A Lot of the Sound Effects in Ad Astra Were Just Tommy Lee Jones’s Voice

Need something to listen to this weekend? I have a suggestion. Read More >>

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The 9 Best (and 7 Worst) Movies of 2019

So many movies are just “fine”. Movies you sit down, watch, enjoy and subsequently forget about. You don’t hate them, you don’t love them, they’re just okay. That’s the majority of movies. These are not those movies. Read More >>

What Ad Astra Gets Wrong About Space Travel, Astronomy, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

As an astrophysicist and a film critic, I’ve been waiting my whole life for a big-budget adventure film that spans the whole solar system. There are some stunning sequences in Ad Astra, and many of the details about astronaut life and space travel are spot-on. But some of the themes and ideas that drive the plot are based on astronomical misconceptions. Read More >>

The Story Behind That Delightful Ad Astra Cameo

Ad Astra is a thoughtful movie, a cosmic Heart of Darkness featuring Brad Pitt as a quiet and calm astronaut searching for his father. Serious business, in other words. But even serious business needs a little fun. Read More >>

Ad Astra Is One of the Best Space Movies in Years

Gorgeous spaceships flying deep into space to save planet Earth. Peril in an infinite abyss. Beautifully composed reflections off a helmet. We’ve seen it all before. Even the most futuristic space movies usually feel somewhat familiar and yet Ad Astrathe latest film from director James Gray, does not. It tells a seemingly simple story set in a realistic future with twists and turns that feel completely fresh, while never losing sight of its lead character or lofty themes. It’s one of the best space movies in years. Read More >>

We Need More Near-Future Space Exploration Movies Like Ad Astra

In the lead-up to Ad Astra’s release, many have called it this year’s Interstellar. The two films boast some similarities – a title referencing stars, the prominence of a space-faring father’s relationship with his grown child, threats to the Earth’s environment – but the two projects are quite distinct from one another. Ultimately, the pervasive comparisons between Ad Astra and Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi epic are indicative of just how few space exploration movies set in the near future Hollywood has made. Read More >>