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The Top 10 Thought-Provoking Science Fiction Films

Serious science fiction often takes a backseat to the more pulpy, crowdpleasing genre entries. Here are 10 titles far better than any "dogfight in space" adventure.

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Double Take: 'Children of Men' (2006)

Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick
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'Y Tu Mama Tambien' Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff

Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.

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Cuarón, Almodóvar, and Cassavetes Saved from the Curse of Blockbuster

Due to the time when Blockbuster refused to stock unrated or NC-17 films, many viewers in the States missed out on essential films from directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Pedro Almodóvar.

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The Metaphysics of Isolation in Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity'

Gravity is not just a visual feast in the CGI age; it also interrogates humankind's desire to plant feet on the final frontier by confronting it with its metaphysical implications.

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TIFF 2013: Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón) / Le Week-End (dir. Roger Michell)

Our third day at TIFF finds Alfonso Cuarón casting Sandra Bullock and George Clooney into space and creating a visually dazzling and richly emotional sci-fi epic in the process. Meanwhile, Roger Michell sends Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan to Paris to less compelling effect. PopMatters reports.

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Obsession As the Driver Behind the Road Movie

Since Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the notion of hitting the road to "anywhere but here" speaks to us not of grand rolling landscapes, but of an emergence into a truer, freer, state of being than our everyday routines allow.

Jeeshan Gazi
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Pottering Around

The Star Wars and Lord of the Rings film franchises are revered by millions. Harry Potter? Not so much. The question, of course, is 'why?'

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Rudo y Cursi

Whether you call it football or soccer, the game played out in Rudo y Cursi follows all the regular rules – until a last second audible.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Director Alfonso Cuarón brings to Harry Potters franchise a newly inventive sensibility and appreciation for smart cuts and brevity in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Cynthia Fuchs
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