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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Directed by Luc Besson. With Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna and Ethan Hawke. Luc Besson’s screen translation of the French fantasy comic series, Valerian and Laureline, is an eccentric … Continue reading

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Star Trek Beyond (2016) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Star Trek Beyond (2016)  Directed by Justin Lin With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and Idris Elba Fast and Furious director Justin Lin takes the Captain’s chair for Star Trek Beyond, the third … Continue reading

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Arrival (2016) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Arrival (2016) Directed by Denis Villeneuve • Written by Eric Heisserer With Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker There’s a mournful nature to much of Denis Villeneuve’s work, which is forefront in the tone of Arrival, an intelligent science-fiction drama-thriller … Continue reading

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Directed by Dan Trachtenberg • Written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken & Damien Chazelle With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.  It’s been 8-years since the surprise attack of Cloverfield, Matt Reeves’s monster-on-the-loose-in-Manhattan horror-thriller … Continue reading

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Saturn 3 (1980) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Saturn 3 (1980) Directed by Stanley Donen. With Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett and Harvey Kietel. Oh, the curse of the troubled shoot. Some films survive the turmoil and turn out much better than they ought to have been, considering the … Continue reading

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Ex-Machina (2015) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Ex-Machina (2015) Directed by Alex Garland. With Domnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. Written and directed by Alex Garland – previously best-known as a novelist and scriptwriter – Ex-Machina is a beautifully shot science-fiction parable about a gifted computer programmer … Continue reading

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Lucy (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Lucy (2014) Directed by Luc Besson. With Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-shik. Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is a mind-bending science-fiction action film starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who is unwittingly exposed to a drug (CPh4) which gives … Continue reading

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Predator (1987) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Predator (1987) Directed by John McTiernan. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves and Shane Black. ‘The hunter becoming the hunted’ is a concept that immediately tweaks my interest. Add a science-fiction slant … Continue reading

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Interstellar (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Interstellar (2014) Directed by Christopher Nolan. With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. During his press junkets for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan repeatedly cites Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey as his two key cinematic influences with … Continue reading

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Fantastic Voyage (1966) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Fantastic Voyage (1966) Directed by Richard Fleischer. With Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O’ Connell and Arthur Kennedy. Some films are released and echo throughout time, remaining relevant and potent to live a life beyond a life. … Continue reading

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