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Back to the Future: Reimagined

Back to the Future: Reimagined

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future, Universal Pictures enlisted the help of eight talented artists and fans to create their own visualizations of the classic sci-fi comedy. We can’t decide which animation style we liked best, but the knit version of “Darth Vader” from the planet Vulcan was pretty great.

Bill & Ted Face the Music (Teaser)

Bill & Ted Face the Music (Teaser)

Decades after their time-traveling hijinx, Bill and Ted are back for another excellent adventure. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter decide they’re heding to the future to visit their future selves and steal the Wyld Stallions song that will save the universe. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest).

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Sci-Fi & Horror Virus Survival

Sci-Fi & Horror Virus Survival

(PG-13: Gore/Language) Need advice on how to survive during a viral outbreak? Check out filmmakers Evan Gorski’s and Michael Dougherty’s clip “Everything I Need to Know to Survive COVID-19 I Learned by Watching Sci-fi and Horror Movies.” We’re still going with “Have a nice cold pint… and wait for all this to blow over.”

Flash Gordon 4K Remaster

Flash Gordon 4K Remaster

The 1980 remake of Flash Gordon is one of the campiest sci-fi movies of all time, but over the years, it’s become a cult classic. Now, the film is getting a re-release with a full UHD digital remaster, bringing out all of the colors and details in the costumes and scenery, and cranking up the audio on Queen’s original soundtrack. Drops 8.2020.

Nebula-75

Nebula-75

Nebula-75 brings back the style of classic puppet serials like Thunderbirds and Fireball XL-5. Working with a remote pre- and post- production crew, a team of three from Century 21 Films is shooting the series in their small London flat, since they were living together when the lockdown started. Catch Episode 2 here.

Boone’s LEGO Ray Guns

Boone’s LEGO Ray Guns

You might recognize Boone Langston from his time on LEGO Masters. He’s also a contributor to the Beyond the Brick team, and is here to show off some of the very cool retro sci-fi ray guns he’s made using LEGO. The background is a space-themed baseplate from Slab Dream Lab.

Amazing Stories (Trailer)

Amazing Stories (Trailer)

Steven Spielberg reboots his late-1980s anthology series with a new run on Apple TV+. Like the original, it will combine science fiction, horror, and fantasy, with a slightly lighter and more magical touch than Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Premieres 3/6/2020 with an initial run of five episodes.

Walmart: Famous Visitors

Walmart: Famous Visitors

For their 2020 Super Bowl commercial, Walmart invited a variety of sci-fi characters to come pick up their online orders. We’ve got the extended version of the ad spot, which includes visits from Bill of Bill and Ted, Marvin the Martian, Groot, the aliens from Mars Attacks, Men in Black, Arrival, and Flash Gordon, among others.

My Job is to Open and Close Doors

My Job is to Open and Close Doors

“What is my purpose?” You open and close airlocks. In Mattias Plhelde’s goofy, low-fi video, a spaceship’s door control system starts to question its role in the universe as it observes the unusual and imprecise behaviors of the humans it serves.

Avenue 5 (Teaser)

Avenue 5 (Teaser)

(PG-13: Language) Hugh Laurie stars in this new sci-fi comedy from the creator of Veep. It follows the wacky misadventures of an interstellar cruise ship and its guests. It’s like The Orville meets The Love Boat, though Captain Stubing is totally over it. Coming to HBO January 2020.

Aliens

Aliens

Not the be confused with the James Cameron movie of the same name, Revolution Studio writer/director Timur Abdulov’s CGI short is packed with explosive action and effects as a group of creatures terrorizes Earth. But not to fear, it’s just a cleverly-disguised commercial for a contactless payment company.

The Outer Worlds: Come to Halcyon

The Outer Worlds: Come to Halcyon

The latest trailer for Obsidian’s sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds is disguised as a recruitment video for the Halcyon Colony. Come live and work on Terra 2 – a “gently terraformed” world with minimal hiring standards, run by awful corporate overlords, and teeming with scum, villainy, and a variety of terrifying creatures.

