Genres: Science Fiction

Justice League

As a movie, this sort-a worked out OK. Lots of big action sequences, a team of heroes and heroines, some comedic moments though not much emotion. The “good” guys spent all but an instant wrestling with the morality of resurrection hingeing on the old adage of “the greater good” for example.

Yet as a film, you have to wonder why two of the tribes (Atlanteans and Amazonians) went to extraordinary lengths to “seal” the unity/mother boxes in temples/tombs when the Steppenwolf just teleported into them, and then teleported out again. All seemed a little pointless other than to show off some set design and set pieces. And the box of Man was just buried so nobody could ever find it, yet somebody did (which was not explained) and, even if they hadn’t, these boxes send out a homing signal when they wake up so Steppenwolf would know where they are. Odd that.

We’ve seen the Green Lanterns in other incarnations, so it might have been more prudent to spread the stones far and wide and take a bit longer getting to the big endgame (assimilate earth) than rush to it in a fraction of the time that Marvel did getting to Avengers: Infinity War. Though, if they had restricted it that way there is a lot of similarity between the ideas (megalomaniac seeks multiple power stones/crystals to ensure destruction).

Justice League felt like a collection of pieces that didn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. It was still a visually good movie, and worth the runtime, but there wasn’t the payoff we have come to expect with the Marvel canon.

Justice League

20172 h 00 min
Overview

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 15 November 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Billy Crudup, Joe Morton, Amber Heard, Michael McElhatton, Joe Manganiello, Jesse Eisenberg, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Julian Lewis Jones, Marc McClure, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Holt McCallany, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Gemma Refoufi, Kelly Burke, Paulina Boneva, Alexandra Ford, Eleanor Matsuura, Daniel Stisen, Samantha Jo, Sergi Constance, Doutzen Kroes
Poster for the movie "Black Panther"

Black Panther

This is another good move from the Marvel stable. It may be ‘groundbreaking’ in its casting, but the story felt somewhat formulaic and many characters remained two-dimensional. The story kept good pace (though felt a little long for me). Some backstory was left to voiceover over the opening titles, and didn’t really have a huge impact when it came to leveraging this during the story. But, this is Marvel and not something like the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

Black Panther

Long live the king

20182 h 14 min
Overview

King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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Director Ryan Coogler
Runtime 2 h 14 min
Release Date 13 February 2018
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, Sterling K. Brown, Seth Carr, Denzel Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Sapani, Sydelle Noel, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Jénel Stevens, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Bambadjan Bamba, Jeremy Sample, Sope Aluko, Alexis Rhee, Tahseen Ghauri, Danny Chung, David S. Lee, Mark Ashworth, Shad Gaspard, William Cowboy Reed, Alex Hibbert, Lucy Hockings, Ashton Tyler, Atandwa Kani, Connie Chiume, Dorothy Steel, Marija Abney, Maria Hippolyte, Marie Mouroum, Zola Williams, Christine Hollingsworth, Nabiyah Be, Michael David Yuhl, Elizabeth Elkins, Raven Wynn, Amechi Okocha, Tony Sears, Francesca Faridany, Roland Kilumbu, Timothy Carr, Apollo GT, James Siderits, Travis Love, Lidya Jewett, Alona Leoine, Kinley Fleurejuste, Ofu Obekpa, Michael R. Ciminna, John Y Lee, Byron Coolie, William Walker, Joseph Akharoh Jr., Stanley Aughtry, Raenen Golez, Leo De Rivera, Tevin Beech, Tari Omoro, Andrea Antonio Canal, David Dunston, Emelita T. Gonzalez, Josue Louis-Charles, Isaac Phillips, Trevor Noah, Jamel Chambers
Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).

However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!

Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Saga Continues

20172 h 32 min
Overview

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Director Rian Johnson
Runtime 2 h 32 min
Release Date 13 December 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Amanda Lawrence, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Tim Rose, Mark Lewis Jones, Gwendoline Christie, Billie Lourd, Frank Oz, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Ben Schwartz, Bill Hader, Benicio del Toro, Adrian Edmondson, Lupita Nyong'o, Mike Quinn, Peter Mayhew, Jimmy Vee, Veronica Ngo, Justin Theroux, Lily Cole, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Warwick Davis, Gareth Edwards, Gary Barlow, Hermione Corfield, Noah Segan, Jamie Christopher, Griffin Hamill, Nathan Hamill, Chelsea Hamill, Paul Kasey, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Tom Kane, Kiran Shah, Crystal Clarke, Liang Yang, Bern Collaço, Joe Cornish, Andy Nyman, Navin Chowdhry, Shauna Macdonald, Edgar Wright, James Corden, James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Tom Hardy
Poster for the movie "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"

