The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kathi Maio
Rating Title/Year Author
The Lobster (2015) Kathi Maio The Lobster is like nothing you have ever seen before. I predict that your response will be an intense one. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Zootopia (2016) Kathi Maio If you only want to view Zootopia as a cheery little feature cartoon, full of the frolicking anthropomorphic critters Disney excels in creating, it works perfectly well on that level... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Eye in the Sky (2015) Kathi Maio The debate is passionate and intelligent, and it is punctuated with tense on-the-ground action to contain the danger... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Kathi Maio The suspense of 10 Cloverfield Lane would never have worked without the subtle performance of John Goodman in the role of Howard. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Red Planet (2000) Kathi Maio There are plenty of elements to the story, and it even manages to throw in a shipboard romance before the credits roll. But more plot frippery does make for a more hospitable Red Planet. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Mission to Mars (2000) Kathi Maio ...despite the repeated sentimental trope of true loves lost, the film loses its simple humanity along the way, and it never fills the void with either the action or humor that have long been the saving grace of filmic space operas. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Mars Attacks! (1996) Kathi Maio Mars Attacks! plays its loony action for intentional laughs. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Kathi Maio ...a low-budget throwback to the gorefest action sf of the sixties. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
The Martian (2015) Kathi Maio The Martian is a story about people working together but thinking for themselves. It is also a first class piece of cinematic entertainment... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Arrival (2016) Kathi Maio [The] movie-one of the best and brainiest sf films in recent memory-depicts the linguistic and scientific challenge of human scholars to understand and be understood by creatures from another world. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Kathi Maio The Incredible Shrinking Man is definitely a film designed to appeal to thoughtful adult viewers, as well as pure escapism science fiction fans. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Downsizing (2017) Kathi Maio Downsizing fails because it is neither fish nor fowl. It can't commit as a science-fiction film and it never becomes the biting social satire the first act seems to intimate. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Interstellar (2014) Kathi Maio Interstellar is, all in all, a very fine science fiction film. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Starry Eyes (2014) Kathi Maio Equal parts occult horror and slasher flick, Starry Eyes is definitely a B movie, but fairly well done, as such. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Kathi Maio ...this is one film that deserves the descriptor of tour de force. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Merchants of Doubt (2014) Kathi Maio Mr. Kenner knows how to keep his films visually interesting, as well as intellectually stimulating. And the story he tells in Merchants of Doubt is about as important as they come. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Advantageous (2015) Kathi Maio Advantageous is a quiet and affecting film that contains a good bit of (not too pointed) social commentary. But it is primarily a meditation on human identity and the delicate nature of familial relationships. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Self/less (2015) Kathi Maio I do wonder what Singh and writers Alex and David Pastor might have done if they had avoided the trite, explosive tropes of an action film for something that actually touched upon the many issues raised by their basic body swap plot... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Seconds (1966) Kathi Maio There is a lot to think about while watching Seconds, and that is the point. The acting, photography, and editing (by Ferris Webster and David Newhouse) all help make for a most unsettling film experience, but ultimately a very satisfying one. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
About Time (2013) Kathi Maio ...one of the ways in which the filmmaker defuses the questionable gender politics of his primary love relationship is by widening the focus of his movie... EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Free Birds (2013) Kathi Maio Much can be overlooked if such a movie is rollicking good fun. But Free Birds isn't even that. That's right, I'm going to say it. It's a turkey-and not one of the time-traveling freedom-fighter species, either. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Divergent (2014) Kathi Maio Divergent suffers in comparison to Hunger Games. But when judged alone, Divergent makes a strong case for the entertainment value of an empowered young female hero attempting to survive and resist in a dystopian society. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Kathi Maio The story is more complex, and director Francis Lawrence did an even better job of integrating taut action and convincing special effects into a developing plot... EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
