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Imagine a world in which one dollar could buy one thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise. Picture yourself in a community in which you only went to work when you felt like it. Imagine having all the amenities you desired at your fingertips, or just around the corner.

What’s the catch? You have to be five inches tall. 


A scene from "Atrophy"
courtesy of Jason Slingerland

Ever wonder why you don’t see a lot independent films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres? Or set in the future or the past? That’s because it’s hard to make those things look realistic without a whole lot of money. 


Back in the early 1970s, the “Planet of the Apes” films were far more popular with moviegoers than they were with critics. Looking back, it’s not difficult to see why. The original “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, at least had novelty value, a certain kind of eeriness and a satiric edge, qualities that quickly disappeared as Twentieth Century Fox cranked out sequel after sequel. 


If you’re one of the dozen or so people in the world that has been eagerly hoping for a mash-up of a superhero movie and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the benevolent genies of Hollywood have made your dream come true. 


Forget about "Captain America versus Hydra" or "Batman versus Catwoman": The real superhero battle of the last few years has been the cinematic clash of the comic-book kings, Marvel versus DC. Frankly, it has not been much of a contest. 


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