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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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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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Civil war: road to civil war Review and Opinion

2016/03/09

Civil War: Road To Civil War
Brian Michael Bendis and J. Michael Straczynski
Marvel graphic novel $14.95

review by J.C. Hartley

While the comics buying world awaits the release in graphic novel format of Mark Millar's Civil War series, Marvel has cleverly cashed in with a little taster purporting to identify the events and premonitions that

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From the dust returned Review and Opinion

2018/12/28

From The Dust Returned
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight hardcover £16.99

review by Steven Hampton

Somewhere in fantasy genealogy, perhaps sandwiched between the 'Endless' (from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics) and Clive Barker's Nightbreed mutants, live the Elliott clan, a bunch of the queerest folk yet. They are the weird psychic aunts, winged uncles

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Fahrenheit 451 Review and Opinion

2019/01/28

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Director: François Truffaut

review by Gary Couzens

In the near future, books and reading are banned. Montag (Oskar Werner) is a fireman, whose job is paradoxically to start fires rather than put them out... in other words, to find and burn forbidden books. His wife Linda (Julie Christie) stays at home and toes the line, entertained

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Fantasy the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2019/01/23

Fantasy: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99

review by Patrick Hudson

It's probably verging on blasphemy to say so, but short fiction magazines are a drag. With reading time limited, combined with the vagaries of personal taste and the ratio of chaff to wheat in even the best magazines it can become a

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Pixel juice Review and Opinion

2018/06/24

Pixel Juice
Jeff Noon
Doubleday hardcover £15.99

review by Christopher Geary

Pixel is short for picture element, and this collection of short stories by Jeff Noon distils both visual particulars and literary essence from the rough amalgam of fantastic media, and blurs to the point of invisibility

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Equilibrium Review and Opinion

2019/02/09

Equilibrium (2002)
Writer and director: Kurt Wimmer

review by Steven Hampton

John Preston is a gun-toting martial arts' cleric, enforcing strict anti-emotion laws in the city-state of Libria. He confiscates books and burns paintings - including the famous Mona Lisa (original or forgery?), and routinely executes those who defy the system by feeling sentiment

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Equilibrium Review and Opinion

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Jeepers creepers Review and Opinion

2018/10/29

Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Director: Victor Salva

review by Tony Lee

This highly praised teen-horror from Victor Salva (director of underrated Powder, 1995), starts out as a road movie, and then turns into psycho-chiller, before revealing its bizarre creature and entering the subgenre of monster movies.
   Trish and Darry (excellent performances

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Falling out of cars Review and Opinion

2019/01/25

Falling Out Of Cars
Jeff Noon
Transworld paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

It is difficult to categorise Falling Out Of Cars by genre, let alone by sub-genre. If you want to use that kind of terminology, its subject matter makes it a post-apocalyptic road novel, but Mad Max it is not

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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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Dead end Review and Opinion

2019/03/24

Dead End (2002)
Writers and directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Febrice Canepa

review by Steven HamptonSpoiler alert!Lately, our cinemas and home screens alike have been deluged with grisly and uncanny visions of both the undead and the death-obsessed, as zombies abound (see

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Hansel and gretel Review and Opinion

2017/04/03

Hansel & Gretel (2007)
Director: Yim Pil-sung

review by Jim Steel

Korean films named for western myths and fairy tales are not expected, by now, to adhere to fidelity. What we often find is something analogous to Miles Davis' Porgy And Bess, where an original creation is used as scaffolding to build something entirely new. Kim Yong-gyun's

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Wanderers and islanders by steve cockayne Review and Opinion

2017/12/31

Wanderers and Islanders
Steve Cockayne
Orbit paperback £9.99

review by Ceri Jordan

Rusty Brown is an ordinary schoolboy, until the day a gypsy girl tells him one of her people's secrets, and he begins a search for something he can't quite define. Leonardo Pegasus is a successful magician, until the grey-suited forces of progress

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Crash Review and Opinion

2019/04/17

Crash (1999)
Director: David Cronenberg

review by Steven Hampton

Based on J.G. Ballard's cult novel, this is about a mixed group of accident victims who become obsessed with car crashes. Nominal leader, Vaughan (Elias Koteas, from Exotica and, bizarrely, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), goes so far as to recreate the fatal wrecks that killed

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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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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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Monkeybone Review and Opinion

2018/08/16

Monkeybone (2001)
Director: Henry Selick

review by Michael Lohr

Something went terribly wrong somewhere on the road between creative inspiration and actual execution. Monkeybone, if done right could be a wondrous and funny movie. And still is to a degree, but unfortunately what I see here is a wonderful idea that was victimised in the editing

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Creepshow 2 Review and Opinion

2019/04/16

Creepshow 2 (1987)
Director: Michael Gornick

review by Ian Shutter

A horror story anthology based on tales by Stephen King, this sequel to George Romero's entertaining genre portmanteau took five years to get made, and has cameraman Michael Gornick at the helm, with Romero serving as screenwriter. It isn't as good as Creepshow, and it's not hard

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Sound of thunder Review and Opinion

2017/10/16

A Sound Of Thunder (2005)
Director: Peter Hyams

review by Christopher Geary

2055 AD. Time-travel back 65 million years for the ultimate safari. Rules: stay on the path, never bring anything home, don't mess with evolution's timeline.

