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Wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving + some Black Friday tips

Happy Thanksgiving I wanted to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. I am sure that after all the roast turkey, pastries, marshmallows and drinks you will be looking to do something else. Perhaps even browse the internet to see what is worth your money on Black Friday. So what can you do during thanksgiving if all the fine dining is over? Well, if you need any persuasion in playing Super Mario Odyssey or Star Wars Battlefront 2 here are links to my...

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Justice League Review – a team of superheroes that cannot match The Avengers

Justice League Review So finally after many years of speculation the first Justice League movie has arrived. Well, there was Batman v Superman, and Wonder Woman before it. Nonetheless Justice League is meant to be for DC Comics what The Avengers is for Marvel. Sadly, it cannot match the quality of that other movie. If I was a cynical person I would say that Justice League was yet another failure on the part of Warner Brothers and director Zack Snyder. Now...

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Murder on the Orient Express Review – True Nostalgia with Kenneth Branagh

Murder on the Orient Express Review I am not certain why I wanted to see this movie when I first heard it was in production. I mean, I have seen practically every major adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel. Yet, there is plenty of allure. The arguably lurid backstory to the murder. Plus the wonderful décor of an express steam train traveling through the snowy landscapes of the Balkans. Murder on the Orient Express is a period drama that despite the...

Happy Halloween – Greetings from the Afterlife

Happy Halloween Hello everybody. I hope you enjoy reading articles here on SciFiEmpire.net. I can see readers are especially interested in yesterday’s review of Berlin Station. Perhaps I will add the series to my regular line-up. As some readers may have noticed the release of posts has become irregular. I have been busy, since April I have a new job and I have also focused more time on writing a book on Deep Learning. Another reason the frequency of articles was reduced is...

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Thor Ragnarok Review – Taika Waititi slam dunks the franchise to success

Thor Ragnarok Review Thor Ragnarok was not the movie I was expecting to see. After reading early reviews I concluded it would be the funniest movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Some referred to it as a masterpiece by director Taika Waititi. Personally I just wanted to see a proper sequel to a sub-franchise that had been on hold for four years and ended on a mixed note (Thor: The Dark World). For the remainder of this review I note: SPOILER ALERT!...

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The Last Jedi trailer released – Does it reveal too much?

The Last Jedi trailer Finally the full movie trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi has been released. After nearly 2 years director Rian Johnson is set to continue the official Sequel Trilogy. The release date is pinned for December 15th and the movie stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and the late Carrie Fisher as the principal cast. So what did I think of the trailer? Well I think it revealed too much. I...

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round Up – Denis manages to beat impossible expectations

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round Up The first Blade Runner 2049 reviews are in, and they give it glowing praise. Now, this is not a Blade Runner 2049 review. I won’t be seeing it until next Thursday (October 5th) and the general release is the day after. However, the movie has already been screened to journalists and reporters from the entertainment industry. Today their non-disclosure agreement ended. So here is what they have to say about Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to...

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Blade Runner 2049 International Trailer released by Sony

Blade Runner 2049 Sony Pictures today released the first international trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s original dystopian movie. Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford (as Deckard) and a slew of supporting cast. The new trailer reveals quite a lot about the story for the sequel – a SPOILER alert is this warranted. Watch the trailer below. Blade Runner 2049 is being directed by celebrated director Denis Villeneuve with movies Sicario, Arrival and the...

Stargate Origins website teases the return of more wormholes

Stargate Origins teased For years there has been speculation that the 1994 movie Stargate might get a reboot. The reboot was likely to omit the subsequent series (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe) from its canon. Alas after the train wreck that was Independence Day Resurgence not much heard from the idea. the director of the original movie, Roland Emmerich, even admitted a reboot was unlikely. Yet, today, out of the blue, a teaser website has appeared for something called Stargate Origins....

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review – Tom Holland manages to Wow!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a delight to watch, but it certainly didn’t look as though it would be a success when it was first announced. The Spider-Man movie franchise belongs to Sony, and after a series with Tobey Maguire starting in a 2002 and another with Andrew Garfield I think the franchise was dead. Yet Spider-Man also belongs to Marvel Comics. And so Spider-Man ended up in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. Now, Tom Holland is...

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Jurassic World 2 Preview – Jeff Goldblum returns to the franchise

Jurassic World 2 While the sequel to Jurassic World is still over a year away, details are slowly starting to emerge. Over the past few weeks the first images emerged giving us a look at the new movie. Officially, the sequel does not yet have a title, but is generally referred to as Jurassic World 2. The sequel won’t be directed by Colin Treverrow as he is busy with directing Star Wars Episode 9. Instead J. A. Bayona will direct the movie,...

Alien Covenant Review – Excellent gore but also too familiar

Alien Covenant Review Prometheus wasn’t as good as it could have been. Despite some reviewers saying they really enjoyed it (in the run up to Alien: Covenant) it cannot abscond its flaws. Prometheus had a fantastic Sci-Fi premise – life was injected into worlds by a species called The Engineers. Sadly the diabolically stupid characters dragged the movie down. To put it bluntly, there was nothing to like about them for the audience to be engrossed. Except perhaps the character development of Vickers (played...

Star Wars The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Released – A first look at the new Rey

The Last Jedi Teaser Finally after weeks of speculation the first The Last Jedi Teaser was shown today at Star Wars Celebrations. Oooh boy what did it reveal. Rian Johnson’s adaption of what will be Episode 8 is scheduled for release on December 15 and slowly anticipation is heating up. Without further ado you can watch the teaser trailer below. The Last Jedi teaser So that was quite a teaser. It certainly appears to raise the stakes now that it appears that Luke Skywalker is...

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Star Wars Thrawn Review – The origin story of a master tactician

Star Wars Thrawn Review It must have been around 1996 or 1997 when I first saw Star Wars. I was 11 or 12 years old. I had played plenty of Star Wars games up to that moment, but I had not seen the movies. Several VHS tapes later and I could not get enough of Star Wars and thus I began to delve into the Expanded Universe. With some careful research I came tot he conclusion that the Heir To The Empire...