Battlefield earth Review and Opinion

2019/06/18

Battlefield Earth: Take Back The Planet (1999)
Director: Roger Christian

review by Steven Hampton

"If man-animal prefers its rat uncooked then our job is that much easier." I think the harshest critics of Battlefield Earth may have misinterpreted the whole thing. True, it's seriously flawed, but Roger Christian's SF adventure is not a complete

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Bruce balfour interviewed at Review and Opinion

2019/06/17

Artificial Intelligence And Tilting At Windmills

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Beg Review and Opinion

2019/06/16

Beg! (1994)
Director: Robert Golden

review by Paul HigsonSpoiler alert!File under lost and found. Was it worth the wait? I'd say so. Starting life as a stage play co-written by Peta Lily and David Glass, we can assume the tale tried and tested and ready for transfer to script-form, with only a bit

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Being john malkovich Review and Opinion

2019/06/15

Being John Malkovich (1999)
Director: Spike Jonze

review by Patrick Hudson

Frustrated puppeteer Craig Schwatz (John Cusack) gets a job doing freelance filing, because his fingers are so nimble they can file extra fast. While working on the seventh-and-a-half floor of his building, he discovers a tiny doorway that leads into the consciousness of John

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Beneath the ground Review and Opinion

2019/06/14

Beneath The Ground
edited by Joel Lane
Alchemy paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

Man has always feared the dark places under the earth, in myth, they are the gates to other worlds, worlds of monsters and gods and the dead. In the modern world, they are curiosities, heritage sites, challenges, and the secret places of children or dangerous loners

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Beowulf Review and Opinion

2019/06/13

Beowulf (1999)
Director: Graham Baker

review by Ian Shutter

A monstrous and violent thing stalks the dimly lit corridors of a besieged fortress while a vigilant army surrounding it executes anyone that tries to escape, and waits for the futuristic citadel to fall. Then, along comes Christopher Lambert in ultimate warrior guise (dressed and styled like

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Beyond re-animator Review and Opinion

2019/06/12

Beyond Re-Animator (2002)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Tom Matic

The Re-Animator sequence appears to be following the pattern of the Hammer Frankenstein films, with the coldly amoral antihero (Jeffrey Combs' Herbert West and Peter Cushing's Frankenstein) recruiting a naïve new acolyte

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Big fish Review and Opinion

2019/06/11

Big Fish (2004)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Debbie Moon

Edward Bloom is a big fish in a small pond. All his life, he's entertained his family with tales of his fantastical past: how he began his career in the circus, rescued a giant, battled for the woman of his dreams, and almost found paradise in a small Alabama town. Now he's dying, and his estranged

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Bill and ted's excellent adventure Review and Opinion

2019/06/10

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Director: Stephen Herek

review by Jeff Young

Possibly inspired by the likes of Time Bandits, Back To The Future, and Doctor Who, this SF comedy about two young American time travellers is inconsistent, but has several witty lines and amusing

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Barefoot In The Head Review and Opinion

2019/06/09

Lining Up On The Precipice

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Blade 2 Review and Opinion

2019/06/08

Blade II (2002)
Director: Guillermo Del Toro

review by Christopher Geary

Stephen Norrington's Blade (1998) was an enjoyable slice of vampire slaying action with high levels of martial arts and splashy gore, and a scattering of digital illusions, based on a comic-book series. This overdue sequel marks the return of vengeful hero, Blade - alias

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Blood feast Review and Opinion

2019/06/07

Blood Feast (1963)
Director: H.G. Lewis

review by Jeff Young

One of the great cult favourites rediscovered by horror fans during the 1980s video boom, this is generally praised (if that's the right word) for being the first proper gore movie, though its transgressions seem mild by today's standards.
   It has a curious plot, that of an exotic caterer

