Film Review: “Annihilation” — A Sci-fi Puzzle Wrapped in an Enigma

February 25, 2018
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Annihilation wants to be a big movie about big ideas — what we get is a flawed impersonation of one.

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Visual Arts: “It’s Alive!” — Undying Terror

October 7, 2017
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A terrifically fun — when not spine-tingling — exhibition of horror and sci-fi memorabilia.

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Book Review: Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream — Updated

June 5, 2011
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Most great novels generate an organic imaginative vision rooted in a sense of inevitability in the way they unfold; Chris Adrian’s THE GREAT NIGHT loses some steam because it fails to coalesce, to concentrate its myriad energies.

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Film Commentary: Video Games — The Real Final Frontier?

February 8, 2010
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“Avatar” is beautiful and otherworldly, but the film is so grounded in down-to-earth concepts that it restricts the viewer’s imagination rather than broadening it. An infinitely better and more complex recent space opera, “Mass Effect 2,” comes in the form of a video game. Is it art? Yes. By Justin Marble Over the centuries the…

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Book Review: Samuel Delany’s Phallic Fun

February 7, 2005
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 Sci-fi master Samuel Delany’s latest novel is a mystery set in the ancient world. Phallos, by Samuel R. Delany. (Bamberger Books) By Vincent Czyz Samuel R. Delany is best known as “l’enfant terrible” who published his first novel at age 20 and then went on to win science fiction’s most prestigious awards — the Nebula…

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