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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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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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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 658 Review and Opinion

2015/12/29

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 658 (February 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

One of the advantages of publishing a magazine on a (mostly) monthly basis is that serials are less annoying than they would be in a less regular publication. It still all depends on the individual readers and how they feel about being

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Paradox by john meaney Review and Opinion

2015/08/24

Paradox
John Meaney
Bantam paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

Paradox is the second science fiction novel by UK writer John Meaney whose first book, To Hold Infinity (1998), garnered much praise and was nominated for a British SF Association award. Paradox, just recently published in the USA in hardcover by Pyr/Prometheus ($25

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New dragon gate inn Review and Opinion

2018/07/30

New Dragon Gate Inn (1992)
Director: Li Hui Min

review by Jeff Young

Produced by the great Tsui Hark (pron. 'Choy Hok'), this mediaeval swordplay fantasy is a remake of King Hu's Dragon Gate Inn (1967), and features the Asian superstar Donnie Yen, Tony (Hard-Boiled) Leung, Maggie (Irma Vep) Cheung and the recently retired Brigitte

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X the unknown Review and Opinion

2017/12/13

X The Unknown (1956)
Director: Leslie Norman

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

One of Hammer's successful forays into science fiction laced with dark fantasy (much like the Quatermass series), X The Unknown attempts to create not so much horror (a guttural response to something frightening) but rather terror (a paralysing response to the unknown

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Revengers tragedy Review and Opinion

2018/05/23

Revengers Tragedy (2003)
Director: Alex Cox

review by Ian Shutter

The former presenter of BBC-TV's cult cinema showcase, Moviedrome, breaks new ground here with his first proper British film. Revengers Tragedy is based on the 17th century play by Thomas Middleton

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Mistress of the pearl Review and Opinion

2018/08/20

Mistress Of The Pearl
Eric Van Lustbader
Tor hardcover £13.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

Eric Van Lustbader continues his Pearl fantasy series with this latest instalment, the third book thus far in a series that seems to be able to go on into at least a fourth volume.

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Herbie fully loaded Review and Opinion

2017/03/21

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
Director: Angela Robinson

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Walt Disney Studios put together a string of family films (The Absent Minded Professor, The Shaggy D.A., Herbie Rides Again, The Apple Dumpling Gang) that were witty, fun, and engaging. The entertainment those films

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Saw 2 Review and Opinion

2016/09/19

Saw II (2005)
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

review by Shiraz Rahim

There isn't much to say about Saw II than that if you've seen the first one, you've pretty much seen the second film, too. This sequel picks up where Saw left off and continues to present its story in the same

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Sleepwalker Review and Opinion

2018/04/11

Sleepwalker (1984)
Director: Saxon Logan

review by Paul Higson

Lost films benefit from a mystique and, even upon rediscovery, continue on the bonus system by having then the history and the curious route to its rescue. A poor film becomes a little more than a poor film as a discussion piece, a moderately entertaining movie becomes a worthwhile recovery

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Rose red Review and Opinion

2016/09/26

Rose Red (2001)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by Christopher Geary

Failing to be as entertaining as the critically hammered remake of The Haunting, and not even as 'scary' as the cinematic Scooby-Doo movies, this four-hour TV show

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Paycheck Review and Opinion

2018/07/08

Paycheck (2003)
Director: John Woo

review by Steven Hampton

Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck, Daredevil, Dogma) is a 'reverse-engineer' for hire. He dismantles patented hi-tech gizmos to furnish his dishonest employers with an improved version

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Serpent's shadow Review and Opinion

2018/04/29

The Serpent's Shadow
Mercedes Lackey
DAW paperback USA $6.95 / UK £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

The prolific and popular American fantasy writer, Mercedes Lackey, in a recent, widely available offering, presents another novel length re-telling of a familiar fairy tale (in the manner of The Firebird, The Black Swan and The Fire Rose

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Thunderbirds Review and Opinion

2016/07/08

Thunderbirds (2004)
Director: Jonathan Frakes

review by John Percival

With his four elder sons, ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton) forms the team of International Rescue. Armed with five incredible machines IR is a secret organisation dedicated to saving lives and the world. However, they have their enemies, especially The Hood (Ben Kingsley) who

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Halliwell's film & video guide 2003 Review and Opinion

2018/12/07

Halliwell's Film & Video Guide 2003
edited by John Walker
HarperCollins Entertainment paperback £20

review by Christopher Geary

This is the 18th Halliwell's, a fully revised and updated edition, and now in its 25th year of publication. It remains by far the most successful and useful of all general movie guides on the market. Despite its broadly

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Hills have eyes Review and Opinion

2017/03/18

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Director: Alexandre Aja

review by Lucinda Ireson

There's been a slew of horror remakes of late and plenty more set to come, yet the results of such retoolings have been varied and unpredictable: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre managed

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Kill bill vol 2 Review and Opinion

2018/10/16

Kill Bill Volume Two (2004)
Writer and director: Quentin Tarantino

review by Ian ShutterSpoiler alert!The second part of Tarantino's fourth movie has more leisurely-paced dialogues, greater character development and plot intrigues, and rather less insanely sadistic mayhem than its action-packed predecessor

