special effects

plural noun

Definition of special effects 

: visual or sound effects introduced into a motion picture, video recording, or taped television production

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An international team of scientists reported Thursday that the likely solution arrived at just after 3:54 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 22, in a scene beyond anything special effects wizards in Hollywood could have imagined. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Richard III is often played as a hunchback, grotesque in mind and body, half murderous villain and half special effect. Joel Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 Otherwise, the plot is strangely simplistic, the special effects murky and chaotic. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "'Skyscraper' review: Dwayne Johnson shows off his dramatic acting chops," 11 July 2018 The visuals are breathtaking; the special effects are raw and cinematic; the sound is immersive and at times harrowing. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "After 16 years of war, Battlefield V is a turning point," 29 June 2018 For the past three decades, Cirque du Soleil has created unique circus experiences, with eye-popping choreography, clowns, costumes, acrobatics, music, and special effects. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "In Cirque’s ‘Luzia,’ rainfall bathes a Mexican dreamscape," 27 June 2018 For a higher impact, incredible staging and special effects were memorable, from the colorful smoke at Rick Owens to the gnome gardens at Thom Browne. Michael Philouze, Vogue, "A Vogue Editor’s Diary of Paris’s Spring 2019 Men’s Shows," 26 June 2018 Try a different warehouse The rest of the film is predictable bedlam, with every scene feeling like a rehash of prior films' special effects—only with more familiar stuff on screen at once. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review: This nonsense has gone full Sharknado," 22 June 2018 The popular ride is now the Incredicoaster, complete with a plot and storytelling special effects. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Pixar Pier first look: Riding the Incredicoaster at California Adventure," 21 June 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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