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Visionary flights of fact and fantasy

Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey take a trip beyond the solar system in “Interstellar.”

The critical success enjoyed by Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” has prompted film buffs, sci-fi aficionados in particular, to recall with fond nostalgia, other futuristic movies that presaged its visionary voyage to the stars—and beyond:

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‘The Gifted’ succeeds in spoofing only itself

CRISTINE Reyes (left) and Anne Curtis, wearing a fake nose and a fat suit, respectively

While watching Chris Martinez’s “The Gifted,” I kept thinking about how The New Yorker magazine fact-checks even the short stories it publishes in its Fiction pages.

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Film Review: ‘Sex Tape’ an X-rated tale with a PG plot

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Cameron Diaz, right, and Jason Segel in a scene from "Sex Tape." AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Claire Folger

The high-concept comedies spawned by “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” need to start using birth control.

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Review: ‘5th Estate’ stimulating but too frenetic


Ripped from headlines that still feel wet, “The Fifth Estate” dramatizes the fast, controversial rise of anonymous-whistleblower website WikiLeaks and its figurehead, Julian Assange.

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Review: ‘After Earth’ a disappointing sci-fi tale

This film publicity image released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."  AP/Sony, Columbia Pictures

Humanity’s home planet hardly merits the name-check in “After Earth,” M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi survival tale whose shipwreck action could (with the exception of a scene where our hero scrawls a crude map over Lascaux-like cave paintings) take place on any old life-supporting globe in the cosmos.

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