• Posts Tagged ‘Sci-Fi’

    The Martian

    by  • October 6, 2015 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Ridley Scott Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Askel Hennie, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean Rated: PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity. The castaway tale is not a new one, but “The Martian” brings us a sci-fi take on it: rather than...

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    by  • June 2, 2015 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Brad Bird Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy Rated: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language Remember when the future was hopeful? The original “Star Trek” series offered us a vision of a time when Americans and Russians could work together, where things...

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    by  • August 12, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan Michael Rooker, Glenn Close Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language Marvel Studios has been bringing out big, fun superhero movies for several years now, and they’ve reached...

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    by  • October 1, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The “Chronicles of Riddick” franchise (which began with the fabulous B-movie scifi/horror flick “Pitch Black” in 2000) has grown to include two movies, a direct-to-DVD animated feature, and two video games. Now, another installment on film has come out, this time titled simply “Riddick.” Rather than following the previous film (“The Chronicles of Riddick”)...

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    Pacific Rim

    by  • July 16, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    “Pacific Rim” is one of those movies where the trailers don’t do it justice, but can still make it pretty obvious whether you want to see it or not. If the idea of Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) directing a movie in which enormous robots fight enormous alien sea monsters fills you with...

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    Star Trek: Into Darkness

    by  • May 20, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine in Star Trek: Into Darkness

    Directed by: J. J. Abrams Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Karl Urban Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence There’s a lot to like about the new Star Trek movie, “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” It has a great cast, incredible special effects, and...

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    by  • October 2, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Looper"

    Time travel is hard to handle well in fiction: it leads to paradox, weird philosophical discussions, and massive plot holes as often as not. Thankfully, "Looper" wisely gives us a firm footing to anchor our suspension of disbelief, tips its hat politely at the inevitable issues, and gets on with the business of telling...

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    Total Recall

    by  • August 7, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Let's get a few observations out of the way up front: no, there was no reason to remake the classic nineties cheesefest "Total Recall." Yes, the new film is technically a remake even though the entire setting and big-picture conflict are different. No, the new film isn't as terrible as I was expecting. Yes,...

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    by  • June 11, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    If the measure of great art is how much thought and discussion it inspires, "Prometheus" is very great art indeed. It asks so many questions, and leaves so many of them unanswered, that it is producing interesting, thoughtful discussions far and wide. It's more of a meditation on the eternal questions of philosophy than...

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    Men in Black III

    by  • May 28, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The slogan of all sequels is "the same, but different," and "Men in Black III" succeeds admirably in that department. Thankfully, it seems to have gone back to the 1997 original for inspiration rather than the lackluster "Men in Black II" from 2002. This is a fun, lighthearted, exciting movie fans will love and...

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