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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry

Solo: A Star Wars Story with Alden Ehrenreich. The 10th live-action feature in the now 41-year-old Star Wars movie franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story attempts to explain the background of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – first portrayed by Harrison Ford back in 1977. Veteran Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, […]

'Alien: Covenant' Review: 'Prometheus' Sequel Proves Ridley Scott Still Got It + Great Dual Michael Fassbender

Alien: Covenant review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled Prometheus. 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley […]

'Star Trek: Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in 'Most Satisfying' New Series Entry

Star Trek: Beyond with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve “escape velocity”? 'Star Trek: Beyond' review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek: Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated […]

'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Roger Corman Beats Alfred Hitchcock with Nature vs. Humans Thriller

The Beast with a Million Eyes: Hardly truth in advertising as Roger Corman's micro-budget sci-fi thriller is no “monster movie.” 'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Alien invasion movie predates Alfred Hitchcock classic Despite the confusing voice-over introduction, David Kramarsky's[1] The Beast with a Million Eyes a.k.a. The Beast with […]

'Star Wars 7' News: 'Jurassic World' & Christmas Box Office Records Shattered

'Star Wars 7' news: Laser sword shatters box office records. 'Star Wars 7' news: 'The Force Awakens' shatters 'Jurassic World' & Christmas records Dec. 27, '15, update: As expected, Star Wars 7 a.k.a. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken three major box office records this Christmas weekend (Dec. 25–27, […]

'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier Impressive Sci-Fi, Sex Melodrama & Fernand Léger Combo

'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier directed Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc in great-looking (Fernand Léger sets) mix of science-fiction and sex melodrama. Marcel L'Herbier silent 'L'Inhumaine': 'Intense sensory integration of sight' For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's “A Day of Silents,” held on […]

'The Martian' to Beat 'Gravity'? Either Way, Box Office Record Actually Belongs to a Comedy

'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life […]

'The Martian' Movie Review: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left

'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers […]

Robert Pattinson E.T. Astronaut

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and […]

Rod Taylor Movies: 'The Time Machine' & 'The Birds' + First Australian Hollywood Star?

Rod Taylor ca. 1960s. Rod Taylor movies: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' dead at 84 Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning […]

'Interstellar' Movie Review: Whole Less Than Sum of Ravishing Parts

'Interstellar' movie with Anne Hathaway. 'Interstellar' movie review: 'Ravishing, but overextended mind-bender' There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if 74-year […]

'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: Tom Cruise Makes Sci-Fi Movie 'Exceptionally Entertaining'

'Edge of Tomorrow' review: Tom Cruise, the Last Movie Star, makes latest alien invasion movie 'exceptionally entertaining' (image: Tom Cruise in 'Edge of Tomorrow') Hiroshi Sakurazaka's popular illustrated novel All You Need Is Kill was originally published in 2004, and has seen a number of adaptations and republications, including serialization […]

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer (New): Humans Are Deadly

'Dawn of the Planet of the Ape's trailer: New trailer for 2014 'Planet of the Ape's film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes') The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar […]

'RoboCop' 2014 Review: Interesting Ideas Superficially Addressed

'Robocop' 2014 review: 'More interesting ideas than it can properly address' You'll have to excuse older moviegoers if they feel an almost weekly tinge of nostalgia with the latest announcement that their favorite film from the '80s is being treated to a big-money remake. And yet, while you'd think 40-somethings […]

'Ender's Game' Movie Version of Anti-Gay Author's Sci-Fier to Become Next 'John Carter'?

'Ender's Game' movie to go the way of 'John Carter' & 'The Golden Compass'? Nov. 11, '13, update: Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, Ender's Game is going the way of Andrew Stanton's John Carter and Chris Weitz's The Golden Compass at the domestic box […]

Bryce Dallas Howard: 'Jurassic World' Star?

Bryce Dallas Howard. Bryce Dallas Howard in 'Jurassic World'? Howard possibly the next female star in 'Jurassic Park' franchise Bryce Dallas Howard, Rush director Ron Howard's daughter perhaps best known for playing the Vengeful Vampire Victoria in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is “in talks” to star in Jurassic […]

'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure

'Elysium' with Matt Damon. 'Elysium' 2013 movie review: Lateral move for 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp If Elysium were South African director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature film, it would have been hailed as a superior work of speculative fiction, shot through with au courant references to illegal immigration and class […]

'Avatar 2' & Sequels Release Dates

Na'vi Sam Worthington in 'Avatar' 'Avatar 2' and follow-up sequels' release dates revealed Avatar, James Cameron's late 2009 (and early 2010) blockbuster that spearheaded the (currently dwindling) popularity of 3D movies, will have three sequels. Why exactly that has come as a surprise revelation for some is unclear. Sigourney Weaver, […]

'Oblivion': Tom Cruise Best Opening in Nearly a Decade?

