Sci-Fi Movie Reviews

Automata to take a shot at the ‘humans v robots’ movie genre

Automata to take a shot at the ‘humans v robots’ movie genre

The upcoming movie Automata has a somewhat tired storyline; big, bad company creates robots that turn on humans, and an investigator close to cracking who is behind it all. The difference with this one is that it doesn’t seem to bend to the undertow of “there has to be something good behind all of this”. There is no clean takeaway — the robots aren’t friendly, and humans are being edged out of the picture.

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Godzilla Review (2014)

Godzilla Review (2014)

There is a moment, in Gareth Edwards' moody, expansive Godzilla movie, when monsters rage amid the crumbling San Francisco skyline while its residents flee for cover underground. Our glimpse of titan beasts fighting tooth and claw is the rapidly narrowing gap between the closing doors, before we're shut in the darkness with the frightened, ineffectual masses. As bystanders we can only cower and wait, an afterthought like the human players in this year's blockbuster.

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LOOPER movie Review

LOOPER movie Review

Any review of the movie LOOPER that tells you essentially any elements of the plot is going to be written by a jerk who doesn't want you to get the full movie experience - take that to the bank. What we're going to talk about here and now is how you need to see the movie and what sort of mood you need to be in. LOOPER is a time travel movie when you go into it, and a bit of a baffling mystery wrapped inside an enigma when you walk out of it - but you wont be walking right out of it, you'll be sitting in the chair thinking about what you just watched, just like you're supposed to while the credits are rolling.

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Total Recall (2012) Movie Review

Total Recall (2012) Movie Review

The 2012 version of Total Recall begins with Colin Farrell bloodied and beaten lying on the floor of a room that quickly becomes a barrage of flashing lights and gunshots - then suddenly the movie is over. This movie does not let up the action to the point where several times during the film I was wishing for a blank screen just so I could recapitulate what I'd just seen. And before you get too deep into what everything means, whether or not everything is real or if it's all just one science fiction dream as the Schwarzenegger version very well may have been, you'll find that you've got a smorgasboard of visual stimulants that you'll not only want to see again - you'll want to own it all too.

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Men in Black III IMAX 3D Movie Review

Men in Black III IMAX 3D Movie Review

When we spoke with Ken Ralston and Jay Redd of Sony Pictures Imageworks, they described this movie just as it was: a collection of plausible alternate realities. It is at this point in the Men in Black series that they're able to take for granted the fact that most of their audience will have seen a previous installment, Men in Black I or II, and can move forward with the characters to explore new non-origin adventures. This Men in Black takes everything positive from the first two films and hits a home run with not just a fabulous new story, but exquisite visuals and a collection of engaging characters as well.

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Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Alien was all about dark, ominous spaces and a sense of intense claustrophobia and mounting tension - in part due to Ridley Scott's withholding of the final Xenomorph in all its glory as the film reached its climax (along with hiding its comparably low-tech costume). Prometheus is the CGI-overspilling, determinedly 3D and generally expansive movie Scott could never make back in 1979. It's a fraught process, returning to a story that not only helped make a career but shaped a genre, and Prometheus swings between sensation, horror and a sometimes uncomfortable philosophy.

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Battleship Movie Review

Battleship Movie Review

While this summer has no lack of action adventure movies going for it, what with the likes of The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises on deck, Battleship is prepared to be the cleanest selection of the group. The blockbuster category requires that a movie be spectacularly large in its on-screen scope, and the movie Battleship does this - and little else. Like each of the interviews you may have heard thus far on the film, including our most recent interview on Battleship with Industrial Light and Magic, this movie is definitely a "popcorn" flick - that means you should come prepared to quite simply sit back and be entertained, and entertained well.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

I will admit that I am a hater. An overwhelming majority of my movie reviews on SlashGear have been negative. When they were positive, they were usually reviews for pretentious Oscar-fodder like Black Swan. I’m more likely to hate movies that other people liked, and I pride myself more on hating those movies in new and interesting ways, rather than bucking the trend. This is why my review of “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” may come as a surprise. If you liked anything about the previous Transformers movies, you will like “Transformers 3.” I recommend it. Go see it and have a good time.

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Movie Review: Thor

Movie Review: Thor

When I first heard about the "Thor" movie, I had the same reaction as most folks I know. "Thor? Really?! Thor?" Couldn't we just have another Hulk movie instead? Did the "Power Man and Iron Fist" script not turn out the way they hoped? Until I was about 16, I was an avid comic collector, and I favored Marvel titles, of which "Thor" is one. When I turned 16, I started spending my comic book money on gasoline, and it all went downhill from there, but I still have boxes and boxes filled with a few thousand comics, bagged and boarded, safe in my parents' basement. I collected "Thor," but I also collected "Speedball," so my taste is suspect. In any case, the news of a "Thor" movie mostly means, to me at least, that Marvel is running out of super heroes for the big screen.

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Movie Review: Avatar Special Edition

Movie Review: Avatar Special Edition

It's obvious why "Avatar" was released again, and perhaps a little selfish on the part of the money makers. Near the end of its run, "Avatar" was pushed off a majority of its 3D screens by up-and-comers that couldn't do long term damage, but perhaps shortened the length of the blockbuster's victory lap. The movie could have made more money, so now it has been released again, this time with less than 15 minutes of additional, bonus footage. It's already out on DVD, and you can even get a free copy by buying a new Samsung phone, so is it really worth seeing again on the big screen? Does the movie hold up, now that the hype has worn down? In a word? Hell yeah.

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