Blade Runner (1982)

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Blade Runner is a bleak future worth revisiting, if not simply to warn us in the manner of bygone prophets then perhaps to show us that life in the hands of amoral science presents dark and dreary possibilities.

Z.P.G. (Zero Population Growth) (1972)

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“The penalty for birth…is death!”  That’s the tagline and the premise of this U.S.-Danish dystopian drama – and, sadly, such a notion is not entirely foreign to today’s (not to mention 1972’s) population controllers.

Ready Player One (2018)

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When virtual reality becomes easier and more interesting than real life, the world turns upside down.

Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)

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In Blade Runner: 2049, the 2017 sequel to 1982’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner, the whole world, and (almost) everyone in it, is barren…internal and interpersonal drama arises from the realness or fakeness of each character…

The Martian (2015)

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“Improvise!  Adapt!  Overcome!”  On the surface, that sound advice from the U.S. Marines – and second-handedly from Clint Eastwood and Bear Grylls – seems the whole theme of this Ridley Scott film about an American astronaut…

A Quiet Place (2018)

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A Quiet Place is essentially a parable for raising a family in what oftentimes seems a broken world…the actions, expressions, and burdens of a family living in such dark and dire circumstances are given the opportunity to shine in the midst of near silence.

Jurassic Park (1993)

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In Jurassic Park as with Frankenstein and similar films, scientists’ attempts at playing God have unforeseen and catastrophic consequences.

The Truman Show (1998)

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In the film, “The Truman Show” is the ultimate soap opera, and audiences have been eating it up for decades, watching the entire life of a person unfold before them, day by day.

Animal Farm (1954, 1999)

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The two movie retellings of George Orwell’s 1945 novel Animal Farm – the animated version from 1954 and the live-action-and-animatronics one from 1999 – each follow the author’s allegory about Soviet Communism, the 1999 film a little more so.  Neither film is for children…

I, Robot (2004)

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“Those robots don’t do anyone any good.”  So says police homicide detective Del Spooner (Will Smith), and he has his reasons for thinking so…

Black Panther (2018)

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The beauty backing Black Panther and its fictional nation of Wakanda is that what appears impoverished is in fact home to great advancement and vibrant life. It is not simply a response to fill some void of history, but it is a celebration of life’s potential and history we can make as a part of it. 

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

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A totalitarian government hates independent thinking so much that for decades or longer it has banned the printed word. 

Arrival (2016)

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Put a linguist and a theoretical physicist together in a common task to save the world from space aliens, or more accurately from governments’ reaction to the aliens, and, you never know, love might blossom…

Wall-E (2008)

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“Wall-E” beautifully and memorably affirms love and life and portrays babies as the hope of humanity and the wonderful treasures they are. 

Ender’s Game (2013)

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It sparks much fantasy when you’re 12 or so, or maybe two or three or six times that, to watch a movie that puts a kid in charge of something – and not just as a mere hallway monitor or recess captain…

Interstellar (2014)

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“Love is not something we invented…It has to mean something…Maybe it’s…some artifact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive.”

Frankenstein (1931)

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“Now I know how it feels to be God.”  That line in this film, uttered by a raving Henry Frankenstein right after he brought his patched-together-from-cadavers man to life, sums up all the blasphemy, megalomania and sheer cruelty inherent…

The 6th Day (2000)

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“Am I really human?  Do I have a soul?”  Vital questions, these, because they are asked by a cloned man at the end of this new millennium film…

Equilibrium (2002)

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In a post-nuclear-war and not-too-distant future, the totalitarian regime that runs the metropolis of Libria and its environs has its enforcers shoot you on sight, or capture you for later execution by incineration, for having…feelings. 

Children of Men (2006)

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At one point in the film, Miriam describes the start of the infertility disaster to Theo: “As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in.  Very odd, what happens in a world without children’s voices”…

The Island (2005)

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“I want to live! I don’t want to die!” These frantic and forlorn cries, made by a desperate escapee to his pitiless captors, embody the essence and the thesis of this film…

Moon (2009)

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“Gerty, they’re not programs, they’re people.”  That’s what you would say, too.  That is, you would if you were stationed on a mining base on the Moon and the artificial intelligence robot – Gerty — that runs the base and monitors your every move needed to hear it…

Soylent Green (1973)

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The year is 2022, and things are rotten. So bad are they, in fact, in this movie that the environment is wrecked, natural resources are depleted, the food supply has run out, the economy is in shambles, and cities are out of housing space for millions of desperate unemployed and homeless people who are left to haunt the streets…

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015)

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With this film The Hunger Games series comes to a close. In a dystopian-future North America renamed Panem, a particularly amoral dictatorship presides over a capital city whose denizens live in luxury off the backs of the beleaguered residents…

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)

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The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 1 continues the series’ noble theme of individuals – in this case, teenagers – taking the responsibility of defending themselves, their families, their community and their countrymen against an all-powerful state that has zero respect for human life…

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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A cinematic tribute to integrity of soul and conscience, to the value of human life, and to the raw courage it takes for anyone to stand up…

The Hunger Games (2012)

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What do you look for in a heroine? Do you want courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, mercy, love of liberty? You’ll find them all in this film’s heroine…

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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This landmark movie transformed and elevated the entire genre of science fiction films by realistically portraying space exploration, spacecraft and space itself, and doing so via beautiful cinematography…

Gattaca (1997)

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“No, we’ve got discrimination down to a science.” That great line is at the hub of this film, a narrative of a future absolutist society that classifies you and judges you from birth onward, based on your genes…

The Giver (2014)

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“If it’s against the rules, how can it be right?” That’s the pivotal question asked of the young hero of this dystopian film, and life and death are at stake in his response…