Category: fantasy

REVIEW: Lady in the Water (2006)

Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) works as the superintendent of a Philadelphia apartment block. One night he discovers a mysterious young woman in the block's swimming pool. Named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard), she turns out to be a water nymph known as a Narf, come to inspire a writer living in the block who will eventually ...

REVIEW: The Shape of Water (2017)

Baltimore, 1962: Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is a non-verbal woman working as a cleaner in a secret government laboratory. When she witnesses the laboratory's new specimen brought in for study - a humanoid amphibious creature - she immediately forms a personal connection to it. When it is scheduled for dissection, Elisa risks everything to set ...

REVIEW: Hook (1991)

American businessman Peter Banning (Robin Williams) travels to London to help honour "Grannie" Wendy (Maggie Smith), whose orphanage housed him as a child. Once there, however, his children are kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) and taken to the Neverland of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Peter learns the truth: that he is the real Peter Pan, all ...

REVIEW: The Mummy Returns (2001)

Seven years after defeating the mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn O'Connell (Rachel Weisz) are dragged back into the action when forces working to resurrect Imhotep kidnap their six year-old son and take him to Egypt. Hot in pursuit, Rick and Evelyn race to prevent Imhotep and his servants from reviving the ...

REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of Themyscira, travels from the safety of her home to the front lines of World War I to aid American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and to confront and defeat the war god Ares - whom she believes is responsible for creating the conflict in the first place. It beggars belief ...

GUEST REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

When it comes to cinema, I prefer to read and hear a plurality of voices. To contribute in a small way to that variety of voices, I have invited some other writers to review new and classic films on this website. I am thrilled that the first-ever guest critic on FictionMachine is Australian science fiction and fantasy ...

REVIEW: The Mummy (2017)

Military officer and part-time antiquities thief Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) uncovers the buried prison of 5,000 year-old Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofie Boutella). By accidentally releasing Ahmanet, he becomes the chosen vessel for the evil god Set to physically enter the world - unless he, archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) and the mysterious Dr Henry Jekyll (Russell ...

REVIEW: The Mummy (1999)

In 1926 Egypt, an expedition to the desert ruins of Hamunaptra accidentally unleashes a 3,000 year-old mummified priest from ancient Egypt. While the priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) revives himself, adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and librarian Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) race to find the means of defeating him. The Mummy, a 1999 loose remake of ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the son of William Turner (Orlando Bloom), seeks the mythical Trident of Posiedon in order to remove the curse that keeps William aboard the Flying Dutchman. Joining him on his quest are astronomer Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario), and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) - who is on the run from the ...

REVIEW: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Orphaned at a young age and raised in a Londinium brothel, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) grows up to become a low-level criminal kingpin. When the waters around the castle Camelot magically recede, revealing a sword embedded in the rock, the ruthless King Vortigern (Jude Law) orders all men of a certain age to try and pull ...