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Why does Harry only make use of time travel in The Prisoner of Azkaban?

At the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius (and as it turns out, Buckbeak) and escape the Dementors. If this is a legitimate option for saving ...
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Why does George Mcfly employ Biff to wax his car after he had previously tried to rape his wife?

In Back to the Future, Marty goes back to 1955 and devises a plan for his father George McFly to win over Lorraine in order to ensure Marty's survival. The plan involved Marty pretending to sexually ...
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Why didn't Loki's mind control work on Tony Stark?

Right before the final fight, we see Loki and Stark discussing the terms of the upcoming battle, bantering back and forth between who will win. It is then that Loki gets the idea of turning Stark ...
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In Back to the Future Part II, how could old Biff have made it back to 2015?

So in Back to the Future Part II, Doc picks up Marty in 1985 and takes him to 2015. Then old Biff realizes the Delorean is a time machine. Old Biff steals the Delorean and travels from 2015 to 1955 to ...
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What changes were made to the Star Wars Blu-ray and what effect did they have on the plot?

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Star Wars has a few changes made personally by George Lucas. The most striking is Darth Vader's "No!" in episode VI. Why were these changes made, and do such ...
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Where does the barrel come from in which Bombur jumps in The Hobbit: DoS?

Just saw the second part of the Hobbit. I wonder in which barrel Bombur jumps in "Barrel down the River" scene. All the Dwarves are in their barrels floating and fighting of the Orcs then miraculously ...
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How did Thor and Banner know where to go?

In the middle of The Avengers, the team is split up after coming together on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Bruce Banner/Hulk end up in an abandoned warehouse. Thor ends up in a field. Shortly ...
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Why didn't they use a brute force method to activate the Stargate?

In the movie Stargate, they have been trying to activate the Stargate for the last 2 years but could never get the right sequence. After Dr. Daniel Jackson figures out the seventh symbol, they try to ...
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Back to the Future Part 3 - Why doesn't Marty use the other DeLorean?

In Back to the Future Part 3 Marty follows Doc back to 1885 to rescue him from being shot at the hands of Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen. He arrives in 1885 some time after Doc has written the letter that ...
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How does Frodo write in English?

There's a scene at the ending of "Lord of the Rings - Return of the King", where Frodo appers finishing writing a book called "Lord of the Rings"... in plain English! This kind of broke down my ...
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Shiny and new in “vehicle mode”, yet battle-damage re-appears in “robot” mode

I've often wondered about this apparent inconsistency. I'm assuming it's a case of Deux ex Hollywood, but could there be a specific explanation for the fact that Transformers in the Michael Bay movies ...
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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When grabbing the commisoner what is Tyler Durden actually doing?

In the movie there is a scene where the group grab the police commissioner at fund raiser and drag him into the bathroom to threaten him so that he doesn't follow through on a vow to take down their ...
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Fox's analysis of the Bat

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Fox examines the Bat and finds out that an auto-pilot had been installed. This seems to me a bit strange, because we have seen the Bat carrying the bomb far from ...
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Are they in France or Portugal at the end of Love Actually?

The Colin Firth character, Jamie, meets Aurelia the Portuguese housekeeper when he is writing his novel by himself at a lake house in France. You know they're in France because the French-speaking ...
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How did they fill the bags with paper in Ocean's Eleven?

It is shown that the bags of money are in fact bags full of some paper. How did the Oceans gang manage to achieve this?
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How does Borden do The Transported Man after his date with Sarah?

At the end of Alfred Borden's first date with Sarah, he asks her if he could come into her apartment for a cup of tea. When she says that the landlord would not allow it, Borden jokes that a small ...
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How did Thor know Loki was on the plane?

During the movie Avengers, we are first introduced to Thor when he crashes the party on the plane, taking his brother Loki to get the location of the Tesseract from him. How did Thor know that Loki ...
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Why did the pipe explode in The Shawshank Redemption?

I have a question regarding the end of The Shawshank Redemption when Red is narrating Andy's escape - can some one explain why the pipe erupts when Andy breaks it when he is escaping from Shawshank? ...
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How is the fluent conversation with spacecraft possible in Capricorn One?

In Capricorn One, the NASA mission control center maintains fluent communication with the spacecraft crew, which is obvious especially in the scene where the astronauts talk with their wives, even ...
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Why did nobody attack the time bank before?

At some point in the movie In Time, the main character Will Salas and the daughter of powerful businessman Weis decide to rob banks belonging to her father. The first robbery just shows the two ...
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Why did the aliens let a 50 year old ship into the Mothership?

In the movie Independence Day Captain Hiller (Smith) and David (Goldblum) fly an alien-ship that had been in our possession since the 1950s (explicitly mentioned more than once in the movie) into the ...
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Star Wars IV : Why was the princess rescued in the first place?

In the 1977 movie release of Star Wars Episode IV, Why was the princess rescued in the first place? As the required information was with the droid and a lot of time had passed since she was captured, ...
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Where did the Spider-Suit come from?

Watching Spider-Man last night, after Parker's fateful night with the robber, we flash-forward to him being Spider-Man in full. However, it is never shown where exactly his costume came from or how ...
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Where did Deb live towards the end of the season?

Just finishing the 5th season of Dexter and partway through the season Deb ends up going to live with Quinn because of their relationship and because of Dexter's old apartment becoming too crowded for ...
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Why do the machines keep humans alive if they have nuclear reactors?

