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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Elysium

[Elysium. Released August 9, 2013. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Writers: Neill Blomkamp. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains spoilers.] What to make of a shoot-em-up action science fiction movie with a MacGuffin of health care? I’m deliberately using Hitchcock’s term (MacGuffin: a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Pacific Rim

[Pacific Rim. Released July 1, 2013. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Writers Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] Among the fanboys (and yes, they’re often boys and great fans of shoot ’em up games), Pacific Rim is the heavily argued new gold standard in action […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Gravity

[Gravity. Released October 4, 2013. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Writers Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and George Clooney. DVD/Blu-Ray not yet released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] As the final credits rolled on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, a woman in the row in front of me stood up and swaying slightly, grabbed the back […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

[Star Trek into Darkness. Released May 2013. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] For those who love fiery explosions, savage thudding beatings, and pacing so fast even the story is expendable – this is the heart of the new Star Trek […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Paul

[Paul. Released March 2011. Directed by Greg Mottola, Writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this review contains many spoilers.] This film is rated SFF, as in for science fiction fans. I’m tempted to say only for science fiction fans. Unlike Men in Black or Galaxy Quest, two other very good science […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Inception

[Inception. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Released July 16, 2010. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, the review contains many spoilers.] I’m going to try something unusually, um, structural for this review. It’s in keeping with a structural notion of dream levels used in Inception and it may help shed some light on the divide that separates the […]
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Sci-fi Movie Review: Moon

[As usual, this spoiler-laden review is written with the assumption that most people reading it have already seen the movie. Moon is out on DVD and Blu-ray.] To start with a conclusion, Moon is a good science fiction movie that some people will like quite a lot. It’s an ‘indie’ film (an independent), meaning that […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: 2012

The world is coming to an end! In the epic disaster movie 2012, that’s an understatement. The sun is producing some new fangled type of neutrino, which superheats the Earth’s core, which causes the tectonic plates to shift, which cause earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and huge tsunamis. The forces of nature, as portrayed by tens of […]
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