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From 'Interstellar' to '2001,' five philosophical sci-fi epics
From 'Interstellar' to '2001,' five philosophical sci-fi epics

Perhaps more than any other genre, sci-fi movies ask, "What if?" In their attempts to address that question, filmmakers have given audiences a bewildering array of sights, sounds and ideas over the years: the dystopian grit of "Blade Runner," the space operatics of "Star Wars," the martial-arts mayhem of "The Matrix" and the immersive thrills of "Gravity," to name but a few. And then there are the films you might call sci-phi — those that combine the hard edge of science with a philosophical exploration of Big Ideas about life, love, space and time. The latest entry in the subgenre is the three-hour epic "Interstellar,"...

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