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  • About Time (R)

    Upon reaching adulthood, a milquetoast daydreamer (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that he can travel through his own past and uses this power to seduce the perfect woman (Rachel McAdams), perform secret favors for his friends, and spend more time with his dear old dad (Bill Nighy, suggesting Jack Lemmon at his most cloying). more...
  • Alien (R)

    An empty-headed horror movie (1979) with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography. more...
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Alien: Covenant (R)

    After the baffling Prometheus (2012), director Ridley Scott goes back to basics for this second installment of his new Alien trilogy: despite a few remnants of the earlier film's obscure genesis story, most of the action in Covenant plays like an elaboration on the original Alien (1979). more...
  • Altered States
  • Altered States (R)

    This Ken Russell film (1980) is just as much a camp joke as Lisztomania or Mahler, but this time nobody's laughing, perhaps because Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay provided the first recognizably realistic context for Russell's obsessions since Women in Love. more...
  • Attack the Block (R)

    Teenage thugs patrolling a grim council estate in south London are stunned when flaming asteroids begin to drop from the sky and disgorge space aliens who look like eyeless black bears with concentric rows of green, glow-in-the-dark fangs. more...
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Blade Runner 2049 (R)

    Warner Bros. made critics sign a nondisclosure agreement prohibiting them from revealing much of anything about the story of this long-awaited Blade Runner sequel; somehow I managed to escape the press preview without signing, but I can't be bothered with the story anyway because it's the same man-versus-machine wankery as in the original. more...
  • Blade Runner 2049 3D
  • Blade Runner 2049 3D (R)

    Warner Bros. made critics sign a nondisclosure agreement prohibiting them from revealing much of anything about the story of this long-awaited Blade Runner sequel; somehow I managed to escape the press preview without signing, but I can't be bothered with the story anyway because it's the same man-versus-machine wankery as in the original. more...
  • Blade Runner 2049: The IMAX 2D Experience
  • Blade Runner 2049: The IMAX 2D Experience (R)

    Warner Bros. made critics sign a nondisclosure agreement prohibiting them from revealing much of anything about the story of this long-awaited Blade Runner sequel; somehow I managed to escape the press preview without signing, but I can't be bothered with the story anyway because it's the same man-versus-machine wankery as in the original. more...
  • Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (R)

    Far and away the best SF movie of the 80s, Ridley Scott's visionary look at Los Angeles in the year 2019—a singular blend of grime and glitter that captures both the horror and the allure of Reagan-era capitalism with the claustrophobic textures of a Sternberg film—was a critical and commercial flop when it first appeared (1982). more...
  • Branded (R)

    Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn directed this sci-fi actioner about a dystopian America in which corporate branding has brainwashed the masses. more...