bridge To Terabithia poster
Bridge To Terabithia directed by Gabor Csupo
4 star rating
Two friends create an imaginary kingdom in this adaptation of a novel by Katherine Paterson.
Iron Man poster
Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau
4 star rating
An arms manufacturer has a change of heart and builds a suit to help him fight injustice in the world.
The Invasion poster
The Invasion directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
3 star rating
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is remade and updated for 2007.
Spider-Man 3 poster
Spider-Man 3 directed by Sam Raimi
3 star rating
The third episode of the Spider-Man films finds Peter Parker fighting his own dark side.
I Am Legend poster
I Am Legend directed by Francis Lawrence
3 star rating
A loose adaptation of a novel by Richard Matheson sees Will Smith as the last man on Earth, struggling against monsters and loneliness.
The Reaping poster
The Reaping directed by Stephen Hopkins
3 star rating
A couple of scientists investigate strange phenomena in a small town in Louisiana.
Enchanted poster
Enchanted directed by Kevin Lima
3 star rating
Fairytale characters meet the real world in this lighthearted romantic fantasy.
Blood and Chocolate poster
Blood and Chocolate directed by Katja Von Garnier
3 star rating
A young woman has to choose between family loyalty and love in this werewolf story set in Bucharest.
Arthur and the Invisibles poster
Arthur and the Invisibles directed by Luc Besson
3 star rating
A boy shrinks to the size of an insect and goes on an adventure in order to rescue his home.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix poster
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix directed by David Yates
3 star rating
Harry faces his fifth year at Hogwarts and the terror of exams, Death Eaters, and a sadistic teacher obsessed with kittens.
30 Days Of Night poster
30 Days Of Night directed by David Slade
3 star rating
The town of Barrow in Arctic circle is the perfect location for dark-loving, publicity-shy vampires.
1408 poster
1408 directed by Mikael Håfström
3 star rating
An occult author checks in to room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, expecting another paranormal hoax.
Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer poster
Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer directed by Tim Story
2 star rating
In this sequel to the 2005 Fantastic Four movie, the four face an alien entity capable of destroying the Earth.
The Last Mimzy poster
The Last Mimzy directed by Bob Shaye
2 star rating
When a brother and sister find a weird box of toys they start to develop unusual talents. But the white rabbit, Mimzy, is trying to tell them something.
Black Sheep poster
Black Sheep directed by Jonathan King
2 star rating
A New Zealand sheep farm is the setting for this comedy horror about ferocious genetically altered ovines.
Planet Terror poster
Planet Terror directed by Robert Rodriguez
2 star rating
In this Grindhouse feature, people in a Texan town face an outbreak that turns infected victims to rampaging zombies.
Southland Tales poster
Southland Tales directed by Richard Kelly
2 star rating
In this near-future story an amnesiac politician and a soldier with a twin find themselves faced with the Apocalypse.
Sunshine poster
Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle
2 star rating
The sun is dying, so a group of astronauts set out on a mission to re-ignite it and save humanity.
The Dark Is Rising poster
The Dark Is Rising directed by David L. Cunningham
2 star rating
In this adaptation of a novel by Susan Cooper, Will Stanton discovers he is destined to play a part in the epic struggle against the dark.
28 Weeks Later poster
28 Weeks Later directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
2 star rating
The sequel to 28 Days Later.
Mr Magorium
Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium directed by Zach Helm
1 star rating
Mr Magorium runs a fantastic toy store, but it is time for him to hand it over to a successor.
Gabriel poster
Gabriel directed by Shane Abbess
1 star rating
An angel is sent to Earth in human form to fight to return the light and save the souls of the people who live there.
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem poster
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem directed by Colin and Greg Strause
1 star rating
When a Predator spaceship crash-lands in America a small town has to deal with Alien infestation.
100 Million BC poster
100 Million BC directed by Louie Myman
1 star rating
A military team go back in time to rescue people trapped in the time of the dinosaurs.

