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In Ocean's Twelve, how did the Night Fox make the switch?

At the end when the Night Fox is explaining that he actually stole the Golden Egg on the first night it arrived, there's a flashback montage of how he got through the randomized lasers. He stole the ...
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How is the bloodpact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald even possible?

For those who have watched the newly released Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, you will find a "bloodpact" (which is something very similar to the Unbreakable Vow) mentioned there between ...
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Why hasn't Extremis filled the gap in Killian's brain?

In Iron Man 3, Killian shows Pepper a live feed of his brain [1]. He then claims to show her evidence that the human brain hasn't finished evolving--there is a clear gap present [2], a gap which, when ...
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Who was Angel Eyes trying to shoot first?

During the finale of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly it was clear that Blondie was always going to shoot Angel Eyes, given his prior knowledge that Tuco's gun was unloaded. It was also clear that Tuco ...
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Why did Curtis Chen try to kill Green Kiera in Continuum?

In the season 2 finale of the Canadian science fiction show Continuum, Alec Sadler goes back in time, which leads to the creation of a new Green Timeline and the subsequent destruction of the original ...
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Why do the three boxes appear when the parademon explodes?

When Batman is fighting the parademon in the beginning of Justice League, he catches the demon with a net on the wall. The demon explodes after some screaming and twitching, leaving goo picturing the ...
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Why is stealing De la Cruz guitar a family matter?

In Disney’s movie Coco (2017), Miguel is cursed for stealing from the dead, which is the reason he ends up in the land of the dead, as it is explained by a clerk: CLERK Well, you're cursed. The ...
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Why does Mola Ram only use the village kids for slave labor?

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, why does Mola Ram only use the village kids for slave labor and not the adults too? Using the adults as well would benefit them much more. Does he just ...
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Who is the healing mutant in first Egyptian scene of X-Men: Apocalypse

In X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Who is the mutant (with instant healing power) in the first scene in Egypt, where En Sabah Nur's (Apocalypse) consciousness is being transferred to. Does this character ...
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Why doesn't Aman's wife come back the last time?

In the movie Survive Style 5+ (2004), Aman's wife comes back as a revengeful ghost every time he kills her. But when she is killed the second time by the hitman, she doesn't come back. What is the ...
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What is the bird and/or the birdcage supposed to represent while Hank and Leticia have sex?

In Monster's Ball, Hank and Leticia have sex in her living room. They engage in extremely passionate and unbridled sex during this scene. During the scene, we see close up flashes of a brown- ...
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Did Daryl Van Horne participate in group sex with the three women?

Daryl did seduce each of the women individually. He started with Alex and moved on to Jane and he seduced Sukie last. Alex and Jane were unaware of Daryl's intentions towards the two of them at ...
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Why were witnesses to the initial assassination in “The Parallax View” (1974) systematically killed?

Rewatched Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View (starring Warren Beatty) this recently–first time since seeing it in 1986—and am still baffled by a key plot device. The film starts off with an ...
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How was Rorschach's journal translated into white supremacy?

In Watchmen (TV series), we get to know that the Seventh Kavalry is inspired by Rorschach's journal and became an extreme racists group. But how come? What part of the journal made this transition in ...
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Why exactly did the CIA want to recruit Bourne?

In Jason Bourne, we learn that Jason's (David Webb) dad, Richard Webb was a CIA analyst that helped create Treadstone. We learn later that the asset (Vincent Cassel) killed his dad to persuade ...
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In the movie “Hugo”, what are these Pictures supposed to mean?

In Martin Scorsese's "Hugo", when the Station Inspector has locked up an orphan urchin inside a little prison inside his office and he is talking to the police to come and pick him up and take him to ...
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Why don't the visitors get moved into the hotel and visitors center?

In the movie Jurassic World, when things go south in the park, all the visitors are moved to the central square in front of the visitors' center. They clearly show how the visitors are suffering the ...
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What is the meaning of this conversation between Dr. Hafez and the former Anck-Su-Namun?

In the movie The Mummy Returns (2001), sequel to the highly famous The Mummy (1999), soon after the protagonists capture the bracelet of Anubis from a place near the banks of the river Nile, we are ...
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Is Salazar really what Jack fears most?

During the course of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we come to learn that Jack's compass can be "betrayed" and it releases one's greatest fear! But is Salazar really what Jack ...
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In Spider-Man 3, why does MJ lie?

In Spider-Man 3, after the evil "Green Goblinish" side awakens in Harry Osbourne, he confronts Mary Jane Watson and tells her to break up with her fiancé, Peter Parker. She does so, telling him that ...
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Was Ronald responsible for starting the fire that killed Dennis McCaffrey?

In Backdraft, the beginning of the film shows a firefighter (Dennis McCaffrey) killed while fighting a fire while his two young sons, Brian and Stephen witnessed it. Brian and Steven are now adults ...
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Why can't ARIIA access this device?

In Eagle Eye (2008), the computer ARIIA accesses all the electronic devices during the whole movie. Then why can't she access this small mobile device?
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How long was Tristan Ludlow away from home?

The 1994 film Legends of the Fall describes the film's main character, Tristan Ludlow being away from home for a lengthy period of time after he decides to leave the ranch and his lover, Susannah ...
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Kaplan's Mission in “North By Northwest”

The film "North By Northwest" seems to have two theories of Kaplan's mission. On the one hand he's supposed to be the agent following Vandamm. This is why it's important to the Professor that Vandamm ...
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Why do Mike and Tuco have the same boxing charm?

