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reviewed District 9. August 26, 2009
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District 9
   The idea of using science fiction and horror stories as a way of discussing taboo or controversial social, political, and religious themes is nothing new. Since the birth of the horror genre, …
Watchmen
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!   For the past decade Hollywood has been scrambling over the rights to adapt comic book characters to the big screen. This year one of the most celebrated …
reviewed American Beauty. March 02, 2009
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American Beauty
First-time filmmaker Sam Mendes has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike, in what some are calling the most extraordinary cinematic directorial debut since Orson Welles' Citizen Kane in 1941. …
reviewed A Scanner Darkly. January 21, 2009
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WARNING: This review contains spoilers!   Based upon what may be Philip K. Dick's most personal novel, the film A Scanner Darkly is an awe-inspiring "science fiction" film directed by Richard …
reviewed The Island. January 21, 2009
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  WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!   2005 was a year of Box Office disappointments, a year when many good films were overlooked. One such film is The Island, an intriguing science …
reviewed Code 46 (2004 movie). January 21, 2009
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Code 46 DVD
Unlike most films that fall into the science fiction category, Code 46 doesn't rely on complicated visual effects or elaborate action sequences. Instead the film takes a more internalized approach, focusing …
reviewed THX 1138. January 13, 2009
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THX 1138 (The George Lucas Director's Cut 2-disc Special Edition DVD)
-This review pertains to the George Lucas Director's Cut of THX 1138-   Before achieving critical and commercial success with his films American Graffiti and Star Wars, George Lucas directed the …
reviewed Jumper. January 03, 2009
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Jumper
From director Doug Liman (Go and The Bourne Identity) comes the sci-fi/action film Jumper. The film, which is very, very loosely based upon the novel by Steven Gould, features some intriguing ideas, but …
reviewed The Golden Compass. December 24, 2008
The Golden Compass
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!      I suppose it's not surprising, what with the current trend of adapting fantasy literature into films, that Philip Pullman's novel The …
reviewed The Fountain. December 24, 2008
The Fountain
Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi and Requiem for a Dream) has created a niche for himself in the film industry. Much like filmmakers David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, and Vincent Ward, Darren Aronofsky explores …
reviewed Frequency. December 24, 2008
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In the thriller Frequency, directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear and Fallen), audiences were given an unexpectedly well-made science fiction/suspense film. The film is an expertly directed piece …
reviewed Willow. December 23, 2008
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George Lucas (Star Wars Trilogy) has always enjoyed delving into mythological archetypes in his films and when Willow was released in 1988, it served as an example of his fascination with stories of unlikely …
reviewed Jurassic Park: Adventure Pack. December 23, 2008
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The Jurassic Park: Adventure Pack includes the three blockbuster films, the first two of which were directed by Steven Spielberg, and the last of which was directed by Joe Johnston. The films are loosely …
reviewed The Jurassic Park Collection. December 23, 2008
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The Jurassic Park Collection
The Jurassic Park Collection comprises of Steven Spielberg's first two Jurassic Park films, which are loosely adapted from the novels by Michael Crichton. Both films were revolutionary in their use of …
reviewed Jurassic Park. December 23, 2008
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Jurassic Park poster
Steven Spielberg's filmmaking career could almost be divided into two categories: adventure and drama. In 1993 he managed to release films in both genres. First came Jurassic Park, a science fiction adventure …
reviewed Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy. December 23, 2008
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In 1985, director Robert Zemeckis (Used Cars and Romancing the Stone) released a film that was destined to become not only a summer hit, but also the beginning of a classic comedy trilogy. Back …
reviewed Donnie Darko. December 23, 2008
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Donnie Darko Director's Cut (front)
-This review was written in conjunction with the standard edition of the DVD, not the 2-disc Director's Cut-       2001 was a year full of outstanding films, but one film stood out …
reviewed 12 Monkeys. December 23, 2008
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12 Monkeys
From his days with Monty Python to his visionary epic Brazil, Terry Gilliam has never been an ordinary filmmaker. His unique sense of style and his trademark absurdist humor can be found in all of …
reviewed The Matrix. December 23, 2008
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DVD front
WARNING: This review contains spoilers! DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM!       Every once in a great while a film comes along that changes everything and revolutionizes …
DVD front
-This review pertains to the 2-disc Masterpiece Edition DVD of Alice in Wonderland-       Early on in Walt Disney's career, he had wanted to tell the story of Alice in …
reviewed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. December 19, 2008
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is in all likelihood the most personal film that Steven Spielberg has directed. It gives insight into the director's life experiences and his childhood in particular. For the …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. December 17, 2008
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Stranger Than Fiction
Imagine that your whole life, your entire existence was the creation of another human being's mind. What would it feel like to know that your actions were not the result of individual thought but were …
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