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Caprica: Season 1.0 | (NR) You can call "Caprica" a prequel to "Battlestar Galactica," because that's what it is, but you'd be reaching to argue it doesn't work awfully hard to be a beast of its own creation. "Caprica" begins nearly 60 years before the initial events of the "Galactica" reboot, and sure enough, the feature-length premiere episode offers some wild insight into the creation of the very first Cylon. But while fans of "Galactica" stand to benefit the most from timeline connections like these, there's entirely too much going on here to recommend it solely to them. There's plenty of first-rate fan service here, but more than that, this simply is terrific science fiction.

The Human Centipede: First Sequence | (R) No horror movie has been talked about more this year than this one, so perhaps the most shocking thing about "The Human Centipede: First Sequence" is what it doesn't do rather than what it does. For the few horror fans who wish to know about "Centipede" but somehow do not, here's the gist: A renowned surgeon (Dieter Laser) in Germany draws up plans for a surgery that attaches three human beings together as a single, centipede-like organism with a shared digestive tract. The idea is messed up, the film's marketing continually swears the fiction is rooted in real medical accuracy, and that is more than enough for "Centipede" to creep people out purely during the anticipatory stage. As bloody horror films go, "Centipede" is very nearly dry. But don't be surprised if this one sticks with you long after every gore-a-thon you see this year has faded from memory.

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