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The Ipcress File Review and Opinion

2017/02/21

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Speed of dark Review and Opinion

2018/03/26

Speed Of Dark
Elizabeth Moon
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Speed Of Dark is the story of Lou Arrendale, an autistic born early in the 21st century. It could have become a heavy, difficult meditation on the difficulties of being disabled but it is a joy to read and an excellent example of character-led science fiction.
   Lou

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Mammoth book of best new sf 17 Review and Opinion

2016/04/03

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 17
editor: Gardner Dozois
Robinson paperback £9.99

review by Christopher Geary

If you only buy a single SF book each year, just make sure this is the one. A frequent Hugo Award winner, the series boasts approx a quarter-million words worth of short stories per volume and, with the ever astute Gardner Dozois at the helm

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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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Futures: 50 years in space Review and Opinion

2015/12/28

Futures: 50 Years In Space
David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £17.99

review by Tony Lee

The Challenge Of The Stars was originally planned 1954, yet its publication was delayed until 1972, with a second edition in 1978. This magnificent

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Prador moon by neal asher Review and Opinion

2015/08/12

Prador Moon: A Novel Of The Polity
Neal Asher
Night Shade paperback £9.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Since his humble beginnings writing short stories for small press magazines, Asher has published nearly a dozen novels and short story

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Dv8 neighbourhood threat Review and Opinion

2019/02/19

DV8: Neighborhood Threat
Warren Ellis
Titan paperback £12.99

review by Rob Marshall

This comics' collection about poor multiethnic orphans, genetically modified into a superhero team, features characters created by Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell as a spinoff from the Gen-13 series, but this sequence (originally published

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In the ruins by kate elliott Review and Opinion

2015/11/15

In The Ruins
Kate Elliott
Orbit paperback £12.99

review by Simeon Shoul

The Crown Of Stars is a vivid epic of love, war, magic and conspiracy set in a beautifully rendered 10th century pseudo-Europe. At the end of the previous volume, The Gathering Storm, an appalling cataclysm swept

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Newton's wake Review and Opinion

2018/07/29

Newton's Wake
Ken MacLeod
Orbit hardcover £17.99

review by Christopher Geary

Building on the major success of his Fall Revolution series and the magnificent Engines Of Light trilogy, here's a new standalone space opera from Ken MacLeod that's bursting at the seams with clever and quirky

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Day the world ended Review and Opinion

2019/03/25

The Day The World Ended (2001)
Director: Terence Gross

review by Christopher Geary

One of a batch of recent made-for-TV creature features inspired by cult 1950s' horrors, The Day The World Ended (aka: Tod aus dem All) is joined by other 'remake' films: Earth Vs The Spider, She-Creature, How To Make A Monster, and

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Out there in the darkness, collected ed gorman vol.1 Review and Opinion

2016/01/28

Out There In The Darkness
Ed Gorman collection, vol.1
P.S. Publishing hardcover £15 / $30

review by Mario Guslandi

Author of countless stories and novels, winner of countless literary awards, Ed Gorman is usually described as a crime fiction writer. Basically, the statement is correct, because

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Perfect dark: initial vector by greg rucka Review and Opinion

2015/08/23

Perfect Dark: Initial Vector
Greg Rucka
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Renowned for his bleak crime novels and the superb comic series Queen And Country, Greg Rucka appeared to be an unusual choice to write this series of tie in novels for the Perfect Dark series of computer games. Whilst the games cover the sort of action

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Final destination 2 Review and Opinion

2019/01/13

Final Destination 2 (2003)
Director: David R. Ellis

review by Christopher Geary

Predictable as it is, there's still a curious 'something' about this modest sequel to James Wong's grimly amusing supernatural chiller, Final Destination, that entertains well enough, though its plot is wholly

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Orphanage Review and Opinion

2016/11/18

The Orphanage (2007)
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

review by Paul Higson

Nominated for 14 Goyas, the winner of seven, and selected as the Spanish entry into the Oscars competition, it's all got to count for something does Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage (aka: El Orfanato). Frankly, I find it inconceivable that there wasn't a better

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Godzilla: tokyo sos Review and Opinion

2017/04/12

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Director: Masaaki Tezuka

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

The millennium series of Godzilla films has divided many fans of the big G. The most trying thing about these movies is accepting the new mythology, which seems to change from film to film. King Ghidorah is now a guardian dragon - not Monster Zero (a creature from

