The Mummy

The Mummy is the first entry in what Universal is calling The Dark Universe, its unique attempt to join in on the cinematic universe trend by resurrecting its classic movie monsters from the 1930s-1950s and tying them together with an overarching narrative. Alas, it’s also a pretty bad film, a hodgepodge of half-baked narrative ideas, […]

Alien: Covenant

Regardless of whether it is a good or bad film, Alien: Covenant is certainly a strange one. Following from 2012’s Prometheus (itself a space oddity), it continues in telling a very long, convoluted, bizarre, and, in the end, fairly unnecessary backstory for the Alien universe, explaining where the notorious xenomorph creatures came from and, I guess ultimately, why a […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit the summer it came out. Though most audiences were unfamiliar with its Marvel Comics source material, the film’s fresh combination of Star Wars-style visuals, endearing characters, raunchy humor, and a retro 60s/70s soundtrack won them over in droves. More broadly, in addition to being another feather in […]

Kong: Skull Island

The world really didn’t need another King Kong movie. We have the 1933 classic (which no one is in danger of forgetting, I assure you), two separate remakes (one of which not being released that long ago), and a few weird spinoffs, not to mention the countless science fiction, fantasy and adventure films — everything from Mighty Joe […]

Passengers

Many science fiction movies tend to focus on mind-expanding scientific or philosophical ideas, revolutionary special effects, symbolism for modern day issues, or some mixture of those three. Rare is the science fiction that focuses on something like pure human relationships while placing no real emphasis on those aforementioned concepts; but that’s exactly what we get with this year’s Passengers. […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From what I can tell, we’re going to be getting a new Star Wars movie every year for the next several years. The current studio plan seems to consist of having proper, numbered episodes every other year with spinoff material in between to keep things from getting stale. That’s admittedly a sound approach. This year’s entry, Rogue […]

Star Trek Beyond

One of the more interesting concepts that Star Trek fandom has developed is the so-called Odd-Even rule about Star Trek films. The rule states that, in the order they came out, all odd-numbered Star Trek movies are bad, while all even-numbered ones are good. Now, some of you more Trek-savy people might ask, “But Z, didn’t we have two back-to-back […]