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Space Sweepers (2021) is a Korean science fiction film, which gets a MangoIdiots rating of “Raw”. The plot is about how a bunch of misfits, space junk scavengers unknowingly get involved in saving the earth from complete destruction. They take on the most powerful and the greatest inventor in the universe, who is the owner of the largest corporation. The film was well-taken but fails to impress you as everything feels like you have already watched in earlier films on this genre of a dystopian world. It is available on Netflix. The lead actors playing the roles of Tae-ho, Captain…

Save Yourselves! (2020) is a science-fiction comedy film that had a familiar story yet charming due to its simplicity and fine acting by the lead couple. It is available on Kanopy. Su & Jack are a couple who are addicted to their phones. One day midway through lovemaking they stop and turn their attention to their phones. Realizing their hopelessness they decide to go for a disconnected week to the woods. Everything starts well in their friend’s lovely cabin when they start noticing something amiss. They are now left to their own means when the whole planet is under attack.…

Palm Springs (2020) is a romantic comedy that involves a time loop, with the same day repeating for the lead couple played by Andy Samberg from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Cristin Milioti from How I met your mother? It was fun to watch. For a wedding of her best friend, Misty and her boyfriend Nyles (Andy Samberg) goes to a resort in Palm Springs. There Nyles gets stuck for unknown reasons in a time loop with the wedding day keeps happening over and over for no reasons and it affects only him. Soon he is joined by the bride’s sister Sarah…

How to make a teenage romance between a boy and a girl living in a small town in America interesting? You bring in a twist. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) that premiered today in Amazon Prime Video does this by introducing a time loop that keeps the same-day repeat over and over but only for the two. I liked the film but given the plot and good casting, it could’ve been a lot better. Mark (Kyle Allen) is a 17-year old who is studying science, but wishes to do art school finds himself waking up to the same…

Bliss (2021) is a film that has a confused identity. Is it a science-fiction or a family drama or a movie on substance abuse? maybe it is all of them. This identity crisis is what makes the movie watchable and ordinary. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. The story starts with Greg Wittle (Owen Wilson) a recent divorcee with two children, getting fired by his boss. Shockingly during the discussion, his boss hits on the table and dies. Freaking out, Greg meets this lady Isabel (Salma Hayek) who saves him from the murder and takes him deep into a…