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Last updated June 06, 2023

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Donnie Darko

2001 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Writer-director Richard Kelly's trippy, mind-bending feature debut stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled Midwestern teenager plagued by incessant sleepwalking, family drama and visions of a menacing 6-foot-tall, doomsday-prophesying rabbit. Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze and Noah Wyle also star in this dark and intriguing psychological fantasy that swiftly earned a cult following.
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The Thing

1982 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Scientists working in Antarctica are forced to abandon their research after a helicopter crashes near their camp, bringing a lone dog into their midst. But the plot thickens when the otherworldly canine changes form in the middle of the night. As it turns out, the dog is a shape-shifting alien that can attack animals -- and unsuspecting humans. Kurt Russell stars in this creepy John Carpenter-directed remake of the 1950s classic.
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1986 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Director Russell Mulcahy's film became a paragon of modern action fantasy, giving rise to legions of warrior fans who follow the story of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), one of the few surviving members of a clan of immortals who've been battling for centuries. The evil Kurgan (Clancy Brown) wants to kill a forlorn but determined Connor for good in modern-day New York, but an immortal mentor (Sean Connery) provides help in flashbacks.
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Planet of the Apes

1968 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Bewildered astronaut George Taylor crash-lands on a strange planet ruled by intelligent apes who use primitive humans for experimentation and sport. Taylor finds himself among the hunted as he tries to escape the apes and uncover their dark secret.
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Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster

1964 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Released from a meteor that crash-landed, three-headed mutant dragon Ghidorah rampages through Tokyo, with Mount Fuji becoming the climactic battleground for a confrontation with Mothra, Godzilla and Rodan.
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Godzilla vs. Monster Zero

1965 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Featuring more monsters than you can shake a mutated tail at, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero sees Godzilla and Rodan (a radioactive pterodactyl) travel to Planet X at the behest of its people to fight three-headed Ghidorah (aka Monster Zero).
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Godzilla vs. Mothra

1964 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

When Tokyo is again threatened by Godzilla, officials believe the key to defeating the mutant may involve a giant moth goddess from a remote island. Two of Mothra's diminutive followers, who are looking for the insect's missing egg, broker the deal.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

1956 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

When nuclear testing awakens a 400-foot-tall amphibian from its 1,000-year slumber, the giant's rampage reduces Tokyo to rubble. Raymond Burr drops in on this English-dubbed version of the Japanese gigantimonster flick that spawned many sequels.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

After learning that his ex-girlfriend had an experimental medical procedure to purge all memories of him, a man decides to do the same with her. But during the operation, he realizes he doesn't want to lose what's left of their relationship.
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1985 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows a medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead. With his roommate and his girlfriend, he reanimates a corpse -- but he doesn't factor in certain complications.
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Death Race 2000

1975 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Paul Bartel (Cannonball!) directs this sci-fi cult classic about the deadly and brutal Transcontinental Road Race in which rivaling teams travel across America scoring points by offing innocent people.
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Terror of Mechagodzilla

1975 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

When aliens from the third planet of the black hole attempt to take over Earth with a little help from their friends Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus, they find themselves pitted against Godzilla, who squares off against them in defense of the planet. This film, which is 15th in the Godzilla series, features some of the most memorable fight scenes in the franchise.
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

1984 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Peter Weller stars as the titular hero, who makes his living as a physicist, neurosurgeon, secret agent and rock star traveling through a comic book universe with his band of assistants and background musicians.
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Godzilla's Revenge

1969 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

With the aid of his vivid imagination, a bullied boy (Tomonori Yazaki) whisks himself away to the fantastical Monster Island, where he makes friends with Godzilla's son, Minya, and finally learns how to stand up for himself. After the boy watches Minya take on an impressive roster of monstrous foes, the real world isn't as daunting as it used to be. But his new outlook on life is put to the test when he collides with a crew of bank robbers.
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Escape from L.A.

1996 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Kurt Russell reprises his role as antihero Snake Plissken. This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president (Cliff Robertson) views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a resistance movement, steals the control unit for a doomsday weapon, Snake again gets tapped to save the day.
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The Brother from Another Planet

1984 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

A humanoid slave from another planet escapes to the mean streets of Harlem. The people of the neighborhood are slowly won over by his technical wizardry and protect him from the two alien bounty hunters on his tail.
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1975 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

In the future, global megacorporations maintain their power by channeling and releasing human hostility through rollerball -- an anything-goes, worldwide sport designed to show the forcibly subdued populace that individualism is futile.
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The People That Time Forgot

1977 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

In this sci-fi adventure based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Maj. Ben McBride returns to the lost island of Caprona to rescue his buddy Bowen Tyler. There, he discovers his fellow explorer battling brutal cavemen and prehistoric creatures.
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1984 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

Manhattan's homeless population is mutating, and these "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers" -- aka C.H.U.D. -- are hideous, hungry and headed for the streets. A photojournalist, his girlfriend, a cop and a crazy bum try to save the day.
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Cherry 2000

1987 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

In this futuristic '80s flick, businessman Sam Treadwell, accompanied by a sexy gun-for-hire, travels to a postapocalyptic wasteland on Earth. It seems that Sam's android wife, Cherry 2000, has short-circuited, and he's desperate to replace her.
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The Stuff

1985 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

This campy classic finds Americans gorging on the latest snack sensation: a no-calorie treat dubbed "the Stuff." When it threatens to put ice cream makers out of business, industry tycoons draft a spy to uncover the dessert's secret formula.
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The Man from Planet X

1951 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

Planet X is on a collision course with Earth, and Prof. Elliott (Raymond Bond) is monitoring the action from his Scotland observatory. But when a spacecraft from the planet finally lands, the visitor inside falls into the clutches of Mears (William Schallert), an evil scientist. As the alien moves on to terrorize innocent Earthlings and turn them into zombies, reporter John (Robert Clarke) tries to get the real scoop.
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Battle Beyond the Stars

1980 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

With the peaceful planet of Akir in peril, seven mercenaries join forces to protect it from the plottings of an intergalactic megalomaniac in this Roger Corman-produced sci-fi fantasy inspired by Seven Samurai.
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The Angry Red Planet

1959 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

Earth's first expedition to Mars loses contact -- and never gets it back. Mission Control successfully lands the ship remotely, but finds the crew's only two survivors in a fight for their lives. Horrific creatures, flesh-eating plants and unfriendly, intelligent life waiting for them at the ship they've struggled to get back to are only the start. It's what's they find out later that's truly frightening.
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1968 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

A shapely 41st-century space traveler must apprehend scientist Durand Durand, whose creation threatens to bring evil back to the galaxy. En route, Barbarella discovers the joys of celestial sex and has kinky misadventures with bizarre characters.
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