Maximum Ride (2016)

Apparently nothing is safe from teen movies anymore. First it was vampires.  Then werewolves.  Then alien invasions and Mars. But I really would have thought genetically engineered soldiers were still safe. Apparently not.  Here we have the all too familiar angsty teen drama, where those angsty teens all have remarkable powers, like telepathy, super strength, […]

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The Space Between Us (2017)

This must have seemed like a good idea to someone in Hollywood. One can almost imagine the process:  “hey, we’ve done well with realistic space films like Gravity and Interstellar…and we’re packing the teenagers in with these angsty romances…I know!  We’ll combine the two!” Or was there a Reese’s commercial moment when two aides carrying […]

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Allegiant (2016)

Allegiant does something truly unimaginable:  it offers a more or less plausible explanation for the Faction system in the Divergent series. Of course, on the downside of that, it is part one of an adaptation of the final novel of the YA series, with a final film yet to come.  Sigh.  Okay, okay.  You had to […]

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The 5th Wave (2016)

Well, it isn’t completely familiar. We’ve seen an awful lot of Young Adult novel series getting turned into SF movies lately, and it is rather nice to see one which doesn’t have children forced to fight each other… Ooops, we’ve got that.  Mostly. We do, however have a special effects heavy apocalypse, with aliens launching four […]

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The Scorch Trials (2015)

I liked The Maze Runner.  Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the sequel. The original had a lot going for it – the mystery of why they were there and the purpose of the maze; the dangers lurking in the maze and the puzzles they had to solve to escape from it. However, the sequel doesn’t […]

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