[Fantasia 2019] DREADOUT: Video Game Creeps Confront a Gothic Indonesian Past

Kimo Stamboel’s video game adaptation is a creepy thrill ride, just as much as it is a confrontation of the present and a Gothic Indonesian past.

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BLACK DEATH & Fundamentalist Faith

A monk goes with several unlikely knights to find where the BLACK DEATH has been evaded in a creepy little village, possibly harbouring witches.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is Marvel’s Best Mix of Action & Character

Not usually a fan of Marvel movies, this one thrilled me with exciting action & a surprisingly well-juggled ton of characters.

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Inside CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER are Great Political-Style Action Thrills

THE WINTER SOLDIER plays less like a Marvel film, more like a political action-thriller. And that’s a-okay by me!

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SUICIDE SQUAD: DC’s Hot Mess

Yuck.

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VALHALLA RISING: Revisionist Arthouse Viking History

Refn brings his wild sensibilities to a dark fantasy epic involving the possible course of a Viking trip to North America before anybody other than the Natives set foot on its ground.

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Danny Boyle’s Sunshine Takes Its Sci-Fi Seriously

Sunshine. 2007. Directed by Danny Boyle. Screenplay by Alex Garland. Starring Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, & Michelle Yeoh. 20th Century Fox/DNA Films/Ingenious Film Partners/MPC. Rated 14A. 107 minutes. Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Ever since first laying my eyes upon Trainspotting, I’ve more or less knelt at the altarContinue reading “Danny Boyle’s Sunshine Takes Its Sci-Fi Seriously”

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Relentlessly Fun Video Game Action with HARDCORE HENRY

A first-person shooter inside an action film inside a sci-fi story inside a whole lot of fun.

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PROMETHEUS Explores the Absent, Cruel Creator of Humanity

You don’t dig PROMETHEUS? Well, Father Gore does— so buckle up!

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Midnight Special is Emotional Sci-Fi with Action Bones

Midnight Special. 2016. Directed & Written by Jeff Nichols. Starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, David Jensen, Sharon Landry, Dana Gourrier, Sharon Garrison, Allison King, & Sean Bridgers. Faliro House Productions/Tri-State Pictures/Warner Bros. Rated PG. 112 minutes. Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi ★★★★★ When it comesContinue reading “Midnight Special is Emotional Sci-Fi with Action Bones”

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Deadpool is a Superhero Gone Superbad

Deadpool. 2016. Directed by Tim Miller. Screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Michael Benyaer, Stefan Kapici, Brianna Hildebrand, Style Dayne, Kyle Cassie, Taylor Hickson, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, & Gina Carano. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kingberg Genre/Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment. Rated R. 108 minutes. Action/Adventure/Comedy ★★★★1/2 TheContinue reading “Deadpool is a Superhero Gone Superbad”

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