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Around the world in 80 days Review and Opinion

2017/10/08

Around The World In 80 Days (2004)
Director: Frank Coraci

review by Alasdair Stuart

This update of Verne's classic tale is in many ways more an update of the 1956 film version of the same. It has the same comedic feel, the same cast laden down with cameo appearances and the same breezy, cheerily anarchic approach to history. Faithful it most certainly

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End of days Review and Opinion

2019/02/12

End Of Days (1999)
Director: Peter Hyams

review by Dawn Andrews

Arnold Schwarzenegger's presence on screen is and always has been larger than life. There is a genuine feeling of integrity about the man that creates regard and affection, perhaps the secret of his lasting appeal. Arnie returns in this supernatural thriller as Jericho Cane, a drug-dependent

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Wonderful days Review and Opinion

2016/05/21

Wonderful Days (2003)
Director: Kim Moon-saeng

review by Amy Harlib

The New York Korean Film Festival 2004, screened a welcome treat for anime fans: the feature Wonderful Days (aka: Sky Blue), part of the exciting fluorescence of this animated art recently emerging from the southern portion of this Asian peninsula. A remarkable first directorial

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30 days of night Review and Opinion

2017/11/04

30 Days Of Night (2007)
Director: David Slade

review by Paul Higson

It was 1982 and we were satisfied with the incremental pace of horror films. Monsters occasionally whipped a tentacle at us and might bound suddenly around a corner the once. Human and supernatural threats alike took their time and rushed us only in key moments. Now it's 2007 and the

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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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Lost skeleton of cadavra Review and Opinion

2018/09/24

The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra (2004)
Writer and director: Larry Blamire

review by Michael McCarty

The 1950-1961 period was the golden era for low-budget grade-Z science fiction movies. With a lot of heart and ambition but not so much talent - young filmmakers would create such B-movie cult classics as Plan Nine From Outer Space, Robot Monster

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J.s.a. mixed signals Review and Opinion

2015/11/04

JSA: Mixed Signals
Geoff Johns, and others
DC Comics / Titan paperback £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The Justice Society of America was formed in 1940 to lick Hitler. They were created by writer Gardner Fox who, with Bill Finger, was responsible for everything about Batman that Bob Kane took the credit for, along with DC editor Sheldon Mayer.

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Others Review and Opinion

2018/07/16

The Others (2001)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar

review by Patrick Hudson

I wonder which came first: the classic ghost story or Freudian psychoanalysis? Almost every ghost story I've ever read or seen depends on denial, an inability of the dead to accept their fate, which almost always erupts into violence. Although our bodies may fall and decay, our spirits

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Saragossa manuscript Review and Opinion

2018/05/07

The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
Director: Wojciech J. Has

review by Gary Couzens

In war-torn Saragossa, two soldiers find a manuscript, which tells of the adventures of Alphonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski) as he crosses Spain on his way to Madrid, in the late 18th century. On the way, the people he meets tell him stories, and sometimes the characters

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Wooden sea Review and Opinion

2017/12/20

The Wooden Sea
Jonathan Carroll
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

Small town Chief of Police Frannie McCabe has seen a few things in his time. Done a few things he shouldn't, back in his wild youth, too. But suddenly that wild youth is standing right in front of him, in the form of his 17-year-old self - and telling him that the destiny

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Asimov's science fiction 372 Review and Opinion

2016/04/16

Asimov's Science Fiction #372 (January 2007)
editor: Sheila Williams
Dell www.asimovs.com $3.99

review by Jim Steel

Wow - 30 years already. How did that happen? Since the start of the 1980s, Asimov's SF magazine has been widely acknowledged as one of the heavyweights, and for much of that

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Furnace Review and Opinion

2017/04/21

Furnace (2006)
Director: William Butler

review by Christopher Teague

Far be it for me to pour scorn on a low-budget horror flick, but unfortunately from the opening minutes of Furnace it quickly became apparent that I was about to watch something that is a mongrel cross between an episode of Diagnosis Murder and something you'd discover

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Dawn of amber Review and Opinion

2019/03/28

Roger Zelazny's The Dawn Of Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
iBooks paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

