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Mr. Jones - (2019 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6828390/
https://westendfilms.com/screeners/mr_jones.html

A former foreign advisor turned citizen-journalist travels to his mother's homeland of Ukraine only to discover that communism doesn't work and the main stream media is fake news.

It's patient and moody, and, although it has its truth, it's release is American propaganda timed for the Russia-Ukraine war.



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57 Seconds - (2023 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18083578/
https://theavenue.film/movies/57-seconds

Time crystals allow a bumbling white male to go back in time, and he uses it to gamble, date a gold digger, and seek revenge on big pharma.

Painfully mid.



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The Man in the High Castle - (2015 show) image

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740299/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RSGIVVO/

The axis powers won World War II.

It's kind of okay, but it drags its feet then goes woke.

  • Science fiction starts far later, making this a drama.



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Bartender꞉ Glass of God - (2024 show) image

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt29233201/
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/bartender/index.html

A Sherlock Holmes of a bartender makes drinks they like.

Uh. Why?

  • Original title: Bartender: Kami no Glass



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The Tangle - (2019 movie) poster

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5080046/

Humanity has been infected by nanobots controlled by an AI that ends violence, which, although about as horrifying as it sounds, many people want it and some even work for it.

Slow and halting, but with a good premise. It leans heavily into acting, which isn't at the level needed to make this shine. Still, it's not a turd.

This would have made for an excellent pilot episode.


Diverge - (2016 movie) image

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3321470/

A key survivor of a world destroyed by a plague is forced to save it. I think.

It's generally slow and boring; luke warm at best, but recommended if you're into this sort of thing.



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Scorched Earth - (2018 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2392748/

Although survivors of a ruined world struggle to survive, many turn to evil and are subject to being hunted for a bounty.

Straightforward and fair. Weakly-recommended. Gina Carano has great physics.



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Automata - (2015 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1971325/

A robotics insurance investigator learns their parts are being stolen and swapped.

I've nothing to complain about; it's fair over all.

  • Trailer
  • Original title: Autómata



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Night Sky - (2022 show) image

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(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13361448/
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Sky-Season-1/dp/B09Q21THBW

A retired couple has a secret chamber buried in their backyard that leads to a deserted planet. When an enigmatic young man arrives, their quiet existence is upended and the mysterious Chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could have ever imagined.

I can't say I like this because it doesn't do enough world building and doesn't really develop an arc with the time they have.

  • They really, really, lean into age in this show.



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