Hawksaw Ridge (2016)

Directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield & Sam Worthington.  Hacksaw ridge is inspired by the true World War 2 story of Desmond Doss, played here by Andrew Garfield, a so-called “conscientious objector”, who joins the army despite his refusal to carry a weapon and wish to only serve as a medic.  All this […]

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Ender’s Game (2013)

 Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Harrison Ford & Asa Butterfield.   In the years following an unsuccessful but damaging attack from the alien Formics, children are recruited into a “junior” sort of military battle school where they learn strategy and multi-tasking to take the fight back to the extra-terrestrials’ home world.  This is done […]

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The Blade of Brutalism

Blade Runner 2049’s cityscape has been heavily influenced by brutalist forms. But the hyper-capitalist society in which the film takes place is completely at odds with the style’s underlying philosophy. by Alice Sweitzer & Charlie Clemoes  This autumn saw the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the long-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. There’s been […]

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Chappie (2015)

Directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver & Die Antwoord.  What would happen if the world’s first artificially intelligent robot had to learn everything from the equivalent of human infancy and be thought every life lesson possible by straight-up South African gangsters?  This is the question that Chappie […]

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The New You?

Are You Being Replaced or Possessed? by Tobe Damit Originally and according to the first tales and stories about doppelgängers, these malevolent doubles (not twins) were creatures that were exact replicas, evil creatures from another dimension whose main goal would be to replace us in this world and all was needed for them to do […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult.  “What a lovely day!”  What a lovely day indeed, in this post-apocalyptic Australian outback, where bands of ruffians riding improbable motor-vehicle contraptions are trying to catch you as soon as you let your guard down.  This is the world of Mad Max: […]

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Oblivion (2013)

Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise & Morgan Freeman. Oblivion is a very beautiful movie that gorgeously blends reality and rendered elements together to spectacular effect.  The story is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth following an all-out war (that humanity won) against a race of invading aliens and that left the planet devastated.  […]

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Dredd (2012)

Directed by Pete Travis and starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby & Lena Headey.  I wasn’t expecting anything special when I originally watched this, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this concise & energetic action sci-fi flick that finally properly honors the legendary Judge Dredd.  The movie doesn’t waste any time on […]

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King Kong (2005)

Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black & Andy Serkis. First of, let me say that this movie seems like a love it or hate it affair, but I feel that most of its detractors are misguided in that they’re blaming a popcorn movie for being exactly that: a popcorn […]

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Atomic Blonde (2017)

Directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy & John Goodman. A savvy cold war spy thriller/action movie set during the fall of the Berlin wall executed in thru ‘80’s fashion.  From its soundtrack expertly picking thru the best of the decade’s catalog of hits to the frigid blue tone of its color […]

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