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Starship Troopers (1997) Review

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Starship Troopers (1997)
129 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller|November 7, 1997
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 246,242 usersMetascore: 51R
Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs in a satire of modern world politics.
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Starship Troopers is probably one of the most misunderstood movies of all-time. It simply took a decade for enough people to see that it was a lampooning of jingoistic militarism. The movie's acting is still a bit of an issue (although the campiness could be on purpose) but on the whole, this movie manages to say quite a bit. It's worth watching today more than ever and it's special effects hold up after more than 20 years. That is impressive.
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Snowpiercer (2014) Review

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Snowpiercer (2013)
126 min|Action, Drama, Sci-Fi|July 11, 2014
7.1Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 227,741 usersMetascore: 84R
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.
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Snowpiercer is a masterfully constructed movie that is incredibly strong from the ground up. Working from a script that utilizes allegory as a way to show differences in class and how we view other people's inherent worth, the movie manages to turn something that could have been just a mindless, gory action movie into something with real depth and meaning. Great camerawork and excellent performances really help sell the world that Snowpiercer aims to show us. This movie deserves to be in the conversation of best sci-fi movies.
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Gattaca (1997) Review

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Gattaca (1997)
106 min|Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller|October 24, 1997
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 253,535 usersMetascore: 64PG-13
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
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White Gattaca has some flaws, it manages to take a powerful concept and create a compelling story. What really stands out are the themes, production design, cinematography and feel of the movie. Altogether, Gattaca is one of the best Sci-fi movies of the last 25 years and it's subject matter seems more timely as the years go by.
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Ex Machina (2014) Review

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Ex Machina (2014)
108 min|Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|April 24, 2015
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 402,733 usersMetascore: 78R
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.
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The consensus among all three hosts is that Ex Machina is more-or-less a modern sci-fi classic. It is spare in it's story but big in the examination of potent themes and ideas. Given it's low budget, the special effects are utilized well and the acting is really top-notch with three actors at the top of their game. Ex Machina easily stands as one of the best intelligent sci-fi movies of the last decade.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
135 min|Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|May 25, 2018
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 178,062 usersMetascore: 62PG-13
During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Non-spoiler Review

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Life (2017) Review

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Life (2017)
104 min|Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller|March 24, 2017
6.6Rating: 6.6 / 10 from 167,634 usersMetascore: 54R
A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.
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Life is generally well-directed and the alien creature looks good, but the script has a host of issues that drag it down. Couple that with thin characters and little development and these elements harm what could have been a good movie. It's worth watching as a solid thriller, but it also comes off as a bit run-of-the-mill.
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Annihilation (2018) Review

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Annihilation (2018)
115 min|Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|February 23, 2018
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 186,398 usersMetascore: 79R
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

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Sunshine (2007) Review

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Sunshine (2007)
107 min|Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller|July 27, 2007
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 215,479 usersMetascore: 64R
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) Review

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
137 min|Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|July 21, 2017
6.5Rating: 6.5 / 10 from 130,674 usersMetascore: 51PG-13
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Alien: Covenant (2017) Review

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Alien: Covenant (2017)
122 min|Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller|May 19, 2017
6.4Rating: 6.4 / 10 from 214,013 usersMetascore: 65R
The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
136 min|Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi|May 5, 2017
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 426,383 usersMetascore: 67PG-13
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

Interstellar (2014) Review

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Interstellar (2014)
169 min|Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi|November 7, 2014
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 1,234,039 usersMetascore: 74PG-13
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

District 9 (2009) Review

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District 9 (2009)
112 min|Sci-Fi, Thriller|August 14, 2009
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 591,099 usersMetascore: 81R
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Dark City (1998) Review

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Dark City (1998)
100 min|Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|February 27, 1998
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 174,290 usersMetascore: 66R
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

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Dark City never managed to get the attention it so clearly deserved back in 1998. It had a creative and strong premise with a solid script, good performances and some nice special effects for it's time. Alex Proyas followed up The Crow with what may actually be his best movie. Roger Ebert ranks this among his all-time favorite movies and for a good reason.
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Glitch (2015) Season 1 Review

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Glitch (2015-)
45 min|Drama, Sci-Fi|October 15, 2016
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 9,384 usersMetascore: N/ATV-MA
A police officer in a small town is called out to the local cemetery in the middle of the night. He makes a discovery that turns his world upside down: six people have risen from the dead
Glitch Season 1 Review
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Glitch has a solid premise, an interesting locale (Australia) and some decent acting, but the show really falls apart with a ludicrous turn personality-wise by a character relatively early on and a groan-worthy love triangle that doesn't work nearly as much as it thinks it does. Not enough focus on the central characters results in a wobbly, unfocused season that fails to inspire much confidence going into season 2.
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Arrival (2016) Review

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Arrival (2016)
116 min|Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|November 11, 2016
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 479,539 usersMetascore: 81PG-13
A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.
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Arrival is an exceptional film. A smart, non-linear script with some strong characters. Amy Adams does some of her strongest work to date as the lead character. Denis Villeneuve continues his hot streak of directing great films as well. Smart Sci-fi is somewhat rare, so anytime a film that manages to marry a cerebral, thoughtful script with great acting and directing, it is something to cherish. Arrival should be cherished.
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