AFTER THE DARK – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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It’s the last day of school before graduation, but philosophy teacher Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy) isn’t about to let his 20 seniors go without one more brain teaser. The scenario is this: Nuclear armageddon has arrived, and they have mere minutes to decide which of the 21 of them (the students plus Zimit) will hunker down in the convenient nearby radiation-proof bunker, which can sustain 10 people, and no more, for a year until it’s safe to come out. Plausibility isn’t a concern. The issue is: How best to choose from among the random skills and professions the students have picked from a hat to assemble a group of people who might be able to begin rebuilding civilization. You know, one’s an “organic farmer,” one’s a “carpenter,” one’s a “structural engineer”… but there’s one who’s a “poet,” another an “opera singer,” a third a “maker of gelato.” And so on. Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).