Books published in 2007

Ancient Appetites poster
Ancient Appetites by Oisin McGann
5 star rating
Nate Wildenstern hunts for his brother's murderer in a historic version of Ireland populated by living machines.
Before They Are Hanged poster
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
5 star rating
In the second episode of The First Law series some characters discover that the glory of war is not all they believed it would be.
The Emerald Planet poster
The Emerald Planet by David Beerling
5 star rating
Plants are often overlooked when it comes to the story of evolution. David Beerling sets this right in this account of how they have affected the history of our planet.
Overclocked poster
Overclocked by Cory Doctorow
5 star rating
This collection of short stories mixes technology and cyberpunk themes with acute political observations and zombie mayhem.
Making Money poster
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
5 star rating
Moist von Lipwig takes on the Royal Mint in this Discworld novel.
Incarceron poster
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
5 star rating
A young man fights to escape a vast prison that is decaying around him. On the outside, a young woman struggles to get into the prison to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage and a life of political scheming.
Vampire Academy poster
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
4 star rating
A young dhampir has to protect her friend, who is a mortal vampire, from immortal ones who want to drink her dry.
The Dead Girls
The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
4 star rating
Claire Danvers dislikes vampires, but finds vampire hunters an even scarier breed. The second in the Morganville Vampires series.
First Among Sequels poster
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
4 star rating
Thursday Next wears many hats: wife, mother, carpet fitter and undercover literary agent. But can she cope with babysitting her fictional selves?
Eclipse poster
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
4 star rating
Bella Swan is about to graduate, but with vampires out for her blood and werewolves after her heart, she has more than finals and college on her mind.
Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries poster
Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
4 star rating
A collection of essays on the cosmos that spans the birth and death of the universe and much of the excitement in between.
Night Rising poster
Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
3 star rating
The first volume of Vampire Babylon, chronicling the adventures of stuntwoman and vampire hunter Dawn Madison.
Outlaw Trigger poster
Outlaw Trigger by Lee Stephen
3 star rating
The second book in the Epic series sees Scott Remington battling both aliens and inner demons.
Dawn of Destiny poster
Dawn of Destiny by Lee Stephen
3 star rating
The first book in the Epic series sees a young soldier fighting an alien invasion of Earth.
Belladonna poster
Belladonna by Anne Bishop
3 star rating
The second novel in the Ephemera series focuses on the rogue landscaper Belladonna.
The Children Of Hurin poster
The Children Of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien
2 star rating
A an epic and tragic fantasy set in the Elder days of Middle Earth.
Tourniquet poster
Tourniquet by Kim Lakin-Smith
2 star rating
A vampiric rock star wonders what has happened to his brother and his city in the first novel about the Renegade City.
Oshun's Gold by Simone Brightstein
1 star rating
How will Ancient African deities respond to the modern world of advertising and beauty?
The Legends and the Inca Crystals poster
The Legends and the Inca Crystals by Lia Ginno
0 star rating
Two half-siblings face an evil wizard and fight to save the world in this YA fantasy.

In This Year

The author Kurt Vonnegut died.

Unreviewed books

White Night cover
White Night by Jim Butcher
The ninth book in the Dresden Files.

All Together Dead cover
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
Sookie attends a vampire summit, where her telepathic skills put her in high demand and in danger. The seventh Sookie Stackhouse novel.

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Claimed By Shadow by Karen Chance
The second novel in the Cassandra Palmer series.

Wyvern cover
Wyvern by Grace Draven
When her village is terrorised by a wyvern, a woman with a talent for the fiddle is sent to appease the beast, to keep the mob from attacking her sick grandfather. But something about the creature intrigues Elsbeth, in this romantic fantasy novella.

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Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov
Iron Man faces a terrorist opponent who is using biotechnology that renders his suit obsolete, and he wonders whether he has become another pawn of the arms industry. A graphic novel.

Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England cover
Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England by Emily Cockayne
An account of everyday life in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that focuses on all the senses, and examines the nuisances and difficulties of life in that era.

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A Short History of Slavery by James Walvin
A detailed and moving history of the history of slavery, with a focus on the Atlantic slave trade.

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When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy
After a woman breaks a rare vase and an explosion rips through the place she is working, she finds herself in the company of an attractive vampire. The first in the Guardians of Eternity series.

Civil War cover
Civil War by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, and Morry Hollowell
The government demands regulation for superheroes. Some disagree, and are prepared to fight for their privacy in this graphic novel.

Masquerade cover
Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
Rich socialite vampires struggle against hormones and other evil vampires. The second Blue Bloods novel.

Many Bloody Returns cover
Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner
An anthology of vampire birthday stories, featuring short stories by Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, and others.

Under The Dragon
Under The Dragon's Claw by Alex George
Dragons rule the skies. In the bowels of the mountains, ogres lurk, tall as oaks, with groping claws and sharpened fangs. Theo, a mere sorcerer’s apprentice, must face them all. Book one of the Heartstone Talisman series.

Quirkology cover
Quirkology by Richard Wiseman
The science of random, quirky things, focusing on behavioural science.

Empress cover
Empress by Karen Miller
A savage girl is sold into slavery, but she is determined to be far more than that. Book one in the Godspeaker series.

Unreviewed films

Dragon Wars cover
Dragon Wars directed by Hyung Rae Shim
A young man tries to protect a young woman who is fated to die, and protect the world from a supernatural evil that wants the magic she possesses.