Warren Cantrell

Today’s Top 10 list took a look at the best examples of movies that focused on space exploration, and ranked them based on the size and severity of the pickles encountered. Since there is little drama in intergalactic missions that go off without a hitch, a vast majority of films that play around in this genre’s sandbox feature some kind of disaster, thus, there was no shortage of candidates.

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It just doesn’t get much better than a film that takes a few minutes to ratchet up the tension via that classic struggle over which wire to cut so as to diffuse a bomb and avert catastrophe. To be fair, it’s a somewhat tired trope that’s been done to death, yet when it is executed well, it’s a slam dunk for that extra pinch of tension screenwriters love to mine for.

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Today’s list celebrates the best of Greek legends in their cinematic form, and ranked them based on their powers and perceived usefulness in the featured films.

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Mark Duplass, star of the film, was in attendance for SIFF’s closing night, and answered a few questions for Scene-Stealers.

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The notion that we are all putting on a show during the first phase of a relationship, and that this false presentation must inevitably end, is at the crux of ‘The One I Love,’ a movie that explores the necessities of living honestly in a partnership with another human being.

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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, Half of a Yellow Sun is a hard, emotional, bloody, yet ultimately worthwhile look at an African independence movement through the eyes of people who, fifty years later, still seem entirely familiar.

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The central premise of Mirage Men, a documentary currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, is that all of this alien abduction hoopla, all this U.F.O. and conspiracy theory enthusiasm, is the intended byproduct of a deliberate government-sanctioned disinformation campaign.

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Rookie director Jake Wilson has crafted a light, quirky, but always humorous movie about one woman’s adventures navigating the treacherous waters of a late-twenty-something N.Y.C. existence.

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Paul Wright’s debut feature ‘For Those in Peril’ taps into the ennui of community isolation, personal shame, and catastrophic loss without ever confronting the meaning of any of these issues for its characters or their world.

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A direct follow-up to 2009’s Dead Snow, director Tommy Wirkola is back with another take-no-prisoners examination of how bad it could get if not just zombies, but Nazi-zombies mucked about and started some shit.

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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, Gold is a rare treat. A feel-good movie about an exiled dad looking to reconnect with his family, this Irish flick finds a way to tickle all the right spots without squeezing the sappier portions too terribly much.

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While Lee’s Unforgiven reboot probably won’t have the same cultural and cinematic impact as Leone’s first spaghetti western, the Japanese remake of what is widely regarded as Clint Eastwood’s finest work is nothing less than breathtaking.

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Another report from SIFF 2014! A Patriotic Man: The year is 1980, and members of Finland’s national ski team are looking for any advantage so that they might medal at the Olympics in Lake Placid.

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A clever mix of Harlan Ellison and Stephen King with just a dash of Poe-esque irony, Bradley King’s Time Lapse is a thrilling delight. The story of three friends who discover that their dead neighbor owned a camera that can take pictures of future events, the film pushes all the right buttons to elicit a tangible sense of excitement, curiosity, and foreboding dread.

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The movie’s focus is the period in Jimi Hendrix’s life between 1966 and 1967, when he was crafting the nuances of his unique sound: one that would explode into mainstream consciousness by the time 1968 dawned.

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