Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Gattaca - * * *

Gattaca is the rather unusual title for a fairly good science fiction drama. No, its not a prison riot film…rather, its title is a play on the building blocks of DNA (and also the name of a company in the … Continue reading

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Mimic - * * *

Why is it that it seems every science fiction horror film in the last eighteen years tries to duplicate Alien? Mimic is the latest example of the trend. And, although overall it is a good, creepy thriller, it could have … Continue reading

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Event Horizon - 1/2*

Event Horizon is a science fiction horror film that is like a meeting of Hellraiser and Alien, albeit without the creativity or thrills. You might assume that with its truly stellar cast, the film can’t be that bad. Don’t. The … Continue reading

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Contact - * * * *

It has been awhile since Hollywood has delivered a serious science fiction drama. Most recent forays into SF tend to gravitate toward comedy (i.e. Men in Black, The Fifth Element), or action/thrillers (i.e. The Lost World, Face/Off). In addition, there … Continue reading

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Men in Black - * * *

Aliens are all around us. Disguised as humans, they roam the earth simply trying to blend in. On those occasions when one is discovered, a top secret government agency is dispatched to take care of matters, and cover up the … Continue reading

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Face/Off - * * * 1/2*

It is not often that you encounter an action film that can actually challenge its actors (not counting featherbrained musclemen, of course). And it isn’t often that you get strong performances, either. Yet, both of those are true for Face/Off, … Continue reading

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The Fifth Element - * * *

The best science fiction films manage to create a unique world, populated with rich characters and coherent to its own logic. The Fifth Element only meets these goals partway. It creates a visually intriguing setting, but adds rudimentary characters and … Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition - * * * *

The best of the three Star Wars films benefits from its Special Edition enhancements. This review will primarily cover the updates to the film, and assumes a general knowledge. If you haven’t seen the film yet, get away from the … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Special Edition - * * * *

George Lucas rereleases his cinematic triumph with revamped sound and special effects. There are very few people who need a summary of the film; if you’re one of those who hasn’t seen Star Wars, what the heck are you doing … Continue reading

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Mars Attacks - * * * 1/2*

With Mars Attacks, director Tim Burton has created not only an instant cult hit, but a very offbeat black comedy that parodies martian invasion films, disaster films, and many aspects of our popular culture. It begins in the time-honored disaster … Continue reading

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