• Open Source Code
    2011, Thriller

    Jake Gyllenhall stars as a soldier who relives the last eight minutes of a bomb-laden commuter train over and over, each iteration slightly different thanks to contributions from the community at large.

    Rating: 3.5/3.5.1/3.5.2 out of 5

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  • Planet of the Apes: Rise of the APIs
    2011, Science Fiction

    Notable for the motion-captured CGI performance of Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) as a genetically modified, hyper-intelligent chimpanzee who creates a Facebook game, Angry Apes, that wipes out Farmville.

    Rating: Two hairy thumbs up

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  • The SQL Tree of Life
    2011, Drama

    Director Terence Malik’s latest opus centres on the roots of a family with three boys, the eldest traversing the country to reconcile with his father and querying the meaning of life. No, I didn’t think this one was funny, either.

    Rating: *+23

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  • The Help Desk
    2011, Drama

    A spunky line-of-business manager exposes the dreary, depressing conditions of her company’s technical support operations. Trust me, this one’s a five-hanky weeper.

    Rating: Ctl+Alt+Del

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  • The Smurfs-as-a-Service
    2011, Animated

    Little blue people who can’t afford to live by themselves anymore make their way to the city to offer on-demand IT consulting to the surprise and delight of sceptical CIOs.

    Rating: Really? Smurfs?

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  • Cowboys and Aliens and VARs
    2011, Science Fiction

    Tempers flare as a band of redneck farmhands try to fend off an attack from outer space by trying to source some high-tech weapons, only to have cost-prohibitive responses to their RFP.

    Rating: 6-shooters

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  • Crazy, Stupid Love of Social Media
    2011, Comedy

    Spurned by his bitter ex-wife, a man tries to remake his life by doing everything he is suggested to do via Twitter, Facebook and Google+, only to be mobbed by an army of smitten Mark Zuckerberg lookalikes.

    Rating: +1

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  • No Search Strings Attached
    2011, Comedy

    Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher (really?) star as a man and a women trying to keep their relationship purely physical, but realize they’re looking for something more. On Google.

    Rating: 1 of 325,491 results

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  • Quarantine 2: Terminal Emulator
    2011, Thriller

    Survivors of a virus attack band together to save their quarantined PCs. Filmed in black and green.

    Rating: 1 out of 101

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  • Shark Night: 3D
    2011, Horror

    OK, so this has nothing to do with tech. But it’s got sharks. In 3D. You know you wanna see it.

    Rating: dun-dun dun-dun dun-DUN DUN-DUN

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  • A Dangerous Method Call
    2011, Thriller

    Code written by Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud conflicts, driving debuggers crazy.

    Rating: 1 cigar

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