Doctor Who: Oxygen (S10E05) Review

*SPOILERS* I’m always a little conflicted about voiceover narration in “Doctor Who” but it’s hard to complain here when it’s used to such cheeky effect, having Capaldi solemnly intone ‘Space: the final frontier…’. The Doctor’s feeling space sick, you see. Not in a nauseous way, but in a longing to sway amongst the stars once … Continue reading Doctor Who: Oxygen (S10E05) Review

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Capture The Flag (2016) Review

Bright, cheerful and energetic, Spanish 3D animated movie “Capture The Flag” surprises and delights in equal measure and while it’s nowhere near troubling the giants of animation, it’s a welcome alternative to the other family fare on offer at the moment. When billionaire Richard Carson casts doubt on the legitimacy of the Moon landings and … Continue reading Capture The Flag (2016) Review

24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

Every Bond movie retrospective, in release order, for your reading convenience. Click on Craggus' Bond Voyage at the end of each review to return here. *SPOILERS*                                                                        … Continue reading 24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

The Martian (2015) Review

There comes a point in “The Martian” where you have to start reminding yourself that it’s just a movie and that this stuff hasn’t really happened. The film will inevitably draw comparisons with “Interstellar” but it shares more of its dramatic DNA with 1995’s “Apollo 13”, such is the air of authenticity and plausibility Ridley … Continue reading The Martian (2015) Review

Moonraker (1979) Review

So, not “For Your Eyes Only” then? Thanks to the box office shattering impact of “Star Wars” in 1977, Cubby Broccoli – ever a man with an eye for an opportunity – quickly altered his plans and selected “Moonraker”, the most outer space-sounding of Fleming’s novels as the next movie. With an eye firmly on … Continue reading Moonraker (1979) Review

Jupiter Ascending (2015) Review

There’s been a lot of shade thrown (yeah, I’m down with the kids) at “Jupiter Ascending”. In fact it rapidly took over from “The Interview” as the film people wanted to talk down and it’s infuriatingly unfair. My expectations for “Jupiter Ascending” were pretty simple: I wanted a grand space opera, full of spectacular vistas, … Continue reading Jupiter Ascending (2015) Review

Space Station 76 (2014) Review

Welcome to the world of tomorrow…yesterday! If you’re hoping for a laugh-a-minute retro sci-fi comedy romp then “Space Station 76” is likely to disappoint. While it is an affectionate pastiche of 1970’s vision of the future, the retro sci-fi trappings and space station setting are largely ancillary to the film’s real focus: the universal trials … Continue reading Space Station 76 (2014) Review

Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express (S8E08) Review

*SPOILERS* This series of "Who" really seems to be hitting its stride, so the choice of song for Foxes’ smoky jazz cover couldn’t have been more appropriate. “Don’t Stop Me Now” indeed. Because we are having a good time. Capaldi is absolutely rocking the character of the Doctor now and the setting is quirkily off … Continue reading Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express (S8E08) Review

Europa Report (2013) Review

2013 was a pretty good year for proper, grown-up sci-fi. In amongst the blockbusters and true stories, we were treated to the astonishing “Gravity” and the faithfully-made but underperforming “Ender’s Game”. Overlooked in all the folly and grandeur of a great cinematic year was a little gem of a movie called “Europa Report”. A smart, … Continue reading Europa Report (2013) Review

Gravity (2013) Review

With “Gravity”, Alfonso Cuarón, director of the first really good Harry Potter film, has delivered the definitive 21st Century space movie. This is not science fiction, this is scientific fiction and it’s all the more awe-inspiring and deeply terrifying for it. Taking as few liberties as it can with the laws of physics, “Gravity” delivers … Continue reading Gravity (2013) Review

Ender’s Game (2013) Review

I’d heard of “Ender’s Game” before but never got around to reading it. When I learned they were making a movie of it, I figured I should probably check it out before I saw the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and was curious about how it would be adapted for the screen given the … Continue reading Ender’s Game (2013) Review