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A terrific cast elevates the thoughtful, stripped-down sci-fi of Marjorie Prime

Sci-fi effects extravaganzas are a dime a dozen, but bona-fide sci-fi films—that is, movies that exemplify the so-called literature of ideas and not just the sci-fi aesthetic—are rare. Marjorie Prime, the offbeat indie stalwart Michael Almereyda’s thoughtful adaptation of a Pulitzer-nominated play by Jordan Harrison,…

Tim Robbins to play the hapless dad in Alan Ball’s latest HBO show

Tim Robbins is teaming back up with HBO, with Deadline reporting that the actor—who recently starred in and produced the network’s short-lived nuclear comedy The Brink—will take the lead role opposite Holly Hunter in Alan Ball’s untitled new show for the network. True to Ball’s non-vampire M.O., Robbins will play Greg…

Robert Altman affectionately skewered Hollywood with The Player

Robert Altman’s adaptation of Michael Tolkin’s The Player—a novel that eviscerates ’80s Hollywood—begins with a lengthy joke that only cinema could make. As a studio security chief (Fred Ward) bitterly complains about the era’s ADD aesthetic (“All this cut, cut, cut,” he grumbles, blissfully unaware that Michael Bay…

The Brink: “Who’s Grover Cleveland?”

If “Sticky Wicket” was The Brink’s “the shit hits the fan” episode, then “Who’s Grover Cleveland?” is the “fallout from the shit hitting the fan” episode. It features a lot of intense discussions about Big Ideas, “tense” sequences involving fractured allegiances, some unnecessary nonsense about drug dealing in order…

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