You could say that George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s new space-based film has a sort of gravitational pull.
The film, called appropriately “Gravity,” has garnered lots of praise and is encouraging comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
"Historians will look back at 'Gravity' and '2001: A Space Odyssey' and will speak of them in the same breath," says film contributor Dave Luhrssen.
But Luhrssen hopes two other films will not be eclipsed by the blockbuster - "Don Jon" and “The Patience Stone," which opens tonight.
The film is set in a war-torn central Asian country.
"The film really captures the problems of that country: the ongoing decades and decades-long cycle of warfare, vengeance, recrimination," he says.
Luhrssen is arts and entertainment editor of the Shepherd Express weekly and writes the I Hate Hollywood blog.