To the Edge of the Universe: Great New Sci-Fi Films to Watch in Theatres
The beauty of science fiction is that the genre can tell a wide variety of stories. Sci-fi is a huge umbrella that covers thoughtful tales about our place in the universe, and fast-paced action-adventures full of self-aware robots and cosmic powers. It's a way to go to entirely new worlds through bold storytelling. Fortunately, new movies are coming in the next few months, from VOYAGERS (above) to DUNE, that fit those descriptions, and several more besides.
Here are the best new science fiction movies coming to theaters. Note: Movies are listed in alphabetical order, as release dates for some are still subject to change.
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DUNE is a new big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name. A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, DUNE tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who travels to the most dangerous planet in the universe, where he must ensure his family's future. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive. DUNE stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Oscar winner Javier Bardem.
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Ryan Reynolds plays Guy, a friendly bank teller who always seems to be caught in the middle of an epic crime spree or bizarrely high-tech battle. Then he realizes he's a non-player character in a video game called "Free City." When Guy meets Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer, of "Killing Eve") he becomes aware of the game world around him and begins to compete as a player. Think of it like a live-action LEGO MOVIE that is spiced up with ideas from "Grand Theft Auto" and "Fortnite," and finished off with Reynolds' signature sense of humor.
Jurassic World: Dominion
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After the events of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, dinosaurs are loose in the world — and more specifically, in the United States. We don't yet know much about how the story of JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION will be structured, but we do know that the key cast members from FALLEN KINGDOM return along with Laura Dern and Sam Neill, who are returning to play their characters from the original JURASSIC PARK. With all that talent, the dinos might have to worry about playing second fiddle.
The Matrix 4
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Nearly 20 years after the story seemingly came to a close with THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, prepare to dive back into the divide between reality and perception, in THE MATRIX 4. For starters, that will probably not be the final title. But original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back alongside original co-creator Lana Wachowski, who directs. We don't know precisely what the new Matrix movie is about, but it does feature a tremendous cast, including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra, and Andrew Caldwell.
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"Westworld" co-creator Lisa Joy writes and directs the story of Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman, seen above in CHAPPIE), a veteran who runs an unusual business in a near-future Miami that is mostly underwater. Nick can help clients relive any memory they want, but then he meets Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). They quickly begin a passionate affair, and that scenario becomes difficult when Nick works with another client whose memories suggest that Mae's past is far more complicated than she originally let on. Nick begins a quest through a web of dark memories to discover the truth about Mae.
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With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women (played by Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright), bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the insatiable hunger for power.