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Shriek by jeff vandermeer Review and Opinion

2015/07/05

Shriek: An Afterword
Jeff Vandermeer
Macmillan paperback £10.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

This novel marks a return to 'Ambergris', the setting of Jeff Vandermeer's story collection City Of Saints And Madmen(though you don't need to have read it to understand and enjoy Shriek

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Hard candy Review and Opinion

2017/04/01

Hard Candy (2006)
Director: David Slade

review by Paul Higson

Risky territory is dipped into with comparative reserve in David Slade's Hard Candy as a paedophile and a girl respectively groom one other as potential victims. Bold and dangerous as the subject matter might still be, don't get carried away with the reports of blood, torture and the

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Alien vs predator Review and Opinion

2017/10/23

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Writer and director: Paul W.S. Anderson

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!A guilty pleasure, for sure, this monster-mash 'clash of the titans' sci-fi action adventure has been long awaited, not just by followers of the original Alien and Predator

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Farscape season 1 Review and Opinion

2019/01/20

Farscape: Season One (1999)
Created by Rockne S. O'Bannon

review by Trent Walters

Despite its availability only on cable (though also now out on DVD) in the US, you bump into fans everywhere - at work or at school - people who suspect you have a penchant for SF, trap you by the water cooler, and nudge you in the ribs, asking, 'So what's up with Crichton

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Dan dare, singing scourge Review and Opinion

2016/02/22

Dan Dare - Pilot Of The Future volume 6: The Singing Scourge
David Motton and Keith Watson
D.S. Publications (phone: +44 01793-521219) £35.75

review by Andrew Darlington

"The armoured centipedes stamped across the Volkian plain, the terrifying Scourge whined from the city walls... the air screamed as radiation bombarded its tortured molecules, dust

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Crimson rivers 2: angels of the apocalypse Review and Opinion

2017/07/20

Crimson Rivers II: Angels Of The Apocalypse (2005)
Director: Olivier Dahan

review by Jonathan McCalmont

The problem with French film is that for every Nikita and Diva there's at least 36 films set in Paris where middle class couples sit around complaining about how terrible their lives are and they're forced to have affairs with other angsty

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Vacancy Review and Opinion

2016/06/14

Vacancy (2007)
Director: Nimrod Antal

review by Paul Higson

Nimrod Antal's Vacancy initially, seemed, not to have much going for it, easily presumed the latest in the ugly trend for torture flicks that the teen sadists have a bloodlust for. What, with the Hollywood penchant for remaking Asian hits it can only be a matter of time before we get

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Black man by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2016/03/28

Black Man
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Richard Morgan has a reputation for violence. Even the title of Black Man is confrontational, and sufficiently provocative that his American publishers substituted it with Thirteen. This is a valid alternative, as both terms describe Carl Marsalis, a black man who

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Peculia Review and Opinion

2015/08/22

Peculia
Richard Sala
Fantagraphic paperback $12.95

review by Amy Harlib

A highly successful American illustrator and comicbook artist with a long track record in numerous publications, Richard Sala finally gets some of his best shorter work in his preferred métier, graphic storytelling, collected into a high quality, large trade paperback.

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Doctor who: the cabinet of light Review and Opinion

2019/02/24

Doctor Who: The Cabinet Of Light
Daniel O'Mahony
Telos hardcover £10

review by Tom Matic

When it comes to Doctor Who tie-in fiction, I prefer the kind that enhances the mystery of its central character to those turgid epics that bog the reader down in a quagmire of continuity. Thus I was

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Peter pan Review and Opinion

2018/07/05

Peter Pan (2003)
Director: P.J. Hogan

review by Amy Harlib

Australian-born director P.J. Hogan, noted for his contemporary comedies (My Best Friend's Wedding and Unconditional Love, among others), tries his hand at fantasy to great success, bringing a character-driven sensibility to a refreshing live-action version of the classic story

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Starry wisdom Review and Opinion

2018/03/16

The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft
editor: D.M. Mitchell
Creation paperback £11.99

review by Amy Harlib

British editor and doyen of dark fantasy, D.M. Mitchell, gathers 23 contemporary stories in an attractively covered trade paperback, a third, expended edition (easily ordered from online booksellers) of The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute

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Bait Review and Opinion

2019/06/20

Bait (1975)
Director: Mario Schiess

review by Paul HigsonSpoiler alert!Goodbye video collection! You offer us nothing anymore, or so we are told. All those old titles are spilling out onto disc, eventually, or soon enough, if they are worth rescuing. It sounds like I am setting it up for a bite in

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Incredibles Review and Opinion

2017/02/24

The Incredibles (2004)
Writer and director: Brad Bird

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Mainstream culture's a funny thing. A lot of fuss is made about it being all about the pursuit of the lowest common denominator but it's also something that changes constantly over time. The Incredibles is an excellent example of this phenomenon because, in my eyes

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Outcasts Review and Opinion

2018/07/15

The Outcasts (1982)
Director: Robert Wynne-Simmons

review by Paul HigsonSpoiler alert!The Outcasts would appear to be the only feature film production to come from the company Tolmayax, though they did at the very least produce and market an adventure game, Tolmayax not primarily presenting

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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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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