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10 Cloverfield Lane

When J.J. Abrams released Cloverfield in 2008, it arrived cloaked in secrecy. Now, some eight years later, the film’s so-called “blood relative” (Abrams’ term, not mine), comes with a similar marketing strategy. Going-in, viewers are unlikely...

2001: A Space Odyssey

Perhaps it takes the passage of time to gain the perspective to call some films great. Certain movies, despite being ridiculed upon their initial release, have been "re-discovered" years later and labeled as forgotten classics. It's a universal t...

Run Time: 2:19
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, ...
2010

The 16-year wait between the 1968 opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the 1984 release of 2010 doesn't represent the longest interval between a movie and its direct sequel (that distinction probably belongs to Gone With the Wind/Scarlett, although...

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Mature Themes)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Peter Hyams
Cast: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, ...
2012

If, as is believed in certain fringe circles, the world will come to an end in 2012, at least there will be no more movies like this one made. Perhaps the strangest thing about 2012 is that the bad parts of the film are among the most enjoyable, b...

Run Time: 2:38
U.S. Release Date: 2009-11-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ACTION
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, ...
5th Wave, The

The 5th Wave is an adaptation of Rick Yancey’s 2013 YA sci-fi novel. Although many recent multi-book YA properties have made successful book-to-screen translations (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner), The 5th Wave is a departure from...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, ...
About Time

Time travel stories are tricky things. Although there's no hard-and-fast way to develop one, consistency is a key. As a screenwriter, when you're dealing with things like reworking history and spinning off alternate universes, it's necessary to sti...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2013-11-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/COMEDY
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Domhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, ...
Abyss, The

Spoilers follow! James Cameron is widely viewed as being one of the most difficult and demanding directors, due in large part to the powerful streak of perfectionism that defines his filmmaking. Cameron's most difficult and contentious shoot to...

Run Time: 2:51
U.S. Release Date: 1989-08-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Ed Harris, Capt. Kidd Brewer Jr., Kimberly Scott, ...
Ad Astra

The autumn movie season has a history of hosting impressive, thought-based science fiction movies. To a list that includes Gravity, Interstellar, Arrival, and The Martian, add Ad Astra, a film that uses space exploration as a means to look inw...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: James Gray
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, ...
Adjustment Bureau, The

Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Adjustment Bureau is that, irrespective of the misdirection of the trailers and T.V. spots, this is more of a romance than a science fiction thriller. That's not to say the Twilight Zone aspects of the mo...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2011-03-04
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: ROMANCE/SCIENCE FICTION
Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, ...
Aeon Flux

I'll never understand why studios sometimes choose to withhold films from critics. The lack of advance screenings of Aeon Flux establishes an expectation that the film is likely to be tough to sit through. It's the studio's way of throwing in th...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2005-12-04
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Situations, Brief Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, ...