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Even IMAX Can’t Make Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Impressive

ABC/Disney’s IMAX debut of its newest series does nothing but emphasize the series' considerable flaws.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Dazzles, But Fails to Engage

Discovery might carry the Star Trek name, but not the series' legacy.

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20 Oct 2017 // 8:10 AM

The Flipside #9: ‘Blade Runner 2049’

A big-budget sequel to a certified cult classic is always a dicey cinematic prospect, but with Denis Villeneuve at the helm, the Flipside fellas just couldn't wait to see what this new work would enhance.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘The Orville’: To Boldly Go Where We’ve Already Gone

Whereas Star Trek: Discovery continues to explore ideological complexities, so far The Orville seems little more than a celebration of MacFarlane’s love of the Star Trek property and his ability to indulge in expensive cosplay.

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‘Void Star’ Stands Out As Unique and Accomplished Sci-fi

Zachary Mason's Void Star requires some effort, but the reward is a wonderfully immersive plunge into a world that is persuasively novel in some places, and appealingly familiar in others.

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In Many Ways, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Better Than Its Predecessor

A near-flawless audio-visual presentation and fascinating ideas make Blade Runner 2049 Villeneuve's best.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is an Ambitious Vision of Startling Cinematic Beauty

Director Denis Villeneuve takes everything that was iconic about Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and expands it into a sprawling examination of hope, destiny, and creation.

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Ryan Gosling and Director Denis Villeneuve Don’t Know How the World Will React to Blade Runner 2049

For more than a year, 'Blade Runner 2049' director Denis Villeneuve and star Ryan Gosling have been working under the cover of CIA-level stealthiness.

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The Pottery Barn Principle of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

Season three's exploration of the politics of survival is fascinating, even with the series' over-reliance on coincidence.

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Sci-Fi Author Ursula LeGuin’s Stories of Class War, Religious Dissension, Identity Politics and More

No matter what ignites the dynamic fusion of thought and action in her Hainish fictions, Le Guin generates provocative and intelligent considerations of complex forces.

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No Spoons are Bent in ‘Spoonbenders’ But the Laughs Make Up for It

Daryl Gregory's wry tale of psychics deftly intermixes a family saga, a mob thriller, and high-concept storytelling.

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Cromulons and Headists: Finding Religion in ‘Rick and Morty’

Rick and Morty can't resist the tug of religion in its dark and expletive-filled sci-fi universe.

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Time Travel Manga: What Would You Do If You Could Repeat the Past?

Time travel manga such as A Distant Neighborhood, Orange and Erased teach us a great deal about our shared humanity in these times.

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‘Blade II’ Pioneers the Marvel Sequel Yet Remains Hopelessly Outdated

If Blade reflected its time in 1998, Blade II, despite of-the-moment visual effects dazzling action, feels like a film from an earlier era.

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‘Orphan Black’ Closes With a Reaffirmation of the Power of Sisterhood

The way Orphan Black always put women at the center of its story, never shortchanging their complexity for likability or easy solutions, is what will be most remembered and missed.

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‘Stalker’ Warns of a World Where Escape Can Lead to New Forms of Imprisonment

Tarkovksy’s cinema dialogues with the current chaos of rising authoritarian regimes in the West and the threat of nuclear devastation as the United States and North Korea rattle their sabers.

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‘Orphan Black’: Helena’s Past and Present Are the Fulcrum of “One Fettered Slave”

Absent for much of the season, Helena (Tatiana Maslany) is front and center in "One Fettered Slave".

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‘The Space Between the Stars’ Is a Stellar Debut

Combining meditations on faith and science with a ragtag band of dystopia survivors, The Space Between the Stars entertains and asks important questions.

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Hanging Onto the Thin Skin of Space: Why ‘Dark Matter’ Matters

Dark Matter eschews the clichés of lazy sci-fi, so why isn't it more popular?

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‘Orphan Black’: The Importance of Family and Sacrifice Are the Heart of “Guillotines Decide”

Art and death go hand in hand in one of Orphan Black's final episodes.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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