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  • Copy Shop

    Copy Shop

    ★★★★

    A fun, thoughtful, masterfully executed short that explores the idea of photocopying oneself. The sheet technical competence here is dazzling; the overall effect is engaging and smart.

  • The Stone Tape

    The Stone Tape

    ★★★½

    A smart and effective British TV movie with a clever premise: a computer R&D team moves into a possibly haunted house and decides to put their high tech gear to use investigating how exactly a supernatural phenomenon works.


    It’s a TV movie through and through, which doesn’t spoil my enjoyment, but it would sure be fun to see this story and setting developed with a bit more time and money. Using today’s world of computer research would be a great update of the early-70s computer optimism the story wisely pits against the oldest human fears.

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★★

    It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★

    It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.

    The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…