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Published November 13th 2017
You'll never guess number 5

With Australia slowing down for the summer, you'll probably start finding time to see a movie or two. Here are my top 5 science fiction and fantasy movies to check out over the late spring early summer period. Some minor spoilers follow. I don't mention anything that isn't already in a trailer or an official film synopsis.

1. Blade Runner 2049 Now Playing

If you missed Blade Runner when it first came out in the 80s, trundle out that old video player and catch up. A movie ahead of its time, it influenced much of the cinematic genre for decades to come. Quotes are even woven into mainstream TV shows these days, when you least expect it, such is its almost legendary status. Is the sequel just as good? Amazing visuals take you a crazy psychedelic trip as you attempt to work out what is really happening. It's great to see Harrison Ford reprising his role, and the performances are superb. The only thing I recommend is that you watch the final director's cut of the old movie before you watch the sequel.

2. Thor: Ragnarok Now Playing

Thor is imprisoned and must fight against the Hulk in a gladiatorial contest, then find a way to save his world from Hela. One of the funniest Marvel movies in ages, it was lovingly directed by Taika Waititi who is well known for his ability to bring out the humour in a scene. Even if you're not so into superhero movies, this one is worth checking out for the laughs.

3. Geostorm Now Playing

If you love unbelievable disaster movies, then Geostorm should be up your alley. A massive network of satellites has been controlling the weather for years but has started going wrong and a massive geostorm is developing that could destroy the human race. Directed by Dean Devlin, who also produced Independence Day, Godzilla, the original Stargate movie and much more, you know straight away what to expect. Exploding satellites, domino buildings, snap frozen people. It's all in the trailer. Check it out.

4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (VIII) 14th December 2017

All your favourite characters return (well, if you haven't seen VII yet, I can't say which one might not be in it) and it's the one featuring Carrie Fisher's final movie performance as Leia Organa, so you can't miss it just for that alone. But if you're following the story, we get to see Rey develop her newly discovered abilities with Luke Skywalker, while the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. I'm excited!

5. Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time 26th December 2017

And, how could I go past the final episode of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and the story that will introduce Jodie Whitaker as the first female Doctor? The episode will be played in selected cinemas on the 26th, and features the 1st and 12th Doctors battling a problem with time. It'll also feature some extra video that you may not be able to see on the ABC. Even so, seeing this episode on the big screen is going to be awesome. I can't wait!

Well, it looks like I'll probably run into you at the cinema this year!
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