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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

The Martian (Trailer 2)

The Martian (Trailer 2)

A bit more becomes illuminated in the second trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, where we catch a deeper glimpse into the hostile circumstances Astronaut Mark Watney must face in order to survive, both mentally and physically.

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Nero: Two Minds

Nero: Two Minds

Director Greg Jardin’s sci-fi music video for Nero’s soulfully-voiced electropop track is best described as Videodrome meets Ghostbusters, as a trio of weapon-wielding agents attempt to take down a living embodiment of a television signal.

The Last One

The Last One

In this short film, man perfected androids, but the two races got in a war of extinction. One man is determined to not let himself be the last of his kind. A graduation film by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg students.

The Martian (Trailer)

The Martian (Trailer)

Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left stranded on the red planet, and must survive on his own. Yep, it’s Castaway in space. Meet the crew here.

Rotor

Rotor

A lone security guard on the night shift at a mysterious facility sees an intruder and proceeds to investigate. Not since The Usual Suspects has a coffee cup been so crucial to the plot as in this archetypal sci-fi thriller.

Future Hero

Future Hero

Writer/director Ramin Serry’s short flick is a story about a father and his time-traveling grown-up son who has to come back in time to kill the android sent to kill him as a baby. A spot-on parody of confusing time-bending sci-fi plots.

Ex Machina (Trailer 2)

Ex Machina (Trailer 2)

The second trailer for the critically-acclaimed sci-fi thriller Ex Machina teases us with intense moments and vivid contrasts between nature and man-made objects, as two men and a female A.I. play tester-testee musical chairs.

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