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Top 10 Pandemic Movies

by Warren Cantrell on September 11, 2020

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Today’s Top 10 list is a celebration of the films that got pandemics more or less correct from the micro or macro (or both) side of things.

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Opening this week, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ is a refreshing yarn about love, community, sacrifice, and friendship with a sci-fi twist.

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‘The Great Wall’ won’t be winning any awards, but still manages to entertain with a fun story of fantasy and history on a collision course.

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Jason Bourne is a slow-burn of an action flick that unfolds as one of the best action movies of the year

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The Martian’s smart script and sharp construction will make it a joy to watch again. It’s genuinely fun without dumbing itself down.

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George Clooney returns to the director’s chair with The Monuments Men, a film that is less a stirring love letter to the Greatest Generation and a bygone era in film, and more a checklist, hastily written with a crayon. Based on the true story about a group of aging art history professors and architects that were tasked […]

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The tonally schizophrenic sci-fi actioner ‘Elysium’ and the unfunny mafia comedy ‘The Family’ arrive in Blu-ray-DVD combo packs, and at least one of them is still making an impression.

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Elysium is the first film in four years from writer/director Neill Blomkamp, who tackles class warfare and features a host of other political hot-button parallels from immigration and healthcare reform to drone strikes, but also throws in some campy ultra-violence.

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Matt Damon stars in Neil Blomkamp’s latest dystopian Sci-Fi epic, but does Elysium have anything new to say?

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There are movies aplenty in this week’s podcast, as Eric, Trevan and Trey work their way through some late-to-dinner Oscar hopefuls: Promised Land, Not Fade Away, Hyde Park on Hudson and The Impossible. There’s a lot to get through and the guys move fast, so try to keep up. Subscribe to The Scene-Stealers Podcast on iTunes or our RSS.

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Gus Van Sant’s ‘Promised Land’ takes on the environmental issue of fracking in the Midwest, but treats the characters as set dressing.

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A long-delayed dramatic movie with some big stars (‘Margaret’) and a not-needed sequel with some actors who probably needed the work (‘American Reunion’) are available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Two PG-rated family films have recently made their way to DVD and Blu-ray and they couldn’t be further apart.

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Cameron Crowe has this special ability to take the formulaic cheesiness of a normal script and give it a sense of freshness, so that we are having a good time, even if we are knee-deep in cheese dip.

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In the Scene-Stealers movie podcast #42, Eric and Trevan talk about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of TinTin, and We Bought a Zoo.

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