First in a prequel trilogy, The Dawn Of Amber takes us back to the days when the Logrus in the Courts of Chaos was the only pattern, exiled Dworkin was sane (more or less), and Oberon was a young soldier in a distant shadow, unaware of 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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Vao by geoff ryman Review and Opinion

2018/01/07

VAO
Geoff Ryman
PS Publishing paperback £8

review by Debbie Moon

Victim Activated Ordnance. It's the only way to keep safe. The moment some ruffian sets foot on your nice green lawn or sneaks into your secure car park, it blasts them with microwaves or sound waves, torturing them into submission. And it's their fault for being there...
   Well,

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Modesty blaise: cry wolf Review and Opinion

2015/09/18

Modesty Blaise: Cry Wolf
Peter O'Donnell and Enric Badia Romero
Titan paperback £10.99

review by Barry Forshaw

Since the creator of the most acclaimed heroine in British literary history retired Modesty Blaise, Peter O'Donnell could probably have rested on his laurels. Certainly, he could afford to. But since retiring from the long-running newspaper

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Taken Review and Opinion

2018/02/21

Taken (2002)
Directors: Steven Spielberg with Leslie Bohem and Steve Beers

review by Michael Lohr

For 10 consecutive weeknights, and 20 hours total, I watched this US television ratings juggernaut. I am not sure that my time was well spent. It was kind of like a really thick, somewhat interesting novel. You're halfway complete, wishing you were at the

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Xchange Review and Opinion

2017/12/16

Xchange (2000)
Director: Allan Moyle

review by Tony Lee

From the director of Empire Records, this SF thriller suggests a cyber-future of executive travel by means of exchanging bodies with a suitably psych-screened individual already in the place you want to go - and be there in such a hurry that supersonic flight is a needless delay. The basic

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All my sins remembered Review and Opinion

2018/04/15

All My Sins Remembered
Joe Haldeman
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Debbie Moon

Young, idealistic Otto McGavin, a devout Buddhist, signs up to work for the interstellar Confederacion because he believes in its mission to protect the rights of humans and non-humans all across the galaxy. There's just one problem. The diplomacy training he thinks

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Revelations Review and Opinion

2016/10/02

Revelations (2005)
Directors: Lesli Linka Glatter, David Semel, and Lili Fini Zanuck

review by Alasdair StuartSpoiler Alert!There's a certain morbid fascination with the apocalypse that transcends the traditional boundaries of science and religion. Bird flu, a rogue asteroid, the antichrist and WWIII all

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Firestarter Review and Opinion

2017/05/02

Firestarter (1984)
Director: Mark L. Lester

review by John Percival

Do you remember back when they used to turn Stephen King stories into good movies? There were many greats such as The Shining, Cujo and The Dead Zone. Well here we have a welcome blast from the past in the form of Firestarter, the film that proved Drew Barrymore

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Red dragon Review and Opinion

2018/06/03

Red Dragon (2002)
Director: Brett Ratner

review by Tony Lee

Best viewed as a prequel to Silence Of The Lambs (1991), rather than an unnecessary remake of Manhunter (1986), this new adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon lacks the cool style of Michael Mann's earlier version, opting for a less techno-fetishistic appeal and

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Supernatural tales 11 Review and Opinion

2015/06/06

Supernatural Tales #11
editor: David Longhorn
291 Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, NE8 4NN
£7.50 / $15

review by Mario Guslandi

Turned into an annual anthology for the last two years, Supernatural Tales reverts back to its original fortmat, that of a magazine featuring both fiction and non-fiction dealing with the horrific and the supernatural

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Question Review and Opinion

2016/10/17

? (2005)
Directors: Alex Harz and Tom Kennedy

review by Richard Bowden

The most striking independent feature seen by this reviewer since Reflections Of Evil, the interrogatively titled ? shares some themes in common with that earlier film. An angry suspicion, or rejection, of the American

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Space cowboys Review and Opinion

