31. 07. 2014
Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, right) and his First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto, left) meet their archenemy Khan Noonian Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch, center).

Journey Into Space: Reawakening the Giant in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness

In 2009, the Star Trek reboot by J.J. Abrams clearly divided the devout ‘trekkies.’ The picture shed a different light on several beloved characters from the original television and movie series – including...

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29. 01. 2014
Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) shoots his way through Mexico, Texas - and even into outer space.

Fun in Space: Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills Not Only in This World

There were times when Machete was but a bloodthirsty creature from one of the many fake trailers for the Grindhouse double-dip of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Planet Terror by his old friend...

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29. 12. 2013
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is scored of the prospects.

Flash For Fantasy: Returning to Middle-Earth in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Upon its late 2012 release, the first The Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson, An Unexpected Journey, was greeted by rather mixed reviews. Still, fans of the Kiwi director and of Middle Earth creator...

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26. 05. 2013
Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara, left), Cameron Fry (Alan Ruck, center), and Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick, right) enjoy their day off.

School’s Out: John Hughes’s Cool Way to Skip Classes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

When John Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59 in 2009, the filmmaking world lost one of its true greats in the comedy realm. His biggest box-office smashes as a writer...

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23. 04. 2013
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) saves the day.

Man on a Mission: The Post-Apocalyptic Tom Cruise of Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion

There once was a time when science-fiction films were innovative and ahead of their time. Back then, even B-movies could attract audiences because they had something to say, despite their overall trashy appearance....

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04. 04. 2013
This room is only one of the many enigmas that the Stalker and his companious encounter in the mysterious zone.

Danger Zone: Science-Fiction and Metaphysics in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Apart from legendary Battleship Potemkin genius Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky is arguably Russia’s most renowned movie director from the Soviet era. The son of famous poet Arseni Tarkovsky polarizes, however. Opinions on him...

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27. 03. 2013
Operation 'Y' & Shurik's Other Adventures

Children of the Revolution: Slapstick, Soviet-style in Leonid Gaidai’s Operation ‘Y’ & Shurik’s Other Adventures

Operation ‘Y’ And Shurik’s Other Adventures (1965) is one of the cult comedies from that time virtually every Russian knows. Other than having a fun time, what can we can learn about life...

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30. 01. 2013
The returning Gollum (Andy Serkis) isn't too sure yet what to make of The Hobbit.

Misty Mountain Hop: Middle-earth Revisited in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Fans have been clamoring for it for almost a decade, through numerous delays, changes in the director’s chair, and alterations in the general concept. Pan’s Labyrinth mastermind Guillermo del Toro wanted to shoot...

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11. 11. 2012
Zachry (Tom Hanks) and Meronym (Halle Berry) in the post-apocalyptic section of Cloud Atlas

Falling into Infinity: The Bottom Line on the Indie Epic Cloud Atlas by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis

A big-budget independent movie based on a novel considered to be ‘unfilmable’ – that sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? Three renowned directors still made the daring choice to tackle David...

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04. 11. 2012
Skyfall

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: James Bond’s Impressive Comeback in Sam Mendes’s Skyfall

To the sounds of energetic percussive music, James Bond tracks down a villain on the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. All of a sudden, a Jeep manned by a female British agent picks him...

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02. 08. 2012
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

When I first heard of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from my boss who introduced this movie to me, I scoffed. Old people, and British humor for that matter was enough to make...

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29. 06. 2012
Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins, left) and John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, right) in the Mars desert.

When Two Worlds Collide: ‘The Ugly Truth’ about Andrew Stanton’s John Carter

Expectations were enormous when Disney’s long-announced new live-action 3D blockbuster John Carter hit theaters in March. At an estimated budget of a ‘mere’ $250 million, John Carter is the fourth-most expensive film of...

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13. 05. 2012
The protagonist.

Castaway On The Moon

Castaway On The Moon is a brilliant new take on the ‘castaway’ theme. Imagine your life is in the dumps. I don’t mean that you broke a nail or your dog ran away;...

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30. 04. 2012
Madame Simza Heron (Noomi Rapace, center) joins forces with Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, jr., left) and Doctor Watson (Jude Law, right)

Method Man: Sherlock Holmes – A Game Of Shadows

‘You know my methods,’ Sherlock Holmes remarks in A Game Of Shadows. Although he addresses to his loyal companion Doctor Watson in the second installment of his cinematic modernization of the old Arthur...

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29. 04. 2012
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey jr., left) and Doctor Watson (Jude Law, right) on the hunt for criminals.

The Analytical Mind: Comparing Sherlock Holmes, Then and Now

Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective, Sherlock Holmes, is one of English literature’s most recognizable and enduring characters. As such, he has made more than 200 movies appearances since the inception of cinema. The...

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