Valerian

Gorgeous and colourful, though sadly relatively pedestrian, moving from set piece to set piece. It felt like it kind of assumed we had read the graphic novels, and if you hadn’t it boiled down to another trope of man’s ignorance and arrogance. Relevant, if nothing new.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

20172 h 16 min
Overview

In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Director Luc Besson
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 20 July 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Elizabeth Debicki, Sam Spruell, Ola Rapace, Alain Chabat, Thom Findlay, Mathieu Kassovitz, Aymeline Valade, Sasha Luss, Pauline Hoarau, Jonas Bloquet, Sand Van Roy, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Sam Douglas, Diva Cam, Eric Lampaert, Alexandre Willaume-Jantzen, Gavin Drea, Réginal Kudiwu, David Michie, Marion Roussignol, Emilie Pommelet, Roman Blomme, Emilie Livingston, Alexandre Nguyen, Aurelien Gaya, Mikael Buxton, Yun Lai, Anders Heinrichsen, Tristan Robin, Yun-Ping He, James Flynn, David Clark, Ben Mauro, Jean-François Lenogue, Peter Eberst, Peter Hudson, Xavier Giannoli, Eric Rochant, Benoît Jacquot, Gérard Krawczyk, Pierre Cachia, David Saada, Hippolyte Burkhart-Uhlen, Florian Guichard, Stéphane Mir, Thierry Barthe, Pier Ewudu, Andrew Tisba, Yannick Lorté, Charly Akakpo, Clément Beauruelle, Audrey Kamp, Anthony Hornez, Julien Bleitrach, Maxime Babara Touré, Barbare Weber Scaff, Marilhéa Peillard, Lee Delong, Judith Brunett, Marie Barrouillet, Cindy Bruna, Sija Titko, Daphnée Kbidi, Nick Marzock, Stefan Konarske, Mahamadou Coulibaly, Julien Marlin, Yvan Lucker, Tom Hygreck, Abel Jafri, Laurent Ferraro, Jean-Robert Lombard, Leonid Glushchenko, Akim Chir, Laminé Ba, Paul Lefèvre, Guillaume Maison, Jean-Christophe Brizard, Patrick Cottet-Moine, Irene Palko, Tonio Descanvelle, Velvet D'Amour, Doug Rand, Grant Moninger, Robbie Rist, Christopher Swindel, Claire Tran, Alain Etoundi, Fayet Nsumoto, Kristina Kachinskaya, Veronika Khayla, Sissi Duparc, Noam Frost, Pauline Serreau, Philippe Rigot, Étienne Ménard, Peter Lamarque, Maximilien Seweryn, Zouheir Zerhouni, Tristan Zerbib, Elliot Jenicot, Staiv Gentis, Chloe Hollings, Aguendia Fotabong, Tania Dessources, Gaëtan Cotigny, François Bredon, Cédric Chevalme
Poster for the movie ""

Thor: Ragnarok

Pop comics. Worked in Ant-man, though this felt like it was a parody of Thor et al; a sort-of Thor does Fifth Element.  All the meat of the story glossed over. Pretty, but not much else. Sorry guys.

Thor: Ragnarok

No Hammer. No Problem.

20172 h 10 min
Overview

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the prophecy of destruction to his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

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Director Taika Waititi
Runtime 2 h 10 min
Release Date 25 October 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House, Taika Waititi, Clancy Brown, Stan Lee, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Georgia Blizzard, Amali Golden, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashley Ricardo, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Taylor Hemsworth, Cohen Holloway, Alia Seror-O'Neill, Sophia Laryea, Stephen Oliver, Hamish Parkinson, Jasper Bagg, Sky Castanho, Shari Sebbens, Richard Green, Sol Castanho, Jet Tranter, Samantha Hopper, Eloise Winestock, Rob Mayes, Tahlia Jade, Winnie Mzembe, Sean Edward Frazer, Connor Zegenhagen, Tracie Filmer, Tracey Lee Maxwell, Beatrice Ward, Donnie Baxter, Greta Carew-Johns, Adam Green, Mollie McGregor, Sophia McGregor, Scarlett Johansson
Poster for the movie "ARQ"

ARQ

A taut, low-budget sci-fi movie based on a recurring trope (time loops) with some good twists and turns. It felt longer than the short run time and was going well until it ended without an actual conclusion. If you like Sci-Fi, I’d add this to your list.

ARQ

20161 h 28 min
Overview

Two old friends living in a dystopic future become trapped in a mysterious time loop — one that may have something to do with an ongoing battle between an omnipotent corporation and a ragtag band of rebels.

