★★★★☆ UK / USA. 2h4m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Edited by Pietro Scalia. Music by Marc Streitenfeld. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron.
Set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as it follows a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. Seeking the origins of humanity, the crew arrives on a distant world and discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human species.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h25m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Nigel Kneale, Val Guest (screenplay) ad Nigel Kneale (story). Cinematography by Gerald Gibbs. Edited by James Needs. Music by James Bernard. Starring Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, William Franklyn, Vera Day.
The film’s storyline concerns Quatermass’s investigation of reports of hundreds of meteorites landing only in the Winnerden Flats area of the UK. His inquiries lead him to a huge industrial complex, strikingly similar to his own plans for a Moon colony. This top-secret facility is in fact the centre of a conspiracy involving the alien infiltration of the highest echelons of the British Government. Quatermass and his allies must now do whatever is necessary to defeat the alien threat before it is too late.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h37m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Nigel Kneale. Cinematography by Arthur Grant. Edited by Spencer Reeve. Music by Tristram Cary. Starring James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover, Bryan Marshall, Peter Copley, Edwin Richfield, Grant Taylor, Robert Morris.
Centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own, and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h22m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Richard Landau, Val Guest (screenplay) and Nigel Kneale (“The Quatermass Experiment”). Cinematography by Walter J. Harvey. Edited by James Needs. Music by James Bernard. Starring Brian Donlevy, Richard Wordsworth, Jack Warner, David King-Wood, Margia Dean, Maurice Kaufmann, Harold Lang, Lionel Jeffries, John Wynn, Jane Asher, Toke Townley, Bartlett Mullins.
Three astronauts have been launched into space aboard a single stage to orbit rocket. The returning spacecraft, designed by Professor Quatermass, crash lands with only one of its original crew aboard, Victor Carroon (Richard Wordsworth). Something has infected him during the spaceflight, and he begins mutating into an alien organism which, if it spawns, will engulf the Earth and destroy humanity. When the mutating Carroon escapes from custody, Quatermass and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lomax (Jack Warner), have just hours to track it down and prevent a catastrophe. Like its source TV serial, the film was a major success in the UK and brought public attention to Hammer Film Productions’ name around the world.
★★☆☆☆ USA. 1h20m. Sci-Fi. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Charles Beaumont (screenplay) and Ben Hecht (“Queen Of The Universe”). Cinematography by William P. Whitley. Edited by William Austin. Music by Marlin Skiles. Starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Dave Willock, Laurie Mitchell, Lisa Davis, Paul Birch, Patrick Waltz.
In 1985, Captain Patterson and his space crew take a rocket to a space station near Earth. En route, however, the space station is destroyed by an interstellar energy beam which also affects their rocketship. The space crew crash land on Venus and are captured.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h38m. Sci-Fi. Directed by John Badham. Written by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock. Cinematography by Nick McLean. Edited by Frank Morriss. Music by David Shire. Starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey.
Centers upon an experimental military robot that is struck by lightning and gains a human-like intelligence, with which it embarks to explore.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h40m. Sci-Fi. Directed by Kenneth Johnson. Written by Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson. Cinematography by John McPherson. Edited by Conrad Buff IV. Music by Charles Fox. Starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb, Jack Weston, Tim Blaney.
The creator of a self-aware robot falls in with a con man. Most critics disliked this film, but Siskel and Ebert both considered it better than the original.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h29m. Sci-Fi. Directed by Douglas Trumbull. Written by Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, Steven Bochco. Cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler. Edited by Aaron Stell. Music by Peter Schickele. Starring Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint.
Science fiction with a strong environmentalist message concerning humanity’s attempt to save the Earth’s flora by launching giant greenhouses into space.
★★★★★ USA. 2h1m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Edited by Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker.
Star Wars focuses on the journey of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), who along with Han Solo (Ford) and the wizened Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Guinness), attempt to free Princess Leia (Fisher) from the clutches of the Galactic Empire and the Sith lord Darth Vader (Prowse, voiced by Jones). The heroes, in league with the Rebel Alliance, attempt to destroy the Empire’s planet-destroying space station, the Death Star.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas, Jonathan Hales. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Set ten years after the events in The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war, with thousands of planetary systems threatening to secede from the Galactic Republic. After Senator Padmé Amidala evades an assassination attempt, Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker becomes her protector, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates the attempt on her life. Soon, the trio witness the onset of a new threat to the galaxy: the Clone Wars.
★★★★★ USA. 2h12m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Richard Marquand. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (screenplay) and George Lucas (story). Cinematography by Alan Hume. Edited by Sean Barton, Marcia Lucas, Duwayne Dunham. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
In the film, the Galactic Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor, is constructing a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all. Since the Emperor plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill the Emperor, effectively bringing an end to his hold over the galaxy. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight, struggles to bring his father Darth Vader back to the light side of the Force.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h20m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Roger Barton, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Revenge of the Sith is set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, established in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). The Jedi are spread across the galaxy, leading a large-scale war against the Separatists. After Count Dooku is killed, the Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to eliminate General Grievous, the leader of the Separatist army, and put an end to the war. Meanwhile, after having premonitions of his wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth, Anakin Skywalker is tasked by the Council to spy on Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, secretly, a Sith lord known as Darth Sidious. Palpatine manipulates Anakin into turning to the dark side of the Force and becoming his apprentice, Darth Vader, with wide-ranging consequences for the galaxy.
★★★★★ USA. 2h4m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Written by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Set three years after the events of the first film, the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Darth Vader and the Emperor, pursues Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues Luke’s friends — Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO—Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Oscar Issac, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill.
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens follows Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Han Solo’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight in the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa and veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h32m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Rian Johnson. Written by Rian Johnson. Cinematography by Steve Yedlin. Edited by Bob Ducsay. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Frank Oz, Lupita Nyong’o.
The Last Jedi follows Rey as she seeks the aid of Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order, while General Leia Organa, Finn, and Poe Dameron attempt to escape a First Order attack on the dwindling Resistance fleet.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h13m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Paul Martin Smith, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz.
The first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and begins the “Skywalker saga,” though it was the fourth film to be produced chronologically. The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before the original film and follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J. J. Abrams. Written by Chris Terrio, J. J. Abrams (screenplay) and Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Stefan Grube. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams.
The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance’s final stand against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor, Palpatine.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h26m. Sci-Fi. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas, Walter Murch (screenplay) and George Lucas (story). Cinematography by David Myers, Albert Kihn. Edited by George Lucas. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Starring Robert Duvall, Maggie McOmie, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Ian Wolfe.
Set in a dystopian future in which the populace is controlled through android police and mandatory use of drugs that suppress emotions, THX 1138 was developed from Lucas’s student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which he made in 1967 while attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
★★★☆☆ France. 2h17m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Luc Besson. Written by Luc Besson (screenplay) and Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières (“Valérian And Laureline”). Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast. Edited by Julien Rey. Music by Alexandre Desplat. Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer.
A 2017 English-language French 3D space opera film written and directed by Luc Besson, and co-produced by Besson and his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. It is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h1m. Sci-Fi / Thriller. Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Chris Carter (screenplay) and Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz (story). Cinematography by Ward Russell. Edited by Stephen Mark. Music by Mark Snow. Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, Blythe Danner, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, John Neville.
Follows agents Mulder and Scully, removed from their usual jobs on the X-Files, and investigating the bombing of a building and the destruction of criminal evidence. They uncover what appears to be a government conspiracy attempting to hide the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.