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Ad Astra

Director: James Gray

Writers: James Gray, Ethan Gross

Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler

Producers: Dede Gardner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan, Brad Pitt

Music: Max Richter

Cinematographer: Hoyte van Hoytema

Editors: John Axelrad, Lee Haugen

Cert: 12

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) must journey across the solar system to find his long-thought dead father (Jones), whose mission may now be threatening Earth.

What’s the verdict: Dad Astra might have been a more appropriate title for James Gray’s visually breathtaking space opera...

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers - Age of Extinction - posterDirector: Michael Bay

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 165mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: Michael Bay and his metal minions return to give eardrums and brain cells another battering in the fourth instalment of the action figure-inspired ode to excess. A haemorrhoid-busting running time boasts extra-terrestrial bounty hunters, fire-breathing Dinobots, photorealistic Autobots, an enthusiastically ineffectual Mark Wahlberg and pretty, pouty Nicole Peltz. There should be something for everyone but with any spark of humanity extinguished this is an empty, mean-spirited mess, fit only for the scrap heap.

Transformers - Age of Extinction - Dinobot, Optimus PrimeTRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

The verdict: 65 million years ago, alien ‘Creators’ arrived on earth, annihilating most i...

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow - Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt - posterDirector: Doug Liman

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Cert: 12

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Tom Cruise returns to sci-fi – the genre that gave him hits with Minority Report, War of the Worlds and (arguably) the Mission: Impossibles – for Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Cruise is a cowardly lion who literally becomes a locked-n-loaded tin man, reliving the same day over and over every time he is killed in action battling an invading alien horde. Classic sci-fi movies, computer games and attractive London locations meld for an undemanding Saturday night actioner from the director of The Bourne Identity.

EDGE OF TOMORROWEdge of Tomorrow - Emily Blunt, battlefield

The full verdict: It’s not just Major Cage, Tom Cruise’s ve...

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Ender’s Game Q&A Panel Discussion

Ender's Game Q&A - Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield, Ben KingsleyWith Ender’s Game a movie almost 30 years after the novel’s publication, here is the Q&A hosted on 7th October 2013.

In attendance were stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, plus writer/director Gavin Hood and ...

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Gravity

Gravity - quad posterDirector: Alfonso Cuaron

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Cert: 12

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are lost in space as the audience loses itself in ninety-minutes of cinematic perfection in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Action movie and disaster epic, with a dollop of existential soul-searching against a backdrop of deep space, this raises the bar of big screen spectacle as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and The Matrix did before it. Succumb to its irresistible pull.

Gravity - George ClooneyGRAVITY

The full verdict: Seven long years have passed since Alfonso Cuaron amazed us with Children of Men. Gravity is a first class return, and like its predecessor splices high intelligence scriptwriting with high adrenalin filmmaking.

Birth, death, rebirth, the soul, the cold depths o...

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