Phone booth Review and Opinion

2018/06/29

Phone Booth (2003)
Director: Joel Scumacher

review by Paul Higson

'Screenplay by Larry Cohen.' That should be enough to draw anyone to a film. Alas, one has to be an aficionado of midnight movie culture in order to rightly ascribe the name to conceptual storylines, lively characters, a high level of incidence and abrasive, often politicised, wit. It

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Pi Review and Opinion

2018/06/28

Pi (1998)
Director: Darren Aronofsky

review by Emma French

A mathematician with migraines has rarely proved as intriguing as Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette), the tortured hero, does in Pi, a superbly acted and dazzlingly intelligent production. Though the film makes no effort to be populist or accessible, it is elevated above cult curiosity

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Piggies by nick gifford Review and Opinion

2018/06/27

Piggies
Nick Gifford
Puffin paperback £4.99

review by Gary Couzens

Walking home one day, young Ben Aynsley is caught in a storm. Lightning strikes... and then Ben finds himself somewhere else. He's still in the town he knows, but it's somehow different. Vampires walk the streets, feeding off 'ferals', and soon Ben's life is in danger.
   Nick Gifford

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Pioneers of wonder Review and Opinion

2018/06/26

Pioneers Of Wonder - Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction
Eric Leif Davin
Prometheus hardcover £27

review by Steve Sneyd

This is a book that definitely 'does what it says on the tin', and for anyone with even a passing interest in the extraordinary growth of the genre in 1930s

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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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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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Planet of the apes Review and Opinion

2018/06/23

Planet Of The Apes (2001)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Touted as a 're-imagination' of the ape-planet concept, the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes aptly demonstrates that there is little imagination left in Hollywood. Indeed, this film is a classic example of style over substance. What is most disappointing, however, is that

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Planets project Review and Opinion

2018/06/22

The Planets Project: A Science Fictional Tour of the Solar System

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Pleasantville Review and Opinion

2018/06/21

Pleasantville (1998)
Writer and director: Gary Ross

review by Debbie Moon

Teenager David is obsessed with a 1950s' TV show, 'Pleasantville', featuring a happy family living in an idyllic community. Given his erratic home life, his desire to escape to a world of fantasy is understandable. However, when he and his worldly sister are sucked into the show

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Polystom by adam roberts Review and Opinion

2018/06/20

Polystom
Adam Roberts
Gollancz hardcover £16.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The eponymous hero of Adam Roberts' new novel Polystom is a young unworldly aristocrat with a large estate, a fancy title, pots of money and not much to do. He spends his time indulging his passions for reading poetry, listening to opera records on his gramophone and flying

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Pirates of the caribbean Review and Opinion

2018/06/19

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Paul Higson

Ten minutes in and there seemed to be cause for concern. A bit too neat, a tad too slow, the dialogue dipping into the heart-of-the-piratical-17th-century-and-don't-you-dare-ya-arr-stray lexicon. Worse still are the actors. Keira Knightly can

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Practical magic Review and Opinion

2018/06/18

Practical Magic (1998)
Director: Griffin Dunne

review by Jeff Young

Compare and contrast this quirky but predictable and safe romantic fantasy with superior chiller, The Craft, and any number of downmarket, direct-to-video horrors about ouija boards. What this lacks, and they all have in common, is a sense of conviction in the supernatural material

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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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Prayer cushions of the flesh Review and Opinion

2018/06/16

Prayer Cushions Of The Flesh
Robert Irwin
Overlook hardcover $22.95

review by Amy Harlib

Robert Irwin, British historian and scholar of Medieval and Arabic History and author of several novels and works of nonfiction, uses his academic expertise to craft an exotic, erotic fantasy about life in the Harem of the Sultan of the Turkish Ottoman Empire during

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Predator Review and Opinion

2018/06/15

Predator (1987)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Okay, Predator is the ultimate testosterone movie, with its body-building, tough-talking cast, cache of weapons, including a handheld mini-gun (used by none other than Jesse 'the body' Ventura), a "scared out of her mind" woman who speaks little English, and a bone-breaking, skull

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The Prisoner Companion and The Prisoner Handbook Review and Opinion

2018/06/14

The Prisoner: The Official Companion To The TV Series
Robert Fairclough
Carlton paperback £14.99

The Prisoner Handbook
Steven Paul Davies
Boxtree paperback £14.99

reviews by Christopher Geary

Although it will never be as popular worldwide as Star Trek, The Prisoner remains, arguably, the finest television series

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Purple storm Review and Opinion

2018/06/13

Purple Storm (1999)
Director: Teddy Chen

review by Ian Shutter

First class production values, comparable to the best that many a Hollywood thriller has to offer, raise expectations for this hi-tech actioner, made in Hong Kong and backed by Jackie Chan. It features Joan Chen among a cast of relative unknowns.
   Ostensibly, the plot is about a stolen

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Queen of the damned Review and Opinion