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Blowback Review and Opinion

2019/06/06

Blowback (1999)
Director: Mark L. Lester

review by Jeff Young

Mario Van Peebles plays a failed priest turned heroic cop in this action thriller that borrows from the screen scriptures of Stigmata and Se7en.
   In the guise of a

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Body Review and Opinion

2019/06/05

The Body (2000)
Director: Jonas McCord

review by Ian Shutter

This is a dramatic and intriguing, if ultimately spineless (excuse that awful pun), international conspiracy thriller about science versus religion. Dr Sharon Golban (Olivia Williams, from The Sixth Sense) is an archaeologist working at a dig in Jerusalem where she discovers a skeleton

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Bold as love by gwyneth jones Review and Opinion

2019/06/04

Bold As Love
Gwyneth Jones
Gollancz paperback £5.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Bold As Love begins a trilogy and revolves around a central triangle - perhaps a love triangle - and eventually a triumvirate. Power, politics and music form a further, thematic triangle of the book. The central trio comprises Ax, a respected but not commercially successful

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Book Lists Review and Opinion

2019/06/03

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Bourne legacy Review and Opinion

2019/06/02

The Bourne Legacy
Eric Van Lustbader
Orion hardcover £17.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

There will always be a need from fans of Robert Ludlum's masterful thrillers for more, specifically with what is arguably his most popular and compelling character, Jason Bourne. Author Eric Van Lustbader

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Breed Review and Opinion

2019/06/01

The Breed (2001)
Director: Michael Oblowitz

review by Tony Lee

This is a sci-fi variation on the theme of vampires, filmed on location in Budapest by the director of This World, Then The Fireworks (1997). The Breed is set in the near future, where European government leaders plan to integrate vampires into human society. It stars Adrian

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Re-animator 2 Review and Opinion

2019/05/31

Bride Of Re-Animator (1990)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Ian Shutter

Bride Of Re-Animator (aka: Re-Animator 2) is a wickedly amusing sequel. Brian Yuzna, the producer of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, pulls double duty here producing and directing, and follows his successful

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Bride with white hair Review and Opinion

2019/05/30

The Bride With White Hair (1993)
Director: Ronny Yu

The Bride With White Hair 2 (1993)
Director: David Wu

reviews by Jeff Young

Made in 1993, this stunning fantasy romance takes us back to the generic style of A Chinese Ghost Story and Zu Warriors

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Brief history of science Review and Opinion

2019/05/29

A Brief History Of Science:
As Seen Through the Development of Scientific Instruments
Thomas Crump
Constable hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

In the preface, Thomas Crump notes the sad lack of useful scientifically-inclined history books, today, and he asks why, if authors still write general histories of other subjects has science

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Broken angels Review and Opinion

2019/05/28

Broken Angels
Richard Morgan
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Debbie Moon

Takeshi Kovacs, disgraced former Envoy and reluctant mercenary in a dirty war on a backwater planet, is recovering from his wounds when a pilot offers him the opportunity of a lifetime. Many planets are scattered with the remains of 'Martian' civilisation - buildings, carvings

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Broken sword by poul anderson Review and Opinion

2019/05/27

The Broken Sword
Poul Anderson
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The Broken Sword is a tale of vengeance and doom in Dark Age Britain, encompassing the human and fairy realms, a great war between elves and trolls and the mysterious plans of the gods themselves.
   When Orm, a Viking raider, murders an English lord and his

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Brotherhood of the wolf Review and Opinion

2019/05/26

Brotherhood Of The Wolf (2001)
Director: Christophe Gans

review by Debbie Moon

Okay, Brotherhood Of The Wolf (aka: Le Pact des Loups) is a swashbuckling costume drama, martial arts, Hammer-style horror movie with satanists, superstitious peasants, a werewolf, a Native American warrior, and lots of cleavage. It's based on a true story (!) oh, and

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Naked brunch, fourth hand Review and Opinion