For All Mankind (Trailer)

For All Mankind (Trailer)

With Ronald D. Moore at the helm, it looks like Apple scored a big win for its Apple TV+ streaming service. For All Mankind is a sci-fi drama series set in an alternate reality where the Soviets beat the United States to the first manned moon mission, continuing the two countries’ space race.

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Ad Astra (Trailer)

Ad Astra (Trailer)

Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who pursued his career because he idolized his father, who left on a mission to Neptune to discover extraterrestrial life and has not come back. Now the son is tasked to search for his father, but not for a peaceful reunion. Premieres 9/20/19.

Observation

Observation

Devolver Digital’s Observation is a puzzle thriller game set in a space station. You play as SAM, the artificial intelligence managing the structure. You are trying to help an astronaut figure out why her colleagues vanished, but something is telling you to do the opposite. Available for Windows and PS4.

Westworld Season 3 (Trailer)

Westworld Season 3 (Trailer)

HBO’s creepy sci-fi series kicks off its next season not behind the walls of Westworld, but on the streets of the big city. While the trailer is a bit cryptic – it appears that Aaron Paul plays a disillusioned man who longs for something real in the cold and sterile future. Be careful what you wish for.

I Am Mother (Trailer)

I Am Mother (Trailer)

In the distant future, Daughter is a teenager lovingly raised by an android in isolation. She believes that she is the first of a new generation of humans that will repopulate a barren Earth. But one day a woman barges into their home. Netflix’s sci-fi thriller premieres 6/7/19.

Moons of Madness

Moons of Madness

Science fiction meets the occult in Moons of Madness. The first-person horror game is about a technician on a base on Mars, which was established to look for the source of an intelligent signal. But soon all hell breaks loose. Coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4.

2046 Prints

2046 Prints

2046 Design offers a variety of prints inspired by space, science, science fiction, and nature. The prints come in a variety of art styles, and many are limited editions. They also offer apparel and accessories. Touch of Modern has a limited number of designs on sale.

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

Science fiction is loaded with depictions of artificial intelligence – usually becoming sentient and running off the rails. BuzzFeed’s Professionals Review asked an AI scientist for her take on the on-screen tech, and how far away we are from such realities.

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Annihilation: The Art of Self-Destruction

Annihilation: The Art of Self-Destruction

(SPOILERS) Science fiction movies often explore human tendencies. But Alex Garland’s adaptation of Annihilation tackles large ideas: duplication, self-destruction and mutation. Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the film manifests its themes.

Best Friend

Best Friend

(PG-13: Language) In the not-too-distant-future, a lonely man finds himself addicted to an implantable product that allows him to have the constant companionship of a group of virtual friends. A creepy Black Mirror-esque tale from students at animation school Gobelins.

High Life (Trailer)

High Life (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language, Gore) Robert Pattinson and Andre 3000 star in Claire Denis’ science fiction thriller. In High Life, a group of death row criminals are sent to space. Their goal is to investigate a black hole outside the solar system. Premieres 11/7/18.

Doctor Who Series 11 (Trailer)

Doctor Who Series 11 (Trailer)

“Sometimes I see things need fixin’… I do what I can.” Spend a minute getting to know the 13th Doctor. Jodie Whittaker’s take on the Time Lord seems a whole lot less snarky about saving the universe than Peter Capaldi did. The new Doctor arrives on BBC on October 7, 2018.

Captive State (Teaser)

Captive State (Teaser)

“Please rise to greet our Legislature.” The science fiction thriller Captive State explores a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an alien race enforces their utopia on our planet. Stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, and Ashton Sanders. Premieres 3/29/19.

Koho: Dream Thieves

Koho: Dream Thieves

Director Fleur Fortuné’s short sci-fi film feels more like an episode of Black Mirror than an ad for a personal investment app, but that’s exactly what it is – a sophisticated promotional spot for KOHO that envisions a future where big money banks steal our dreams – literally.

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