ANNIHILATION — Review by Susan Granger

annihiation posterFollowing “Ex Machina,” writer/director Alex Garland has concocted an ominous sci-fi thriller drenched with a pervasive sense of foreboding and dread. It begins as a professor of cellular biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Lena (Natalie Portman), is interrogated by Lomax (Benedict Wong) in a hazmat suit. Displaying no emotion, she calmly explains how her military husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac), was dispatched on a secret mission and disappeared. Almost a year passes before he returns, looking bizarrely catatonic and experiencing convulsions. When Lena summons an ambulance, she’s mysteriously kidnapped along with her now-comatose, dying husband, who is placed in quarantine by federal authorities.Continue reading…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 14 – March 20: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Midnight Special poster Opening March 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Midnight Special, the latest cerebral sci-fi thriller from young writer/director Jeff Nichols starring Kirsten Dunst and Michael Shannon. Read on…

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THE 5th WAVE – Review by Susan Granger

What would happen if Earth was invaded by extra-terrestrials? In the 1st wave, they’d switch off the planet’s electrical power: an onerous precursor to further disasters, particularly for technology-dependent teenagers. In the 2nd wave, there’d be a Biblical deluge, tsunamis triggered by earthquakes. The 3rd wave is the avian flu, fatal to humans, followed by an infestation of alien body-snatchers, dubbed Silencers. Read on…

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Feminism, and Diversity — Candice Frederick comments

All we need now is a WOC sci-fi protagonist and we’ll be getting somewhere. Here’s my take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and its implications for feminism and diversity in sci-fi. Read more>>

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 15 – December 21 – STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

star wars posterOpening Dec. 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film which surely needs no introduction other than to say it’s the latest instalment in the classic sci-fi franchise, helmed by JJ Abrams. Read on…

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EX MACHINA – Review by Susan Granger

exmachinaposterDespite the hoopla over mega-franchise films, Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller is the most intriguing movie I’ve seen so far this year. As it begins, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a geeky, 24 year-old computer programmer, wins a company ‘contest,’ entitling him to spend a week at the remote Alaska estate belonging to his legendary boss, the brilliant-but-elusive billionaire Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Read on…

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ALIEN OUTPOST – Review by Elizabeth Whittemore

alienoutpost37The notion that we are not alone in the world is one I thrive on, as a total nerd. Now if I were actually faced with E.T (and not Spielberg‘s cute, wrinkly guy) I would most likely run screaming in the opposite direction no matter how much I know X-Files has prepared me for a close encounter. In the new IFC Midnight action/sci-fi ALIEN OUTPOST only the brave survive, if they’re lucky. The pace of the film is slow and steady, and it’s consistently eerie in that you’re constantly aware that something is not quite right. I had no idea what was coming next, which is rare these days. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Cowboys & Aliens” – Ann Lewinson

Cowboys, bandits and Apaches unite to find their abducted kin in Jon Favreau’s surprisingly smooth facsimile of an old-fashioned western, albeit one starring James Bond and Indiana Jones (or is that Han Solo?), which just mashes up the mash-up even more. Read more>>

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