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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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Kill bill vol 1 Review and Opinion

2018/10/17

Kill Bill Volume One (2003)
Director: Quentin Tarantino

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!"Those of you lucky enough to have your lives take them with you!
However, leave the limbs you've lost. They belong to me now."  - 

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Lost on adventure island Review and Opinion

2017/01/05

Lost On Adventure Island (2006)
Director: Yancey Hendrieth

review by Christopher GearySpoiler Alert!Must genre film criticism always make allowances for the limitations of no-budget productions? Should newcomers and hopefuls always be encouraged by reviewers taking a positive and upbeat approach to a well

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Saucer by stephen coonts Review and Opinion

2018/05/05

Saucer
Stephen Coonts
St Martin's paperback $7.99

review by Michael Lohr

Let me just start this review by saying that Saucer is not a Jake Grafton novel. Standing along with the likes of Clive Cussler, Dale Brown and Michael Crichton, Stephen Coonts is one of the best adventure/thriller writers out there today. Saucer is a deviation from

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Triffids Review and Opinion

2018/01/25

The Day Of The Triffids
John Wyndham
Gollancz hardcover £14.99

The Night Of The Triffids
Simon Clark
NEL paperback £6.99

reviews by Patrick Hudson

John Wyndham is a pen name for John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, who wrote from the 1930s to the 1960s, and was responsible for a handful of minor classics over his varied career

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Frailty Review and Opinion

2019/01/05

Frailty (2002)
Director: Bill Paxton

review by Steven Hampton

Perhaps it was a mistake for first time director Bill Paxton to star in his own film, especially when he burdens himself with the drama's most difficult acting role (as the -probably insane - father of two boys), and makes his work behind the camera more difficult by playing most of his scenes

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Incredible hulk Review and Opinion

2017/02/25

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Director: Louis Leterrier

review by Alasdair Stuart

Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is a man on the run from both himself and the US Army. Whenever Banner gets angry, he becomes the Hulk, a ten-foot tall, green-skinned creature whose rage is seemingly boundless. To General Ross (William Hurt), he represents both a monumental threat

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Spy who loved me Review and Opinion

2018/03/22

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Director: Lewis Gilbert

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Directed by Lewis Gilbert (who also directed Bond's You Only Live Twice and Moonraker), The Spy Who Loved Me in many ways updated super-agent Bond, James Bond, for the 1970s. It was also the first film

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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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Science fiction: the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2018/04/26

Science Fiction: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99 / $7.99

review by Steven Hampton

As the editors of this anthology openly admit in their introduction, a prestigious annual collection of short stories already exists in the form of Gardner Dozois' excellent series of books, published in the UK by Robinson

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Relic hunter Review and Opinion

2018/05/31

Relic Hunter (1999)

review by Michael Lohr

Relic Hunter is now going into its third season of production. It is an entertaining show that will no doubt see quick syndication on the Sci-Fi channel, once its ceases regular production. Tia Carrere and cast do an excellent job in a genre that is unfortunately used to poor acting quality. The show's special

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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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Pitch black Review and Opinion

2018/06/25

Pitch Black (2000)
Director: David N. Twohy

review by Tony Lee

"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" With a story from Jim and Ken Wheat, the men behind After Midnight, and direction by David Twohy, the maker of Timescape (aka: 'Disaster In Time'), Pitch Black is a classy monster movie with excellent production values lifting

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Stormriders Review and Opinion

2018/03/10

The Stormriders (1998)
Director: Andrew Lau

review by Rob Marshall

With quest fantasy currently very fashionable again, as legions of fans anticipate the new Tolkien movie, this lavish genre production from Hong Kong is worth a look if you really can't wait for the big event. Instead of magic rings, though, this adventure presents swords as the definitive

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Osmosis jones Review and Opinion

2018/07/17

Osmosis Jones (2001)
Directors: Bobby and Peter Farrelly

review by Trent Walters

Want to learn about the body's immune system fairly painlessly? This may be the movie for you with an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Chris Elliott, Chris Rock, Kid Rock, Ron Howard, Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner, and a kind of upgraded low humour the

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Gandahar Review and Opinion

2017/04/20

Gandahar (1988)
Writer and director: René Laloux

review by Paul Higson

One Sunday in the 1970s, my family followed up a Sunday morning picking blackberries with cinema visit. I and my sister quite young, so we were looking for a family film. The only double-bill on offer at the Studio 1-4 bore the promising titles of Crystal Voyager and Fantastic

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Timeline Review and Opinion

2018/02/10

Timeline (2003)
Director: Richard Donner

review by Michael Lohr

A mystery suspense thriller based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel about clandestine happenings at the corporate military industrial giant International Technology Company (ITC), run by David Thewlis and Matt Craven. The company's new invention, a transportation machine that is meant

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Timeline Review and Opinion

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Altered carbon by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2019/07/15

Altered Carbon
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Christopher Geary

Richard Morgan's debut SF novel is a genre-breaking, hardboiled noir murder mystery, with body-swap identity crises and plenty of ingenious gadgetry that's used, and abused, in the service of mass slaughter and cyberpunk adventure.
   Takeshi Kovacs was an agent

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Last light of the sun Review and Opinion

2015/10/21

The Last Light Of The Sun
Guy Gavriel Kay
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Simeon Shoul

For some years now Guy Gavriel Kay has been writing fantasy novels set in an alternate medieval Europe. He's presented stories set in the heyday of the Byzantine Empire, and in Spain during the Christian re-conquest. This is his third outing (and fourth novel) in

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Jason and the argonauts Review and Opinion

