Science Fiction

No country for tender children

Ender’s Game ★★★ (Directed by Gavin Hood, 2013) A tense, cruel game of total annihilation that doesn’t shine a very rosy light on human nature. Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis. Written and directed by Gavin Hood based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. Adventure, science fiction. 1hr 54mins. M […]

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Brutal sequel a vibrant victory

3SR: Panem’s reluctant firebrand returns, bringing the revolution with her in this infinitely more vibrant and successful addition to the Hunger Games franchise.   Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence Written by Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel […]

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Weighty subjects take flight

3SR: The best looking film ever made, a masterpiece of cinematic magic. Sadly undercut by over earnest dialogue that comes at you like a rolled up newspaper across the nose. Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Written by Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and Rodrigo Garcia. ****1/2 Science Fiction,  thriller. 1hr 31mins.  […]

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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 […]

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