Spectre (2015)

Was classic Bond bought back too quickly?

Remember when you could only find touchscreen tables, self-driving cars and talking phones in films and fiction?

It feels like we’ve almost caught up with James Bond’s flashy gizmos and the high-tech gadgets (if only Q could make Aston Martins a part of everyday life too!)

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Chappie (2015)

For all of you sci-fi fans out there, here is Chappie.

Computer genius Deon creates the scouts, robotic police officers that are just as efficient as Robocop – and you don’t even need to blow anyone up to make them!

Chappie is set in South Africa, from which District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is from. And that’s also where the similarities to District 9 begin.

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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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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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Gotham (2014-)

A closer look at James Gordon and Gotham City.

Gotham takes us back in time to the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s story – the birth of Batman, when his parents are killed in cold blood in an alleyway. What is different about this show is it doesn’t follow Bruce like we’ve seen in the much admired Dark Knight trilogy.

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The Strain (2014-)

Another fun and bitter sweet fantasy from Del Toro.

I always enjoy Guillermo Del Toro’s concoctions. He comes across as a man who really doesn’t take himself too seriously.

When I watch films like Hellboy, Pacific Rim and Julia’s Eyes I can’t help but appreciate this guy’s amazing imagination and love of storytelling.

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