The Day the Earth Stood Still

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The Best of Cold War Cinema

With the Evil Empire as the bad guy, Hollywood made some great flicks

(Newser) - Maybe the reason Betsy Sharkey is feeling nostalgic about Cold War flicks is that the era offered a clear, if flawed, idea that we were the good guys. Regardless, it made for some good movies. The Los Angeles Times critic's faves, by "capricious category":
  • Aliens: With "subtexts rich
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100 Top Sci-Fi Flicks

(Newser) - Science fiction movies run the gamut from cerebral to "joyful space opera." The writers at Total Sci-Fi run down the 100 best; here's the top 10:
  1. Blade Runner: This "masterpiece," with standout performances from Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is "backed up by a real
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Carrey Wins Box-Office Yes

Yes Man comes out on top during a quiet weekend at theaters

(Newser) - The Northeast's weather outside was frightful, but elsewhere, audiences found Jim Carrey's Yes Man delightful, reports Variety. The Carrey comedy topped depressed box office returns with just $18.2 million, while Will Smith's drama Seven Pounds took No. 2 with $16 million—the lowest opening for Smith since 2001. The ... More »

Earth Tops Box Office as Specialty Flicks Shine

Golden Globe nominations give specialty flicks a boost

(Newser) - The Day the Earth Stood Still pulled in $31 million and topped the box office this weekend, but specialty films drew bigger buzz, Variety reports. Benefiting from Golden Globe noms, Milk cracked the top ten with $2.6 million and Slumdog Millionaire banked $2.2 million. Clint Eastwood’s Gran ... More »

The Day the Earth Got Silly

'Philosophical' meets 'camp' in sci-fi remake

(Newser) - The Day the Earth Stood Still brings “stone-faced silliness” to what’s intended to be a “philosophical discussion” of humankind’s foibles, writes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. The human-extinction sci-fi remake's “major action sequences are never exciting,” and its attempt to make... More »

Dude, Like, Keanu Is a Genius

Pithy player prefers Proust, poetry, and, possibly, Parker Posey

(Newser) - Seeing his oeuvre on screen, you might believe action hero Keanu Reeves has trouble finishing a sentence. But after spending a day with the actor, Jeff Gordinier reports for Details that the star of films from Bill and Ted to The Matrix has in fact finished Proust's quotidian memoir and... More »

Can Keanu Outact a Robot?

Whoa— Day the Earth Stood Still remake scores Matrix star

(Newser) - Keanu Reeves is coming back to sci-fi—the Matrix star will play the mysterious alien Klaatu in an upcoming remake of 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still, Variety reports. In the original, Klaatu threatened Earth with destruction if humans didn't stop fighting amongst themselves. No word yet on the... More »

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