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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★

    Roadside Picnic + The Colour out of Space with a side dish of Solaris... but not as good or as rewarding as any of them.

    Cool Bear, though.

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★★

    "I must tell you that we really have no desire to conquer any cosmos. We want to extend the Earth up to its borders. We don't know what to do with other worlds. We don't need other worlds. We need a mirror. We struggle to make contact, but we'll never achieve it. We are in a ridiculous predicament of man pursuing a goal that he fears and that he really does not need. Man needs man."

    Mankind will, most likely,…

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    You can judge the faithfulness of any adaptation by the number of flaws that it shares with the original... and Alita Battle Angel probably has them all. This is easily the most faithful big budget live-action adaptation of any anime/manga that I’ve seen, staying true to the main plot beats of both manga and anime and carrying their tone and energy with great effect to the big screen.

    One of these flaws and one of the main accusations against the…

  • Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

    Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

    ★★

    Take Starship Troopers, give it a paltry 6 million dollar budget, take away most of the satire and turn it into a one-location-direct-to-video-horror-movie... and you have this misshapen bug.

    This features some of the cheapest looking digital cinematography that I've ever seen and, personally, I find the idea of a serious Starship Troopers film offensive... but!
    ...FX legend Phil Tippet takes up directorial duties and his presence and the script by Ed Neumeier ensure that the whole mad thing still…