Post Tagged with: "sci-fi"


Movie Review: ‘Ready Player One’

★★★☆☆ Best known for genre-defining Hollywood classics like “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” and “Jurassic Park,” Steven Spielberg brings Ernest Cline’s 2011 bestselling novel to life with his latest venture, “Ready Player One.” Despite clear deviations from the source material, the movie enhances the book’s plot by addressing the flaws in characterization[Read More…]

by April 2, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide

Georgetown Author R.F. Kuang Speaks on Upcoming Novel ‘The Poppy War’

HarperCollins is set to publish Georgetown senior Rebecca Kuang’s (SFS ’18) speculative historical fiction novel “The Poppy War” in May 2018, followed by two sequels. Set in a mythical land inspired by 20th century China, the book follows a young orphan’s entry into an elite military school and her discovery[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘Blade Runner’

★★★★★ The fear of the sequel slump is real. Rarely do remakes and follow-ups live up to their billings. They instead rely on the nostalgia of fans and hope for the continued efficacy of overused techniques and motifs. “Blade Runner 2049,” to the benefit and enjoyment of all, does not[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘Life’

★★☆☆☆ Director Daniel Espinosa brings extraterrestrial life on Mars to audiences in “Life,” in which a rapidly evolving life form that could lead to mass extinction on Earth threatens a crew aboard the International Space Station. With diverse characters played by an A-list cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds,[Read More…]

Movie Review: ‘Chappie’

Movie Review: ‘Chappie’

★★☆☆☆ Director Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi work, “Chappie,” explores a futuristic world patrolled by a robotic police force. Blomkamp’s creative yet realistic cinematography and original storylines in past projects within the genre — namely “Elysium” and “District 9” — made his newest film a highly anticipated one. Unfortunately, “Chappie” didn’t[Read More…]

by March 8, 2015 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Movie Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’

Movie Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’

★★★☆☆ “Jupiter Ascending,” despite having a cast full of famous names and some incredible cinematography, seemed more like an awkward cross between “Twilight” and “Star Wars” than the smart, thrilling science fictions that its creators are famous for producing. The film includes all the epic battle scenes and screeching aliens[Read More…]

by February 6, 2015 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Sarah Snook plays an androgynous character struggling with his sexuality in the sci-fi thriller "Predestination."

Movie Review: ‘Predestination’

★★★★☆ Whenever a movie about time travel is released, its logic quickly falls prey to scientific criticism. Can two versions of the same material self exist simultaneously? Were things always meant to happen a certain way, or is there room for deviation? How would a time machine even work anyway?[Read More…]


Decades Later, Novel Teaches The Importance of Communication

As I was reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a weird fictional book, “Encyclopedia Galactica,” kept popping up in my mind. Intrigued, I decided to do a random Google search to see what would turn up. Lo and behold, I discovered that this fictional book actually originated from another fictional[Read More…]

Sci-Fi Novel Brings Lighthearted Comedy Back to the Genre

It seems like every sci-fi work nowadays shows a dystopian future overflowing with violence, corruption and destruction. Humans have either managed to annihilate themselves or are in the process of being annihilated by some unflinching alien race. From “The Hunger Games” to “Prometheus,” we find ourselves time and time again wading[Read More…]
Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall star in the sci-fi film that explores the creation of digital consciousness, but the final result fails to satisfy.

Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’

★★☆☆☆ Science in the modern age. Conscience surviving after death. Artificial intelligence. These complex and intriguing topics promise, and fail, to come together in the plot of “Transcendence.” Although the movie tries to open our eyes to the implications of advancing science, its evocative voice becomes muffled under the many[Read More…]