Sci-Fi Weekly

Sci-Fi Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael Szymanski, Staci Layne Wilson, Tasha Robinson
Rating Title/Year Author
A Perfect Blue (1997) Tasha Robinson Perfect Blue's success lies in the twisted, self-referential storyline that intercuts reality with fantasy so fluidly that viewers inevitably take on Mima's shattered point of view, unable to distinguish the truth until the stunning conclusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
A+ The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) Tasha Robinson Monkey Punch's lanky, flapping heroes contrast somewhat oddly with Miyazaki's fine-featured, trim subsidiary characters, but "Castle" moves along at such a brisk pace that it's hard to concentrate on anything but keeping up with the ride. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Staci Layne Wilson The new movie Battle of the Sexes portrays this circus-like time in the past perfectly. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2017
Parker (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Parker is a functional enough actioner but lacks pizzazz. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Dead Man's Burden (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Dead Man's Burden isn't [great], but it's not a bad horse opera and is unflinching in its depictions of harshness and violence. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Looper (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Looper is one of the few modern-day character-motivated science fiction films to [also] succeed on levels of action and suspense. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2012
Dredd (2012) Staci Layne Wilson I highly recommend Dredd for what it is: a super-violent, well thought-out, effective thriller and action film that's flawlessly cast and has several supreme scenarios of cat-and-mouse. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2012
Cosmopolis (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Though the cool, insolent stoicism does work for Pattinson as the narcissistic royal-'we' speaking wunderkind, even he can't carry this weighty, wordy dissertation on the burdens of money, fame and power. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2012
Steve Niles' Remains (2011) Staci Layne Wilson All things considered, Remains is reasonably entertaining escapism and is a fun enough apocalyptic fright fest. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2012
4/5 Magic Mike (2012) Michael Szymanski If you're expecting any frontal nudity, you'd be disappointed. Although there is a quick shocking moment of a fluffing device, it's not like the frontal nudity in the last of the "American Pie" movies, or other R-rated movies. It doesn't go that far. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
Tape 407 (2011) Staci Layne Wilson Found footage shakes on a plane. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2012
Sound of My Voice (2011) Staci Layne Wilson While not a showy or stylistic film by any means, Sound of my Voice is impressive. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2012
Possession (1981) Staci Layne Wilson When it comes to the sheer artistry of filmmaking, it's an astounding, jaw-dropping feat of furious beauty. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2012
Rabies (2010) Staci Layne Wilson While I can't say I really enjoyed Rabies (the story is just too tired and the characters too stock, for someone raised on horror movies), I do respect its fine filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2012
Bitter Feast (2010) Staci Layne Wilson Bitter Feast is like a meal that begins with a tasty, light appetizer, but winds up with a too-heavy dessert that makes you wish you hadn't taken that last bite. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2011
The Traveler (2010) Staci Layne Wilson The Traveler yet another feature film with only a half-hour Twilight Zone episode materials' worth in it. That's not to say it's not worth a look, but don't expect too much. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2011
4/5 The Fourth Kind (2009) Michael Szymanski Frankly, this movie is quite scary when it's viewed with the idea that this is the film version of creepy disappearances that are really happening in Nome, Alaska. When it's not that, it's almost laughable. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
2/5 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Michael Szymanski One of her suitors stays out all night with his weird friends. The other does his "Brokeback Mountain" thing with his buddies in the woods. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
9/10 Blood: The Last Vampire (2008) Michael Szymanski I think this is a world-class film! It contains great martial arts and great storytelling, and it turns the vampire genre on its ear. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
6/10 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Michael Szymanski Hugh Jackman's animal magnetism is palpable in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." He's more sexy than he has ever been in the past X-Men films, and the movie shows him in bizarre bromance relationships with other mutant freaks as well as a very intimate and most EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
7/10 Watchmen (2009) Michael Szymanski The brilliant writer of the comic books that this is based on, Alan Moore, is well known for bisexual characters (women mostly, of course), in his work. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
6/10 Humpday (2009) Michael Szymanski There hasn't been a mainstream movie since maybe "The Crying Game" that has so subtly brought up the possibility of a man's bisexuality than "Humpday." EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
7/10 The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Michael Szymanski OK, sometimes the movie gets really weird, but overall it's a very entertaining escapist sci-fi romance%u2014and these days that's a rare event. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
9/10 District 9 (2009) Michael Szymanski Another metaphor for the misplaced, displaced and disassociated bisexual is how "District 9" shows how cruel humans can be%u2014especially to something they don't understand. They have characterized these giant insect-like aliens as lazy, predatory, omniv EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Staci Layne Wilson The Day The Earth Stood is what you think it is: a serviceable remake that retains kernels of the original while turning up the heat to make for a popcorn-friendly sci-fi spectacle. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
