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Rakka

Rakka

(Gore) Sigourney Weaver stars in the first short film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. Set in 2020, Rakka presents the invasion of Earth by a brutal alien race through different perspectives. You can support Oats by buying their films’ assets on Steam.

Valerian (Trailer 2)

Valerian (Trailer 2)

Luc Besson’s first big sci-fi flick since The Fifth Element is shaping up to be a real visual humdinger, packed with amazing creatures, costumes, locations, vehicles, and effects. We have no idea if it’ll live up to the original graphic novels, but it’ll sure look pretty doing it.

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MST3K 2017 (Teaser)

MST3K 2017 (Teaser)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back with a new crew, and headed to Netflix. Original creator Joel Hodgson is joined by Jonah Ray and Felicia Day, along with some surprise guests, as the gang is forced to watch a whole new crop of bad movies. April 14 can’t come soon enough.

The Discovery (Teaser)

The Discovery (Teaser)

“People are just gonna keep killing themselves.” This Netflix sci-fi drama is set in a world where a scientist has presented proof that the afterlife exists, and people start committing suicide in droves. Starring Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. Drops 3/31/17.

3% (Trailer)

3% (Trailer)

Every year, 20-year-olds from the desolate Inland are subjected to rigorous tests. Those who pass gain entry to the promised land known as the Offshore. This Brazilian-produced Netflix series has a low-budget production, but makes up for it with storytelling and acting.

LIFE (Trailer)

LIFE (Trailer)

Take a helping of Alien, a dash of Gravity, and a smidgen of The Thing, and you’ll have a good idea what to expect from this sci-fi thriller about a team aboard the ISS who discovers the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. Sadly for the crew, it turns out to be a complete dick.

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Stålenhag’s follow up to Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood is still filled with paintings of Nordic countrysides invaded by mechanical beings and relics. But here a flood from a “huge abandoned underground facility” washed up strange organic creatures as well.

Black Mirror Season 3 (Trailer)

Black Mirror Season 3 (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) One of the most depressing and cynical, yet important TV series is coming exclusively to Netflix. The third season of Black Mirror will tackle the effects of technology on identity, privacy and more. Premieres 10/21/16.

Arrival (Trailer)

Arrival (Trailer)

Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who’s tasked with deciphering a message from an alien race that touched down on Earth. We have a strong suspicion that the trailer is misrepresenting the movie, but we’re still optimistic about it.

Stryka

Stryka

Emily Carmichael’s short film is set in the future, and is about Stryka, a reptilian alien thief. She wants to go big time, but her old friend and partner in crime Callen is a bumbling buffoon. She reluctantly agrees to do a heist with a savvy crook without telling Callen.

Arrival (Teaser)

Arrival (Teaser)

Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner star in this adaptation of Ted Chiang’s award-winning short story Story of Your Life, in which a linguist is tasked to communicate with an alien race that touched down on Earth. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario).

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

The universe is under attack by The Red Empire, a race of robots intent on wiping out all organic life. It’s up to the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise to stop them. Jürgen Kaiser’s stop-motion fan film is an incredible achievement and a true labor of love. (In German w/subtitles)

Westworld (Teaser)

Westworld (Teaser)

HBO’s creepy new series reimagines Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi horror classic about robots working at a theme park who become self-aware. Written by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), and executive produced by J.J. Abrams.

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Belle & Tina are Time Travelers

Belle & Tina are Time Travelers

(PG-13 Language) Leigh Lahav and New Form Digital debut a hilarious new animated web series about a video store clerk who converts an old DVD player into a time machine, and the wacky antics that ensue for her and her friend whenever they play another disc.

Stranger Things (Trailer)

Stranger Things (Trailer)

A Netflix series which pays homage to ’80s sci-fi flicks like E.T. and Poltergeist, about a young boy who vanishes, and the community’s search for answers that leads to a web of government intrigue, and the discovery of strange supernatural forces. Premieres 7/15/16.

