Science fiction and fantasy films

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Hands off The Princess Bride! Which 80s fantasy films are due a reboot?
Several of the decade’s cinematic fantasy adventures are unimprovable but others – Dragonslayer, or The Neverending Story perhaps – are not

Ben Child

26, Nov, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife review – spirited nostalgia trip
This feelgood remake of the 80s original will appeal to fans of a certain age – and, with Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard co-starring, possibly their children too

Wendy Ide

21, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Why are Spider-Man: No Way Home’s supervillains so strangely unfamiliar?
Are Electro and Sandman ghosts or from another dimension? Why is Doctor Strange acting weird? And who is the sixth member of the Sinister Six? The newly released trailer is tantalisingly full of clues

Ben Child

19, Nov, 2021 @11:49 AM

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Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe an indictment of toxic masculinity?
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange looks to have reverted to his old, arrogant ways in a new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. And he’s not the only hubristic male hero in the saga

Ben Child

12, Nov, 2021 @10:18 AM

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Streaming: the best films about artificial intelligence and robots
A century of sci-fi films that chart our changing attitudes to AI – from Fritz Lang to Finch

Guy Lodge

06, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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One small step, once every few years: when will Roland Emmerich stop going to space?
The director has mastered the art of making the same film – about Earth’s imminent collapse – over and over, yet box office figures suggest cinemagoers can’t get enough

Ben Child

05, Nov, 2021 @12:09 PM

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Finch review – Tom Hanks takes his dog and robot out on the road
An adorable trio pootle around a post-apocalyptic world in this sentimental sci-fi that curiously lacks any sense of danger

Peter Bradshaw

03, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Will the Dune sequel be the ultimate anti-blockbuster?
Part two of Denis Villeneuve’s space saga has been confirmed – and it’s likely to disappoint anyone hoping for Hollywood feelgood vibes

Ben Child

29, Oct, 2021 @11:01 AM

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone review – 20 years on, it’s a nostalgic spectacular
The first film in the franchise is re-released into a very different world – but it’s as entertaining and exhilarating as ever

Peter Bradshaw

28, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Bigger Luke Hypothesis: going deep on Star Wars’ most absurd fan theory
According to diehard ‘Lukers’, two Luke Skywalkers appear in the original trilogy – one a tiny bit shorter than the other. James Shackhell investigates

James Shackell

26, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Donnie Darko at 20: the soulful student favourite comes of age
Richard Kelly’s unusual sci-fi drama made a star of Jake Gyllenhaal and introduced emo teens to a brave new world

Guy Lodge

26, Oct, 2021 @3:22 PM

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Dune review – sci-fi epic gets off to a flying start
The French-Canadian director of Blade Runner 2049 brings an astonishing visual sensibility to Frank Herbert’s ‘unfilmable’ sci-fi classic

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

24, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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