2018/03/31

Space Cowboys (2000)
Director: Clint Eastwood

review by Tony Lee

Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys is a curiously romantic adventure with some good performances and yet, overall, it's uninspired, emotionally transparent and - sadly - utterly predictable.
   It's flat without being leaden, solid but not impressive. It certainly has one or two dramatic

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Pioneers of wonder Review and Opinion

2018/06/26

Pioneers Of Wonder - Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction
Eric Leif Davin
Prometheus hardcover £27

review by Steve Sneyd

This is a book that definitely 'does what it says on the tin', and for anyone with even a passing interest in the extraordinary growth of the genre in 1930s

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Uglimen by mark morris Review and Opinion

2018/01/18

The Uglimen
Mark Morris
PS Publishing paperback £8 / $14

review by Patrick Hudson

Rob Loomis is a twenty-something wannabe musician living in London with a girlfriend, a flat and a day job in a bookshop to keep him occupied. When his father commits suicide, he begins getting strange phone calls suggesting that he's going to be next. Soon, he's glimpsing

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Snow by adam roberts Review and Opinion

2015/06/25

The Snow
Adam Roberts
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

The Snow is Roberts' fifth book and boasts something of a 'high concept', namely that one day it starts snowing and the snow doesn't stop. Soon the streets disappear, then the buildings, and finally the mountains. Roberts follows Tira from her flat in southeast London

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Execution plan Review and Opinion

2019/01/31

Execution Plan
Patrick Thompson
HarperCollins paperback £6.99

review by Steven Hampton

Mick is a computer programmer. A child of the 1970s, he's a perpetual loner and socially inept collector of techno junk, clearly traumatised by some painful incident in his past (the particulars of which are not fully revealed until the story's tragicomic climax),

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Johnny and the bomb Review and Opinion

2017/02/07

Johnny And The Bomb (2006)
Director: Dermot Boyd

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Johnny And The Bomb is based upon the third and final book in Terry Pratchett's underrated 'Johnny Maxwell' trilogy, and it is also the third attempt at adapting the books for another medium following swiftly forgotten adaptations of Johnny And The Dead for ITV

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Against gravity by gary gibson Review and Opinion

2016/04/30

Against Gravity
Gary Gibson
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Against Gravity is a technothriller set in 2096. Kendrick Gallmon is a former journalist who has survived a period as a political prisoner and experimental subject in a US nanotech lab hidden away in South America. As the book opens, he is leading a semi-normal life alongside

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Against gravity by gary gibson Review and Opinion

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Fail safe Review and Opinion

2019/01/27

Fail Safe (2000)
Director: Stephen Frears

review by Steven Hampton

This is a TV remake of 1964's antinuclear drama, produced in b/w for a live broadcast in four acts, and shown early in 2000, in United States. You should all know the story. After a US strategic bomber mistakenly nukes Moscow, due to the failure of safety procedures, the American president

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Road to nowhere Review and Opinion

2016/10/12

Road To Nowhere (1993)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Efficiently filmed and very much in the style of the director as it may be, Michael J. Murphy's 1993 film Road To Nowhere falls down on the script. Too reliant on too few characters, the first hour is spent moving

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On the beach Review and Opinion

2016/11/21

On The Beach (2004)
Director: Russell Mulcahy

review by John Percival

It's 2006 and a war between the US and China has ended with nuclear missiles flying from both sides. The result is that billions have been killed and the northern hemisphere is a radioactive wasteland. Australia remains untouched but the radiation clouds are headed their way. As the

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On the beach Review and Opinion

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Dirty job by christopher moore Review and Opinion

2016/02/07

A Dirty Job
Christopher Moore
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

This is the problem with having expectations: they may not be fulfilled, and then you'll be disappointed. I'd heard great things about Chris Moore's comic novels, and was excited at the prospect of reading and reviewing one for the first time. Unfortunately, though,

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Omegatropic by stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2018/07/23

Omegatropic
Stephen Baxter
BSFA paperback £8

review by Peter Schilling

This assemblage of nonfiction by Britain's premier hard-SF novelist, Stephen Baxter, is published by the British SF Association (of which Baxter is Vice President), and offers several well-researched articles, a few quite fascinating essays and some fairly astute criticism. Although

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