Cinema: Space Opera

THE BLACK HOLE

Directed by Gary Nelson Screenplay by Jeb Rosebrook and Gerry Day

"Movies are binary," George Lucas, who directed Star Wars, once said. "They either work or they don't." He meant that even if some elements fall below standard, that may not affect our overall feeling for a picture if something about it grabs hold of our consciousness. Lucas comes to mind because so much of the Disney studio's The Black Hole—an overpowering score, squads of menacing heavies and, especially, two adorable robots—are straight Star Wars steals, and because, despite all...

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