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Science Fiction

Science fiction as a genre of film making has been an element of the cinema experience since the earliest days of the motion picture industry. These films have explored a great range of unique topics, including many that cannot be readily presented in other genre. Science fiction films have been used to explore sensitive social and political issues, while often providing an entertaining story for the more casual viewer. Today, science fiction films are in the forefront of new special effects technology, and the audience has become accustomed to displays of realistic aliens, space battles, energy weapons, faster than light travel, and distant worlds. This genre has produced many memorable films, as well as a number that can be considered mediocre or even among the worst examples of film production. It took many decades, and the efforts of talented teams of film producers, for the science fiction film genre to be taken seriously as an art form by many critics. The very best of these films may be scrolled below, or for Sci-Fi TV Series, select the green 'Televison Shows' heading on left, and then the 'TV Sci-Fi' option.

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

4.2/10
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack, Ben Kingsley

In the year 2055 a private firm offers the chance to travel back in time and hunt the biggest game of all time: dinosaurs. Despite precautions to prev... Read more

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

7.1/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, William Hurt

Scripter/Director Steven Spielberg's interpretation of the long in the works Stanley Kubrick project is a tale set in the future where robots are used... Read more

About Time (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson

At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his father: all the men in his family have the ability to relive their past. He can revis... Read more

Aeon Flux (2005)

5.5/10
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDorm...

Charlize Theron dons the skimpy black leotard of vendetta-feulled assassin, Aeon Flux, in this adaptation of the cult animated series. In a world wher... Read more

After Earth (2013)

4.9/10
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith

M. Night Shyamalan ("Signs") co-wrote and directed this sci-fi tale in which a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legenda... Read more

Akira (1988)

8.1/10
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Starring: Voices Of, Lewis Lemay, Jimmy Flanders, Drew Thomas

Groundbreaking Japanese animated epic set in the post-WWIII metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The labyrinthine plot revolves around a battle between oppressive... Read more

Akira ( Blu-ray ) (1988)

8.1/10
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Groundbreaking Japanese animated epic set in the post-WWIII metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The labyrinthine plot revolves around a battle between oppressive... Read more

Alien (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hu...

On its way back to Earth, a spacecraft is re-routed to a remote planet to investigate a distress call. When a member of the landing party returns to t... Read more

Alien ( Blu-ray ) (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronic...

Space explorers on a routine mission bring an extremely adaptable life form on board that has attached itself onto a crew member and then regenerates... Read more

Alien 3 (1992)

7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S Dutton, Lance Henriksen

This third installment in the hit series finds Sigourney Weaver's weary Ripley landing on a dark prison planet inhabited by male criminals, killers an... Read more