2018/06/12

Queen Of The Damned (2002)
Director: Michael Rymer

review by Jen Johnston

Vampire movies in general scare me to death. I tend to avoid them like the plague as my personal idea of a good time at the movies does not involve total cardiac arrest. There are times when I'll make exceptions. I went to see Shadow Of A Vampire because John Malkovich is

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Quicksilver Review and Opinion

2018/06/11

Quicksilver
Neal Stephenson
William Heinemann hardcover £16.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Following the success of his critically acclaimed Cryptoniomicon, Neal Stephenson's latest is a three-part prequel beginning with Quicksilver. If Cryptonomicon was a huge undertaking, this trilogy looks set to establish new epic scales of bigness

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Quiet earth Review and Opinion

2018/06/10

The Quiet Earth (1985)
Director: Geoff Murphy

review by Gary Couzens

One morning, Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) wakes up to find himself alone. He seems to be the only person left on Earth.
   For the next half-hour of screen time - the best part of the film - Lawrence is alone on screen, apart from a couple of voiceovers and one of Zac's scientist

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Ravenheart Review and Opinion

2018/06/09

Ravenheart
David Gemmell
Corgi paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

This is the third book in the now famous fantasy series which tracks the bloody but heroic history of the Rigante, a highland clan struggling against tyranny for its survival and honour. Ravenheart is set in a time when the clan has become little more than a subject people

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Ravenous Review and Opinion

2018/06/08

Ravenous (1998)
Director: Antonia Bird

review by Tony Lee

This curious vampire and cannibalism drama has an offbeat historical setting, in 1847 during the Mexican US war. It flirts with the Canadian Indian myth of the wendigo, a remnant of Algonquin folklore concerning an animal spirit that feeds upon human flesh, but doesn't exactly leap into bed with

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Re-animator Review and Opinion

2018/06/07

Re-Animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon

review by Jeff Young

"You once did me a favour by letting me into your medical school... Welcome back to life!" This is classic low-budget comedy horror with tongue-in-cheek perversity and one of the great splatter finales, based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft.
   Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs, lately a malicious

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Red dwarf Review and Opinion

2018/06/06

Red Dwarf (1988-99)
Created by Grant Naylor

review by Mike McCarty and Mark McLaughlin

For those of you who haven't seen Red Dwarf, this sci-fi comedy concerns the adventures of Lister, the last Earthman alive, and his pals - the hologram Rimmer, a humanoid feline simply called Cat, and Lister's ex-girlfriend Kochanski. Their home is the space

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Redemption ark by alastair reynolds Review and Opinion

2018/06/05

Redemption Ark
Alastair Reynolds
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Redemption Ark, Alastair Reynolds' third novel, continues to explore the future history that has been the primary subject of his science fiction so far. It returns to the Delta Pavonis system where Revelation

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Red planet Review and Opinion

2018/06/04

Red Planet (2000)
Director: Antony Hoffman

review by Tony Lee

Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss are the human stars of this moderately successful, if fairly predictable science fiction drama, set fifty years from now. They're part of an international team on a mission to land the first people on Mars. Their team includes Tom Sizemore and veteran Terence

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Red dragon Review and Opinion

2018/06/03

Red Dragon (2002)
Director: Brett Ratner

review by Tony Lee

Best viewed as a prequel to Silence Of The Lambs (1991), rather than an unnecessary remake of Manhunter (1986), this new adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon lacks the cool style of Michael Mann's earlier version, opting for a less techno-fetishistic appeal and

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Reflections of evil Review and Opinion

2018/06/02

Reflections Of Evil (2002)
Writer and director: Damon Packard

review by Richard Bowden

Financed by a private trust fund, lasting well over two hours, written, directed, starring, and largely distributed by Damon Packard, Reflections Of Evil is one of the more interesting independent feature to emerge from America in the last few years. An unrelenting

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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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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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Remnant population by elizabeth moon Review and Opinion

2018/05/30

Remnant Population
Elizabeth Moon
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population recounts an apparently familiar SF tale from an unusual angle. An unscrupulous corporation orders the abandonment of an unprofitable colony on a far-flung planet. One stubborn colonist, however, manages to hide and avoids the enforced

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Renderosity, digital art Review and Opinion

2018/05/29

Digital Art For The 21st Century: Renderosity
John Grant and Audre Vysniauskas
A.A.P.P.L. artbook £19.95

review by Steven Hampton

A laudable introduction to the world of computer-generated art, this large softcover is a superbly effective showcase for the portfolios of 21 digital artists, both newcomers and established professionals but all members

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Repo man Review and Opinion

2018/05/28

Repo Man (1984)
Director: Alex Cox

review by Tony Lee

"But I showed them. I had a lobotomy in the end." - a choice line from one of my favourite low-budget movies. Repo Man stars Emilio Estevez as white suburban punk, Otto, and Harry Dean Stanton as his mentor Bud, in the seedy, sometimes dangerous American underworld of car repossession

