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Apollo 13
Perfect 77 Points 1995

Gripping from start to finish, though the end is never in doubt.

Stands as a testament to American heroism, ingenuity and bravura movie-making.

Tom Hanks – in one of his iconic performances – heads a stellar cast atop their games.

The screenplay introduced not one, but two catchphrases i…

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Perfect 83 Points 2013

Gravity isn’t the point, zero-gravity is. However, its title is the only thing underwhelming about Alfonso Cuarón’s benchmark movie. Everything else in Gravity overwhelms. For instance, the vertical line of a sunrise coming around the massive planet looming below some intrepid astronauts is so…

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The Martian
Really Great 83 Points 2015

The Martian is an instant laureate in the SciFi Golden Age we’re now enjoying. Ridley Scott directs Matt Damon in this landmark movie, the latest in two careers full of them. Their Martian is the highest of high concepts, perfectly conceived. Andy Weir’s lauded novel comes gloriously to life in…

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The Right Stuff
Really Great 17 Points 1983

For me, the next best thing to a war movie, is a movie about astronauts, and “The Right Stuff” did not dissappoint. A 4 hour movie might seem daunting, but it goes by quickly because of the intriguing story, great actors, and constant action and drama — not to mention plentiful humor. This movi…

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Europa Report
Great 83 Points 2013

Whoa, we’ve got ourselves a great new SciFi gem, an instaclassic along the lines of Gravity. It’s imperfect sure, but Europa Report’s mashup of that new benchmark’s workaday realism, Prometheus’s something’s-out-there sensationalism an…

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Great 83 Points 2014

Interstellar is stellar: long yet engaging, showy yet substantial. Most of all it’s conceptually creative and consummately mounted, the former because of its theoretical physics underpinnings and deep humanity, the latter because of Christopher Nolan’s visual derring-do and Mathew McConaughey’s…

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Hidden Figures
Great 83 Points 2016

Behind every successful man is a strong woman, three in the case of John Glenn and the Mercury Seven astronauts. Strong black women in fact, smart too, very smart. Hidden Figures smartly tells their tale, a can’t miss concoction of civil rights, space race and romantic drama. Lots of star power…

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Space Cowboys
Good 83 Points 2000

Unlike its vintage stars, this genial comedy hasn’t aged particularly well. Still its an enjoyable lark of a movie, especially with a quartet of hugely charismatic actors commanding the screen.

The movie plays off two events that were fresh in the public mind when it came out in 2000: "Apollo…

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The Astronaut F...
OK 92 Points 2006

High quality movie actors and an appealing premise make this worth watching as an airplane movie.

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Pretty Bad 17 Points 2007

A tedious story that follows a group of young astronauts who try to save us by attempting to re-ignite the dying sun. This movie was a copy-cat collage of all previous science fiction epics — except it did a only an ok job of keeping things interesting and a poor job of exhibiting anything unique.

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