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It was a bumper year for science fiction movies, and spectacle films are getting better, so we end the year with a nod to the best geek flicks of 2013

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The superhero film gets stronger, while art house film-makers decry the lack of big-screen directing opportunities. It is a sad state of affairs when new movies from directors of the calibre of Steven Soderbergh and David Lynch may never again be seen in multiplexes, especially when those film-makers have made more than their fair share of notable contributions to the genres this column celebrates.

If there is a silver lining, it is that studios are getting better at making these preposterously expensive, spectacle-heavy movies. And they have become considerably more canny when it comes to recruiting film-makers to oversee them. The McGs and Brett Ratners »

- Ben Child

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