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‘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. Ma, crucially, images of human beings and animals wer...

Encounter review – Riz Ahmed can’t save uneven sci-fi invasion drama

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Michael Pearce is the British director who made a terrific feature debut at Toronto in 2017 with his psychological drama-thriller Beast, but I have to admit I was disappointed with his new film, a starrier, bigger-bud...

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...

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart review – an unbelievably gorgeous sci-fi caper

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At several points during my time with Ratchet & Clank – after landing on a new planet whose peculiar rocky landscape stretched off far into the distance, for instance, or while I was zipping around a collapsing ci...

Stowaway review – a devastating dilemma drives tense Netflix sci-fi

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Ever since Sandra Bullock MacGyver’d her way from mid-orbit chaos back down to earth in Alfonso Cuarón’s show-stopping thriller Gravity, we’ve seen a rise in briskly efficient sci-fi competency porn. It’s a subgenre o...

‘I miss the English bants’: Parminder Nagra on ER, Bend It Like Beckham and new sci-fi Intergalactic

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I can’t tell if the pained expression on Parminder Nagra’s face is because of the bad Zoom connection or the words I can’t help blurting out the moment she appears on my screen. She’s sitting at a table in her home in...