Atlantis Review and Opinion

2019/06/28

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

review by Michael Lohr

Although this movie was utterly pounded by Shrek at the box office, it is still a wonderfully entertaining movie that both children and adults will enjoy. Atlantis: The Lost Empire uses mainly traditional animation in its production, but does

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Atom by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2019/06/27

Atom
Steve Aylett
Orion paperback £6.99

review by Rob Marshall

Beerlight is a strange town. You won't find it on any known map. What's more, unlike many of today's fantasy authors, its creator has admirably resisted the temptation to supply you with one. However, the directions for getting there

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Steve aylett's atom Review and Opinion

2019/06/26

Atom
Steve Aylett
Four Walls Eight Windows hardcover $14.95

review by Amy Harlib

British author of 'slipstream', avant-garde SF, Steve Aylett, with many previous books under his belt and whose reputation for outrageousness precedes him, does it again! Atom, a recent novel (in print and readily

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Audition Review and Opinion

2019/06/25

Audition (1999)
Director: Miike Takashi

review by Mike Philbin

After the death of his wife, company executive Shigeharu Aoyama brings up his only son. The pair are almost inseparable for seven years. During a meeting with a business colleague at the TV station where he works, a cunning plan for a fake TV show is concocted to find Shigeharu a new wife

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Avalon Review and Opinion

2019/06/24

Avalon (2001)
Director: Mamoru Oshii

review by Christopher Geary

From the maker of excellent SF anime Ghost In The Shell (1996), this is Mamoru Oshii's first European live-action feature. Shot in Poland using colour and sepia stock, enhanced digitally, it's a visually impressive example of SF art cinema. The scenario concerns illegal VR wargame

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Awful dr orlof Review and Opinion

2019/06/23

The Awful Dr Orlof (1962)
Director: Jess Franco

review by James Starkey

This rather amusing melodrama was fairly typical of the early-1960s' European crime/thriller genre that rose up and disappeared almost overnight. Influenced by the work of Ed Wood in the US and the British Hammer studios, Jess Franco went about producing his own little slice of terror

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Babylon 5 legend of the rangers Review and Opinion

2019/06/22

Babylon 5 - The Legend Of The Rangers: To Live And Die In Starlight (2002)
Director: Michael Vejar

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

When Babylon 5 came to its end during its 5th year, it left behind a more-than-imposing shadow. Not only does it stand as one of the best-written and plotted SF programmes to date, but it casts the same

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Babylon 5 Review and Opinion

2019/06/21

Babylon 5
The Passing Of The Techno-Mages III: Invoking Darkness
Jeanne Cavelos
Del Rey paperback $6.50

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

In this last instalment of the latest Babylon 5 trilogy, author Jeanne Cavelos has taken on the task of illuminating minor characters from the TV series (and its ill-fated spin-off, Crusade

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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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Land of a thousand balconies Review and Opinion

2019/06/19

Land Of A Thousand Balconies
Jack Stevenson
Critical Vision paperback £14.99 / $19.95

review by Richard Bowden

Featuring "a drag below cinema's otherwise clean and perfect surface," in which "things, inventions, technologies, ideas, obsessions and styles from another time" appear, Stevenson's entertaining book inevitably echoes his own eclectic career

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Battlefield earth Review and Opinion

2019/06/18

Battlefield Earth: Take Back The Planet (1999)
Director: Roger Christian

review by Steven Hampton

"If man-animal prefers its rat uncooked then our job is that much easier." I think the harshest critics of Battlefield Earth may have misinterpreted the whole thing. True, it's seriously flawed, but Roger Christian's SF adventure is not a complete

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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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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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Beneath the ground Review and Opinion

2019/06/14

Beneath The Ground
edited by Joel Lane
Alchemy paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

Man has always feared the dark places under the earth, in myth, they are the gates to other worlds, worlds of monsters and gods and the dead. In the modern world, they are curiosities, heritage sites, challenges, and the secret places of children or dangerous loners

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Beowulf Review and Opinion

2019/06/13

Beowulf (1999)
Director: Graham Baker

review by Ian Shutter

A monstrous and violent thing stalks the dimly lit corridors of a besieged fortress while a vigilant army surrounding it executes anyone that tries to escape, and waits for the futuristic citadel to fall. Then, along comes Christopher Lambert in ultimate warrior guise (dressed and styled like

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Beyond re-animator Review and Opinion

2019/06/12

Beyond Re-Animator (2002)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Tom Matic

The Re-Animator sequence appears to be following the pattern of the Hammer Frankenstein films, with the coldly amoral antihero (Jeffrey Combs' Herbert West and Peter Cushing's Frankenstein) recruiting a naïve new acolyte

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Big fish Review and Opinion

2019/06/11

Big Fish (2004)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Debbie Moon

Edward Bloom is a big fish in a small pond. All his life, he's entertained his family with tales of his fantastical past: how he began his career in the circus, rescued a giant, battled for the woman of his dreams, and almost found paradise in a small Alabama town. Now he's dying, and his estranged

