• Posts Tagged ‘Sci-Fi’

    Total Recall

    by  • August 7, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Let's get a few observations out of the way up front: no, there was no reason to remake the classic nineties cheesefest "Total Recall." Yes, the new film is technically a remake even though the entire setting and big-picture conflict are different. No, the new film isn't as terrible as I was expecting. Yes,...

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    by  • June 11, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    If the measure of great art is how much thought and discussion it inspires, "Prometheus" is very great art indeed. It asks so many questions, and leaves so many of them unanswered, that it is producing interesting, thoughtful discussions far and wide. It's more of a meditation on the eternal questions of philosophy than...

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    Men in Black III

    by  • May 28, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The slogan of all sequels is "the same, but different," and "Men in Black III" succeeds admirably in that department. Thankfully, it seems to have gone back to the 1997 original for inspiration rather than the lackluster "Men in Black II" from 2002. This is a fun, lighthearted, exciting movie fans will love and...

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    by  • April 16, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There is a special place in my heart for films that know exactly what they are and set out to fulfill their destiny with utter enthusiasm. "Lockout" is in that class of film. It knows it's a B-movie sci-fi action flick, and has no pretensions otherwise. There's no subtlety here, the film is predictable...

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    John Carter

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Disney has a knack for producing movies that aren't terribly demanding, but are very entertaining for kids of all ages, including grown-up ones. "John Carter," loosely adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs book "A Princess of Mars," is just such a flick. If you're the kind of person who can't set aside science and...

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    In Time

    by  • November 1, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Uncategorized, Writing

    Written and Directed by: Andrew Niccol Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy Rated: PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language "In Time" begins with one of the more honest voiceovers I’ve heard: our hero tells us he doesn’t have time to explain the science behind the foundation of his world, so he’ll...

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    by  • August 7, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Rupert Wyatt Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton Rated: PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language. Prequels are by definition at something of an advantage -- knowing even the basic plot of the stories that take place after them means that you have at least...

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    Cowboys & Aliens

    by  • August 1, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference. Westerns and alien invasion flicks both have their cliches, and the idea of mashing the two together is a clever one -- that kind of genre...

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