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FILM REVIEW: Interstellar

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: While gorgeously shot, Christopher Nolan’s bid for entry into the canon of artistic science fiction movies drips with cliché and plods through its [...]

November 8, 2014 // 15 Comments

Watching the Future: From Other Shores

Movies treated science fiction well this summer, in terms of quality and popularity. The period between the middle of April and the Labor Day weekend saw the release of four [...]

October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: The newest entry of in the Marvel umbrella is a breezy and deliberately cheesy space opera that uses its cast and soundtrack music to exceptional effect [...]

August 5, 2014 // 7 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Godzilla(2014)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Occasionally impressive special effects, standout and often suspenseful sequences, and outstanding imaginings of the classic kaiju don’t manage to save [...]

May 16, 2014 // 2 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Under the Skin (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Haunting, disturbing, and often incredibly challenging, director Jonathan Glazer adapts Michael Faber’s cult horror novel to the screen, with Scarlett [...]

April 19, 2014 // 2 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Transcendence (2014)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Director Wally Pfister’s first feature film tries to tackle themes of transhumanism and the singularity, but gets knocked aside by the inelegant thriller [...]

April 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Ender’s Game (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Stiff, surprisingly bloodless adaptation of a classic science fiction novel, maintaining a certain fidelity to details but neutering much of the source [...]

November 3, 2013 // 14 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Gravity (2013)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: More technically adept and visually breathtaking than emotionally compelling, Alfonso Cuarón’s follow-up to Children of Men immerses without ever fully [...]

October 7, 2013 // 6 Comments

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