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Blade 2 Review and Opinion

2019/06/08

Blade II (2002)
Director: Guillermo Del Toro

review by Christopher Geary

Stephen Norrington's Blade (1998) was an enjoyable slice of vampire slaying action with high levels of martial arts and splashy gore, and a scattering of digital illusions, based on a comic-book series. This overdue sequel marks the return of vengeful hero, Blade - alias

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Blood feast Review and Opinion

2019/06/07

Blood Feast (1963)
Director: H.G. Lewis

review by Jeff Young

One of the great cult favourites rediscovered by horror fans during the 1980s video boom, this is generally praised (if that's the right word) for being the first proper gore movie, though its transgressions seem mild by today's standards.
   It has a curious plot, that of an exotic caterer

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Blowback Review and Opinion

2019/06/06

Blowback (1999)
Director: Mark L. Lester

review by Jeff Young

Mario Van Peebles plays a failed priest turned heroic cop in this action thriller that borrows from the screen scriptures of Stigmata and Se7en.
   In the guise of a

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Body Review and Opinion

2019/06/05

The Body (2000)
Director: Jonas McCord

review by Ian Shutter

This is a dramatic and intriguing, if ultimately spineless (excuse that awful pun), international conspiracy thriller about science versus religion. Dr Sharon Golban (Olivia Williams, from The Sixth Sense) is an archaeologist working at a dig in Jerusalem where she discovers a skeleton

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Bold as love by gwyneth jones Review and Opinion

2019/06/04

Bold As Love
Gwyneth Jones
Gollancz paperback £5.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Bold As Love begins a trilogy and revolves around a central triangle - perhaps a love triangle - and eventually a triumvirate. Power, politics and music form a further, thematic triangle of the book. The central trio comprises Ax, a respected but not commercially successful

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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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Breed Review and Opinion

2019/06/01

The Breed (2001)
Director: Michael Oblowitz

review by Tony Lee

This is a sci-fi variation on the theme of vampires, filmed on location in Budapest by the director of This World, Then The Fireworks (1997). The Breed is set in the near future, where European government leaders plan to integrate vampires into human society. It stars Adrian

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Re-animator 2 Review and Opinion

2019/05/31

Bride Of Re-Animator (1990)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Ian Shutter

Bride Of Re-Animator (aka: Re-Animator 2) is a wickedly amusing sequel. Brian Yuzna, the producer of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, pulls double duty here producing and directing, and follows his successful

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Bride with white hair Review and Opinion

2019/05/30

The Bride With White Hair (1993)
Director: Ronny Yu

The Bride With White Hair 2 (1993)
Director: David Wu

reviews by Jeff Young

Made in 1993, this stunning fantasy romance takes us back to the generic style of A Chinese Ghost Story and Zu Warriors

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Brief history of science Review and Opinion

2019/05/29

A Brief History Of Science:
As Seen Through the Development of Scientific Instruments
Thomas Crump
Constable hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

In the preface, Thomas Crump notes the sad lack of useful scientifically-inclined history books, today, and he asks why, if authors still write general histories of other subjects has science

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Broken angels Review and Opinion

2019/05/28

Broken Angels
Richard Morgan
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Debbie Moon

Takeshi Kovacs, disgraced former Envoy and reluctant mercenary in a dirty war on a backwater planet, is recovering from his wounds when a pilot offers him the opportunity of a lifetime. Many planets are scattered with the remains of 'Martian' civilisation - buildings, carvings

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Broken sword by poul anderson Review and Opinion

2019/05/27

The Broken Sword
Poul Anderson
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The Broken Sword is a tale of vengeance and doom in Dark Age Britain, encompassing the human and fairy realms, a great war between elves and trolls and the mysterious plans of the gods themselves.
   When Orm, a Viking raider, murders an English lord and 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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Naked brunch, fourth hand Review and Opinion

2019/05/25

Naked Brunch
Sparkle Hayter
No Exit paperback £14.99

The Fourth Hand
John Irving
Black Swan paperback £6.99

reviews by Ellen Cheshire

At first glance it would seem that these two authors would have little to unite them in a joint review. Sparkle Hayter is a brash Canadian gal, whose five 'Robin Hudson' mystery novels are great fun

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Battlestar galactica Review and Opinion

2019/05/24

BattleStar Galactica (2003)
Director: Michael Rymer

review by Steven Hampton

In the distant future, after 40 years of peace, open warfare between mankind and former robotic servants the Cylons breaks out again. Humanity's 12 colonies of Kobol are all destroyed in a surprise attack by upgraded Cylons, leaving only the BattleStar Galactica (a sort of aircraft

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Bourne supremacy Review and Opinion

2019/05/22

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Director: Paul Greengrass

review by Debbie Moon

Jason Bourne has escaped his former life as a brainwashed CIA assassin, and is living quietly with girlfriend Marie. But the headaches and the nightmares won't leave him alone - and neither will the ruthless killer who keeps tracking him down. Meanwhile, a botched operation in

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Bubba ho-tep Review and Opinion

2019/05/21

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director: Don Coscarelli

review by Eric Turowski

Elvis meets the mummy? How did I never hear of this film? Bruce Campbell stars as Elvis Presley, who had long ago traded places with an Elvis impersonator (who subsequently died), Sebastian Haff. Now, due to a tragic barbeque accident and an ironic pelvis fracture infection that sent

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