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“Gravity”: Bullock and Clooney, lost in space

Alfonso Cuarón’s breathtaking outer-space adventure “Gravity,” with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts marooned amid an apocalyptic application of Murphy’s Law, is without question the film of the week and one of the most important films of the year. It strives to bring cinema’s past, especially the rip-roaring, edge-of-the-seat thrillers Hollywood used to make, into its technological, weightless, oxygen-free future. It’s a film made in 3-D that very nearly justifies that overused, overhyped and largely unnecessary cinematic process, and a film made almost entirely with computer graphics – in many scenes, the only non-CGI elements are Bullock and Clooney’s faces – that is intimate, absorbing and fueled by human emotion.

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