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‘Annihilation’ Review: Natalie Portman Stars in a Stunning Sci-Fi Thriller From the Director of ‘Ex Machina’

As artificial intelligence expands from sci-fi conceit to everyday reality, its implications inspire both horror and awe. Few recent movies have explored that divide better than writer-director Alex Garland’s robot rebellion thriller “Ex Machina,” and now it has some company with his stunning followup, which expands his thematic focus: Where “Ex Machina” argued that the […]

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Natalie Portman & Alex Garland Address ‘Annihilation’ Whitewashing Controversy

“Annihilation” is rolling into cinemas next week, and it’s juggling more than one hot topic of conversation. First, Netflix scooped up the international rights for the film, with Paramount hanging on to the rights in the U.S., Canada and China over concerns by producer David Ellison, the head of Skydance Productions, that the sci-fi pic […]

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Alex Garland on ‘Annihilation’ Whitewashing: ‘There Was Nothing Cynical or Conspiratorial’ in Casting the Film

Alex Garland has broken his silence on the whitewashing backlash against his new film, “Annihilation.” The science-fiction thriller was criticized by the advocacy group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa) for casting Natalie Portman in the lead role, despite the fact her character is described as having Asian heritage in Jeff VanderMeer’s trilogy. However, […]

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Oscar Isaac Filmed ‘Annihilation’ and ‘Star Wars’ Simultaneously at the Same Studio: ‘It Was Pretty Wild’

Oscar Isaac may not have the biggest role in Alex Garland’s new science-fiction thriller “Annihilation,” but he certainly has one of the most important. Playing the mysteriously ill husband of Natalie Portman’s lead character presented its own unique challenges, but filming “Annihilation” was even crazier for Isaac since he was also shooting “Star Wars: The […]

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‘Annihilation’: Oscar Isaac and Alex Garland Have a Bloody ‘Ex Machina’ Reunion in New Footage — Watch

Alex Garland and Oscar Isaac are quickly becoming a dynamic duo when it comes to modern science-fiction. The director and actor first teamed up for “Ex Machina,” which IndieWire named one of the best science-fiction films of the 21st century, and now the pair is back together for “Annihilation.”Isaac’s role in the Paramount-backed sci-fi thriller […]

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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Is Developing an Eight-Part TV Series for FX

Early word on Alex Garland’s Annihilation, the second movie from the Ex Machina director, is that it’s a new classic of the science-fiction genre, which was essentially what people said about Ex Machina. The movie doesn’t hit theaters for another two weekends but Garland has already seemingly teased that he has a new project in […]

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‘Annihilation’ First Reactions: Phenomenal, Dazzling, Head-Spinning

Netflix‘s first acquisition from Paramount, “The Cloverfield Paradox,” crashed and burned. All the hype in the world, and a surprise Super Bowl Sunday release, couldn’t lift the stink off the movie, which circled the drain with critics and audiences. However, it looks like the streaming giant has a winner with “Annihilation.”As you’ll recall, Netflix scooped […]

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