Shortwave (Teaser)

Shortwave (Teaser)

In Shortwave, a scientist and his wife move to a secluded research facility after the loss of their only child. While he’s looking into the origin of a cryptic radio signal, his wife begins to have hallucinations of their past.

Morgan (Teaser)

Morgan (Teaser)

“She is an it. And it has no rights.” Kate Mara plays a “corporate troubleshooter” sent to a remote location to investigate a rapidly evolving genetically engineered being. Also starring Paul Giamatti, and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as the titular character.

Trial

Trial

(PG-13: Language) A quadriplegic soldier agrees to be the test subject for a procedure that will give him a new body. Naturally, everything goes to hell. The Brothers Lynch were heavily inspired by Memento in this proof of concept for their upcoming feature length film, Residual.

Tempbot

Tempbot

A robot designed to be a temporary office worker is ignored by his co-workers, save for the new HR manager. Neill Blomkamp’s 2006 short film effectively uses a robot as a metaphor for someone who thinks that he is above his peers yet still craves human contact.

T.I.M.E. Stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

The board game equivalent of Choose Your Own Adventure books. Or Edge of Tomorrow. T.I.M.E. Stories is about time-traveling agents solving mysterious and exciting cases. If you die or run out of time, try again, armed with the knowledge from your previous run.

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Sputnik

Sputnik

An alien race treasures one of its planet’s minerals because of its faint glow. But one of them finds a strange object that outshines their precious rock. Maxim Zhestkov worked with artists from around the world for a year-and-a-half to create this short film.

Barrier

Barrier

(PG-13) An American desperate to keep her land and a Honduran who escaped his country have a bizarre experience together. Bryan K. Vaughan (Saga) and his The Private Eye co-creators Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente weave a tale of violence, language and immigration.

Sci-fi Spaceships by Size

Sci-fi Spaceships by Size

We’ve seen similar comparisons in illustrations, but YouTuber MetaBallStudios’ CGI video gives us a idea of how spaceships from movies, video games and more compare to each other. It’s amazing what you can build when you don’t really have to build it.

The Shaman

The Shaman

(PG-13: Language) Part The Matrix, part Shadowrun, this short film is set in a war-torn future. Each side uses shamans – powerful beings that are both priests and hackers. A shaman can destroy or convert both humans and machines at the expense of his sanity.

Star Wars Vehicles by Size

Star Wars Vehicles by Size

Gizmodo and artist Scott Park tried to enumerate the vehicles from the original Star Wars trilogy according to their size. They made a couple of mistakes, but it’s still a good list. Scott sells prints of this compilation and more cool works on Society6.

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley

“Gameplay is… it’s just simpler. There’s no people. Just targets.” Federico Heller’s impressive dystopian short film is about a future where virtual reality video games have become extremely addictive. One junkie stumbles onto the chilling conspiracy behind it.

Midnight Special (Trailer)

Midnight Special (Trailer)

A father does everything to protect his son, who possesses an incredible ability that made him a target for religious zealots and the US government. Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver star in this sci-fi drama by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter).

Singularity

Singularity

As part of their war against humans, sentient androids attacked and pinned down the President of the United States. A team of Delta Force operators is sent to rescue their leader. The Bicycle Monarchy’s action short film cuts straight to the point.

Metroid: The Sky Falls

Metroid: The Sky Falls

Bounty hunter Samus Aran receives a distress signal from the extinct Chozo in Rainfall Films’ exciting short film. Writer and director Sam Balcomb made the short in the style of ’60s and ’70s sci-fi films such as 2001, Alien,and Solaris.

Sumer

Sumer

(PG-13: Language) The year is 2331. Mankind has reduced Earth to a toxic wasteland devoid of other animals or any plant life. But a boy stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime. Alvaro Garcia’s short has glaring plot holes, but it’s still fun to watch.

Brain Hack

Brain Hack

(Flashing lights, PG-13: Language) A computer science student believes that a certain pattern of images induces visions of God, and it’s been the spark of all religions. He teams up with a film student to complete the pattern in Joseph White’s cheesy but entertaining short.

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