The Martian (2015)

Space doesn’t look that bad after all!

Not too far into the future, mankind finds a way to travel the long distances to visit other planets. That’s not unlike many stories we’ve been told before.

During a mission on Mars a sandstorm forces a space crew to leave behind a member of the team, who is presumed dead. Again, we’ve been there, done that.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

A new story for a new generation.

When I first heard that there was going to be three more Star Wars films I was both excited and worried.

We saw that the last three films which documented Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side weren’t received in the most positive light compared to the originals.

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Ex Machina (2015)

We don’t know what we don’t know about artificial intelligence.

For some, reaching the technological singularity brings nothing but excitement. But for others there aren’t many things scarier than not knowing what that will mean for us. It’s hard for humans to admit but we are a relatively advanced, yet young and primitive species and Ex Machina shows us this in a big way.

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Interstellar (2014)

Love is not bound by time and space.

Christopher Nolan has tested our limits. The extremities of what we are capable of, both as a species and as individuals.

In the near three-hour epic that is Interstellar, two strands in the narrative became vividly clear. There is no doubt that the universe and the rules that govern it are too gargantuan for our relatively young minds to comprehend. But within all that we have a purpose and a force driving us that is just as majestic – love.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

The revolution has begun.

Katniss has finally found her calling – she’s the one to take down the Capitol. We’ve waited 3 years for this!

Catching Fire set the hearts of people everywhere ablaze with the action of the Games and, more importantly, the emotions, the oppression and the destitution forced on the districts by President Snow and the Capitol.

The stage was set to bring all of Pan Am to the fore to stand beside the Mockingjay.

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Gone Girl (2014)

A lesson on marriage and life.

When I think of Ben Affleck, no memorable qualities come to mind.

I don’t know him personally so it’s likely I’m misjudging the guy. He’s probably got a great personality!

I just don’t see it come out in his performances on screen. Luckily, that’s just what his character, Nick Dunne, needs in Gone Girl.

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

A missed opportunity?

Oppression of any kind is a delicate issue to depict on the big screen, but there’s not much wrong with Steve McQueen’s biopic of Solomon Northup’s inspiring personal struggle during slavery in the 1800s.

Yet as I watched 12 Years a Slave, something unsettled me that I did not expect: the version of slavery we see is based in the 19th Century. What about now?

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The Lego Movie (2014)

Be advised: this film is not for children.

Forget Inception. Creating your own world was as easy as breathing. At night, you would lie in your bed while four or five different ideas would duel for your consent to become a reality in the morning.

Houses would become mansions. Mansions would become castles where mighty dragons would be thwarted in epic battles by a yellow fire fighter. What made this possible? Lego. Those little bricks that began building children’s dreams 65 years ago.

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Her (2013)

I’m a big fan of technology.

In the future I can definitely see myself having a big fancy house packed wall to wall with artificial intelligence ready to wait on me hand and foot. Not for vanity, just to help me out with boring stuff like cleaning and ordering new light bulbs.

The thing is, robots will need artificial intelligence, the kind that will allow it to learn and develop with the absence of programmers and weekly upgrades.

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