The Hunger Games (2012) Kathi Maio Although the casting of a relative unknown like Jennifer Lawrence in the crucial role of Katniss was a bit controversial, in the hindsight of her Oscar win and status as hottest young thing in Hollywood, the choice seems brilliant. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
How I Live Now (2013) Kathi Maio How I Live Now is a simpler tale about a young girl who finds her own power in a hostile world. In the battle-scarred world that is the movie business, this film deserves to find a place. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Snowpiercer (2013) Kathi Maio It is a big, complex, bloody, noisy and quite sophisticated motion picture. It was meant to be seen on a large screen with surround-sound rumbling and roaring around you. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
I Origins (2014) Kathi Maio A quieter and more cerebral science fiction film, it will probably satisfy many a viewer who discovers it through a recommendation algorithm at a movie streaming service... EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
GasLand (2010) Kathi Maio GasLand shows ordinary Americans setting their formerly potable kitchen tap water on fire, it looks like a special effect, but sadly isn't. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
The Bay (2012) Kathi Maio I wouldn't call The Bay a great piece of filmmaking. But as found-footage eco-terror thrillers go, it both entertains and delivers its intended message. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Life of Pi (2012) Kathi Maio ...in the end, we must abandon ourselves to the storytelling. With a gorgeous film like Life of Pi, that's not hard to do. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) Kathi Maio ...the nadir of the Oz adaptations... EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Kathi Maio One wonders what L. Frank Baum would think of movies like Oz the Great and Powerful. He'd appreciate the technical innovations of modern cinema, most likely. But I doubt that he'd appreciate how his characters have been "updated." EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
() Kathi Maio The Library of Congress has called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy tale." That tale has not been well-served by its latest adaptation. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Pacific Rim (2013) Kathi Maio Pacific Rim goes those classic B-movies one better, with giant, pilot-driven, twenty-five-story robots specifically designed to do battle with the mega-monsters. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
R.I.P.D. (2013) Kathi Maio R.I.P.D. is a movie that suffers from a passel of lost opportunities. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Outbreak (1995) Kathi Maio Outbreak isn't a terrible film, but it doesn't trust that relative realism has enough power to hook and hold a movie audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Contagion (2011) Kathi Maio Although the filmmakers certainly make use of the life and death struggles of their story, they do so with a kind of naturalism that renders the spiraling crisis even more chilling. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Love in Space (2011) Kathi Maio Love in Space is a crosscultural diversion of the first order. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Melancholia (2011) Kathi Maio Lars Von Trier's elegantly arty Melancholia...despite the fact that Kirsten Dunst spends the first half of the movie in a wedding gown, there is no romantic love (new or old) to be found in this particular film. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Last Night (1998) Kathi Maio A gem of a small Canadian film... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Miracle Mile (1988) Kathi Maio ...it is filled with energy, quirky humor, and a colorful cast of characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Armageddon (1998) Kathi Maio ...more macho and jingoistic action... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) Kathi Maio I'm not quite sure when 4:44 moves from serious to silly, but for me it was early on. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Kathi Maio Seeking a Friend for the End of the World sought but never found a cineplex audience. Even so, I would personally advise that you add it to your queue of movies to see before the asteroid hits. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Kathi Maio Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is undeniably a watershed in animation and a truly classic film. How he adapted the story is a topic that has been critiqued and debated with almost as much passion as the original folktale. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Mirror Mirror (2012) Kathi Maio ...not even a delightful Bollywood number that caps off the final wedding scene and ushers in the final credits can keep you from feeling confused and cheated after watching Mirror Mirror. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Kathi Maio Casting is one of the shortcomings of Snow White and the Huntsman. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Chronicle (2012) Kathi Maio Although the crashing climax left me cold, I was generally impressed by the youthful enthusiasm of the filmmaking in Chronicle. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Another Earth (2011) Kathi Maio Here we have a quiet and sometimes surprising drama, which is something you can rarely say about a modern sf movie... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Never Let Me Go (2010) Kathi Maio The performances are all first-rate. The film's look-washed out gray and windswept-is Brontësque and quite beautiful. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020