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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Five of our favorite alien movies

We’re showing “District 9” on Sunday at 8/7 c. In the film (not real life, so don’t worry) it’s been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They […]

Match Cuts: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (photo)

Match Cuts: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

In Match Cuts, we examine every available version of a film, and decide once and for all which is the one, definitive cut worth watching. This week, in honor of J.J. Abrams’ Spielbergian small-town alien mystery movie “Super 8,” we’re looking at Steven Spielberg‘s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” EDITIONS: –Theatrical Cut (1977): 135 […]

Are family dramas and special effects incompatible? (photo)

Are family dramas and special effects incompatible?

At the Guardian, David Thomson pits “Avatar” against Ozu, or at least the ghost of Ozu as manifested in Kore-eda Hirokazu’s “Still Walking,” which just hit UK theaters: You might expect he’s gauging the gap between overwhelming spectacle and the gold standard for Profound Understatement, but — oddly — what he’s mostly concerned with is […]