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    2013 S&A Highlights: Page to Screen - SciFi and Fantasy Films

    In addition to my love for romantic comedies, and basically anything that falls under the label of “chick flick” (which I talked about here), I rarely miss the opportunity to see a good science fiction or fantasy film, and I’m an avid science fiction reader. Among the science ficti...

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    Review: Why Spike Jonze's Weird and Wonderful Technological Romance 'Her' Is One of the Best Studio Romances of the Year

    As this peculiar romance plays out in surprisingly believable terms, Spike Jonze depicts a world that blatantly echoes our own.

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    How 'Ender's Game' Is An Unintentional Metaphor For the Edward Snowden Affair

    "Ender's Game" is not only the most subversive blockbuster of the year (a sort of "Starship Troopers Junior," if you will) -- but also an elegant, if unintentional, allegory for the public narrative of Edward Snowden.

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    Review: Why Spike Jonze's Weird And Wonderful Technological Romance 'Her' Is One of the Best Studio Movies of the Year

    The only truly predictable aspect of Spike Jonze's "Her" is that it features a bizarre premise: In a very near future, recently divorced L.A. writer Theordor Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads a new operating system for his computer with the ability to think (delicately voiced by Scarlett Johansson...

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    Former NASA Engineer Provides 8 Deeply Geeky Reasons Why the Physics Of 'Gravity' Are All Wrong

    Even though Indiewire chief film critic Eric Kohn raved about "Gravity" in his review, we decided it was only fair to represent the other side of the story -- by turning to his father, former NASA engineer Wolf Kohn. Currently a private consultant and university professor based in Seattle, Kohn work...

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    Is Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' A New Kind Of Cinema?

    Four years in the making, "Gravity" presents an artificial world that could only have been made today, and provides a fantastic showcase of new possibilities.

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    Watch: Scarlett Johansson Picks Up a Stranger in First Full Trailer for Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin'

    It's been a decade since iconic music video helmer Jonathan Glazer's entrancing sophomore feature "Birth," starring Nicole Kidman in one of her most mesmerizing turns, so anticipation is high on his long delayed followup "Under the Skin" to deliver. Initially rumored to open last year, the film was ...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Is Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' A New Kind of Cinema?

    There's an implicit irony to the title of "Gravity," director Alfonso Cuarón's lost-in-space odyssey, because gravity rarely enters into the equation. Almost entirely shot in a stunningly realistic but entirely digital representation of space, the movie might be the most spectacular two-hander of al...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Scarlett Johansson's Craziest Performance In Jonathan Glazer's Totally Nuts Alien Seductress Tale 'Under the Skin'

    Michel Faber's 2000 science fiction novel "Under the Skin" follows an alien tasked with kidnapping earthlings and selling their bodies for consumption back home. Adapting the material into his first feature since 2004's "Birth," music video director Jonathan Glazer only borrows half that premise, fo...

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    How 'Elysium' Critiques Every Other Blockbuster Released This Summer

    Mega-budget spectacles are rarely considered the beacons of high culture, but those factory-sealed, CGI-heavy efforts have attracted an especially large amount of vitriol this summer. With a range of pricey flops streaming out of the studios, seemingly foolproof products now take on the dimensions o...

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