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Film, "Gravity": Utterly Lost in Space

"Gravity": Utterly Lost in Space

It cost $80M, takes place in Earth's orbit, and stars some of the world's biggest celebrities, and yet Alfonso Cuarón's breathtaking Gravity feels like an indie film about two people using their wits to survive in impossible circumstances. American astronauts…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cinema Caliente

Cinema Caliente

When the Oscar nominations were announced last January, the trend-obsessed American press heralded directors Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) as torchbearers of a New Mexican Cinema. Never mind that savvy…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Tomorrow's Misery Today

Tomorrow's Misery Today

Children of Men (Universal) Set in a tomorrow that looks like yesterday, Alfonso Cuarón's wrenching adaptation of P.D. James' novel feels more like documentary than fiction. In the movie's world, women have gone barren, and immigrants are tossed into prison…
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Film, Don't Believe the Hype

Don't Believe the Hype

History repeats itself: Eleven Decembers ago, Universal had the season's strongest movie, a downbeat sci-fi flick freely adapted from a well-known source by a name director. With a bare minimum of advance screenings and a shocking absence of hype, the…
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Film, Harry Goes Scary

Harry Goes Scary

As much of the civilized world now knows, the latest Harry Potter director is Alfonso Cuaron, best known for the explicit teen sexual-awakening movie Y Tu Mamá También. As such, it may come as little surprise that his Harry Potter…
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Film, <i>God</i> Forsaken

God Forsaken

Ever since Amores Perros burst onto the international scene two years ago, Latin American cinema has been experiencing one of the most fertile periods in its history. Encompassing such works as Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También and Walter Salles'…
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Film, Mexican Pie?

Mexican Pie?

The two slacker anti-heroes of Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too) come furnished with all the usual glitches of late adolescence -- raging hormones, impatient wanderlust, contempt for their elders, and a jones for dope and…
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