'Oblivion' with Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise Oblivion easily tops North American box office; Cruise's best opening since 2006 Tom Cruise is back on top at the North American box office, having had his biggest domestic opening weekend in seven years. According to April 19-21 weekend box office actuals found at […]

'The Host' Reviews: Dismal Rotten Tomatoes Approval Rating

Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons kiss 'The Host' reviews: Dismal 6 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics “Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. And that's one of […]

'Independence Day' 3D Movie Cancelled or Postponed?

Independence Day 3D has been cancelled or postponed? Independence Day, one of the biggest (and most unbearably dull) blockbusters of the '90s won't be getting a 3D release, according to various online reports. And there's more – or rather, less: 20th Century Fox has reportedly been mum about previously announced […]

'Dark Knight' Movies Box Office Comparison + Colin Farrell Sci-Fi Remake Bombs

The Dark Knight Rises. 'The Dark Knight Rises' passes $600 million milestone at the worldwide box office Sept. 10 update: The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, is lagging far behind its predecessor, The Dark Knight, at the domestic box office. Outside North America, however, The […]

'Prometheus' All-Star Cast Beaten by 'Most Wanted' Animals

Madagascar 3 movie: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted June 10, '12, update: Weekend box office: The Prometheus movie monsters have been beaten by Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted's cuddly talking animals. And if studio estimates are accurate, Prometheus was – surprisingly – more than $10 million behind Madagascar 3. Assisted […]

'Prometheus' Reviews: No 'Alien' But Entertaining Within Limitations

Scene-stealer Michael Fassbender, Prometheus The consensus seems to be that Ridley Scott's Prometheus is no Alien. And it's no Blade Runner, either. But most critics have found Scott's latest foray into science-fiction to be perfectly enjoyable within its intellectual and cinematic limitations. Most reviews have been positive, but without being […]

'Battleship' Trailer = 'Transformers 4' + Brooklyn Decker Burrito - Michael Bay x 'Total Recall' Too

Peter Berg's Battleship Nothing is as cool and hip and glorious as war, if trailers for The Avengers, John Carter, and Battleship (please scroll down) are to be perceived as reflections of reality – or at least of our cultural landscape. In The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston's Loki is the enemy […]

'The Host' Trailer: Creepy Blue-Eyed People + Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan?

Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, The Host 'The Host' trailer “The Earth is at peace. There are no wars. There's no hunger,” intones Saoirse Ronan in The Host's teaser trailer (see below). “Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer […]

'Prometheus' Trailer: Philosophical Question + Faces & Explosions

Ridley Scott's Prometheus movie Philosophical question: if God created the universe and all its creatures, did he also create the title character in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror classic Alien? If so, then for what purpose? To make Sigourney Weaver a star? “How far would you go to get your answers? […]

Carrie Fisher ('Star Wars') vs. William Shatner ('Star Trek') + George Takei vs. 'Twilight'

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Princess Leia is ready to tackle Captain Kirk. The daughter of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds (Singin' in the Rain, Best Actress Oscar nominee for The Unsinkable Molly Brown), Star Wars franchise actress Carrie Fisher has humorously taken on William Shatner – Captain James T. Kirk […]

Margaret Field Dead at 89: Sally Field Mother, 'The Man from Planet X' Actress

Margaret Field, best remembered for the 1951 sci-fier The Man From Planet X, died at her Malibu home on Sunday, Nov. 6, the day her daughter Sally Field turned 65. Margaret Field, who had been diagnosed with cancer six years ago, was 89. Directed by cult filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer, […]

'Blade Runner' Review: Ridley Scott-Harrison Ford Sci-Fier

Ridley Scott's dystopian 1982 sci-fi drama Blade Runner is one of those Hollywood productions whose initially mixed reviews were actually closer to the mark than the decades of hagiography that followed. That's not to say that Blade Runner is a bad film; it's only a much-ballyhooed mediocrity chiefly due to […]