The machines are keeping humans alive for their body heat, right? But they also have nuclear fusion reactors, and (while I haven't run the numbers) I'd be willing to bet that a single fusion reactor ...
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How could Lt. Hicox fluently speak German and then give himself away by using the wrong gesture?

In Inglorious Basterds Lt. Hicox is an English officer who speaks German fluently yet with a mild accent. Speaking a language fluently requires a lot of practice with native speakers and so spending a ...
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What do people think what Walt does now?

In Breaking Bad season 4-5, people are told that Walt has won a lot of money in gambling and hence they have bought a Car Wash and clearly Walt doesn't need to work anymore. But Car Wash is run by ...
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Tron Legacy - Why Doesn't CLU Visit Flynn Earlier?

In Tron : Legacy, When Quorra initially rescues Sam she tells him that Rinzler and co. can't follow them off the grid. But then when Quorra and the Fylnns go back into grid city, CLU and his cronies ...
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Why did Zod ask for Lois Lane to come on their spaceship?

In Man of Steel (2013), when Zod and his subordinates come to take Superman, they ask for Lois Lane too. But when they take her, they don't ask her anything. They just put her in some kind of prison, ...
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How can they bring guns into the Matrix?

When Trinity and Neo determine to save Morpheus, they begin by running their armory program and getting a lot of guns. The purpose of these guns is for them to kill people in the Matrix. This ...
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Looper: Why don't more things change back?

In looper why don't more things change when they kill/mame people? Like when Joe shoots himself at the end and Older Joe disappears why doesn't it undo the things that Older Joe did seeings as he now ...
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No “spider-sense tingling”?

In Spiderman-2 [2004] there are a number of scenes where Peter Parker exits and comes back as Spiderman only after he witnesses something wrong (even if he is in the vicinity of the occurring crime). ...
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How did Liam Neeson know his location in Taken 2?

In Taken 2 when Bryan Mills/Liam Neeson, was kidnapped, and calling Kim/Maggie Grace from his locked cell. He asked her to draw 2 circles, according to the map chart: One of 3 km from the hotel, ...
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In “Prometheus” why bring anyone but David-type androids?

In the movie "Prometheus" the android David flawlessly executes a seemingly endless range of tasks: learns to read and speak an alien language shoots a basketball with precision keeps the spaceship ...
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How does the museum get cleaned?

In Night At The Museum, the exhibits in the Museum of Natural History come to life and wreak havoc every evening. We see them causing extensive destruction on several different nights. However, ...
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Why didn't they keep the brakes on when revving the Delorean to 88mph?

In the first movie, they had the Delorean rev up with the emergency brake turned on and the speedometer revved up close to the magical 88mph. What I'm wondering is why they didn't just have the car do ...
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Alien Director's cut - What does Ash drink in the movie?

I was watching the Alien director's cut and noticed that Ash the science officer, who is revealed to be an android later in the movie, in one of the scenes is shown to be drinking what appears to be ...
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Why did the time machine work different for J?

Towards the end of the film, J decides to use the time machine to gain an advantage over Boris. However, unlike before, when he time jumps he comes back into his body that was in 1969 before he made ...
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Was “Hanna Schmitz” responsible for the death of 300 people in “The Reader ”?

Couple of months back I watched The Reader. In that movie, Hanna Schmitz was sentenced to life imprisonment because of her role in the death of 300 victims. But I could not understand whether she ...
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How can Joey be cast in “Days of our Lives” while living in New York?

In the TV show Friends, which is based around six friends living in Manhattan, New York - Joey (Matt LeBlanc) gets cast in the TV show "Days of our Lives", which is filmed in Los Angeles. How is ...
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Fellowship of the Ring continuity error?

I've watched The Fellowship of the Ring several times and am convinced that this is a continuity error but have never seen it documented. Can someone clarify whether this is an error or my eyes ...
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Why is J the only person who remembers K?

I just saw the film yesterday and it seems like they have a very half baked theory to the entire time travel plot. Why can only Agent J remember K correctly? As in - why can only he remember him ...
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The sign outside Vito Corleone's house

In The Godfather, Part II, it is shown that Vito Corleone's olive oil business is called "Genco Import Co." However, near the end of The Godfather, there is a sign outside his house as the family ...
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Why was the body needed in Lucky Number Slevin?

Lucky Number Slevin is a fantastic genre bending movie with a strange blend of thriller-crime-humour. And it has an excellent twist which I won't reveal for those who have not seen it (but it is the ...
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Where did the T-Rex come from?

Although there is no disputing the impact that Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park had when it was released in 1992, there has always been one scene that has bugged/perplexed me. I speak of the climax, ...
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In Mission Impossible 1, why didn't Phelps kill Ethan as easily as his wife?

We see Jim Phelps murder his wife, needlessly, and yet, only give Ethan what amounts to a glancing blow. Why wouldn't he just kill Ethan and try to escape with his wife instead of taking the risk of ...
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Cracks in the wall inconsistencies

In the 11th doctor's 1st series there is a story arc involving cracks appearing across the universe and removing people from history. However I don't understand, in some examples people are removed ...
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How did Hades not find out that Hercules was alive in 18 years?

I've noticed what seems to be a plot hole in the Disney version of the movie Hercules, and I'm hoping someone can fill it in with a logical explanation! So in the beginning of the movie, we have ...
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Ending dialog in “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

In the war movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), at the end Major Warden has a brief dialog with the women porters. The women back away from him as he exclaims: I had to do it. They might ...