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Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity starts boldly with a single-take in real-time of the fictional space shuttle Explorer drifting into view, while a specialist is working
on the Hubble telescope. As the astronauts, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are convincing - but only ciphers if compared to the stronger characterisation of orbital
space as a perilous working environment where sudden death lurks in each second of every minute; and this disaster movie runs for an hour and a half.
Lavishly produced and as blandly inoffensive as possible given a framework of slavish devotion to source material, Gavin Hood's cinematic adaptation of Ender's Game
is a work of brutal ideological purity. Set on 22nd century Earth, Hood's film begins with a young cadet beating a much older cadet at a video game. Enraged by the younger
cadet's ability to 'cheat' by exploiting the game's environment, the older boy decides to teach his junior a lesson...
Dead Of Night is so influential that its elements have become genre tropes, and at times the viewer has to remind themselves that they are seeing them here
for the first time.... The film has a gentle beginning, an architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) drives up a country lane, halts, and seeing a cottage shakes his
head in apparent bemusement. His aesthetic sense has not been outraged at this example of English vernacular; he believes he has been here before.