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Director Tony Elliott
Runtime 1 h 28 min
Release Date 16 September 2016
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Poster for the movie ""

Terminator: Genisys

Despite mixed reviews, I decided to watch this sequel in the franchise. Having watched all the other films along the way, it was good to see how the team had integrated elements from every film since the original, even recreating some scenes with CGI, yet managed to add yet another timeline into the mix.

Terminator Genisys

Reset the future

20152 h 06 min
Overview

The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

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Director Alan Taylor
Runtime 2 h 06 min
Release Date 23 June 2015
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Poster for the movie ""

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This movie followed the same tone as the first but seemed to want to beat the first movie’s premise and outdo itself in as many ways possible. Still bright and shiny and peppered with humour, this outing started to feel like Marvel were just trying to up the problem stakes to interstellar levels. We all know Thanos is around the corner so, I guess, we have to see the teams up against seismic odds beforehand. But is there a time that a movie can be too like its comic book origin and start to fall flat?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Obviously.

20172 h 17 min
Overview

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.

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Director James Gunn
Runtime 2 h 17 min
Release Date 19 April 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Aaron Schwartz, Hannah Gottesman, Hilty Bowen, Ben Browder, Alexander Klein, Luke Cook, Evan Jones, Joe Fria, Terence Rosemore, Jimmy Urine, Stephen Blackehart, Steve Agee, Blondy Baruti, Richard Christy, Rob Zombie, Sierra Love, Kendra Carelli, Milynn Sarley, Seth Green, Molly C. Quinn, Michael Rosenbaum, Rhoda Griffis, Stan Lee, David Hasselhoff, Mac Wells, Jim Gunn Sr., Leota Gunn, Elizabeth Ludlow, Wyatt Oleff, Gregg Henry, Damita Jane Howard, Ving Rhames, Michelle Yeoh, Donny Carrington, Brian Clackley, Miley Cyrus, Nea Dune, Fred, Fred Galle, Tahseen Ghauri, Jeff Goldblum, Alphonso A'Qen-Aten Jackson, Kelly Richardson, Guillermo Rodriguez, Josh Tipis, Stephen Vining, Jason Williams, Cheyanna Lavon Zubas
Poster for the movie "X-Men: Apocalypse"

X-Men: Apocalypse

Too much CGI for my liking. Suffering from the “getting too big for its boots” syndrome where reality is suspended and the lives of mortals are set aside for the sake of the set pieces and the world-spanning drama that ensues. In my most humble of opinions, such threats should be sandboxed elsewhere and not on Earth as it’s too familiar. Star Wars destroyed planets but kept the story human. Marvel is (or at least some studios producing their films are) drifting into one out of two.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Only the strong will survive

20162 h 24 min
Overview

After the re-emergence of the world's first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

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Director Bryan Singer
Runtime 2 h 24 min
Release Date 18 May 2016
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Average
Actors
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn, Warren Scherer, Rochelle Okoye, Monique Ganderton, Fraser Aitcheson, Abdulla Hamam, Hesham Hammoud, Antonio Daniel Hidalgo, Al Maini, Berdj Garabedian, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Konechny, Emma Elle Paterson, Manuel Sinor, Gustave Ouimet, Lukas Penar, Ryan Hollyman, Joanne Boland, Nabeel El Khafif, Manuel Tadros, Abanoub Andraous, Aladeen Tawfeek, Carolina Bartczak, T. J. McGibbon, Davide Chiazzese, Sebastian Naskrent, Boris Sichon, Martin Skorek, Kamil Orzechowski, Michael Terlecki, Ahmed Osman, Ziad Ghanem, Moataz Fathi, Tómas Lemarquis, James Loye, Zehra Leverman, Herb Luft, Stan Lee, Joan Lee, Stephen Bogaert, John Bourgeois, Conrad Coates, Dan Lett, Adrian G. Griffiths, Shawn Campbell, Joe Cobden, Henry Hallowell, Danielle Dury, Naomi Frenette, Aj Risi, Raphaël Dury, Ian Rosenberg, Erika Heather Mergl, Tauntaun, Mary-Piper Gaudet, Josh Madryga, Scott Cook, Allen Keng, Tally Rodin, Francis Limoges, Tsu-Ching Yu, Karl Walcott, Desmond Campbell, Ian Geldart, John Ottman, Linda Joyce Nourse, Zeljko Ivanek, Christopher B. MacCabe, Chris Cavener, Ronald Tremblay, Joseph Bellerose, Philippe Hartmann, Sebastien Teller, Alexander Peganov, Simon Therrien, Patrice Martre, James Malloch, Vladimir Alexis, Jason Deline, Hugh Jackman