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MOVIE OF THE MONTH

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending
(7/10) review by Steven Hampton

The makers of Cloud Atlas and The Matrix trilogy return with a hectic combination of Cinderella meets Captain Marvel, against a dark space-opera backdrop reminiscent of Dune. Very much an adventure in the astronomatrix, this is certainly not a remake of Al Adamson's soft-core skiffy musical farce Cinderella 2000 (1977), a minor cult flick that remains practically unwatchable when compared to the Wachowskis undeniably spectacular melange of Barbarella, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and several other SF icons we might point a telescope at as significant models for what appears in Jupiter Ascending.



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Haven - season 4

Haven - season 4
(7/10) review by Christopher Geary

Based upon Stephen King's short novel The Colorado Kid (2005), and produced in Canada, Haven is set in a picture-postcard fishing town in Maine. The TV show is a likeable cross-genre series that mixes offbeat crime drama with fantasy horror, and has melancholy folk theme that's a cut above most music scores. Lots of weird sci-fi and obviously supernatural things occur, and such events are very often caused by, or centred upon, otherwise quite ordinary local people cursed with special abilities they simply cannot control, especially when they are struggling to cope with overwhelming emotions.


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Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Killer
(6/10) review by J.C. Hartley

Kung Fu Killer is also known as Kung Fu Jungle and The Last Of The Best... Mixed martial artist Donnie Yen plays Hahou Mo, a police self-defence instructor who, at the beginning of the film, is sent down for killing an opponent. Police Inspector Luk Yuen-sum (Charlie Young) is called to a homicide where the driver of a luxury sports car has been pummelled to death in a freeway underpass. Hahou Mo sees news footage of the killing while in prison, and asks to speak to Luk to help her with the case, when his request is refused he takes on a newly arrived gangster's 17 henchmen to emphasise his point.


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Deadlier Than The Male

Deadlier Than The Male
(6/10) review by J.C. Hartley

Tributes to the actor Richard Johnson, who died aged 87 in June of this year, added him to the list of 'men who would be Bond', that ever-growing pantheon of actors British, American, and Commonwealth, who are claimed to have at one time or another been offered the tuxedo and shoulder-holster of fiction's greatest spy... That Bulldog Drummond should be resurrected as an imitator of Bond is entirely appropriate given that the one character was an influence on the creation of the other.


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