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Repo Men: If I Only Had a Heart… Or a Brain

Welcome, my friends, to Dystopia. Right this way to Central Processing, where your curiosity, intellect, and will to resist are all removed . . . almost painlessly, even. Oh, and pay no attention to the wails of the downtrodden coming from behind that door.

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Its Quaint Events were Hammered Out: “Alice in Wonderland”

Tim Burton and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland sounds like a match made in heaven. Burton’s history of quirky fantasy seems particularly suited to the story of a contrary girl dropped into an even-more-contrary dreamland. Unfortunately, Burton was all out of dark whimsy years ago, and his Alice in Wonderland is little more than a reminder […]

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The Crazies: You’d be Crazy Not to See It

It’s a “chili mac” kind of thing, really. Half zombie movie, half psycho thriller, with a dash of family interest and a pinch of buddy flick, the dish turns out both new and familiar.

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Ten Fantasy Sidekicks Who Could Do Better

Fantasy movies often suffer from Hero Syndrome. Held hostage by the plot, the hero is trapped; their behavior becomes erratic, their moral code tedious, their dialogue overblown. Luckily for us, behind most heroes is a loyal and clever sidekick, delivering jokes and advice (and desperately updating their resume when they think no one’s looking). Below, […]

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The Wolfman: Another Shaggy Dog Story

Werewolves always seem to get the shaft in popular culture. They constantly take a back seat to all those brooding, sexy, immortal bloodsuckers. Anne Rice never interviewed a werewolf, after all.

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The Book of Eli: The Sacred Apocalypse

Hollywood’s long-standing love affair with the apocalypse is once again in full bloom. Truly, who can deny the joys of struggling to survive in barbaric, radiation-blasted wastelands, where bloodthirsty savages lurk in the rubble, and the lucky ones die quickly?

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Daybreakers: Not a Light Snack for Twilight Fans

Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a scientist working for Bromley Marks in an attempt to discover a blood substitute. Unfortunately, when dire shortages lead Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) to push the project ahead, Dalton’s substitute causes his undead test subject to explode.

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Avatar: In Praise Of Competence

It is a sad commentary on the state of science fiction films when a minimally competent script looks like genius compared to recent offerings. So it is with James Cameron’s Avatar.

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Sherlock Holmes: It’s Elementary

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most cerebral detectives in literary history — not that you’d know it from the eponymous movie that opened this weekend, in which he seems much more like a boxer who happens to own a violin.

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Ink: Shadowland of Death and Dreams

Just outside of our perceptions, there exists a world of dreams, nightmares, ghosts, and lost souls. When we go to sleep at night, we are visited by either Storytellers, who give us pleasant dreams and watch over us as we sleep, or the Incubi, who also visit us in the night, but fill our minds with pain and suffering.