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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 REMINISCENCE to DUNE and the fourth MATRIX movie, that fit those descriptions.
Here are the best new science fiction movies coming to theaters. Note: While a movie like Marvel's ETERNALS might edge into science fiction, we've left most superhero films off this list. You can see more info on those here.
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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.
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"Westworld" co-creator Lisa Joy writes and directs the story of Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), 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.
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.
RON’S GONE WRONG is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler, and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend out of the Box.” Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship. Featuring the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, and Rob Delaney..
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Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever…changed…and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night. Returning to the terrifying roots of the massively popular RESIDENT EVIL franchise, fan and filmmaker Johannes Roberts brings the games of the billion dollar franchise and the most successful video game adaptation in history to life for a whole new generation of fans.
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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