'Forbidden Planet' Review: Classic Science-Fiction Movie

Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Robby the Robot, Forbidden Planet. When one thinks of 1950s science-fiction films, one thinks of the sort of schlocky black-and-white B movies that were parodied on the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 television show. Yet, while there were a whole lot of films like Plan 9 […]

'Inception' Movie: Christopher Nolan Summer Blockbuster with Brains & Heart

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Inception.' 'Inception' movie review: Summer blockbuster with brains & soul Christopher Nolan's Inception is a summer blockbuster that doesn't act like one. Unlike so many of the tedious, one-note Big Movies that get released year after year, Inception has not only brains, but a heart and a […]

WGA Awards: Christopher Nolan 'Qualified' Victory + James Taylor & Carole King Documentary Tops Santa Barbara

WGA Awards winner 'Inception': Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan blockbuster. Christopher Nolan, Aaron Sorkin win WGA Awards Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the multi-layered sci-fi thriller Inception was the Best Original Screenplay winner at the 2011 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, held on Feb. 5 […]

'Star Trek' & 'Previs' at the Academy

“Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek,” will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council on Thursday, November 18, at 8 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The program will explore the previsualization (previs) process in the […]

'Inception' Negative Reviews, Christopher Nolan Sci-Fier to Rule Weekend

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio star in Inception Christopher Nolan's sci-fi/thriller Inception opens Friday. Initially hailed as a masterpiece, Inception has now received several negative reviews that have lowered its Rotten Tomatoes score down from near 100 percent to 83 percent. Among RT's top critics, the score is even lower: 74 […]

'Hatty Potter,' 'Clash of the Titans' in 3D: Film History Repeats Itself

Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.) Fans of Daniel Radcliffe will be able to see him in 3D after Warner Bros. converts the last two Harry Potter flicks, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part II, to 3D at […]

Dye-Transfer Technicolor Movie Series + 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' Screening

Sean Connery, From Russia with Love The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre will present six features (and several shorts) made in the dye-transfer Technicolor process (a.k.a. I.B. or “imbibition”), beginning tonight, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The series ends on Saturday, Sept. 26. The screening features are Blake Edwards' comedy The […]

Chris Pine & Robert Kazinsky + Zachary Quinto & Eric Bana: 'Star Trek' Premiere Images

Chris Pine 'Star Trek' 2009 Tokyo premiere image. Chris Pine 'Star Trek' 2009 premiere photo Star Trek 2009 stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Eric Bana, along with director J.J. Abrams, were all on hand at their film's Japanese premiere held on May 12, '09, at Shinjuku Milano One in […]

'2001: A Space Odyssey' in the (Actual) 21st Century: A Cinematic Odyssey

"2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey” is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' next event dedicated to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (right) and actor Tom Hanks will discuss the making of 2001 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at the […]

'2001: A Space Odyssey' 40th Anniversary Screening

A 40th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, will take place on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Image: Stanley Kubrick and cinematographer John Alcott, who worked on the film as […]

'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' Remakes

Exercise is the key to a long and healthy life, Kevin McCarthy tells Dana Wynter (who does her best to keep up) in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (top). Nicole Kidman (bottom) follows McCarthy's jogging techniques in the upcoming The Invasion. Dennis Lim discusses the many remakes of Don Siegel's […]

'The Monolith Monsters: Notable Sci-Fi B Movie

Perhaps it is all because of Grant Williams. Williams was a B-film actor who was best known for his starring role in The Incredible Shrinking Man, a 1957 release that has been generally acknowledged as one of the most literate B sci-fi films of the 1950s. In watching the DVD […]

'Star Wars' Academy Screening

Part four of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series will kick off on Monday, April 23, with a screening of George Lucas' cornball space saga Star Wars. The 16-week series will showcase Best Picture also-rans that received the most Oscar nominations in a […]

'The Invisible Boy': Robby the Robot in Low-Budget Sci-Fier Predating '2001' & 'The Terminator' Movies

The Invisible Boy. One of the cast members in Fred M. Wilcox's 1956 classic sci-fier Forbidden Planet, Robby the Robot gets the Special Guest Star treatment in the poster for The Invisible Boy – the bot's name is displayed in letters much larger than those for the low-budget sci-fier's human actors, director, writers, […]

'Solaris': Andrei Tarkovsky Classic

I first saw the 2002 Steven Soderbergh version of Solaris, starring George Clooney, then read Stanislaw Lem's novel, and then watched Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 169-minute film version of the book, Solyaris / Solaris, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Each successive interpretation I've […]