FILM: Mechanical family

From the ancient legend of lady-maker Pygmalion, to 80s classics The Terminator and Blade Runner with it’s ‘‘more human than human’’ killing machines, artificial people, have titillated and terrified us in equal measure. Robots can be anything from comic sidekicks to apocalyptic threats, often telling us more about what it means to be human than to … More FILM: Mechanical family

REVIEW: Divergent

Warrior woman loses the battle (★★ Directed by Robert Schwentke. With so few female-lead action films around, and having been pleasantly surprised by the first film in the series, I looked forward to Insurgent, part 2 of the Divergent trilogy, with some anticipation. Sadly – because it’s always sad when potential is squandered – this … More REVIEW: Divergent

Limp start gives way to mighty finish

 Thor 2 belongs to Loki, or should that be Loki 3 belongs to Loki? Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston and Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Yost. Action, adventure, fantasy. 1hr 52mins. M for violence. 3D. ★★★.5 stars When … More Limp start gives way to mighty finish

Why so serious?

3SR:  Looks great, but takes itself way more seriously than any film about cowboys and Aliens ever should. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano. Directed by Jon Favreau. Action, adaptation, science fiction, western. Rated M for violence. 118 minutes. **1/2 One of the most underrated crossover films of … More Why so serious?

Rise of the rotten utopia

3SR: Sumptuous world building and a paper thing story can’t disguise the brutal metaphor behind Elysium – there’s something rotten in paradise, and it’s us. Elysium Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp Action, drama, science fiction, thriller. 1hr 49mins. R16 for violence and offensive language ***1/2 … More Rise of the rotten utopia