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Slumdog Aliens: 'District 9' Provides a Thought-Provoking Ride

It’s tough to resist the best of this new breed of sci-fi cinema: bred on the paranoia-sparking immediacy of 24/7 surveillance culture, cheap and easy Webcams, and omnipresent cameraphones and fed by the sudden impact of cinema verite and drama-injected reality TV, Cops and Cloverfield. Jittery handheld shots are getting easier to parse, and we’re adjusting to the queasiness and the motion sickness, filling in the narrative gaps on our own, and beginning to converse fluently in the new visual language that’s developed alongside digital video, a decade after The Blair Witch Project.

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