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Dark sun rises by brian aldiss Review and Opinion

2019/03/31

The Dark Sun Rises
Brian Aldiss
Avernus Media chapbook £5.99

review by Steve Sneyd

As with his myriad novels, Brian Aldiss' poetry spans genre and non-genre modes, versatility well reflected in this latest of his poetry collections. So, before a closer look at some of the genre work here, some

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Two sides of the moon by david scott and alexei leonov Review and Opinion

2016/05/05

Two Sides Of The Moon: Our Story Of The Cold War In Space
David Scott and Alexei Leonov
Pocket paperback £8.99

review by Patrick Hudson

In this fascinating book, two space pioneers - one an American astronaut, the other a Soviet cosmonaut - tell the story of the space race from either side of the contest. David Scott was recruited in the third batch

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At dawn they sleep Review and Opinion

2017/10/14

At Dawn They Sleep (2000)
Writer and director: Brian Paulin

review by Tony Lee

Homicidal drug dealers Stephen and Ian endure the miseries of their unhealthy morning after a weird night of sex with two women of the 'angel' persuasion. Shaking off their perplexing illness, the lads confront a ruthless skinhead and some vengeful gangland rivals, and a shootout

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Star wars: the phantom menace Review and Opinion

2016/07/22

Star Wars - episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Director: George Lucas

review by Tony Lee

Star Wars has always been about bigtime spectacle. But the first blockbusters also had a measure of heart, imagination and simple charm, and delighted audiences young and old with their clever mix of traditional space opera and postmodern references. This

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Jeepers creepers 2 Review and Opinion

2017/02/11

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Writer and director: Victor Salva

review by Steve Anderson

Every twenty-third spring for 23 days, our newest demon du jour gets to 'feed'. And we're not talking Taco Bell.

If you leave the DVD menu alone for a while, you get a variety of scary scenes, along with plenty of subtitles and bonus features, including: storyboards

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Postsingular by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/08/14

Postsingular
Rudy Rucker
Tor hardcover $25.95
Free download via: rudyrucker.com

review by Patrick Hudson

The 'singularity' is a slightly mystical concept. It describes the moment of a paradigm shift in technological innovation, the point when, as in physics, it is impossible

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Death's dominion by simon clark Review and Opinion

2016/02/16

Death's Dominion
Simon Clark
Leisure / Dorchester paperback $6.99

review by Andrew Darlington

Genres slipstream seamlessly into each other. Simon Clark - file under 'horror', has done the temporal-shift time-quake thing with The

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Art of superman returns Review and Opinion

2015/06/10

The Art Of Superman Returns
Daniel Wallace
Titan hardcover £24.99

review by Christopher Geary

He's back! Yes, the most famous comic-book hero of them all returns to the cinema in Bryan Singer's film. It's an impressive production with knowingly iconic elements drawing upon various sources

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My bloody valentine 3d Review and Opinion

2016/12/20

My Bloody Valentine (2008)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Paul Higson

Entering the cinema on this occasion was something of a compulsion. Let's face it, another remake of another average slasher film from the turn of the 1980s is hardly a reason to venture out and exchange money on a seat. But I and My Bloody Valentine have history, having

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Earthlings Review and Opinion

2017/05/26

Earthlings: Ugly Bags Of Mostly Water (2005)
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

review by Alasdair Stuart

My final year at secondary school is not one I remember fondly. As well as the usual pressures of exams, the final choice of university and the horrors of adolescence I also had to deal with facing the reality of leaving the island I grew up on, the

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Seven Review and Opinion

2018/04/27

Seven (1997)
Director: David Fincher

review by Peter Schilling

Simply the ultimate serial killer drama, David Fincher's Seven (or 'Se7en' as the publicity wags have it), stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, as now-traditional mismatched homicide detectives on the trail of a disturbingly cruel murderer (an outstanding portrayal by Kevin Spacey)

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Alone Review and Opinion

2017/10/21

Alone (2002)
Director: Philip Claydon

review by Paul Higson

Still pinning my hopes on if not a Golden Age at least a Silver Age of British horror films, it is helped along by good movies like this one. Alone is the assured and novel feature debut of Philip Claydon, a Welsh filmmaker with pursuits in the horror field. There is a lot of showing

