Stargate
1994
**½
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors

This science fiction film, written by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, starts well. A modern day Egyptologist deciphers the symbols on a mysterious stone ring, which turns out to be a Stargate, a portal to a different universe. Once they decide to pass through it, the military takes charge like in James Cameron’s movies The Abyss and Aliens, and the story gets stupider and sillier as it goes along. Followed by a long running Stargate Sg-1 TV show.