2019/05/25

Naked Brunch
Sparkle Hayter
No Exit paperback £14.99

The Fourth Hand
John Irving
Black Swan paperback £6.99

reviews by Ellen Cheshire

At first glance it would seem that these two authors would have little to unite them in a joint review. Sparkle Hayter is a brash Canadian gal, whose five 'Robin Hudson' mystery novels are great fun

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Battlestar galactica Review and Opinion

2019/05/24

BattleStar Galactica (2003)
Director: Michael Rymer

review by Steven Hampton

In the distant future, after 40 years of peace, open warfare between mankind and former robotic servants the Cylons breaks out again. Humanity's 12 colonies of Kobol are all destroyed in a surprise attack by upgraded Cylons, leaving only the BattleStar Galactica (a sort of aircraft

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Bruce sterling profile at Review and Opinion

2019/05/23

Genre Greats:

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Bourne supremacy Review and Opinion

2019/05/22

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Director: Paul Greengrass

review by Debbie Moon

Jason Bourne has escaped his former life as a brainwashed CIA assassin, and is living quietly with girlfriend Marie. But the headaches and the nightmares won't leave him alone - and neither will the ruthless killer who keeps tracking him down. Meanwhile, a botched operation in

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Bubba ho-tep Review and Opinion

2019/05/21

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director: Don Coscarelli

review by Eric Turowski

Elvis meets the mummy? How did I never hear of this film? Bruce Campbell stars as Elvis Presley, who had long ago traded places with an Elvis impersonator (who subsequently died), Sebastian Haff. Now, due to a tragic barbeque accident and an ironic pelvis fracture infection that sent

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Buffy the vampire slayer, the book of fours Review and Opinion

2019/05/20

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Book Of Fours
Nancy Holder
Pocket paperback £5.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

Nancy Holder's latest foray into the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer concerns extreme events the characters experienced during the TV show's third season. In the story

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Buffy the vampire slayer Review and Opinion

2019/05/19

Life, the Buffyverse, and Everything

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Cabin fever Review and Opinion

2019/05/18

Cabin Fever (2002)
Director: Eli Roth

review by Eric Turowski

I was very excited to see this film, as the hype promised a gore-filled return to horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, a la George Romero, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, et al. Five college students venture into a secluded woodland cabin to party. Sounds familiar, already, right?
   Bert (James

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Cantata-140 Review and Opinion

2019/05/17

Cantata-140
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

Looking over the list of Dick novels on the inside cover, I see that Cantata-140 was written the year of my birth, 1966. I realise also that I have actually read (and enjoyed) a lot of this prolific author's output - but I am always left with a slightly sour taste in

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Cape wrath by paul finch Review and Opinion

2019/05/16

Cape Wrath
Paul Finch
Telos paperback £8

review by Paul Higson

Prior to the turning of his attentions to feature-length fiction Paul Finch had careers in real policing and in the phoney constabulary, latterly as a regular contributor of scripts to television's The Bill, and the depiction

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Better Poker Buddies For ABC's Castle Review and Opinion

2019/05/15

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Cats &, dogs Review and Opinion

2019/05/14

Cats & Dogs (2001)
Director: Lawrence Gutterman

review by Emma French

Funny and diverting, Cats & Dogs never quite lives up to the excellence of its high concept. Two species secretly battling for world supremacy via an ultra-sophisticated underground espionage network is a terrific pitch, and though there is plenty done with it, flaws in both

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The cell Review and Opinion

2019/05/13

The Cell (2000)
Director: Tarsem Singh

review by Jeff Young

Serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio) was raised and still lives in a world totally without love of any kind. We enter his subconscious via the familiar SF devices of virtual reality and brain-reading machinery to discover there's a timid young boy lost in the torture chambers and hellish

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Charlie's angels 2 Review and Opinion

2019/05/12

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Director: McG

review by Rob Marshall

A rogue agent is out to steal a pair of rings (a token Tolkien mcguffin), which provide the key to a secret Federal database of new identities created under the US witness protection programme. A top government official (well, Robert Forster on a big TV screen, at least) hires

