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Earth-bound or outer-space endeavours where Science intersects with Fiction…

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Spider-Man 2Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
The webbed superhero swings back with a vengeance in this excellent sequel, dir. Raimi winding up the vertiginous action to exhilarating extremes. Peter Parker (Maguire) is still battling to survive the mundane crises of daily life and catch the attention of nextdoor neighbour Dunst, and has reached the…
Miracle MileMiracle Mile (1989)
Dir. Steve DeJarnatt
Feat. Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar
Anthony Edwards has 60 minutes in which to contemplate a phone call that claims to be the instigation of an imminent nuclear assault. A good crack at a very ambitious subject.
Shape of Water, TheShape of Water, The (2017)
Dir. Guillermo Del Toro
Feat. Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. An extraordinarily tender fantasy romance with a stellar performance by Sally Hawkins at it's heart, and buoyed by Del Toro's incomparable visual flair.
Iron Man Iron Man (2008)
Dir. Jon Favreau
Feat. Robert Downey Jnr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges
Technically stunning live-action realisation of the story of Marvel comic superhero Iron Man – otherwise known as Tony Stark – a genius inventor who constructs a state-of-the-art armour suit to escape imprisonment and protect the world. Arguably the best superhero adaptation since SPIDERMAN, this…
Star Wars: The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Dir. Rian Johnson
Feat. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Refreshing and self-assured entry into the franchise, which pays respectful homage to both the franchise and the expectations of long-time fans. Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance…
Justice LeagueJustice League (2017)
Dir. Zack Snyder
Feat. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot
DC Comics' answer to Marvel's Avengers combines the forces of their superhero properties; Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash.
Thor: RagnarokThor: Ragnarok (2017)
Dir. Taika Waititi
Feat. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
New Zealand's most successful film-maker on home turf (and former Aro Valleyite) Taika Waititi makes his equally successful Hollywood debut with this gloriously cheeky, idiosyncratic take on the Marvel superhero movie. The third in the THOR franchise, the barely-relevant plot sees the imprisoned, almighty…