Sci-fi

Under The Skin Review – NP Approved

Under The Skin Review – NP Approved

Some of the best and most disturbing sci-fi films are set on earth itself. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959), Planet of the Apes (1968), District 9 (2009), are just a few of the unsettling narratives that use planet earth as their setting. Films like the original Star W... Read More »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Whether with a shot that has Robert Redford re-enacting All the President’s Men or a set design that calls to mind The Parallax View, the most exciting action onscreen in the new Captain America movie are the numerous little nods incoming directors Joe and Anthony Russo make to t... Read More »

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Hollow Man Review

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Hollow Man Review

The long-loved tale of the Invisible Man is turned on its head by Hollow Man, from director Paul Verhoeven. This specific incantation tells the story of Sebastian (Kevin Bacon) and Linda (Elisabeth Shue), two top scientists that are at the top of their fields who also have perfec... Read More »

Divergent Review

Divergent Review

Neil Buger director of The Illusionist, directs this adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel, Divergent. Divergent is set in a dystopian future Chicago that is divided into five factions: Amity (peaceful), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Candor (honest) and Erudite (intelli... Read More »

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Starship Troopers Review

Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Starship Troopers Review

Heinlein’s militaristic novel did what most sci-fi books do, they talk about the future while commenting on the present. Heinlein saw the rise and fall of major military powers in World War II, creating his support for nuclear weapon testing and the novel to espouse those views. ... Read More »

Canadian Film Festival: Patch Town Review

Canadian Film Festival: Patch Town Review

Whether it means to or not, Patch Town does well to invoke the history of cinema in an opening credits cut from old-style newsreel to lacking new-age digital effects. Here is a film that doesn’t want for forebears yet feels quite unlike anything else, a movie that’s made with fee... Read More »

Review: Patrick (2013)

Review: Patrick (2013)

A remake of the little known 1978 film of the same name, Patrick (:Evil Awakens) is a throwback to a style of filmmaking that is rarely seen today. There is little subtlety in Mark Hartley’s tribute to Hammer-style productions but while this is partially the film’s strength, it i... Read More »

Review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

Review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

I was incredibly skeptical when I saw the first trailer for Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I’ve been a fan of that segment of Jay Ward’s classic Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends since I was a kid (no, I didn’t see it in the first run, they were repeated a lot in the early and mid-80s).... Read More »

Review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

Review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

When I heard they were making a Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie, I forgot almost instantly. I was familiar with the series, but I had never really gotten into it altogether. The marketing for the film never seemed to grab me, and I only attended my Tuesday night press screening bec... Read More »

TIFF’s Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven Review: RoboCop (1987) – NP Approved

TIFF’s Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven Review: RoboCop (1987) – NP Approved

Sometime in the future, at least the future from 1987’s perspective, children will be glued to their TV sets by the adventures of T.J. Lazer, a space cowboy armed with a laser pistol and a devil-may-care attitude. It’s the sort of sci-fi hokum that entertains young boys and adult... Read More »

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