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05:51

'Super 8': Close Encounters Of The 'E.T.' Kind

J.J. Abrams' science-fiction thriller Super 8 was inspired, in part, by Steven Spielberg's earliest works. Critic David Edelstein says the film hits home in a way more impersonal franchise pictures don't.

05:34

'Inception' A Masterpiece? Only In Someone's Dream

Christopher Nolan's new sci-fi flick stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a man trying to extract and plant information in people's heads while they dream. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is "lumbering and humorous and pretentious, with a drag of a hero."

20:46

James Cameron's Craft: Blockbuster Special Effects.

You might define the films of James Cameron by listing two characteristics: state-of-the-art special effects and huge box-office receipts. Cameron discusses the special effects in his films Titanic, The Terminator and Avatar — and explains how he came up with his innovative filming techniques.

This interview originally aired Feb. 18, 2010

36:04

James Cameron: Pushing The Limits Of Imagination.

You might define the films of James Cameron by listing two characteristics: state-of-the-art special effects and huge box-office receipts. For starters,Titanic, The Terminator and Aliens all qualify on both counts. Now he adds Avatar to the list. He joins Fresh Air to discuss his complex special effects and innovative filming techniques.

06:10

'Avatar': Cameron's Dizzying, Immersive Parable.

James Cameron's trademark blend of grandiosity, jaw-dropping technology and cornball populism is back — and mightier than ever — in Avatar, a vertigo-inducing sci-fi epic that's as predictable and tin-eared as it is savvy and technically adept.

06:01

A Dreamlike 'Science of Sleep'

Film critic David Edelstein reviews The Science of Sleep, the new film from Michel Gondry. Previously, Gondry directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

12:31

'Donnie Darko,' Director's Cut Now on DVD

We speak with writer-director Richard Kelly. His 2001 cult film Donnie Darko has been released in a new director's cut version. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film mixes time-travel, coming-of age drama, sci-fi and surreal suburban angst.

44:01

Film director Barry Sonnenfeld

Film director Barry Sonnenfeld. His latest movie is Men in Black II, the sequel to his film Men in Black. Both films star Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Sonnenfeld's other films include Wild Wild West, Get Shorty and The Addams Family. Before directing, he worked as a cinematographer. He did three films with the Coen brothers - Blood Simple, Raising Arizona and Miller's Crossing. He also worked on Misery, When Harry Met Sally and Big.

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