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  • Vol. 29, No. 16

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  • Outlander

    In the history of cinema, Outlander is the best Viking warriors vs. giant glow-in-the-dark space iguana movie ever made. Star Jim Caviezel plays stoic alien astronaut Kainan who crashes his starship into a lake in Iron Age-era Norway and, as his handy 25th century translating computer explains, earth is a long-abandoned colony worthy of his race of militaristic space yuppies. Trouble is, he has brought with him a deadly flesh-eating critter called a Moorwen, which promptly chomps down an entire Norse village. Kainan has a helluva time getting the local King (the delightfully hammy John Hurt) to buy his story. But after some mead drinking, maiden wooing and bear slaying, Kainan bonds with hothead warrior Wulfric (Jack Huston), just as the nasty Moorwen appears and begins gobbling up villagers like lutefisk.
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