A pair of misfit science teachers find an Arizona meteor strike hiding an alien invasion. OK SF comedy modelled on Reitman’s earlier Ghostbusters, down to a gunge/giant monster/Dan Ackroyd finale. Julianne Moore on sprightly pratfall form.
Endearing but nonsensical stranger in a strange land tale. Whilst the plot evaporates as soon as you look at it, the evocative visuals and, for the time, excellent special FX still manage to hold your attention. Ignore the script and you’ll be fine.
The first manned mission to Mars goes awry. Straightforward SF disaster/bodycount movie with the usual nods (astronaut called Bowman etc), though more contrivances than usual. Seriously, guys, don’t take a robot with its “military” mode enabled.
Classic Sci-Fi re-imagining with stunning VFX but clunky narrative. Tom Cruise plays ‘overwhelmed’ well, but the film is hindered by disjointed modernising of the plot and some stitched in, though well realised, action set pieces. Worth an Ooh laa!
An Amazon princess journeys to the outside world to defeat the God of War. Superior superhero origin story, benefitting from freshness of its lead character, a generally light touch, and a well-realised World War 1 period setting.
A hitman is subjected to forced gender reassignment. A messy hotchpotch of bad taste, worse gender politics, and a standard pulpy noir payback yarn. Tomboy is never uninteresting, but not always for the right genre reasons. A future cult beckons.
Archaeologists lead a space mission to the creators of life on Earth. Good-looking and packed with great images, this Alien prequel is nevertheless hugely flawed, not least with an abundance of intelligent beings doing really dumb things.