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Born in China
The Disneyfication of nature continues
"...feelings to the animals that cannot be supported by science. Such Disneyfication is exemplified by lines that inform us..."

April 28, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Doc on the men behind the astronauts
"...on to work on many documentaries, much of them science-related, so it’s no shock that his feature debut concerns..."

April 14, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Man Down
A soldier struggles with PTSD
"...ending is revealed. The initial storyline plays like a science-fiction film in which Gabriel Drummer (LaBeouf) and his best..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Council: Mobile Homes and Climate Change
City Council gets through a brief agenda the week before budget talks begin
"...measures, and sat through the latest rant from resident science skeptic Don Zimmerman...."

April 29, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Midnight Special
Is a boy with special gifts a savior or a weapon – or neither?
"...genres of chase films and thrillers, and maybe even science fiction. Yet as Nichols casts a wider net, fans..."

March 18, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cracking the Nightmare Code
Director Mark Netter on his new techno-horror
"...The great science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced..."

Sept. 16, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Irrational Man
Joaquin Phoenix plots the perfect crime in Woody Allen's new charmer
"...finest work of her career) is an unhappily married science professor who wants Abe to take her away from..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Self/less
The film starts off as promising sci-fi, but turns into a disappointing shoot-’em-up
"...Yet just as you begin settling into these science-fiction parameters and start pondering the wisdom of humanity’s vain..."

July 10, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Imitation Game
Brilliant World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, whose story is told here, was a pioneering figure in computer science as well as a closeted homosexual.
"...subject, Alan Turing, was a pioneering figure in computer science who led the covert group at Bletchley Park that..."

Dec. 26, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Gazing Back at Other Worlds Austin
Time Lapse dominates Cthulhie awards, plus festival highlights
"...but the inaugural year of the city's first dedicated science fiction film festival leaves the winners of its awards,..."

Dec. 13, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Interstellar
Majesty and mawkishness combine in Christopher Nolan's film about humans' last-ditch attempt to find a habitable planet in another galaxy.
"...baggy and beautiful in ragged measures, comes qualified: Its science-y info-dumps sound so serious one suspects they’re actually very..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Zero Theorem
This science-fiction romp from director Terry Gilliam explores a demented and surreal technological future.
"...cinematic than narratively focused, more intuitive than coherent, this science-fiction romp from director Terry Gilliam explores a demented and..."

Sept. 19, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

Lit-urday: All the Single Ladies
The life cycle of a female worker bee sounds strangely familiar
"...this unique novel. That is, if Beyonce digs bad-ass science fiction...."

July 26, 2014 Books Post by Jessi Cape

I Origins
The director of 2011's Another Earth is back with a another appealing yet fuzzy story about rift between empiricism and spiritualism.
"...feature Another Earth, Cahill and his brand of humanist science fiction are destined to appeal most to like-minded souls...."

July 25, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Le Chef
How many French chefs are too many for one kitchen?
"...in a younger chef skilled in the trendy food science of molecular gastronomy. Jacky and Lagarde meet cute and..."

July 18, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson is the blank alien who prowls for earthmen in this spare and disorienting genre smash-up.
"...9000 is just another computer. Easily the most unique science fiction film I’ve come across in years, Under the..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Teenage
Beguiling and maddening in its approach, this odd doc looks at the relatively recent invention of the teenager.
"...takes its cues from its subject. Preferring sensation to science and dreaminess to hard data, it beguiles as much..."

March 28, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Krrish 3
"...Oberoi. Not reviewed at press time. This is Bollywood science fiction about the exploits of a superhero...."

Nov. 1, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

LoneStarCon 3: Countdown Commencing
Before this Worldcon in San Antonio, a look at the last one
"...On Thursday, the World Science Fiction Convention, which is hosted by a different city..."

Aug. 28, 2013 Books Post by Robert Faires

Oblivion
Tom Cruise stars in this science-fiction outing that favors style over substance.
"...unique or exceptional. Nevertheless, given the state of current science-fiction fare, the film does hold its own...."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Upstream Color
Shane Carruth's film is arthouse science fiction at its most compelling yet cryptic.
"...mastered the art of mesmerizing presentation. This is arthouse science fiction at its most compelling yet cryptic...."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dark Skies
Aliens mess with a suburban family's peace of mind in this unsettling, slow-burn thriller.
"...Effectively unsettling, Dark Skies is a science-fiction thriller that plays like an episode of The Twilight..."

March 1, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Argo
Ben Affleck directs this entertaining thriller about an unbelievable-but-true mission to extricate American hostages from Iran in 1980.
"...the cover of a location-scouting expedition for a schlocky science fiction movie called Argo. To help him make this..."

Oct. 12, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Extraterrestrial
Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo cloaks this romantic comedy within the promise of a science-fiction story.
"...a romantic comedy within the portentous promise of a science-fiction story. And though the film’s alien invasion looms without..."

July 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Prometheus
In his return to science fiction, Ridley Scott's stunning, ambitious visuals are waylaid by his quasi-metaphysics.
"...of a dead star, Ridley Scott's much-anticipated return to science fiction and, more specifically, the mythos he created in..."

June 8, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Even though it's primarily a cautionary ecological tale, this animated film is fun and visually pleasing.
"...Dr. Seuss' 1971 children's classic comes across like cautionary science fiction for the prepubescent set. Colorful and visually delightful,..."

March 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

7 Aum Arivu
New Tamil film.
"...press time. This is said to be a Tamil science-fiction thriller in which a "supermachine" is brought to India...."

Oct. 28, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Tsui Hark directs this delightful mystery film that's part spectacular period piece and part Sherlock Holmes.
"...over time, Dee uses his wits as well as science to solve cases. Nefarious intrigue abounds in this mystery,..."

Sept. 30, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

I Am
Tom Shadyac, the director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective has found spirituality and now wants to fix the world's problems.
"...entanglement, cooperation in animal behavior, and the intersection of science and spirituality. But Shadyac isn't content to simply let..."

April 22, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Source Code
These strangers on a train are players in a gripping science fiction roundelay.
"...a gritty, dark, and very entertaining slice of near-future science fiction that on the surface plays like a claustrophobic,..."

April 1, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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