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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

Endhiran (Robot)
This extravagant Indian/Tamil production is an apocalyptic science fiction rom-com with elaborate dance set-pieces and music by A.R. Rahman.
"...traditional Kollywood tropes colliding head-on with a supremely effects-driven science-fiction melodrama. The storyline – often a stumbling block for..."

Feb. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Action Replayy
This Bollywood film mixes science fiction and romantic comedy.
"...Not reviewed at press time. This Bollywood film mixes science fiction and romantic comedy as a young man goes..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Robot
A Telegu science-fiction film.
"...Aishwarya Bachchan. Not reviewed at press time. This Indian science-fiction film with a score by A.R. Rahman is set..."

Oct. 1, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"Hubble 3D"
This breathtaking IMAX documentary follows NASA's May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
"...and human achievement and a terrifically entertaining slice of science nonfiction. It's an out-of-this-world, real-life adventure for kids of..."

March 19, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Gentlemen Broncos
With this new film, Jared Hess elicits none of the naive charm or flagrant silliness of his earlier movies, Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
"...lines. Angarano stars as Benjamin, a home-schooled teen and science-fiction writer who lives with his mother (Coolidge) in a..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Evidence That Stinks
Innocence Project says Texas' scent lineup evidence is stinky junk
"...Innocence Project of Texas is calling on the Forensic Science Commission to investigate the use of "scent lineups" in..."

Sept. 22, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Happy Earth Day!
A field trip to Hornsby Bend
"...for some inspiring Earth Day field work. The environmental science students learned about the Colorado River and riparian ecology..."

April 22, 2009 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Kerlikowske Promises Change in Drug Policy
Czar says he'll provide audience for all viewpoints
"...needle exchange -- promises to restore the influence of science and restraint to the White House Office of National..."

April 14, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Tokyo!
This triptych of short films by directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho is a gorgeous, sprawling mess.
"...with the elegiac, melancholy pseudo-twee of his underappreciated The Science of Sleep. In it, a sweet twentysomething girl (Fujitani)..."

April 10, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Creationist Activist Goes Into Lion's Den
Saenz to speak at Yarborough Library
"...keeping the "strengths and weaknesses" language in the state's science teaching curriculum, wording that has been used by his..."

Feb. 27, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

What the Filk?
Sci-fi and folk combine for one weird subgenre
"...It’s science fiction week here at the Chronicle, which means, musically,..."

July 25, 2008 Music Post by Doug Freeman

One Quadrillion ... and Then Some
New laser science at UT pushes the boundaries of knowledge
"...high-peak-power. As the director of UT-Austin's High Intensity Laser Science Group, Ditmire is in charge of the most powerful..."

July 25, 2008 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

WALL-E
By turns sad, hilarious, exciting, and ultimately, hopeful, this is a film of Great Truths masquerading as child's play.
"...of Great Truths masquerading as child's play. Those past science-fictioneers Kubrick, Clarke, and Asimov would've loved it, I think,..."

June 27, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Martian Child
Only in Hollywood can a movie about alien children be boring, although the terrific performances of John Cusack and Bobby Coleman help redeem this predictable mush.
"...the film follows David (Cusack), a widower and successful science fiction author who decides to adopt a 6-year-old boy..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
This is a winning, sweet, and occasionally disturbing documentary about otherwise sensible adults who vie for the title of World's Best Donkey Kong Player.
"...the beefy, enormously charming Steve Wiebe, a high school science teacher and perpetual also-ran. Wiebe has a doting spouse..."

Aug. 17, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Day Watch
The second in a Russian science-fiction trilogy is a fantastic sight to behold, but don't try explaining the plot.
"...Galina Tyunina, Victor Verzhbitsky and Dima Martynov. This Russian science-fiction film is the middle work in a planned trilogy..."

June 15, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Rocky Balboa
This final chapter in the Rocky saga is terrific – maybe not great, like that first kiss of fist in ’76, but good, solid, exhilarating entertainment of the stand-up-and-cheer variety.
"...is by turns one of the sweetest of the sweet-science pictures, as well as one of the most doleful...."

Dec. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Oh in Ohio
This story of an uptight corporate go-getter (Posey), her sad-sack high school science teacher husband (Rudd), and her search for her first orgasm is intended to invoke rolling laughter but instead results in repeated sighs.
"...corporate go-getter and wife to Rudd's sad-sack high school science teacher, Jack. The hook and obsession of the film..."

Aug. 18, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The Lake House
This tale of magical realism has potential for delightful originality, but the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves love story lacks heat and the science fiction premise spirals into senselessness.
"...for delightful originality, the love story lacks heat, the science fiction premise spirals into senselessness, and the third-act twist..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The Beauty Academy of Kabul
This documentary shows how real power flows not from the barrel of a gun but rather a can of hairspray.
"...document the process. As superficial as the art and science of cosmetics and hairdressing may seem, the bottom line..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hoot
First-time producer Jimmy Buffett turns outs an eco-friendly coming-of-age movie based on Carl Hiassen's Newberry Award-winning young-adult novel.
"...producer Jimmy Buffett takes a silly turn as Roy’s marine-science teacher and contributes five new recordings to the soundtrack...."

May 5, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Ice Age: The Meltdown
An exercise in the superfluous, this sequel lacks the original film’s geniality – and all of its pro-environment stumping.
"...but a blip in time. Neat trick, guys. Sketchy science aside, the original gang – depressive Manny (voiced by..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Les Saignantes
This Cameroonian-French science fiction satire with Godardian influences is as fascinating as it is obscure.
"...Emile Abossolo M'bo. AFS@Dobie Les Saignantes is a Cameroonian-French science fiction satire with Godardian intertitles that is as fascinating..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
Houston-based, Iranian-born filmmaker Mashayekh relates the story of the pioneering 11th-century mathematician, astronomer, and poet, and reminds Western audiences that there’s more to Iran and the Middle East than suicide bombers and hummus.
"...to the Persian polymath but also much of our science and art. It may sound like a stretch but..."

Dec. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ice Princess
This refreshingly femme-centric tale advocates on behalf of physics, feminism, and athleticism.
"...Casey Carlyle (Trachtenberg), a high school senior and self-proclaimed science geek who discovers she has a real, if raw,..."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

White Noise
That droning sound you hear is White Noise.
"...hunting biz as EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon, the pseudo-science of recording the voices or images of the dead..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Manchurian Candidate
Is it Gulf War syndrome or justified paranoia? The Manchurian Candidate thrills again.
"...as the new film’s ending coda and the brain-drilling science fiction aspects, are less successful transpositions. Nevertheless, this new..."

July 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spider-Man 2
Even superheroes have to do their own laundry in Sam Raimi's truly spectacular vision that combines human pathos and breathtaking action.
"...Clay, is currently in preproduction), the story of the science geek with the goo-shootin’ wrists is given as much,..."

July 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vanilla Sky
"...a Möbius strip of murder mystery, horror, and ultimately science fiction, before coming to rest with a dull clatter..."

Dec. 14, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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