Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an awesomely terrible film.  Awesome in the sense that this is, in all honesty, the most visually dazzling science fiction movie since 2009’s Avatar; terrible in the sense that it has a shockingly unfocused, poorly written, tonally ajar story that drags the whole enterprise down. Not […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

For all the complaining I do about the excess of remakes, reboots, and general attempts to extend a franchise in anyway possible that currently exist in the Hollywood system and how often they fall short compared to what came before, it is worth mentioning that it is, in fact, possible to revisit old material in […]

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. […]