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The Congress

The Congress

In the strangest case of actors playing a version of themselves since Being John Malkovich, Robin Wright mines her cinematic history for The Congress. Part Hollywood satire, part trippy animation (inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress), Ari Folman’s head-spinning rumination questions the hidden cost

Coherence

Coherence

Coherence puts theoretical physics in an intimate scifi context as a passing comet impacts four couples at a dinner party. Untethered from their smartphones by a blackout, this very social group suddenly feels dangerously isolated, even as the realization sets in that theirs is just

Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

What prompted writer/director Cameron Crowe and producer/star Tom Cruise to remake Alejandro Amenábar’s psychological thriller Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes)? Reinterpreting Amenábar’s stylish (and pretentious) tale of a narcissist who loses everything only to find his soul allows the Jerry Maguire collaborators to explore

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

What might Stanley Kubrick have made of A.I.? There’s a cynicism and harsh edge to this story that Steven Spielberg smooths out and polishes, so that the film fairly glows with the innocence of the Pinocchio figure at its heart.

X-Men

X-Men

There’s an unintended irony to X-Men: it exists because of the popularity of the comic book series, but the film adaptation has more to offer audience members unfamiliar with the characters. Written by David Hayter (with numerous drafts by other writers behind him) and fashioned