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Requiem Review and Opinion

2018/05/27

Requiem (2003)
Director: Mitchell Morgan and Jon Kirby

review by Paul Higson

Your reviewer is put in a slightly awkward but moreover than that bemusing situation with this film, for never have I praised a film so highly yet ultimately had it fail me to the point of my hating it. The technical proficiency of all concerned in Requiem plays a major

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Resident evil Review and Opinion

2018/05/26

Resident Evil (2002)
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

review by Steven Hampton

A movie derived from a game - whether computer, console or arcade - is rarely a major commercial hit, and never a meaningful artistic success. This failing on both cinematic and financial levels (unless made on a low-budget) is largely due to the nature of these films' content

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Returner Review and Opinion

2018/05/25

Returner (2002)
Director: Takashi Yamazaki

review by Amy Harlib

A new Japanese science fiction action film with limited distribution (it's in Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles) though heavily derivative of Hollywood genre pictures, still deserves to be seen and enjoyed by aficionados. Director Takashi Yamazaki's second feature (after the similarly

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Return of the living dead Review and Opinion

2018/05/24

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Director: Dan O'Bannon

review by Jeff Young

If you saw George Romero's classic zombie horror Night Of The Living Dead, and so reckon you can guess what this one's about, think again...
   Yes, it's a horror thriller, and it's about zombies - but there

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Revengers tragedy Review and Opinion

2018/05/23

Revengers Tragedy (2003)
Director: Alex Cox

review by Ian Shutter

The former presenter of BBC-TV's cult cinema showcase, Moviedrome, breaks new ground here with his first proper British film. Revengers Tragedy is based on the 17th century play by Thomas Middleton

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Richard III Review and Opinion

2018/05/22

Richard III (1996)
Director: Richard Loncraine

review by Tony Lee

An affected but wholly successful revision of Shakespeare's play, this tale of royal intrigue and one man's lust for the power of the British throne (filmed 40 years earlier by Laurence Olivier) is updated from 15th century costume drama to 1930s' political thriller. Ian McKellen (who

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Riding the rock Review and Opinion

2018/05/21

Riding The Rock
Stephen Baxter
PS Publishing paperback £8 / $14

review by Duncan Lawie

Riding The Rock is a new novella set in Baxter's long running Xeelee sequence with an introduction, by Gregory Benford, which is a classic example of the foreword that should be read afterwards.

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Ring trilogy Review and Opinion

2018/05/20

Ring (1999)
Director: Hideo Nakata

review by Steven Hampton

An astonishingly creepy Japanese mystery horror movie, Ring (aka: Ringu), has been favourably compared to independent American hit, The Blair Witch Project yet, in all honesty, this association is wholly unfair because the quietly enigmatic Ring is far superior to that scandalously

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The ring Review and Opinion

2018/05/19

The Ring (2003)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Steven Hampton

Ehren Kruger's screenplay for this American remake of Japan's cult Ringu, returns to the source material of Kôji Suzuki's novel, but relocates the action to Seattle. Gore Verbinski, maker of

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Rite of spring Review and Opinion

2018/05/18

The Rite Of Spring (1995)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul HigsonSpoiler alert!Made immediately before his Tristan there were expectations on Michael J. Murphy's The Rite

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Riverworld Review and Opinion

2018/05/17

Riverworld (2002)
Producers: Janine Dickins, Mary Kahn

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel has set about the task of adapting Philip José Farmer's Hugo Award winning novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go into movie format and possibly a television series. A daunting task indeed, but after watching the two-hour movie, it is a challenge that

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2018/05/16

Wombat Salad, or Krishna Says To Spank Your Monkey

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2018/05/15

Today, Next Week, And 50 Years Down The Road

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Robot stories Review and Opinion

2018/05/14

Robot Stories (2004)
Writer and director: Greg Pak

review by Amy Harlib

Robot Stories represents that rarity - an independent, low budget SF film that thoroughly entertains and stimulates contemplation of themes related to its tag line: 'Science fiction from the heart'. Korean-American director/scripter Greg Pak, hitherto known for his award-winning

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2018/05/13

The Hoodoo That You Do:
Religious As Hell In London Voodoo

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Don't Look Now + The Man Who Fell To Earth Review and Opinion

2018/05/12

Don't Look Now (1973)
Director: Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
Director: Nicolas Roeg

reviews by Gary Couzens

When their daughter dies in a drowning accident, John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie) take a holiday in out-of-season Venice, where John works on restoring a church. Laura meets

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Rollerball Review and Opinion

2018/05/11

Rollerball (2001)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Stuart J. Law

We first meet Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) as he races downhill, luge-style, on an elongated skateboard-thing. It's quite exciting, ducking under trucks, scraping round corners. The cops chase him down. Cross runs into (literally) old friend Marcus Ridley (LL Cool J), who saves his butt

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