Why is it so hard to create a good science fiction movie romance?

Some of the coolest science fiction movies of all time are love storiesEternal Sunshine, Brazil, and plenty of others. Combining big ideas with an epic passion just makes sense. But why do so many films fail to pull off this combination? Watching the new movie Upside Down, which fails so spectacularly as a love… » 3/15/13 9:00am 3/15/13 9:00am

Upside Down shows how gravity-challenged lovers kiss

We're still pretty excited for Juan Diego Solanas' strange romance movie Upside Down. The premise is totally ridiculous — Jim Sturgess and Kristen Dunst are in love, but live on opposite planets connected by the sky with opposing gravity forces — but the actual look to this M.C. Escher flick is simply stunning. » 3/01/13 1:20pm 3/01/13 1:20pm

Futuristic Romeo and Juliet fight gravity in the new Upside Down trailer

Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst are gravity-crossed lovers in director Juan Diego Solanas' romance movie Upside Down. Set on two planets that share the same atmosphere, this whole thing feels like the melodramatic baby of Dr. Seuss and M.C. M.C. Escher. But it does have one thing going for it: intense beauty. This… » 1/25/13 8:23am 1/25/13 8:23am

Planetary Collisions and Other Disasters: Lars von Trier's…

You've probably heard that Melancholia is depressing and nihilistic — after all, it starts with the world being destroyed, and then rewinds, so that the rest of the film takes place on an Earth we know is doomed. » 11/10/11 9:00am 11/10/11 9:00am

First Clip from Lars von Trier's Arty Disaster Porn Film, Melancholia

Watch as Kirsten Dunst embraces the reality that the end of the world is nigh — by calling the Earth evil and refusing to grieve for our planet! It's disaster porn, Lars von Trier style! » 5/12/11 6:30am 5/12/11 6:30am

First images from Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst's science fiction…

We've been eagerly following the science fiction love story Upside Down (starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst). The film follows two star-crossed lovers trapped in alternate universes. New images and details are slowly starting to reveal the different dimensions! » 12/27/10 10:16am 12/27/10 10:16am

Is Haruki Murakami Hollywood's new Philip K. Dick?

We've been wondering for a long time which author could replace Philip K. Dick as Hollywood's idea spigot. But now a strong candidate has emerged: Haruki Murakami, the Japanese master of weirdness who's already spawned two movies. » 11/29/10 3:30pm 11/29/10 3:30pm

Is Upside Down's inverted romance the next great scifi love story?

We're getting lovesick looking for more details on Juan Solanas' scifi romance Upside Down. Not only will it star the heart-flutter-inducing Jim Sturgess, but Solanas put the brilliant Watchmen designer Alex McDowell in charge of his trippy inverted worlds. » 5/30/10 1:00pm 5/30/10 1:00pm

Rumor-Mongers Cruelly Raise Our Hopes Of Dunst-Free Spider-Man Movies

Another round of Spider-Man rumors had us hoping that the fourth installment would be Kirsten Dunst's last. Is it too much to hope there's a grain of truth this time around? » 12/23/09 11:59am 12/23/09 11:59am

Meet Spidey's New Leading Lady?

We mentioned » 10/20/08 1:27pm 10/20/08 1:27pm the other day that Kirsten Dunst doesn't seem to be a lock for 4 and 5 yet, and already people are anointing a new lead actress. Best of all, she's someone you've already seen in the movies. Elizabeth Banks played long-suffering Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant in the first few films, but only had a…