4.5/5 Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Staci Layne Wilson Repo! is definitely out there in the sci-fi stratosphere, like Philip K. Dick on a tab of Timothy Leary's acid ... but if you can dig it, join the GraveRobber and his fiends on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2008
Quarantine (2008) Staci Layne Wilson Carpenter and Harris are able to pull off the whole charade with impressive energy and convincing bursts of sheer terror during some very long, uncut takes. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) Staci Layne Wilson Mulder and Scully are finally back on the case, but after six years apart, they could use a little platitude adjustment. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2008
Wanted (2008) Staci Layne Wilson Wanted is everything it promises with extra popcorn, employing state-of-the-art CG, sleek sports cars revving to blaring rock, gore galore, vivid chases and cool comeuppances. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2008
WALL-E (2008) Staci Layne Wilson Accomplished in painstaking 3-D animation stamped all over in Pixar's signature style, the movie looks absolutely amazing at all times. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2008
Superhero Movie (2008) Staci Layne Wilson If you enjoyed movies like Mystery Men, My Super X-Girlfriend or even Orgazmo back in the day, then you just might crack a smile at The Dragonfly's spandex wedgie. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2008
10,000 B.C. (2008) Staci Layne Wilson The film's heart is in the right place, but its script is not evolved enough to deliver the message without the constant clout of a caveman's club. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2008
Fred Claus (2007) Staci Layne Wilson You'd better watch out! Santa's brother is coming to town, and the only way to have a holly, jolly Christmas... is without him! EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2007
B+ Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) Ian Spelling The best suicides-meet-in-purgatory-and-fall-in-love romantic comedy-drama ever made. It may also be the only suicides-meet-in-purgatory-and-fall-in-love romantic comedy-drama ever made. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2007
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Staci Layne Wilson ...not as action-packed or gory as the first film, but for those who enjoy the cinematic series and are hoping to see a worthy winding-down free of cop-outs, Mulcahy's monster movie won't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
300 (2006) Staci Layne Wilson While the overall look of the movie is quite dissimilar to Frank Miller's Sin City, it's still very much in line with his beautiful artwork. With the help of a heap of CGI, Snyder does an astonishing job of bringing a hyper-reality to believable fruition. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2007
The Number 23 (2007) Staci Layne Wilson While The Number 23 is probably not destined for masterpiece status, it does what it sets out to do: entertain, and mess with your mind. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2007
Ghost Rider (2007) Staci Layne Wilson All too often, it dips into dour drama and schmaltzy romance. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2007
B- The Messengers (2007) Staci Layne Wilson The Messengers does deliver on jump scares, compelling characters, top-notch acting from the entire cast, nice atmosphere and excellent cinematography augmented by a lush color palette. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2007
B+ () Michael Szymanski My own 4-year-old monkey was mesmerized every second of the film%u2014but as the monkey's uncle at the screening, I wanted more monkeying around EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
D- Tamara (2005) Michael Szymanski You know things aren't going well when it gets tedious watching a teen girl strut around in short shorts and a loose top and you're waiting for her to use the ax and get it over with EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
D+ Ultraviolet (1992) Michael Szymanski Milla's hot whether she's fighting zombies in a ripped shirt or dressing as a dude and being burned at the stake, but I'd much rather see her be Alice again than Violet. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C Aquamarine (2006) Michael Szymanski Kids seem to love the recognizable 'tween stars, but for the rest of us it's sort of like the cotton-candy scene%u2014we're not sure whether to eat it or rub our faces in it. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
A The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Michael Szymanski It was going to take a lot to sell me on the remake. It delivered. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ The Shaggy Dog (1959) Michael Szymanski This one lives up to the Disney charm, outshining the original, and not a single parent is killed in the process. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B- Slither (1973) Michael Szymanski This movie has a nostalgic retro feel to it, like the old Universal horror movies that we now find very funny. But alas, where are all the drive-in theaters to show it in? EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) Michael Szymanski It's all about Scrat, that plain-looking Every-squirrel who never gives up, and it's only a matter of time before he gets his own feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
B+ Scary Movie 4 (2006) Michael Szymanski Has the fourth of any film series ever worked? This does! It's a franchise that could keep on scaring up the spoofs and mixed metaphors till the cows come home to roost. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
A- Silent Hill (2006) Michael Szymanski As a fluke, I took my mom (also named Rose) to the screening. She doesn't like SF or horror and doesn't even know what a video game is, yet she ended up really liking it! How weird is that? EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006
C Over the Hedge (2006) Michael Szymanski As a film buff I certainly appreciated the obscure film references, but gosh, some of these are way dated EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2006