• SNAPSHOT: The ‘Alien Nation’ Legacy endures…

    In 1989 a science-fiction movie landed in cinemas, bucking the trend for major special-effects and ‘adventure romps’ – instead, it had a unique voice, and something very serious to say about the times. Alien Nation was a milestone at the time, and a police procedural like no other. The...
  • Coronavirus: Window of Opportunity – could VOD beat COVID-19?

    If, just a few weeks ago,  you’d asked an industry insider if major Hollywood studios might release their tentpole blockbusters to the VOD (video-on-demand) platforms instead of multiplexes you’d have been met with scorn. Each year the film industry and the cinema chains bring in billions as people gather...
  • Force Majestic? Stellar, if ‘Greatest Hits’ ending for Skywalker saga…

    The galaxy is hearing strange whispers that the long-felled Emperor Palpatine is alive – perhaps risen from his supposed grave by the dark forces of the Sith. Kylo Ren might seek to hold control of what’s left of the Empire, but he has no truck with any plan Palpatine...
  • Tapped Out: Fun, but ‘Zombieland’ sequel lacks heart or brains…

    Ten years after  Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenbrg), Witchita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) somehow survived the zombie apocalypse, they’ve continued to make their way through America, cutting down any of the undead that get in their way – sticking to their rules and routines for...
  • Passé Doublé? Smith ² actioner has breadth but no depth…

    Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is one of the government’s top assassins, regularly bringing down bad guys when deniability is needed. He’s a principled guy, but has served his government faithfully. When he announces his retirement after a particularly tricky kill that nearly had collateral damage, all he wants to...
  • Insta-Whimsy Spider hits DVD: ‘Far from…’ perfect, but swinging…

    The Avengers managed to restore  those snuffed out of existence by Thanos during the Infinity War, but there’s now a sizeable slice of humanity that have re-entered the world  that’s gone on for four years without them. Peter Parker and several of his key friends all suffered that fate,...
  • Ashes to Ashes: FOX’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ X-Men finale flames out…

    It’s the 1990s and Charles Xavier’s dream of mutants being judged as regular people, even considered ‘superheroes’ who can help in a crisis, seems to have been fulfilled. Though it’s not perfect, there’s a tolerance and co-existence that he’s sought all his life.  When the Endeavor space-shuttle runs into...
  • All spectacle, no suit? MIB goes casual for a Mission Improbable…

    Years ago, an alien encounter saw a young girl named Molly witness an alien visitor. The usually efficient Men in Black make sure her parents’ are neuralised so that they won’t remember the event, but Molly – who’s supposed to be asleep – doesn’t get the mind-wipe… and so...
  • Netflix + Cello: Not ‘Perfection’ but well-orchestrated guilty pleasure…

    Charlotte (Allison Williams) could have been one of the world’s greatest cello-players, studying under the elite and demanding mentorship of Anton Bachoff (Steven Weber) at his exclusive musical academy. However her mother’s illness draws her away from that life and for well over a decade she becomes her mother’s...