Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

Director: Denis Villeneuve Rating: PG-13 Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Screenplay: Eric Heisserer Based On the Short Story by: Ted Chiang Music By: Jóhann Jóhannsson Cinematography: Bradford Young Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: November 11, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): February 14, 2017 Synopsis: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics [...]

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Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

Director: Morten Tyldum Rating: PG-13 Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Screenplay: Jon Spaihts Music By: Thomas Newman Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: December 21, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has [...]

Erika Johansen-The Fate of the Tearling

Themes Explored: dystopia, monarchy, romance, vampires, death, destiny, fate, time, fantasy, fiction, evil, hope, civilization, hopelessness, magic, swordplay Synopsis: In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she [...]

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson Rating: PG-13 Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, & C. Robert Cargill        Based on Characters by: Steve Ditko Music By: Michael Giacchino Cinematography: Ben Davis Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: November 4, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey [...]

Claudia Gray-A Thousand Pieces of You

Themes Explored:  inter-dimensional travel, physics, family, love, relationships, longing, father-daughter bond,  adventure, science fiction, alternate realities, reality, technology, jealously, death, science, genius, attraction, intelligence, drug abuse, fate, destiny, corporate espionage, intrigue, consciousness Synopsis: Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into [...]

Andy Weir-The Martian

Themes Explored: survival, space travel, the psychology of being alone, science, botany, extreme conditions, endurance of the human spirit, faith, hope in the face of incredible odds, death, life, mechanical engineering, ingenuity, teamwork, mutiny, loyalty, mars exploration, colonization Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. [...]