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To the Edge of the Universe: Great New Sci-Fi Films

To the Edge of the Universe: Great New Sci-Fi Films

(Updated 11/05/2020)

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 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.

Bios

New Science Fiction Movies: Bios

[Image Credit: STX Films]


In BIOS, Tom Hanks (seen above in THE CIRCLE) plays Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. Finch has been living in an underground bunker for a decade with his dog, Goodyear, but the man is terminally ill. With time running out, he creates a robot (played by Caleb Landry Jones) to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive and to teach him to become human enough to take care of Goodyear.

Chaos Walking

New Science Fiction Movies: Chaos Walking

[Image Credit: Lionsgate]


In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets. From the director of EDGE OF TOMORROW and based on the best-selling novel "The Knife of Never Letting Go," Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star with Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo.

Connected

New Science Fiction Movies: Connected

[Image Credit: Sony Pictures]


Director Mike Rianda ("Gravity Falls") and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE) spin a tale about an everyday family's struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world! When creative outsider Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

Dune

New Science Fiction Movies: Dune

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


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.

Free Guy

New Science Fiction Movies: Free Guy

[Image Credit: 20th Century Studios]


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

New Science Fiction Movies: Jurassic World: Dominion

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]


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

New Science Fiction Movies: The Matrix 4

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


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.

Reminiscence

New Science Fiction Movies: Reminiscence

[Image Credit: Sony Pictures]


"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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