I.S.S. (Tribeca 2023) – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

For most of its roughly 90 minutes, the sci-fi thriller I.S.S. creates a meaty, suspenseful story, exploring not aliens from other worlds but the monsters of distrust within ourselves.
The title is an acronym for the International Space Station, a real-life research facility orbiting the Earth where astronauts collaborate on research involving physics, astrobiology, and other disciplines. The station typically has a crew of seven and involves five space agencies from the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe.

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RETURN TO SPACE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Say what you will about Elon Musk (and Twitter on any given day has a lot), but NASA loves the mega-billionaire and founder of SpaceX—and the documentary Return to Space makes it easy to understand why, though it isn’t just a bunch of accolades for Musk. Rather, it captures the suspense and wonder of sending humans into space, giving much of the focus to the astronauts whom SpaceX helped launch again in 2020 after nearly a decade on the ground. By taking viewers on their journey, Return to Earth offers a deeply personal look at why some feel drawn to the stars, how protective they feel toward the Earth, and how, as one person says, people rallying around a project can make magic happen.

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THE WONDERFUL: STORIES FROM THE SPACE STATION

Most of us go through our days without thinking about the fact that there are human beings living in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station, about 250 miles above our planet. The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station should change that. The film’s atmosphere is a reflection of the station’s position in the atmosphere – dramatic, ethereal, beautiful, stunning. Language barely does justice to this documentary. The Wonderful lives up to its name.

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