Review A Beacon of Originality in an Empty Cosmos of Contemporary Cinema

In 'Gravity,' director Alfonso Cuaron seems to have wanted not just to reduce science-fiction cinema to its most basic elements, but to purify it.

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“In space no one can hear you scream,” declared a clever tagline on the poster for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” in 1979. In Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” not only screams go unheard; in fact, the few...