Making a short story into a feature film is not easy. Ray Bradbury's classic SF tale, A Sound Of Thunder (

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Maximum overdrive Review and Opinion

2018/09/01

Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Director: Stephen King

review by Tony Lee

This is the very essence of cult filmmaking. Big time genre writer let loose behind the camera, nonsensical black comedy sci-fi disaster genre plotting (big machines attack various café patrons), straight-to-video actors - led by embarrassed-to-be-here Emilio Estevez, an eclectic range

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Heavenly creatures Review and Opinion

2018/12/02

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Director: Peter Jackson

review by Trent Walters

What makes this the greatest movie of all time? No, it's not because it's based on a true story. It's because it's a love more complex and more powerful than the love-at-first-look of Romeo And Juliet - not only does

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Second sight Review and Opinion

2017/11/06

Second Sight (1991)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

It should be pointed out that on its first video un-spooling, Michael J. Murphy's Second Sight got a light applaud and a three star rating. In the second viewing that extra star was born, gradually, meticulously, going

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Digital dead by bruce balfour Review and Opinion

2019/03/16

The Digital Dead
Bruce Balfour
Ace paperback $6.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

In this sequel to his wonderful The Forge Of Mars, Bruce Balfour brings back the characters of Tau Wolfsinger and his girlfriend Kate McCloud into another aspect of his world, seeing Kate kidnapped and

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Reign of fire Review and Opinion

2018/06/01

Reign Of Fire (2002)
Director: Rob Bowman

review by Michael Lohr

In present-day London, 12-year-old Quinn Abercromby watches as his mother - a construction engineer, inadvertently wakes an enormous fire-breathing beast from its millennia-long slumber. Twenty years later, much of the world is in ruins, scorched by the beast and its scaly offspring. As

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Mammoth encyclopedia of science fiction Review and Opinion

2018/09/12

The Mammoth Encylopedia Of Science Fiction
edited by George Mann
Robinson paperback £9.99

review by Steven Hampton

There's plenty to nitpick here, but The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is not the abysmal failure that certain overhasty reviewers would have you believe. As the publicity blurb declares, it's an "up-to-date, concise, clear

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Fallen angels Review and Opinion

2017/05/08

Fallen Angels (2003)
Director: Ian David Diaz

review by Steve Anderson

Every time Jeff Fahey stars in a cheap, poorly done piece of direct-to-video slop, an angel gets its wings. Right now, by my count, there are about three angels in heaven still taking the bus to work.

And you can tell right off that this one's going to be a doozy. We kick it

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Mothman prophecies Review and Opinion

2018/08/11

The Mothman Prophecies (2001)
Director: Mark Pellington

review by Michael Lohr

Raised in the mid-Ohio Valley (I was born in West Virginia and grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, my grandmother was born and raised in Point Pleasant, where all the sightings first occurred), I was always familiar with the legend of the 'mothman' and all the strange UFO

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Scarred Review and Opinion

2016/09/17

Scarred (2005)
Director: Steve Looker

review by Paul Higson

If we are missing something in 2005 it is the turkey film. That must in this instant sound ominous to the makers of the film under review. Recently I saw a low-budget American film named Near Death and half an hour in was thinking, 'this is the worst porn film I have ever seen', on the

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Dogma Review and Opinion

2019/03/12

Dogma (1999)
Director: Kevin Smith

review by Steven Hampton

Certainly one of the most generically mixed up films I have ever seen, this lamely whimsical comedy fantasy is too confused to satisfy even the most undemanding viewer. It fails miserably as biblical apocalypse, road movie, counterculture satire and - whatever! The familiar characters of Jay

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Shaun of the dead Review and Opinion

2018/04/21

Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright

review by Tony Lee

Sitting quietly in his local pub, Shaun (Simon Pegg) is told by his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) that she's dumping him, partly because his fat friend Ed (Nick Frost) is always hanging around to spoil their supposed 'dates'. Shaun and Ed don't take this news very well, and their commiserative

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Phildelphia experiment Review and Opinion

2018/07/01

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Director: Stewart Raffill

review by Steven Hampton

Executive produced by John Carpenter, this is a time travelling action adventure romance, starring Michael Paré and Nancy Allen. It begins in 1943 with a secret US Navy operation to test a radar-invisibility machine in the hope of creating a perfect stealth warship

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Signs Review and Opinion

2018/04/18

Signs (2002)
Writer and director: M. Night Shyamalan

review by Michael Lohr

If you are going to this movie to see another mindless alien invasion flick with silly jokes and lots of needless explosions then stay home! In Signs M. Night Shyamalan follows up his previous genre-bending modern classics The Sixth Sense and

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I, robot Review and Opinion

2018/11/11

I, Robot (2004)
Director: Alex Proyas

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!In mid-21st century Chicago, police detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) is called to the scene of a reported suicide at the world's largest robotics facility. His friend, inventor and industrialist Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell

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Matrix reloaded Review and Opinion

2018/09/04

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Directors: Andy and Larry Wachowski

review by Christopher Geary

Lacking the Philip K. Dick styled revelatory intrigues of the original (where the modern world is a virtual construct concealing human slavery to machine intelligence, and the computer hacker hero is invited to take a pill to discover the true nature of reality

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Wrong turn Review and Opinion

2017/12/17

Wrong Turn (2003)
Director: Rob Schmidt

review by Paul Higson

First the British showed Hollywood how to do it and now the Canadians are cocking a snoop at Los Angeles horror. Did I see a few bad reviews for this earlier today? Instead I went by the simple recommendation of an American friend and hey, if it isn't a proper horror movie.
   The principal

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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 657 Review and Opinion

2015/12/30

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 657 (January 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

Always a fine magazine, Fantasy & SF is probably the best genre fiction magazine around today. It's certainly the most consistent in terms of quality. This issue's lead story is a didactic novella by Bruce Sterling entitled Kiosk

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