For skeptical sci-fi fans

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The original Day stands as both of-its-time and timeless. Stark black-and-white cinematography and rudimentary special effects place it among the creature features of its day. But the film's message against the Cold War allowed audiences to see the world's problems through the prism of the fantastic. The remake, starring Keanu Reeves as the alien warning Earth of its current path, certainly could improve on the effects ... but what about the greater themes? So far, sci-fi fans tread toward this movie about as apprehensively as they do asking for a first date. - Hank Brockett



The 1951 special-edition DVD, $15 at


From the Web


Culture Browser


Ask Valet.

The Expertly Packed Carry-On


What should I pack for my first business trip?

- Matt, OH


With nearly every airline imposing a baggage fee nowadays, if you can get away with flying with just a carry-on, do it.

» The solution


Advertise on Valet

Most Popular On Valet


Was this a good piece?



Advertise on Valet