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Not my normal pick – sci-fi with a lot of teenage angst thrown in. But it’s the late 70s and there’s enough nostalgia for the technology of the era to catch a baby-boomer’s attention. Directed by J J Abrams, it seems to have been inspired by the “coming of age” flicks of the era. I detect a nod, however, to the themes that I have noted before in 21st century cinematography – the quest to overcome alienation (an alien is even the star turn here!) and the role of shadowy government agencies in “protecting” the population. However we won’t go too far there – it’s basically a good tongue in cheek romp that pokes fun at some horror and sci-fi genres. 7 out of 10!