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‘Ad Astra’ and the Science (Fiction) of Unstable Astronauts

20th Century Fox/Ringer illustration The new Brad Pitt movie features a familiar trope: people going mad as they explore deep space. Does science back up these depictions, or is it just a Hollywood invention? As Brad Pitt’s Roy McBride floats through space toward an unresponsive research vessel 40 minutes into Ad Astra, his... go to Article >

The 60-year legacy of The Twilight Zone

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In October 1959, Rod Serling launched a new TV experience called “The Twilight Zone.” It was black and white, shot on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio lot, and ran for five seasons. The show became a classic of early television, and those episodes... read more

Watching Nature Documentaries Can Produce “Real Happiness,” Finds a Study from the BBC and UC-Berkeley

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Hollywood science fiction films imagine future humans in worlds that are no longer green, or never were—from Soylent Green’s dying Earth to that of Interstellar. And from Soylent Green to Ad Astra, humans in the future experience plant and animal... read more

Fly men to the moon: Ad Astra and the toxic masculinity of space films

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Brad Pitt’s saga is the latest sci-fi film to fall back on stereotypes of heroic men and emotional women Brad Pitt has not minced his words while talking about his new space epic Ad Astra, in which he plays a stoic, closed-off astronaut with... read more

Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt sulks in outer space

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Pitt’s tormented astronaut goes in search of his long-lost father in James Gray’s ambitious but slightly hokey sci-fi saga “2001 meets Apocalypse Now” may be the preferred pitch for this self-consciously philosophical science-fiction adventure... read more

Ad Astra review – Brad Pitt on a thrilling Freudian space odyssey | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

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With echoes of Apocalypse Now and 2001, James Gray’s spectacular epic dispatches Pitt on an interplanetary mission to find his missing father Brad Pitt never looked more beautiful than in this mesmeric, flawed, superbly photographed and designed... read more

The gloriously surreal space epic Ad Astra is half a great movie

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Photo: Francois Duhamel / Twentieth Century Fox Director James Gray’s lush new space opera Ad Astra is essentially two parallel films. One is a visually inventive science fiction odyssey that imagines near-future space travel as the new Wild... read more

Ad Astra:' space, fatherhood, and identity

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Our critics review "Ad Astra," starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut who goes into space looking for his missing father, played by Tommy Lee Jones; "Rambo: Last Blood," Sylvester Stallone’s fifth time playing Rambo, and this time the story happens in... read more

James Gray’s Obsession With Father Figures Lives on in ‘Ad Astra’

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20th Century Fox/Ringer illustration Turns out the “Dad Astra” joke on Twitter is actually pretty fitting ... The tagline for James Gray’s latest film, Ad Astra, starring (and produced by) Brad Pitt, could be applied to all of the director’s... read more

Here’s why this is the decade of superstar astronaut movie roles

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Brad Pitt in Ad Astra. | Photo by Francois Duhamel / 20th Century Fox In the recent science fiction film Ad Astra, Brad Pitt plays an astronaut, and the only surprising thing about it is that he hasn’t played one before. His Ocean’s Eleven... read more

Redefining the Hero's Journey in James Gray's "Ad Astra"

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When we watch blockbuster movies, especially ones akin to an epic, the stories often focus on the journey as a whole instead of the little moments that would seem trivial in comparison to the significance of the characters' quest, especially... read more