Reviews

Autonomous arrives bearing the endorsement of William Gibson, Lauren Beukes and Neal Stephenson, and io9 co-founder Annalee Newitz’s debut lives up to the hype. It’s a cyberpunk thriller but the author is much more interested in big questions than big futuristic fight sequences. The story is divided between Jack, a pirate who reverse-engineers patented drugs
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Thursday 1 March Last year it was Storm Doris that frustrated non-Glaswegian genre fans’ attempts to make their annual pilgrimage to the Glasgow FrightFest. This year the Curse continues with the UK-wide (and very much Glasgow-centred) cold snap which has brought rail, road and air transport to a grinding halt, put Glasgow in effective lockdown,
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Black Panther, the eighteenth entry in the Marvel franchise is a powerful, emotionally engaging and action-packed origin story about identity, African diaspora and the distribution of wealth. It’s a landmark moment in cinema, a black superhero finally gets his own film in the MCU and director Ryan Coogler uses his mega budget and writing skills
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Richard K Morgan’s Altered Carbon novels have been on showrunner Laeta Kalogridis’ wishlist for years now and it’s easy to see the appeal: a Blade Runner-esque setting, endless cyberpunk twists, and a pissed-off morally ambiguous hero navigating a world of complex mythology and endless seediness as downloadable consciousnesses have made immortality a reality. All this
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Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó made a bold breakthrough on the arthouse circuit with 2014’s White God, which concerned a mistreated dog leading a canine uprising. With Jupiter’s Moon, he’s back with another high-concept story and back in social allegory mode. A young migrant fleeing his home in Syria, Aryan (Zsombor Jéger) is separated from his
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Our Evil (Mal Nosso), the feature debut of writer/director/producer/editor Samuel Galli, is a film of two halves. In the first, hulking, bald, middle-aged Arthur (Ademir Esteves) wakes at 2.32am, searches the dark web, skimming over items like ‘credit card cloning’ ‘cannibalism’ and ‘necro’ to open a section on ‘assassination (South America)’, where he watches an online
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