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Rubikon review – toxic fog takes over in nifty multilingual sci-fi

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Although set in the nearish future in space, this multilingual sci-fi film feels quite of the moment, imbued with guilt and angst about environmental catastrophe, but also suffused with a sense of helplessness. It’s 2...

ET the Extra-Terrestrial at 40: Spielberg’s sci-fi smash remains a wonder

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There’s a crucial domestic scene early in ET the Extra-Terrestrial where 10-year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas) is trying desperately to convince his mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) an...

JJ Abrams’ sci-fi series that was to be filmed in Northern Ireland cancelled

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A blockbuster science fiction series that was to be filmed in Northern Ireland has been cancelled in a dispute between the US television network HBO and the Hollywood director JJ Abrams. Crews that had started pre-pro...

The Adam Project review – Ryan Reynolds quips through thin Netflix sci-fi

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The default tone of The Adam Project, Free Guy director Shawn Levy’s second sci-fi lite offering with Ryan Reynolds in as many years, is apiece with any other Reynolds film: quippy one-liners leavening a stressful sit...

The Last Journey review – Solaris-style sci-fi takes on astral body with Earth issues

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This ambitious French sci-fi parable has some quiet moments of beauty and poignancy, but otherwise it’s a long slog – and so bombastic, jejune and ill-considered that it feels far more drawn out than the 87 minutes ru...

Swan Song review – Mahershala Ali excels in beguiling sci-fi tale

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The first feature from Benjamin Cleary (after the Oscar-winning short film Stutterer) is a stylish, near-future-set story of love and loss, in which loss can be avoided thanks to radical new technological advances. Ma...

Swan Song review – Mahershala Ali is twice the man in melancholy sci-fi mystery

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Mahershala Ali gives a heartfelt performance in this elegant and rather melancholy sci-fi mystery with which Irish film-maker Benjamin Cleary makes his impressive feature debut. It’s an unsettling picture in the tradi...

How will humanity endure the climate crisis? I asked an acclaimed sci-fi writer

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To really grasp the present, we need to imagine the future – then look back from it to better see the now. The angry climate kids do this naturally. The rest of us need to read good science fiction. A great place to s...

Night Raiders review – search for Native American children turns dystopian sci-fi

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Centring on a dystopian North America where Indigenous children are abducted and placed in state-run institutions to be brainwashed – a detail that recalls the shameful history of Canadian residential schools – this i...

Metroid Dread review – Nintendo’s horror-tinged sci-fi feels oddly hollow

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The recipe for a Metroid game is clear and concise: there’s a labyrinthine system of rooms and corridors, an oppressive science-fiction environment, an escalating series of power-ups. A good-feeling gun. A great-feeli...

‘Astronauts check our scripts!’: inside the new age of sumptuous sci-fi TV

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Dynastic infighting, the decline and fall of a mighty empire, tyrannical rulers and fantastical beasts. You might be forgiven for thinking that Apple’s Foundation – starring Jared Harris and The Hobbit’s Lee Pace – is...

Sci-fi script and a cage-shaped mosque: Islamic art gets subversive

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Words have had outsize importance in Muslim culture since the beginning. The Qur’an, which literally means “recitation”, was of course revered as the word of God. But, crucially, images of human beings and animals wer...

Settlers review – audacious sci-fi western of frontier pioneers on Mars

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Independent film-makers working on their debuts usually have a tough time getting the money together, mastering the art of networking and finding influential contacts. That may not have been a problem for 36-year-old ...

Occupation: Rainfall review – cool-looking action sci-fi tosh

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It is tough to gauge what is worse about this Australian action sci-fi effort: the outrageously cliche-riddled script by writer-director Luke Sparke, or the way Sparke seems to have encouraged his cast, which includes...

The Tomorrow War review – time stretches in Chris Pratt’s alien-invasion sci-fi

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We’ve come an awfully long way since Chris Pratt was the goofy comic turn Andy Dwyer in TV’s Parks and Recreation, pretending to be top-secret FBI agent Burt Macklin. These days he’s got the chops to be a tough, chise...

Lapsis review – sci-fi satire targets the gig economy

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This sensitive but flawed sci-fi comic dystopia walks the strange new frontier of the modern gig economy that has also been explored by Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You and Nomadland. It takes place, like Boots Riley’s...

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