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Splice Review

Sleek and scary, this bio-thriller has plenty of yuckiness to keep genre fans happy, but it layers in all kinds of interesting themes and character details to lift it far above most of these films. And the terrific cast helps as well.

Clive and Elsa (Brody and Polley) are biochemists working for a monolithic pharmaceutical corporation, splicing together animal DNA to find proteins that can treat diseases. When their latest experiment successfully produces Fred and Ginger, a pair of living creatures in a new blob-like species, the company boss (Maicanescu) tells them to now focus on finding something that will make money.

But Elsa continues in secret to create a human hybrid, despite Clive's moral hesitation. Keeping a project like this secret isn't easy, but containing it proves to be the real challenge.

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Clive and Elsa are young and motivated scientists, they work in the field of genetic engineering and their latest project is one of the most ambitious assignments anyone has ever faced. Financed by a private pharmaceutical company their plan is to create a new animal hybrid, an idea the couple feel will be a successful project; when they approach asking to further the project by combining animal and human DNA they are turned down.

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Paris, Je T'aime Review

One would like to think that there at least a few other cities in the world besides Paris that could have inspired a film as varied in the types of cinematic pleasure so ably delivered by the anthology piece Paris Je T'Aime -- but it seems unlikely. This isn't due to an unavailability of good stories or locations in many other great metropolises, but more because being able to dangle the possibility of shooting in Paris in front of the world's greatest directors is going to be so much more enticing. Also, there are few other cities besides Paris that come with such a powerful and multifarious wealth of preassociated images and emotions for both filmmaker and audience to both draw upon and react against. So what could have been a collection of short films with a few highs, several lows, and a lot of muddled in-betweens is in fact a remarkably and consistently imaginative body of work, practically giddy with energy, that only rarely touches the ground.

Project overseers Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné wanted to create a cinematic map of Paris, with each short film representing one of the city's 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods). They ended up with 18 films, none of them more than a few minutes long and directed by a glittering, international roster of filmmakers. While none of the films here are anything approaching masterpieces, hardly a one is in any way a chore to sit through, which has to be some sort of an accomplishment.

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Cube Review

Geniunely thrilling for such a chocky premise: seven people are trapped in a gigantic network of cubes, each one with six doors, and each leading to... another cube. Oh, and some are booby trapped. Oh, and they are going a little crazy and homicidal. The kind of thing you'd see on USA, and watch a second time.
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