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Ex Machina

by Shawn Stone May 1, 2015


  This is turning out to be a great year for artificial intelligence at the movies. Neill Blomkamp’s terrific Chappie may have may have primarily an action flick with a surfeit of human grotesques, but it ...


by Laura Leon November 13, 2014


  Anybody knows that with a Christopher Nolan movie, however much we might leave the theater thinking “Wow, that was amazing,” the inevitable feelings of “WTF was that?” begin encroaching on one’s feelings of amazement. Interstellar ...

Do It Again (and Again)

by Shawn Stone November 1, 2012


  This cinematic lollapalooza from Run Lola Run’s Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis of Matrix fame is ambitious beyond any film in recent memory. Sprawling over three hours, Cloud Atlas tells six stories, spanning hundreds of ...

Time-Travel Transformation

by Laura Leon May 30, 2012

A few weeks ago, during one of those bouts of sleeplessness where you mull over troubling work and family situations ad nauseum, I thought about Will Smith. Why, I’ll never know, but in my nocturnal ...

Metropolis with The Alloy Orchestra

by The Staff August 3, 2011

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Fritz Lang’s epic film Metropolis--screening Saturday night at MASS MoCA, with the estimable Alloy Orchestra providing the music--is a landmark of cinema, a cornerstone of 20th-century science fiction and just generally awesome—even if it is, ...

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Déjà vu All Over Again

by Laura Leon April 6, 2011

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Generally speaking, science fiction movies make me glaze over. This is particularly true during the parts where someone explains the quasi-biochemical reason why the space-time continuum must be adjusted before the reactor interfaces with the ...