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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated -

Re­lease Date: 3 July

TBC | 88 min­utes Di­rec­tor: Grig­orij Richters

It’s pretty

dif­fi­cult to make the end of the world seem dull, but this turgid, heav­ily im­pro­vised found- footage drama some­how man­ages it.

Tied- in with 30 June’s As­ter­oid Day, it ini­tially comes across like an at­tempt to ed­u­cate The Kids by stealth, sneak­ing in talk­ing heads with real- life astronomers as bel­lend vlog­ger Damon be­comes ob­sessed with the idea of an apoc­a­lyp­tic as­ter­oid strike. Cue in­ter­minable scenes of him ar­gu­ing with his girl­friend and busi­ness part­ner. Then Damon dis­cov­ers just such an event is im­mi­nent, and mostly mopes around in his flat.

Only a se­quence of a pan­ick­ing crowd has any brio, and even that looks like an over- ex­cited flash mob. When the de­bris fi­nally rains down, you’ll have been pray­ing for it to va­por­ise Lon­don for 20 min­utes. Calvin Bax­ter It’s a hec­tic month for cin­ema re­leases, with no less than half a dozen movies which haven’t screened yet out be­fore the next is­sue hits. First up, on 26 June: De­spi­ca­ble Me spin- off Minions. Arnie’s back on 3 July, as Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys lands, while on 10 July Mark Wahlberg re­turns with his potty- mouthed chum in Ted 2. Fi­nally, 17 July brings us a trio of re­leases, the big one ( or should that be teeny- tiny one?) be­ing An­tMan. It’s joined by Blum­house found- footage hor­ror The Gal­lows and Tarsem Singh’s con­scious­ness- trans­fer film Self/ Less. There’ll be re­views of all these avail­able at http:// bit. ly/ sfxre­views just as soon as we can see ’ em and write about ’ em.

Ant- Man goes big in July.

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