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Changing planes by ursula le guin Review and Opinion

2019/05/11

Changing Planes
Ursula Le Guin
Gollancz hardcover £8.99

review by Peter Schilling

So there you are, stuck at the airport. Your flight is delayed, the arrivals and departures boards read like Klingon to your migraine blurred eyesight, the incomprehensibly accented reverb-static PA system assaults your

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Charmed Review and Opinion

2019/05/10

Charmed (1999)
created by Constance M. Burge

review by Phil Emery

Once upon a time there were three little girls... Aaron Spelling's latest TV offering, Charmed, stirs up yet again the urge to go all structuralist and point out the female trinities that thread through almost all Spelling's concepts. (Even The Love Boat, with its three couples

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Chasm city by alastair reynolds Review and Opinion

2019/05/09

Chasm City
Alastair Reynolds
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Tanner Mirabel is a mercenary from the war-torn planet of Sky's Edge on a mission of vengeance to make up for the death of the employer he failed. He follows aristocrat Argent Revich to Yellow Stone, a desolate planet

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Children of the corn Review and Opinion

2019/05/08

Children Of The Corn (1984)
Director: Fritz Kiersch

review by Jeff Young

As with Wes Craven's earnest Deadly Blessing (1981), this horror thriller - based on a short story by Stephen King - features murder and terrorism by a maniacal religious sect, with elemental supernatural mayhem in a rural setting. Unlike that earlier film, this one steals

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Childhood's end Review and Opinion

2019/05/07

Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Gollancz hardcover £14.99

review by Tony Lee

First published in 1953, this is rated by many as Clarke's finest work, and one of the very best SF novels ever. It certainly does explore many eternally popular genre themes - from humanity's first contact with extraterrestrials, to directed evolution, and the time-dilation

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Children of dune Review and Opinion

2019/05/06

Frank Herbert's Children Of Dune (2003)
Director: Greg Yaitanes

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel got something right. With all the recent controversy and hub-bub over the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, people may forget that Children Of Dune was also released this year. This sequel to Frank Herbert's

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Chimera Review and Opinion

2019/05/05

Chimera (1991)
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark

review by Tony LeeSpoiler alert!While working in a busy NHS hospital, nurse Tracy Pickford gets a better job in a private fertility clinic. Travelling up from London to North Yorkshire, she's leaving behind boyfriend Peter Carson, a journalist heavily

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Chronicle Review and Opinion

2019/05/04

The Chronicle (2001-2)
Created by Silvio Horta

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel's original series, The Chronicle (aka: News From The Edge), was a promising addition to their line-up with a talented cast, creative scripts and a unique spin on the tabloid world. Given the proper time to develop it might have proved to be solid show for

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Chronicles of riddick Review and Opinion

2019/05/03

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
Writer and director: David Twohy

review by Amy Harlib

When emerging genre director/scripter David Twohy, maker of The Arrival (1996) and Below (2001), unleashed his SF-horror film Pitch Black, the modestly-budgeted, taut, science fiction tale

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Church Review and Opinion

2019/05/02

The Church (1988)
Director: Michele Soavi

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Having worked as an actor with the likes of Lucio Fulci (Gates Of Hell) and as a second-assistant then first-assistant director with Dario Argento (Tenebrae as the former, Creepers as the latter), Milan-born Michele Soavi made his directorial début on the documentary

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City hunter Review and Opinion

2019/05/01

City Hunter (1992)
Director: Wong Jing

review by Steven Hampton

Hired to find a runaway heiress (Goto Kumiko, a former Miss Japan beauty) for a wealthy tabloid newspaper owner, private eye Ryu (Jackie Chan) traces the girl to a pleasure cruise ship, and is forced to stowaway in order to keep track of her...
   City Hunter is based on a popular

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Klingon cladogenesis Review and Opinion

2019/04/30

Making Sense of Wonder

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