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Alien abductees gather in Portland

Millions of people on this planet claim to have been abducted by aliens. About two hundred of them (alleged abductees, that is) will converge on Portland this weekend.
 Taken Up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 06, 2013

Review: Alien Resurrection

Since its electrifying debut nearly two decades ago, the Alien franchise remains the sci-fi vehicle most conducive to provocative ideas, hardboiled edginess, sheer excitement, and auteurist elan.
Knight mother
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Alien 3

The first Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, was aptly titled: it confronted us with a creature as alien and intimate as our worst nightmares.
Look who’s stalking
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Aliens

Aliens is a horror-film spectacular, a dark and exhilarating epic that keeps building.
Loving the Aliens
By OWEN GLEIBERMAN  |  June 08, 2012

Aliens: a history

The Phoenix has been reviewing Alien movies for longer than any of us can remember.
Looking back on past Phoenix reviews of Alien movies
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012

A genetic analysis of the Alien franchise

From Alien to Prometheus .
Alien metamorphoses
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012

ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
Infinite possiblities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
Review: Battleship

Review: Battleship

Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
Why not?
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012

Just outside the Milky Way

In the year 2311.
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 12, 2011

Review: Duke Nukem Forever

The wait is over: Duke Nukem Forever is finally here!
Unfrozen caveman video game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2011

Review: Duke Nukem Forever

The wait is over: Duke Nukem Forever is finally here!
Unfrozen caveman video game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 01, 2011


Review: Battle: Los Angeles

This alien-invasion thriller feels like something Jerry Bruckheimer might whip up if the Army asked him to take on its "Be All That You Can Be" campaign.
Jerry Bruckheimer's version of a "Be All You Can Be" PSA
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2011

Review: Mars Needs Moms

In this animated morality lesson from Disney directed by Simon Wells, the Red Planet is ruled by a self-appointed megalomaniac guarded by a phalanx of heavily armed females and maintained by propaganda and spin.
Animated morality lesson for earth 3D!
By TOM MEEK  |  March 11, 2011

Review: I Am Number Four

You might feel you've watched the premieres of half a dozen TV series after seeing D.J. Caruso's flashy adolescent fantasy. Or maybe as many recent films. But despite its lack of originality, I Am Number Four does offer a few rewarding moments.
Teen aliens and big battles make for a flashy, if predictable, adolescent fantasy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2011

How to create a readable future

The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.
Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  

Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
Future Boston , 15 years later
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011


COMIC: The illustrated history of Boston's future, 2020-2100 AD

We approached this future-Boston project as a sort of moderated "jam comic." Result: post-singularity MBTA robots, Menino clones, Citgo aliens, and donut zombies.
Forget politicians, economists, or inventors -- the future of Boston belongs to the comics
By BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE  |  January 21, 2011

Review: Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens

Over the river and through the woods from Grover's Corners lies Shirley, VT, Green Mountain stand-in for college-centric Amherst, MA, where playwright Annie Baker grew up.
Local troupes take a road trip to Shirley, VT
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 29, 2010

Gay Tea Party Witch Sex: Three tales of erotic political fiction

Three toe-curling yarns of bipartisan/bicurious boning, starring some of our favorite hacks (and some of our favorite pundits).
Hot, throbbing election special: Palin/O'Donnell, Kerry/Brown, and Stewart/Cooper/Maddow
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

Fall Theater Preview: The event’s the thing

Artistic directors have suddenly morphed into event planners. Both the American Repertory Theater’s Diane Paulus and the Huntington Theatre Company’s Peter DuBois speak of programming not plays but “events.”
Fall on Boston boards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 17, 2010

Avatar vs. Inception: Two very different takes on the power of escapism

Avatar/Inception trailer mashupAt first glance, Avatar and Inception might seem entirely unrelated; the former is a CGI theme-park-ride with a boilerplate going-native plot, the latter...
By Dave Barker  |  August 10, 2010


TV's conservative bias

If Sarah Palin were to smoke a joint while piloting a flying saucer to Cuba, evidence suggests that more than one third of America would approve.
The Palin question asked and answered; plus, rescuing Lawrence
By EDITORIAL  |  February 12, 2010

Zombie overdrive

Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies are and are not exactly what you'd think. Sure, they're silly and ironic and probably wish it were 1954 all over again. But behind a bit of hokum lies a damn good band, more than a few smart turns of phrase, and an int
Pete Witham's Cozmik view of Americana
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 12, 2010

DregNog Video Advent Calendar: Day #11: E.T. ruins Christmas, innocence

Hey, it's Christmas Eve, the perfect time to meditate on one of the most epic video-game bummers ever: 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The release of...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 24, 2009
ABC reveals the truth about universal health care: sinister plot hatched by space aliens!

ABC reveals the truth about universal health care: sinister plot hatched by space aliens!

Excuse me, miss: Can I see your birth certificate?Like any good reporter on an election night, I stayed home and watched a remake of a...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 03, 2009

Crop Circles

The folly of intergalactic outsourcing
By DAVID KISH  |  October 09, 2009


First look at James Cameron's Avatar

James Cameron captained the biggest box-office smash of all time, his Titanic having grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. But that was 12 years ago, long before the recession appeared on anyone's radar.
Titanic Gamble
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 28, 2009

Review: District 9

You have never seen anything like District 9 — or so went the early buzz for Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut. The concept is the stuff nerdgasms are made of: a vérité sci-fi thriller set in an alternate-reality South Africa where 2.5
Apartheid gets the sci-fi treatment
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 14, 2009

Harvard riled by close encounters

On September 16, 1994, 62 children in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, said they saw a spacecraft land near their school.
Illegal Aliens Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2009
Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query - Did Aliens Provide Our Technology?

Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query - Did Aliens Provide Our Technology?

There are theories floating around out there that aliens have visited us. Some think they created the pyramids, while others think they just show up to...
By Special Ed  |  May 30, 2008