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The Return of ‘The Return of’ Movie

It’s back. On January 20, 2017, xXx: Return of Xander Cage will debut in theaters, marking actor Vin Diesel’s return to the series 15 years after he appeared in the first xXx film in 2002. That film was a surprise … Continue reading

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Unceremonious Ways Sequels Dump the Previous Film’s Love Interest

Sequels are never easy. They have to continue where the last film left off and add something new to the mix so they don’t feel stale. Frequently this involves writing out the previous love interest in order to make room … Continue reading

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10 Movies About Aliens That Don’t Have Any Language Barriers

Science fiction is a funny business. You want to have just enough scientific realism to be believable, but you don’t want to spend the whole film talking about hardware or the linguistics problems involved in human-alien communication. Some movies manage … Continue reading

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What Makes the Trailer for Aliens (1986) Perfect

Are you in the mood for a perfect movie trailer? Look no further than the trailer for the 1986 masterpiece Aliens: The first time I saw this trailer was on a VHS copy of Aliens: Special Edition, which includes deleted … Continue reading

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10 Directors Who Seamlessly Transitioned to Sci-Fi on Their First Try

Great directors are ones who thrive even when making films in genres they’re not particularly familiar with. Science fiction is a great one to test a director’s mettle because films in this genre could so easily be dismissed as mindless … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Love Aliens – It’s a Symmetrical Film

I’ve heard Aliens described as a “rollercoaster” because it’s such a thrilling ride. It turns out that that metaphor is true on an entirely new level. The first and second halves of that movie closely mirror each other, creating another … Continue reading

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Last-Minute Casting Changes That Turned Out for the Best

Necessity is the mother of invention. Whether it’s budget cuts or sudden casting changes, sometimes the best thing that can happen to a film is to have the rug pulled out from under it because it forces filmmakers to make … Continue reading

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Forgotten Film Gems: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

I know it’s a little odd to call one of the highest-grossing films of all time a Forgotten Film Gem, but I have to ask you when was the last time you actually sat down and watched E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial? … Continue reading

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Movie Matchups: Aliens (1986) vs. Alien (1979)

Poor James Cameron. He is a brilliant filmmaker, but he has only come up with a couple of original ideas. Take a look at his filmography: Terminator was allegedly inspired by a story by Harlan Ellison. Terminator 2 is just … Continue reading

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Movie Matchups: Thor vs. The Ten Commandments (1956)

I recently saw Marvel’s The Avengers and I am so impressed. I wish every big-budget movie could be that entertaining and just plain fun. In preparation for that movie, I watched both Iron Man films, Captain America: The First Avenger, and … Continue reading

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