Seeing double with Stanislaw Lem’s “Solaris” (1972/2002)…

*****AN OCEAN OF SPOILERS!!***** The Essentials of Stanislaw Lem’s Story (1961). Spawning a lengthy, 1972 Soviet-era sci-fi epic (2 hours, 49 minutes) and a trimmer American reimagining 30 years later, it’s surprised me to learn that Polish sci-fi author Stanislaw Lem’s original 1961 novel “Solaris” is a brisk read (204 pages), despite its deep subject…

Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” creates something new from borrowed DNA…

Writer/director Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) has a new science fiction movie in cinemas now that will probably not be a giant crowdpleaser/moneymaker, but it is also one of the most thought-provoking, intelligent and genuinely interesting movies I’ve seen since “Blade Runner 2049.”  And it’s not a sequel or a prequel, nor is it based on…