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Hellboy 2: the golden army Review and Opinion

2017/03/24

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Director: Guillermo del Toro

review by Roger Keen

After the success of Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro is back in mainstream mode with a sequel to his 2004 Hellboy, this time taking the

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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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League of extraordinary gentlemen: black dossier Review and Opinion

2016/03/29

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
America's Best Comics hardcover £19.99

review by Patrick Hudson

I had not intended to buy a copy of this book. I'd looked at it, and having enjoyed the previous volumes in the series, I was tempted, but the relatively high price tag for the hardcover (�20) had put me

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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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Science fiction fantasy horror of 20th century illustrated history Review and Opinion

2019/08/02

Science Fiction Of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Frank M. Robinson
Horror Of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Robert Weinberg
Fantasy Of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Randy Broecker
Collectors Press hardcovers $60 each

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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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4th law of robotics Review and Opinion

2019/07/31

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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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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Action Films That Should Have Been Horror Review and Opinion

2019/07/26

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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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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Akira Review and Opinion

2019/07/23

Akira (1988)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

review by Porl Broome

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is a classic of the modern-cinema. When I say that I don't mean it's a classic amongst other animated films, I mean it's a classic amongst all films, be they animated, or live action. The plot is huge, the storyline is intricate, the characters are complex, and

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2019/07/22

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Alien hunter Review and Opinion

2019/07/21

Alien Hunter (2003)
Director: Ron Krauss

review by Rob MarshallSpoiler alert!Julian Rome is a languages teacher and former cryptologist. He receives a call from NASA for help, after a GM research project in Antarctica detects signals coming from an object buried in the ice. Flying south through a blizzard

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All tomorrow's parties by william gibson Review and Opinion

2019/07/20

All Tomorrow's Parties
William Gibson
Penguin paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

All Tomorrow's Parties concludes the popular trilogy that includes Virtual Light (1993) and Idoru (1996) - set towards the close of the 21st century. As much character-driven as plot-driven, the story focuses on the approach of what celebrated, American

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2019/07/19

Changing Days:

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Alastair reynolds interview Review and Opinion

2019/07/18

Some Sort Of Internal
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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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2019/07/16

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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.
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Amelie Review and Opinion

2019/07/14

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean Pierre Jeunet

review by Thomas Cropper

This film came a year late when all is said and done, because it was last year when the Oscars were in the 'lets be nice to foreigners' mode, whereas this year they were closer to 'lets pretend we're all not racists.' As a result, the 'black Oscars' were to make a criminal oversight

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Ancient track Review and Opinion

2019/07/13

The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works Of H.P. Lovecraft
editor: S.T. Joshi
Night Shade paperback $20

review by Steve Sneyd

Today, the 'cosmic horror' writer H.P. Lovecraft is the ultimate cult figure, acclaimed as the most read American writer of the first half of the 20th century, his Cthulhu Mythos of humanity as hapless prey to incomprehensible

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Andromeda Review and Opinion

2019/07/12

Andromeda (2000)
Sky One, Mondays, 8pm

review by Ceri Jordan

There's a story in one of the Dark Terrors anthologies about a studio that holds its most famous writer to his contract until he produces a final hit show - even though he died decades ago. You can't help wondering if Gene Roddenberry's contract read like that. And alas, judging by

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Angel season one Review and Opinion

2019/07/11

Angel Season One (1999)
Created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt

review by Christopher Geary

This is the first spin-off series from Whedon's astonishingly successful TV show, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. It stars David Boreanaz as the titular hero, a vampire cursed with a soul - the result of

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Angel body and other magic for the soul Review and Opinion

2019/07/10

Angel Body And Other Magic For The Soul
editors: Chris Reed, David Memmott
BBR paperback £9.95 / $16.95

review by Steven Hampton

Combining #24 of Back Brain Recluse, and volume 26 in Wordcraft's speculative writers series

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Angel: the casefiles volume 1 Review and Opinion

2019/07/09

Angel: The Casefiles volume one
Nancy Holder, Jeff Marionette and Maryelizabeth Hart
Pocket paperback £12.99

review by Donald Morefield

It's not often that a spinoff TV show grows to become just as successful as the original series but, with Angel, creators Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt prove that not only does lightning strike twice, it's

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