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Kill Command is a 2016 sci-fi/action movie set in a not-so-distant future, in which a squad of soldiers face off against autonomous war machines.

Clive Owen in Children Of Men

Children of Men is based on a novel by P. D. James and set during the year 2027, in a quasi-apocalyptic world where the human race has become infertile.

Don't you hate it when your boss calls … and you know the only reason he's calling is to assign you extra work? Scoot McNairy knows exactly how you feel in the 2010 Gareth Edwards film "Monsters".

After seeing Rogue One and deciding that Gareth Edwards must obviously have some idea about what hes doing; Biscuits and I decided to check out one of his previous movies — Monsters. Oh wait... What? You don't agree? Hey, at least Gareth's Godzilla wasn't that abomination from the new Toho movie. (I'm talking about you, Shin Gojira!) Seriously. That Godzilla is gross. It gets worse every time I look at it.

An invasive alien species

Back to the matter at hand, Six years after a space probe crash landed between Mexico and the United States, the entire region has been contaminated by an invasive alien species. A quarantine zone has been established to contain bizarre and dangerous new forms of life evolving there. Monsters follows Andrew Kaulder (Scoot Mcnairy) a photo-journalist seeking to capture exclusive photos of the creatures. Kaulder is side-tracked from pursuing his story when he is tasked with chaperoning his boss' daughter Sam Wynden (Whitney Able) back to the United States.

Not an action/horror creature feature

Monsters is not a fast paced action/horror "creature feature" as the title might lead you to believe. Rather, this movie is a more subtle exploration of very human motivations and experiences. Why did Sam run to Mexico when she and her fiancée are planning to a marriage? Why does Andrew submit to the unreasonable demands of his boss? Who are the real monsters people encounter every day? How will these two people change as a result of their shared experience?

Again, Monsters isn't you're run of the mill creature feature. It's medium paced with a good narrative about the lives of two people intersecting under extraordinary circumstances. If you're looking for something low-key this weekend, fire it up on Netflix or Amazon instant video. This movie also gets bonus points for a preview of Trump's fantasy wall along the US/Mexico border.

Despite some reservations, we decided to see Resident Evil: The final Chapter. I predicted that this final installment in the Resident Evil franchise would probably be a fun, action packed movie. Biscuits was not so optimistic. We both concluded that this movie couldn't possibly be any worse than Underworld: Blood Wars. We were wrong.

I’ve never actually read Pierre Christin’s “Valérian and Laureline” comic. I was still excited for Valerian and the city of a thousand planets to arrive in theaters. That excitement wasn't enough to overcome the negative press that surrounded this movie. That shouldn't stop you from seeing it at home.

Generally, I don't give a lot of consideration to what the critics say about a movie. I do give a lot of consideration to the cost of going to the cinema today. I don't want to regret spending twenty plus dollars on a film that I didn't enjoy.

After watching Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets on Blu-Ray, I found myself wondering why all the movie critics disliked it so much. It was a fun movie. The Valérian and Laureline comic had a huge influence on numerous science fiction titles (which may have lead to some unreasonably high expectations). The movie was directed by Luc Besson. The critics have seen his other films. What were they expecting?

I admit that there are a few issues. For example, the pacing could be a little faster.  A lot of time is spent on scenes early in the film that could have been shortened. Besson was probably trying to show audiences new to the franchise what a typical Valerian adventure looks like.

If you enjoyed The Fifth Element, then you’re probably going to like Valerian. Just watch the trailer. Are there a thousand alien races in this film? I don’t know but there are a lot of different creatures and robots. It’s almost as if this was the project Luc was waiting for since he began making movies and Fifth Element was a primer for things to come.

In interviews published shortly before the release of the film, Luc Besson said that he would happily continue making Valerian movies for the rest of his career. Actually, I think he said He would make them for the rest of his life. You know just in case the word career doesn't convey just how much he loves the Valerian stories. I’m thinking he’ll get it right. If you’re read the comic, you’ll have to let me know if the film hits the mark. For my part, I’ll let you know if it works for me as a stand-alone, without the expectation that it’s an accurate adaptation.