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Rated R · 115 minutes · 2018

Adventure, Science fiction, Thriller
The visual effects are positively transcendent in the last 15 minutes of this sci-fi adventure - but the first hour-and-a-half may prove tedious, as a businesslike Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh (relatively restrained), and their team of female scientists galumph through the tropical rainforest, searching for the source of a terrifying extra-natural phenomenon called The Shimmer. Director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) continues his exploration of the Earth's awful future slowly, with numerous flashbacks robbing the movie of its creature-feature suspense. Suggestion: Come into it for the last half hour and skip the rest. Screenplay by Garland, adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer. Oscar Isaac costars as the Portman character's luckless husband (115 min., 2018, rated R)


See our full review: <i>Annihilation</i> Is a Visual Effects Masterpiece

Annihilation Is a Visual Effects Masterpiece

It's almost worth sitting through this two-hour movie for the last 15 minutes. »

Official Site: www.paramount.com/movies/annihilation
Director: Alex Garland
Producer: Scott Rudin, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Eli Bush, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger and Jo Burn
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong, David Gyasi, Sonoya Mizuno and John Schwab

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