At the beginning of Better Call Saul S2E04, we see Mike sitting on his couch, admiring some kind of golden boxing gloves charm. And then, later in the episode, when Mike confronts Tuco Salmanca,...
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Why Arthur manages to fire eight bullets

In the movie Joker, when killing three white collars in a subway, Arthur fires eight rounds out of his 38 revolver that holds five or six bullets without reloading. I doubt it is a mistake, why does ...
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Why does Kido honor Frank in Man in the High Castle?

This refers to The Man in the High Castle S3/Ep9 "Baku". When Kido takes Frank to his place of execution, he chooses a location--a former Japanese internment camp--where Frank's symbol has been ...
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Does each character focus on one super-power?

In Shazam! (2019), Billy shares his powers with his siblings. It seems like each sibling gets a unique ability: Freddy - Flight Darla - Speed Pedro - Strength Mary - Unknown Eugene - Lightning They ...
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Is there any hidden meaning behind Travis and the prosthetic arm?

In the last episode of Dexter season 6 (S06E12), Travis finds the prosthetic arm He's seen wondering what it is, puzzled: But quickly after that he put the arm back in the box when interrupted. ...
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Why did Mrs. Tyson state the incorrect movie?

In the 1995 film Sabrina, Mr. Tyson is giving a toast to celebrate the engagement of his daughter to David Larrabee. When Mr. Tyson is finishing his toast, he jokingly quotes The Godfather: May ...
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How did the alien know the hand signals at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

In the last few minutes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the French ufologist Claud Lacombe does 5 hand gestures in the presence of a single alien. The gestures are supposed to represent the 5 ...
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Why are there so many octagons in Exorcist II: The Heretic?

Sure, there are many questions to be had regarding this movie, but why is the clinic Regan goes to made of octagons in the rooms? But especially, why are people constantly pushing big octagons around ...
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Did Percy gain immortality along with Dr.Parnassus?

In the movie Imaginarium of Dr.Parnassus, Percy and Anton are the assistants of Dr.Parnassus. They help in performing the show. As the movie progresses, we know that Percy is a former monk. He is ...
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Did Emma have an abortion?

In Terms of Endearment, there is a scene depicting a visibly pregnant Emma Horton looking like she is starting the second trimester (just a guess) of her pregnancy while she is on the phone with her ...
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What is Lionel Fusco's actual rank in Person of Interest?

In the pilot, the corrupt prosecutor Diane Hansen refers to Lionel Fusco as Officer following his testimony at her trial. He's later referred to as a Detective throughout most of the series. However, ...
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Who is the dead woman in the casket?

Sharon Stone's character in The Specialist is named May Munro. She uses the alias Adrian Hastings to infiltrate a local crime organization to seek revenge for the murder of her parents. Adrian ...
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Could someone explain the meaning of the “subway man” hallucination in the movie “Pi” (1998)?

In the movie Pi (1998), Max has several hallucinations. One hallucination I did not understand was the singing man in the subway. We see the man twice in the movie. We first see the man singing, then ...
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Was the job offer part of the plan all along?

In the film Snowpiercer (2013), besides population control was Wilford's offering up leadership of the train to Curtis also part of the plan? I mean, was Wilford planning on retiring and offering the ...
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Why does Agent Smith call the Oracle mom?

In Matrix Revolutions, when Smith and Oracle meet, she calls him a bastard and he says "you would know, mom". What does this imply? Why does he call her mom?
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How did Barry keep up with his special diet in jail?

In one of the earlier seasons its apparent that Barry need an insane amount of calories to run so how does he keep up with this while he's in jail?
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Why did the Tolmekians and villagers get into a battle over the valley forest?

In Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, it's well established that the Tolmekians want to burn down the entire jungle. The villagers of the Valley of the Wind are opposed to this, especially Obaba, who ...
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What is the contraption that Aladdin gifts the Sultan?

When Aladdin disguised as Prince Ali is introduced to the Sultan and Jasmine he brings a contraption covered under blanket and claims it is very expensive. What is said contraption?
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How could the Water Shuriken be on the bridge when Pikachu found it?

Shortly after Detective Pikachu left Tim, after realising he freed Mewtwo, he walks on the bridge where the Greninjas attacked Harry. Pikachu stumbles open a Water Shuriken, which he uses to deduce ...
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Did this character try to kill John Wick in chapter 3, and did this other character approve it?

In the end of the film, shoots John Wick and he falls off the roof. Seeing that, says, Well played, sir (?). I did not watch the movie in English, and I am a bit confused if some meaning was lost ...
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Why are John Clare and Lily immortal?

When the Creature/John Clare first appears in Penny Dreadful, he kills Proteus, Frankenstein's second creation, who is quite clearly mortal. However, in a number of instances afterward, the Creature ...
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How is Itomori's demise related to its lake's creation?

During the course of Your Name. (orig.: Kimi no na wa.) we learn that in Mitsuha's time her home town Itomori is about to be hit by a splintering comet. When Taki in Mitsuha's body is going to save ...
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What was the window drawing's significance to Hedwig in Split?

Minor-ish spoilers ahead. In Split (2017), Casey tries to persuade Hedwig, the 9-year-old personality of Kevin, to help her out of the room she's imprisoned in, because Hedwig seems to reveal the ...
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Why does Kurtz allow Willard to walk around free?

During the ending of Apocalypse Now Kurtz knows that Willard is there to kill him. Why does he let him walk around free?
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Did Jamal miss the second shot on purpose?

In one of the last scenes of Finding Forrester, Jamal the basketball player needs to goal in one of the two shots. He misses the first shot which seems normal considering the pressure on the ...
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Why doesn’t Everett react to Big Dan’s beating?

In “O brother, where art thou?” (2000), there’s a scene in which Big Dan (John Goodman) starts teaching Everett (George Clooney) and Delmar (Tim Blake) a lesson and ends up beating them mercilessly: ...