2018/11/03

Jason And The Argonauts (2001)
Director: Nick Willing

review by Ian Shutter

Video release for the fantasy adventure broadcast on TV in two parts, at teatime over Easter bank holiday weekend 2001, Jason And The Argonauts is a laudable remake of the 1963 fantasy adventure - famed for its stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.
   This small screen

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Looney tunes back in action Review and Opinion

2018/09/26

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Director: Joe Dante

review by Amy Harlib

Despite the critical and aesthetic failure of Warner Bros' venture into a feature blending live-action with cartoon characters, Space Jam (1996), the just-mentioned film production company dared to try the combination again, this time to considerable success with Looney

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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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S1mone Review and Opinion

2018/05/09

S1mØne (2002)
Director: Andrew Niccol

review by Rob Marshall

When Eddie Murphy co-starred with Robert De Niro in Showtime, everyone was asking 'can De Niro do comedy?' On the evidence of this tragic farce (but with a happy ending), Al Pacino - the only comparable

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Alsiso project Review and Opinion

2019/07/17

The Alsiso Project
editor: Andrew Hook
Elastic Press paperback £6

review by Christopher Geary

An anthology with a difference, this intriguingly titled volume is not centred on a single genre trope or particular theme, it's a bundle of short fiction that's all inspired by a typo! Yes, the nonsense-word 'alsiso' (attributed to Marion Arnott), is used

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Another war by simon morden Review and Opinion

2016/04/22

Another War
Simon Morden
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Martin Drury

Rumours whisper of strange goings-on. Local gossip tells of a machine that can transport people through time and through dimensions. Two men who disappeared over 100 years ago have been found safe and well in the spot where they were last seen. They haven't aged. The machine has

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Planet terror Review and Opinion

2016/11/02

Planet Terror (2007)
Director: Robert Rodriguez

review by Paul Higson

You shouldn't need telling that the Planet Terror on release in the UK is the Robert Rodriguez half of the double horror bill titled Grindhouse (the second film being Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, released recently), that went so horribly wrong in the American

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Grudge, remake Review and Opinion

2017/04/07

The Grudge (2004)
Director: Takashi Shimizu

review by Michael Bunning

When a person is killed in the grip of powerful emotions, the place where they were killed becomes haunted by 'Ju-On', a supernatural curse. The curse haunts anyone who passes the threshold.

Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a student nurse who is living in Japan with her architecture

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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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Broken, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/09/12

Broken (2008)
Writer and director: Sean Ellis

review by Paul Higson

As the recession deepens filmgoers may think long and hard before handing over precious pennies on a cinema ticket. Peak time prices can hurt when you can alternatively see a several upcoming bands on a bill for not much more or might be able to spend clever on the ownership of several

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Emperor of gondwanaland and other stories Review and Opinion

2016/01/23

Emperor Of Gondwanaland And Other Stories
Paul Di Filippo
Thunder's Mouth paperback $16.95

review by Duncan Lawie

The Emperor Of Gondwanaland And Other Stories is, as the author says in his introduction, a sampling of everything he does. The result is an excellent career overview but not an unalloyed pleasure.

I have read a fair amount

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Ethos effect Review and Opinion

2016/01/17

The Ethos Effect
L.E. Modesitt Jr
Orbit paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

In the far future, Van C. Albert is a navy officer commanding a starship for the Taran Republic, one of a number of power blocks in the known galaxy. Unexpectedly, he is appointed military attaché to the Taran embassy on the independent world Scandya. The diplomatic situation

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Hundred-towered city by garry kilworth Review and Opinion

2016/05/08

The Hundred-Towered City
Garry Kilworth
Atom paperback £6.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

One day, Jack, Annie and Davey Kettle return home to find a note from their parents that reads: "Making a quick trip to 1903 Prague. Be back in a few minutes. If we're not in when you get home, help yourself to supper." You see, their father, Roger, has invented

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Mummy and mummy returns Review and Opinion

2018/08/09

The Mummy (1999)
Director: Stephen Sommers

review by Carl Meewezen

Monster-mash variation on those perennial themes of Egyptian horror, the cursed tomb and the magically revived victim of a pharaoh's wrath. Here, Imhotep is played with delicious relish by Arnold Vosloo (Lance Henriksen's sidekick in John Woo's Hard Target), while Brendan Fraser

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Gothika Review and Opinion

2018/12/09

Gothika (2003)
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

review by Michael Lohr

Premise: criminal psychologist Dr Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) awakens to find herself a patient in the very same mental institution in which she works, with no memory of the murder of her husband Doug (Charles S. Dutton) that she's accused of committing. As she tries to regain her memory

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Moonraker Review and Opinion

2018/08/13

Moonraker (1979)
Director: Lewis Gilbert

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Even to this day, the influence of Star Wars on films cannot be ignored. In the late 1970s, however, every film seemed to jump on the space opera bandwagon, and the Bond series was no exception. Although Moonraker was a hit at the box office, time has not been kind to it

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Praxis by walter jon williams Review and Opinion

2018/06/17

The Praxis
Walter Jon Williams
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

The Shaa have ruled a multi-species, galaxy spanning empire for ten millennia, built through conquest and control of wormholes and maintained by absolute power and rigid control codified in the Praxis. This religion

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House of 1000 corpses Review and Opinion

2018/11/23

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Director: Rob Zombie

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

With modern filmmaking less about entertainment and more about mass appeal, product placement, and political correctness disguised as carefully structured 'rebellion', no other genre has suffered more than horror. For example, look back to 1972, when Wes Craven unleashed

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