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What Arrival Gets Right About Talking to Superintelligent Noisesquids From Space

It’s difficult for linguists to explain to people we meet what it is that we do, and why we are so fascinated with it. Finally, popular culture is giving us a reference point. Arrival doesn’t assume we’ll be able to communicate with aliens with some advanced technology that makes no sense. Instead, it explores how that kind of “universal translator” could come to be in the first place. Read More >>

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This Taut, Cruel Horror Flick is Shot Through a Teen’s Laptop Screen 

There are certain films that are so obviously meant to be projected on a big screen it feels wrong to watch them for the first time at home—grandiose, SFX-heavy space sagas like Gravity only feel right splayed across an IMAX canvass. Unfriended, in its scale, has the reverse affect. It’s best watched on a laptop, huddled in bed, alone. Read More >>

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Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking’s Little-Known Love Story

When you hear about Stephen Hawking, you hear about his mind. What you hear about far less is his life, and that's a shame. Within it, there is a beautiful love story. Rightly so, The Theory of Everything brings the personal tale of one of the brightest living humans to light. Read More >>

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Jobs Movie Review: A Sadly Appropriate Metaphor

There isn't very much human about Jobs, Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic. It's about Steve Jobs working more than it is about Steve Jobs' work. And that's probably about as unintentionally fitting a character portrait as you'll find — just not always an entertaining one. Read More >>